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The 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to Shopbot’s 2017 Holiday Gift Guide. It’s hard to believe that it’s already this time of year again but here we are. You’ve probably got a ton of gifts you need to track down for your family, friends, and maybe even co-workers. With so many people to buy for and so little time, it can get a little stressful. Deep breathes. You can do this.

We’ve all got lots of different people to get gifts for this year. To make sure you retain your title as the king or queen of great gifts, we’ve put together this list so you know what people are asking for this year. Since budgets can get a bit tight around this time, we compare all the prices to help you get the best deals on all your gifts. So little time, right. Okay, let’s get to it.

The Top Gifts of 2017 Holiday Gift Guide:


For the Android geek: Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung galaxy s8

For the Android fan, you won’t find a better gift this December than the Samsung Galaxy S8.  With one of the best screens around, great battery life, and fantastic performance, the Galaxy S8 is perfect for the Android user looking to upgrade.

With one of the best screens around, great battery life, and fantastic performance, the Galaxy S8 is perfect for the Android user looking to upgrade.

Before buying, you should know that the fingerprint scanner has been put in a bit of weird spot and it’s virtual assistant (think “Siri” for Samsung) is pretty useless for the time being. Read the full review…

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For the music fan: Bose QuietComfort 35 II

Bose QuietComfort 35 II

For the music aficionado, the Bose QuietComfort 35 II can shut out noise like no other. This reliable set of headphones produces amazing sound and have excellent noise cancelling technology. They also have an integration with Google Assistant. That will let owners manage their messages and notifications while keeping their phone in their pocket.

This reliable set of headphones produces amazing sound and have excellent noise cancelling technology.

It’s worth noting that these headphones aren’t cheap. Some other issues are that Google Assistant is more useful for Android users than Apple users and the battery can’t be replaced manually. Nevertheless, they’re still one of the best pairs of headphones out there.

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For the amateur photographer: Canon EOS Rebel 800D (T7i)

Canon EOS Rebel 800D

When it comes to entry-level DSLRs, the EOS Rebel 800D (T7i) narrowly takes the crown. It squeaks out the victory thanks to its 24MP sensor, 3-inch touchscreen, and 1080p 60fps video capture capabilities. It’s also possible to remotely operate the camera through the Canon Camera Connect smartphone app.

It squeaks out the victory thanks to its 24MP sensor, 3-inch touchscreen, and 1080p 60fps video capture capabilities.

For an entry-level DSLR camera, the Rebel T7i provides a great balance of value and performance. It’s worth noting that the camera’s plastic finish is a bit unimpressive and the image quality isn’t as good as you’d see from professional DSLR cameras.

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For the Apple-obsessed: Apple iPhone X

iphone X

For the Apple fan in your life, nothing but the iPhone X will do. It took them awhile but Apple has finally redesigned the iPhone. The iPhone X has a breathtaking screen, incredible performance, wireless charging, face recognition technology, and more. As one of the most powerful phones ever made, it’ll be able to handle nearly anything they throw at it.

As one of the most powerful phones ever made, it’ll be able to handle nearly anything they throw at it.

Besides the fact that there’s no headphone jack, the only other big downside to this phone is its price. It’s one of the most expensive phones you can buy. That said, it’s still worth the cost. Read the full review…

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For the travelling businessperson: Dell XPS 13

Dell XPS 13 from above

Dell has spent the last few years perfecting the ultrabook. The XPS 13 is designed for the business traveller. It’s compact, packs some serious hardware, and has battery life that can get the laptop through a full workday. When you add in the XPS 13’s speed and huge, nearly bezel-less display, it’s clear that this laptop means business.

When you add in the XPS 13’s speed and huge, nearly bezel-less display, it’s clear that this laptop means business.

For a laptop like this, the XPS is pretty affordable. The big downside is the awkward webcam position. That said, unless they have a ton of Skype meetings, this shouldn’t be much of an issue.

