When it comes to gifting, the last thing you want is to spend a lot of money on sub-par tech gifts that your recipient wouldn’t like. RM1,000 is a lot of money, and you would want to spend it wisely on high quality gifts for your loved ones and friends.
In this article, we will discuss great tech gifts under RM1000 that will surely impress your dearest and closest friends and family.
Custom Mechanical Keyboard
For the price of RM1000, you have a lot of options when it comes to building a custom keyboard. Instead of getting a pre-built with hot-swappable switches, you can get a pretty decent barebones keyboard to mix and match with a plethora of switches and keycaps, making a truly personalised tech gift.
For starters, we highly recommend the MonsGeek M1 barebones keyboard. It has a highly popular 75% form factor, which offers a great balance between size and functionality. It also has a sturdy build with a CNC aluminium case, and is well dampened with pre-included case foam. For a more cushioned typing experience, the MonsGeek M1 has a gasket mount construction.
The more popular choices for linear switches are JWK Nebula, C³ Equalz Tangerine, Gateron Milky Yellow Pro and more. For tactile switches, look no further than Holy Panda, Boba U4T, and Zealios V2 switches. Clicky switches are not as popular as they were, as they can get quite loud. However, if you have to choose, we would recommend the Kaihl Box Jade.
For keycaps, there are many to choose from and pretty much boils down to individual aesthetic preferences. You can also deck it out with artisanal resin keycaps, palm rests, and custom coiled cables.
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Smart watches are also great tech gifts. For RM1000, you can get a lot of bang for your buck. While cheaper smart watches are good enough for daily use, smart watches in this price tier offer much better app support and smartphone integrations.
Samsung has made excellent smart watches in the Android camp, with the Galaxy Watch5 being an excellent device for 2023. However it is priced slightly higher than RM1,000. If your budget is strictly less than RM1,000, we would recommend the Galaxy Watch4, which offers most of the features of the current generation at a lower price point.
On the flipside, you can get the Apple Watch SE for RM1,199 (at time of writing). Likewise, if your budget is under RM1,000, you can look at 2021 models which could be had for less, but they are harder to come by these days.
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- Samsung Galaxy Watch5: Shopee and Lazada
- Samsung Galaxy Watch4: Shopee and Lazada
- Apple Watch SE: Shopee and Lazada
Nintendo Switch Lite
The Nintendo Switch Lite is a great gaming console for those on the go. While it lacks in screen size when compared to the full-fledged Nintendo Switch OLED, it can play the same games and offer similar handheld experience for a lower price point.
While it lacks a dock to connect to a larger screen, the Switch Lite excels in size and weight, making it a great gaming companion for frequent travelers who do not want to miss their games when out and about.
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Ambient lights are a great way to spruce up one’s gaming room. Nanoleaf has smart RGB light panels that can easily light up one’s room to their liking. It comes in a variety of sets, expansions and shapes, so you are spoilt for choice.
It even works with Razer Chroma, and has a music visualiser function that ‘dances’ rhythmically to your music.
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Common Mistakes When Buying Tech Gifts
When it comes to buying tech gifts, there are several common mistakes that people make. Here are some of them:
Not Doing Enough Research
Buying a tech gift requires some research beforehand. You need to know what the person likes and what kind of tech they prefer. Not doing enough research can lead to buying a gift that the person doesn’t like or can’t use.
Not Considering Compatibility
Compatibility is an important factor to consider when buying tech gifts. For example, if you buy an accessory that’s only compatible with Apple devices, it may not work with Android users.
Not Reading Reviews
Reading reviews can give you a better idea of how the product performs and whether it’s worth buying. Not doing so can lead to buying a product that’s low quality or doesn’t work as expected.
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