When we say Netflix and Chill, we’re not referring to original interpretation that’s gone viral; we literally mean enjoying streaming media in maximum comfort. To do that, you’re going to need the right gear. Whether you want to build the ultimate home cinema, or merely binge your favourite dramas under a big, warm blanket, we have you covered. Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guides are full of wonderful ideas that you can forward to that special clueless someone.
Apple TV 4K
Apple TV 4K makes the TV shows, and films in your iTunes library look even more amazing. We’re talking about 4K resolution, High Dynamic Range and the 1080p HD titles in your library upgraded at no extra cost. Expect sharper imagery, vivid colours and more attention to detail than you thought humanly possible, so long as your TV can handle it. No matter how impressive smartphone displays are in 2017, they are still no comparison to experiencing a film on a large screen in 4K.
Logitech Harmony Elite Smart Remote
Harmony Elite goes beyond TV and movies – Far beyond. Use the remote to control your music from the kitchen, adjust the lights from across town, and the blinds according to the time of day. You can even program the remote to launch a movie and dim the lighting at the same time – just like the cinema. Harmony Elite is also compatible with Amazon Alexa for easy voice integration and activation. It’s one remote to rule them all!
Samsung The Frame 4K TV
We often talk about film as art, but rarely is the TV itself the subject of that discussion. Samsung’s The Frame displays digital art from its library of over 100 works for you to change and rotate to as you see fit. The range includes architecture, landscape, wildlife and you can even display your own images. A built-in sensor detects ambient light and adjusts the brightness accordingly, and a unique motion sensor turns the display on when someone enters the room and powers the unit down when the room is unoccupied. Why settle for 1 artwork when you can have over 100?
FLTZ Bodega MATE Shoes
Slippers are like tiny pillows and blankets for your feet. While MATE could be interpreted as another word for friend or partner, in this instance it’s referring to MATE Museo Mario Testino, a staple of Peru’s cultural and artistic scene. FLTZ are handcrafted in Peru by local artisans who have decades of experience in footwear design. It’s the perfect opportunity for you or a loved one to own a piece of Peruvian culture. Extremely comfortable too.
Roku 4 Media Player and Remote
4,500+ channels on demand. That’s over 450,000 movies and TV shows. There are not enough hours in the day to even scratch the surface of what Roku has to offer. But having the choice sure is nice. Roku can also save you money by searching across the top streaming channels to find the best price for the media you want. What’s most impressive is that Roku 4 has a feature to locate the lost remote. Channels vary from country to country.
This discreet soundbase disappears into the background while uniquely balancing the demands of design, acoustics and wireless tech to deliver outstanding sound throughout your living room. Playbase offers everything you’d expect from a Sonos speaker, including access to more than 80 music services. We didn’t even realise there were so many. Playbase is available in black or white. For a lovely relaxed Christmas, keep the carols to a minimum.
Chromecast is Google’s answer to Apple TV and its way cheaper. Chromecast streams content straight from your phone directly to the TV. Access all your media, streaming apps, and you can even broadcast your smartphone’s display for big screen web browsing. There’s no 4K yet, the resolution is maxed out at 1080p, but it’s still Netflix, Amazon Prime and Google Play in full-HD.
2017 LG W7 Wallpaper OLED TV
At just 3.8 mm, LG’s W7 OLED Wallpaper TV is ridiculously thin. It’s so thin that it doesn’t have any inputs for power or video, nor any built-in speakers. A companion soundbar handles everything which connects to the Wallpaper display via one discreet cable. The TV is so lightweight that it can be wall mounted with small magnets. We had never seen anything like it and chances are neither had you.
Star Wars: The Complete Saga Blu-Ray
The force is strong with this Blu-Ray box set. Inside you will find the films spanning The Phantom Menace right through to Return of the Jedi, plus over 40 hours of exciting special features across three bonus discs. This includes documentaries, deleted, extended and alternate scenes, concept art; interviews with cast and crew, outtakes and audio commentary from George Lucas for all 6 films. It’s impressive. Yes, we are aware it’s no longer the complete saga with the newer films The Force Awakens and Rogue One. There’s just no box set featuring those yet.
Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 is a tribute to former Chief Winemaker Max Schubert and his pursuit of excellence which paved the way for the status and heritage of Penfolds to grow. On the nose, Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of red currants, cranberry and dried Italian herbs. On the palette, there are red, blue and black fruits melded with sweetly-spiced cinnamon. Hints of vanilla Chai and cedar oak. Plus the fine silky tannins add savoury balance and length to the flavour. Pair it with a beef dish or vintage cheddar.
Private Internet Access VPN
A VPN is the only way to guarantee your privacy online. A VPN masks your real IP address and efficiently keeps websites and internet services from tracking your web browsing habits, monitoring what you search for, and discovering your geographic location. A subscription with Private Internet Access will net you a cloaked IP address and a secure connection to its security layer; then you will be issued a new anonymous IP address based at a different location. Private Internet Access’ VPN Service is powered by a state of the art, tier-1 multi-gigabit private network. It’s online peace of mind for less than the price of 1 coffee each month.
Samsung Sound+ Curved Soundbar
Samsung packed nine speakers and dedicated amps into this one impeccable slab of curvaceous, technology. The result is full room sound that’s as wide and balanced as it is immersive. Say goodbye to cables and clutter because the Sound+ can connect with Samsung Smart TV via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for a truly wireless experience. Plus its 4K-pass-through means sport and entertainment sound as good as they look – which is “undeniably spectacular.” You’ve been warned: the experience may spoil you or your loved ones beyond a point of no return. Read our full review here.
Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Eclipse TV
BeoVision Eclipse is both a premium TV and audio system presented in one comprehensive solution. With a powerful 450 watt 3-channel SoundCentre, its stereo and centre channel performance surpass most soundbars. What’s really impressive is the motorised floor stand that allows It to move soundlessly across the floor, as if it were floating towards you. There are even options to customise the speaker front to match the aesthetics of your living room. Very cool indeed. Read our full write-up here.
Great Northern Matinee Popcorn Machine
It’s not a home cinema without the popcorn. For a truly authentic experience, you will need one of these stainless steel beauties built with an antique design that evokes memories of simpler times. Traditionally Great Northern sells these machines to schools, clubs, churches and community cinemas. By placing one of these popcorn machines in your home, you’re declaring the entertainment room open for business.
Everyone loves hugs. That’s why the Gravity Blanket is a success. It’s weighted to simulate the feeling of being held or hugged which relaxes the nervous system to reduce stress and anxiety, ultimately improving your mood and promoting restful sleep. The blanket is made with a combination of ultra-soft microfiber which is incredibly breathable, so there’s no chance of overheating. Just a heads up, if you’re using a Gravity Blanket in front of the TV, there’s a good chance you will doze off before the end of a film.