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For the on-the-go designer: Apple iPad Pro 10.5”

Apple iPad Pro 10.5" in hand

The 10.5” iPad Pro is an incredible tool for anyone who wants to work on the go. The updated 10.5″ screen provides plenty of space to work on. When it comes to performance, the iPad Pro holds its own against many laptops. With the addition of the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, this iPad becomes the ultimate portable workstation.

When it comes to performance, the iPad Pro holds its own against many laptops.

Make sure the person you’re buying this for really needs the extra screen space and pro-level speed. Otherwise, there are other more affordable iPad options out there. Also, keep in mind that the accessories will be expensive as well. If you want to add the keyboard or stylus, they will cost you. Read the full review…

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For the adventurer: GoPro Hero6 Black

Man holding GoPro Hero6

While looking awfully similar to the Hero5, the Hero6 has an upgraded image sensor and touchscreen. That said, what the Hero6 does best is 4K 60fps video. It captures the most intricate details in even the toughest of conditions. The Hero6 also takes gloriously smooth 240fps slow-mo videos as well.

It captures the most intricate details in even the toughest of conditions.

The only major downsides of the Hero6 Black are that the voice controls can be a bit unresponsive in loud places and that it’s a touch expensive.

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For the work-from-homer: Dell UltraSharp 27 (U2717D)

Dell UltraSharp 27

The sleek Dell U2717D is perfect for a home office. The U2717D’s almost bezel-less design gives maximum screen space while the display produces accurate colours that make images pop. It also has 4 USB 3.0 ports. So, users are able to charge their phone without having to reach for their computer.

The U2717D’s almost bezel-less design gives maximum screen space while the display produces accurate colours that make images pop.

Before buying, keep in mind that the monitror’s plastic casing can feel a little cheap and that it’s generally expensive for not really excelling in any area.

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For the workout junkie: Bose SoundSport Wireless

Bose SoundSport Wireless

The Bose SoundSport Wireless headphones are comfortable, produce good sound, and, most importantly, they won’t cost a fortune. With a water-resistant design and secure in-ear fit, these earphones are the perfect workout companions.

With a water-resistant design and secure in-ear fit, these earphones are the perfect workout companions.

One of the big problems with these earphones is their short battery life. It can be really inconvenient for people who like to workout more than once a day. They’re also not exactly cheap. Still, if someone on your list is a workout junkie, these are the best wireless in-ear sports headphones you can get for them.

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For the student: HP Spectre x360

HP Spectre x360 Top Cover
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For students who are running from class to class, it’s best to have a laptop that they can take with them. The HP Spectre x360 is light and highly portable which makes it perfect for students. What’s even better is that, despite its size, it is still fast and responsive.

The HP Spectre x360 is light and highly portable which makes it perfect for students.

It won’t be able to handle games and the battery can also drain pretty quickly with the optional 4K display. When it comes to portable, tablet-laptop combo laptops, this one still takes the top spot. Read the full review…

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For the Windows fan: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

For the Windows fan that’s looking for a new tablet or laptop, the Surface Pro 4 can do double duty. With a huge 12.3” screen to work on,  impressive image quality, improved Surface Pen, and easy-to-use keyboard, the Surface Pro 4 is the perfect gift for the PC user who wants to ditch their laptop.

The Surface Pro 4 is the perfect gift for the PC user who wants to ditch their laptop.

Power usually doesn’t come cheap. So, it’s not shocking that the Surface Pro 4 is pricey. Some users have also found the Surface Pro 4’s battery life to be suspect.

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For the desktop gamer: Samsung CF791

Samsung CF791

The Samsung CF791 is big and beautiful. Its curved LED screen will give a gamer stunningly accurate colours and fantastic contrast. This monitor also has a 100Hz refresh rate and adaptive frame-rate technology. That means that it can easily handle the even the most intense games.

Its curved LED screen will give a gamer stunningly accurate colours and fantastic contrast.

First, the CF791 is a bit expensive. It’s also worth mentioning that it’s not a 4K monitor so it won’t provide the absolute best resolution. However, if you’re on the hunt for a big display for someone on your list, this monitor will make them happy.

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