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Top Father’s Day tech gifts for 2017

Alex Kidman 9 August 2017 NEWS

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Looking for a tech-inspired present for Dad for Father's Day?

Gone are the days when you'd get a smile out of your father with a pair of socks, jocks or a new set of golf clubs. In the age of technology, it makes sense to pair your dad up with the ideal tech-inspired gift to show how much you love him this father's day.

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Cygnett Battery Pack

Fathers can be forgetful, and there's nothing worse than your phone or tablet running out of power. Cygnett's battery pack crams 10,000mAh into its slender frame, with two USB charging ports to keep Dad's phone up and running. It even has a digital display to show how much juice is left for charging purposes.

  • Cygnett Battery Pack: $99.95
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Purchase the Cygnett 10,000mAh Power Bank from Cygnett

Cygnett's ChargeUp power bank is a compact portable charger with 2 USB ports that can recharge your digital device up to 5-6 times.

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Apple iPad

A tablet makes a great gift because there's so much your father can do with it, whether he's the reading-the-paper-digitally-every-day type, a Netflix-binge-watching junkie or a casual gamer. Apples' updated iPad is its cheapest full-size iPad yet, so you won't even break the bank picking one up this Father's day.

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Grab an iPad from Apple from Apple

Choose from Apple's premium range of iPads, starting from $469.

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Nintendo New 2DS

Then again, maybe your Dad is of the generation that prefers physical controls with their games, in which case Nintendo's new 2DS might be a better bet. Gone is the eye-melting (and never terribly well implemented) 3D feature of older 3DS designs, but you do get a clamshell case to keep it safe. One quick trip to Nintendo's eStore, and it literally can be on like Donkey Kong.

  • Nintendo New 2DS: $197
Purchase the New Nintendo 2DS XL

Purchase the New Nintendo 2DS XL from Catch

The New Nintendo 2DS XL drops the 3D features while retaining the sleek clamshell design of the traditional 3DS.

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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

Samsung's Gear S3 Frontier offers the convenience and features of a full-fledged smartwatch alongside rugged features that will mean that even if your father is an active swimmer, hiker or 4WD enthusiast, it will carry on working even when he's feeling tired.

  • Samsung Gear S3 Frontier: $598.99
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Samsung Gear S3 Frontier from Samsung

The look and feel of a premium watch with all the bells and whistles a smartwatch offers.

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Nikon D7500

If your father is the outdoors type, a digital camera is a great gift because it will allow him to capture all those special moments when he's in the great Australian outdoors. While smartphone cameras are getting good enough for the snap-happy crowd, there's nothing to compete with a DSLR with your choice of lenses on board. Buy just the body and let dad experiment, or pick up a kit lens version to get him out and snapping straight away.

  • Nikon D7500: $1,599
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Purchase the Nikon D7500 from DWI (Digital World International)

Snap up this fancy DSLR at a steal from DWI.

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Samsung Gear VR 2017

You love your dad, and he loves you, but sometimes it's nice to get away. It's not always practical to give Dad tickets to escape to Bali for a fortnight, but with the Gear VR headset and a compatible Samsung Galaxy phone, you don't have to because Dad can escape to numerous virtual 3D worlds (including relaxing beach scenes) from the comfort of his favourite lounge chair.

  • Samsung Gear VR 2017: $199
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Purchase the Gear VR and controller from Samsung from Samsung

The Gear VR's new design and new controller gives you a better perspective and the ability to go farther than ever before.

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Apple MacBook

If you're in the mood to splurge, Apple's ultraportable MacBook could suit Dad well, whether it's as a portable business machine or simply to help run his home office. With long battery life and a range of customisable storage options, the MacBook is a portable rocket of a laptop.

  • Apple MacBook: From $1,899
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Purchase the new MacBook Pro (2017) from Apple

Apple's updated MacBook Pro improves its internal performance thanks to a processor bump, and it's a superbly well-built machine as usual.

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Microsoft Surface Pro

If your father sits more on the Windows side of technology than on the Mac side, why not get him a computer direct from the folks who actually make Windows? Microsoft's used its Surface designs as something of a reference platform for other manufacturers, but that means that they're often on the cutting edge when it comes to features and performance.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro: From $1,199
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Purchase the new Surface Pro (2017) from Microsoft Store

Pick up the most versatile laptop from $1,199.00.

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