For 21st century men, fashion isn’t just about the clothes you wear, but also the tech you take with you when you leave the house.
The temptation to skimp on your gadget spending can be great, but if there’s a significant discrepancy between the designer duds you are rocking and the budget tech you are using, it could look odd.
With that in mind, here are the most desirable gadgets to invest in this year to keep you ahead of the curve.
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Apple AirPods Max
Having a set of high end headphones is a must, but plenty of the mainstream models on the market at the moment are far from stylish.
Enter the latest over-ear options from iPhone maker Apple, the critically-acclaimed AirPods Max. These fully wireless headphones not only look great, if minimalism is your thing, but also boast incredible audio capabilities and a host of useful functions.
Available in five different colours including space grey and salmon pink, you can fit your headphone choice around your wardrobe. And with noise cancellation built in, you can drown out the hustle and bustle of the world around you on your daily commute.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold2
If you can get over the fact that the name is a little ungainly, Samsung’s latest foldable smartphone is undeniably the pinnacle of mobile tech in the modern era.
The concept is simple even if the hardware behind it is cutting edge; the main surface of the device is covered by a 7.6 inch OLED screen which is ideal for everything from consuming video content and making conference calls to playing live casino games and wrangling spreadsheets. But rather than having to lug around a full-blown tablet, the Galaxy Z Fold2 has a hinge that cuts its footprint in half, as well as a secondary display so you can use it like a regular-sized smartphone as well.
As with the aforementioned AirPods Max, there is a high asking price for the privilege of being on the very pinnacle of mobile tech here, but if you can stomach it, you will be the envy of everyone else with lesser phones.
TicWatch Pro 3
There are obvious smartwatch choices from the likes of Apple, Samsung and Fitbit, but sometimes it pays to broaden your search to lesser-known brands to find something truly special.
Enter the TicWatch Pro 3, a device which not only looks good but packs in more components and features than most of its closest rivals.
If you are looking for a smartwatch that is fast, responsive and versatile, while still delivering excellent battery life, then this is also a good shout. It should last for around 3 days on a single charge with normal use, and also has an ‘essential’ operation mode which limits functionality but extends usability to over a month.
Running the Wear OS software, it is very customizable, meaning you can swap between differing watch faces depending on your preferences. Rounded off with a waterproof exterior and sturdy strap, and it is a great all-rounder.
LG CX OLED TV
Modern men need to have a fashionable home theatre setup, and one of LG’s latest generation OLED screens is a great investment that also does not have to cost the earth.
Because of the way the panels are made, you may find that the 55 inch version of the CX is actually more affordable than the 48 inch version. However, the latter may be more of a sweet spot if you have a smaller living space to work with and do not want the screen to overwhelm the other aspects of your interior décor.
Kitting yourself out with fashionable gadgets has never been easier, so get searching and aim to bag a bargain on these flagship products if you can.