There was a dizzying amount of tech to take in when more than 3,500 companies exhibited their new wares at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month in Las Vegas. From drones to a gaming laptop that tracks eye movements to a wearable translator, the largest consumer electronics show in the world never disappoints.
While much of the gadgetry on display at CES won’t be for sale for a few months, we were able to find some of the top tech gadgets that are already on the market and will have tech junkie’s mouth watering.
And the tech gadgets we’ve rounded up have the added bonus of extra cash back for Splender members through January 31, 2016!
Many vendors at CES had their own version of a smartwatch, including the very popular wearable fitness tracker company, Fitbit. This year, Fitbit highlighted its new fitness tracker, the Fitbit Blaze. Fitbit claims that its watch is unique with a focus on fitness and sophisticated, stylish design.
The new Fitbit Blaze is a perfect match for those who want to skip the high price tag of the Apple Watch without sacrificing the rich design and features. Fitbit Blaze makes it incredibly simple (and fun) to track your progress and set goals – and much more. The watch features a vibrant, hi-resolution colored LCD touch screen that can display a connected GPS, FitStar workouts and all-day activity tracking that records steps, distance, calories burned, stairs climbed, etc. It also monitors how long and how well you sleep; shares stats with friends; and syncs stats wirelessly and automatically to your computer.
Where the Fitbit Blaze rises above its predecessors is its ability to receive calls, texts and calendar notifications right on your wrist. Pre-order your Fitbit Blaze at Brookstone for $199.99, where Splender members will receive 12% cash back.
JBL Flip 3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker
The JBL Flip 3 is the next generation of the award-winning Flip series portable speakers. The compact speaker is powered by a rechargeable Lithium ion battery that offers 10 hours of continuous, high-quality, room-filling stereo audio playtime. It is suitable for any environment because of its durable, waterproof materials that are available in eight vibrant colors. In addition, the speaker features a built-in noise and echo cancelling speakerphone for crystal clear calls and can connect wirelessly to up to three smartphones or tablets.
But the most ear-catching aspect of this tech gadget is no longer having to worry about spills or fearing a small splash of water will hit your speakers while lounging by the pool—the Flip 3 speaker is a perfect accessory for a relaxing beach getaway or your next outdoor adventure.
The JBL Flip 3 speakers are available at Adorama for $99.95, where Splender members will earn 2% cash back.
OneLink by First Alert Wi-Fi Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Compatible with Apple’s HomeKit software, First Alert is becoming a big player on the safety side of the smart home industry.
The company’s new OneLink Wi-Fi Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is the perfect tech gadget for any home. It’s Siri-enabled and can connect to your home’s wireless network, so you can receive remote notifications in case of an alarm, test or silence false alarms with the app, and even check its status with the help of Siri.
The First Alert OneLink comes in a hardwired version with a 10-year battery backup or a battery-powered model with a 10-year sealed battery. The hardwired model costs $120, and the battery version is $110. Both are available now at Sears, with 6% cash back for Splender members.
Speck Pocket VR with CandyShell Case
Every tech geek wanted a piece of virtual reality (VR) at this year’s CES. Speck’s latest creation is the Pocket VR with CandyShell Grip, a collapsible VR headset that is compatible with both iPhone 6/6s and Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphones. The headset can be used to display content created for Google’s Cardboard VR apps, allowing smartphone users to experience VR on their devices.
The Pocket VR attaches to Candyshell Grip to provide users an immersive viewing experience for 3D content and VR. When not in use, the Pocket VR easily folds up and slips into a pocket, as its name implies. The Pocket VR comes with a matching CandyShell Grip case.
The Pocket VR pack won’t be released until this spring, and $70 will get you the viewer and the CandyShell Grip for the iPhone 6/6s or the Samsung Galaxy S6. But if you can’t wait until then, Speck’s current CandyShell Grip phone cases, which are compatible with the Pocket VR, can be purchased at Nordstrom for $44 with 3% cash back for Splender members.
Wacom Bamboo Smart
Wacom has long been considered one of the best digital art and production brands for consistently providing top-notch pens, drawing boards and tablets. They didn’t fail to impress at CES 2016 with their newest stylus pen, the Bamboo Smart, either.
The Bamboo Smart is the perfect tech gadget for writing, doodling, taking notes or drawing sketches for your next masterpiece. The stylus uses the latest technology to make it feel more pen-like than ever before, and truly captures your natural handwriting onto your tablet. It comes with two interchangeable pen tips, a firmer tip or soft rubberized one that feels as if you’re writing on paper. The balanced ergonomic shape makes it comfortable to hold, and the contemporary, matte finish makes this a stylish mobile accessory to take with you on the go.
The Bamboo Smart is available now for Samsung tablets at New Egg for $39.95. Splender members can earn 2% cash back when you purchase through splender.com. Per Wacom, the Bamboo Smart will be available for Windows products by February 2016.
This year’s CES delivered a host of great new tech gadgets that are sure to make everyone sit up and take notice. While several of the newsmakers won’t be released for a few months, there are some high-tech items already on the marketplace that will satisfy anyone’s tech cravings.
Don’t forget to sign up for Splender to take advantage of our extra cash back offers through January 31.