The IT Nerd’s Father’s Day Gift Guide 2017

For the fourth year in a row, I am posting a Father’s Day Gift where I’m offering up some high tech gift ideas for dad:

OWC Envoy Pro mini – Fast 120GB SSD Thumb Drive: Dads will love this lightning fast 120GB SSD USB drive that fits in his pocket. This is not your average thumb drive — elegant, light, and strong, Envoy Pro mini is a full-sized desktop-class SSD performance go-anywhere storage companion — incredibly fast and perfectly portable for dad’s life on the move. Price: $119.99

NETATMO PRESENCENetatmo Presence is the first outdoor security camera with breakthrough artificial intelligence to detect and report about people, cars, and animals. It analyzes in real time and can alert you if someone loiters around your house, a taxi pulls up on the driveway or your dog is playing in the garden. Price: $349.99

OWC Mercury Elite Pro mini – Portable Storage & Backup:  Available from 60GB to 5TB, this is the portable storage drive for fathers who like to take hundreds of photos and videos of their friends and family without worrying about losing their files. The Mercury Elite Pro mini multi-interface storage drive for Mac & PC features USB 3.0 and 2.0 high-performance eSATA Plug and Play data storage and backup reliability with a choice of a SATA hard drive or Solid State Drive (SSD). The  Mercury Elite Pro mini delivers up to 600MB/s transfer speeds for demanding data storage and backup in an impact resistant, heat dissipating 5×3-inch brushed aluminum enclosure with super-quiet operation. Price: $64.99 and up

NETATMO WELCOMENetatmo Welcome is an indoor security camera with revolutionary face recognition technology that sends the names of the people it recognizes directly to your smartphone. Welcome allows you to keep an eye on the home; it sends immediate alerts when a stranger is detected or when loved ones are safely home. Read my review herePrice: $219.99

NewerTech NuGuard KX iPhone Cases for iPhone 7:  Rugged without the bulk — military drop tested cases for iPhones, including iPhone 7, 7 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, 6, 6 Plus, 5S & 5C, and Samsung Galaxy S4. The NuGuard KX case is perfect for fathers that travel or work/play outdoors. Available in black, red, and blue, with unique design options, such as a U.S. flag. Price: $29.75-$34.75

PERSONAL WEATHER STATIONDad won’t forget his umbrella anymore with the Netatmo Weather Station. It accurately measures outdoor and indoor home temperatures, relative humidity, sound level, barometric pressure, and air quality. It also grants access to live measurements, historic data and graphs on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Price: $179.99

Roku Ultra: Upgrade Dad to the ultimate streaming player! Roku Ultra is fully loaded with a powerful quad-core processor, stunning HD and 4K HDR picture quality, and an advanced point-anywhere remote (plus a remote finder feature, in case it gets lost between the couch cushions) that doubles as a controller for some casual gaming. For that early-morning or late-night bingeing of his favourite shows, Dad can plug headphones right into the remote and listen without disturbing the rest of the family. And of course he can also control the action right from his smartphone with the Roku app! Price: $139.99

Axon 7 Mini: The ZTE Axon 7 Mini is the perfect smartphone for the dad who appreciates both style and substance. A 16MP main camera takes stunning photos and video, while the sleek aluminum design offers timeless appeal. With a 8-core Qualcomm processor, plenty of storage and memory, a fingerprint scanner and long-lasting battery, the Axon 7 Mini has plenty of power for everything Dad can throw at it. And finally, the Dolby Atmos Digital Surround Sound and dual stereo speakers let him rock out to his favourite tunes in crystal clear Hi-Fi quality from anywhere! Price: $399

Travel Rockstar Battery Pack + Charger + Surge: For the dad who loves to travel: look no further than the Travel Rockstar! This 3-in-1 gadget features a dual-outlet power bar, built-in surge protector for keeping dad’s gadgets safe and a 3,000mAh battery pack for keeping his phone topped up. This thing does it all! Price: $59.99 USD

VELOP Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi System: A great gift for Dad that will benefit the whole family, VELOP sets up in minutes and delivers flawless, ultra-fast, full-strength signal throughout your home. Because not every home is the same, this modular system lets you buy as few or as many VELOP nodes as you need, and place them wherever you need them, making dead spots a thing of the past. With powerful tri-band mesh technology, you’ll get seamless roaming and maximum speed right out to the edge of your network, even when everyone’s streaming their favourite shows. Read my review here. Price: $299.99 (1-pack), $499.99 (2-pack), $649.99 (3-pack) CAD

For the dad who’s always hard to buy for, Gift Jeenie takes the guessing out of giving. A social gift-giving app, dad can add exactly what he wants to his profile, then allow friends and family to connect and coordinate so he doesn’t end up with four ties again. Of course it works great for any occasion: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, and more.

Do you have any other suggestions for Dad? If so, please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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