Wishing brilliant Christmas gift ideas would just come swooping your way like mince pies on Christmas Day? Well, here’s your festive wish granted, courtesy of Sony’s Year End Promotion at all Sony Store, Sony Centre and authorised dealers in Singapore. Snap up glam’ gadgetry for everyone in the fam’ from 19 November 2015 to 3 January 2016 and get up to 25% cash back, discounts and exclusive free gifts (which you can pocket for yourself, of course). And you thought you weren’t very good at economics!
GIFTS FOR HEALTH JUNKIES:
Yes, we know back in the day, people used to train with nothing but a stopwatch, but Sony’s Smart B-Trainer™ ($349) has changed all that, squeezing a running log and music playback into one nifty device. In fact, with its built-in heart rate monitor, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and barometer, the waterproof workout buddy does everything but exercise for you. Select a training menu according to your fitness goals (marathon training, anyone?) and, post-run, it’ll flash you 11 types of running data (think Distance, Steps, Elevation, Pace, Lap, Cadence, Heart-rate and Calories). Depending on your setting, real-time voice feedback will summarise your run after every 5 minutes or 1km, and songs will be selected based on heart rate (it’ll switch the tempo to a slower song if heart rate is too fast, for example). We reckon Santa’s going to need to bulk order Smart B-Trainer™ to meet demand this Christmas!
Whether hiking up Bukit Timah, trekking around MacRitchie Reservoir or sunning it up on Sentosa, Sony’s FDR-1000VR ($749 with free gifts worth up to $258) is made for the great outdoors. The waterproof action cam’ shrugs off wet weather, but pop on the included waterproof case and you’re good down to 10m (or 60m with the optional dive accessory). Oh, and it’s heat-, dust- and sand-resistant, too. The dashing device records footage in 4K 100Mbps quality, meaning you’ll capture even the subtlest of details that you can share instantly via Wi-Fi, and Live View Remote (waterproof up to 3m) that lets you remotely control and adjust camera settings. Movie Highlight Maker is another great feature that automatically produces an edited highlight MP4 video of a recording session, complete with custom background music. And don’t forget to download Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app (available for both Android™ and iOS) so you can control your cam’ with a smart device via Wi-Fi. Genius!
GIFTS FOR HER:
Want to know where you’d find us on Boxing Day if Sony’s DSC-RX100 IV ($1,399 with $100 cashback and free gifts up to $139) made it into our Christmas stocking? We’d be practicing our landscape shots and making mini movies with the pocket-size snapper at the likes of Fort Canning and Singapore Botanic Gardens, before sloping off home for leftovers. The cam’ wraps up features previously only available in pro cameras – think outstanding 4K quality and a memory attached 1.0-typed stacked CMOS sensor that allows you to record in 40x super slow motion or super-speed up to 1000fps. Snap, snap!
Stylish smartphone alert! With a 4K Ultra HD Display that packs in four times the resolution of Full HD, Sony’s 5.5-inch Xperia Z5 Premium ($1,098 with free gifts worth up to $50) is perfect for catching up on episodes of Mad Men on the run (whether that’s waiting for Junior at the school gates, sneaky TV-time in bed on a Saturday morning, or multi-tasking on the cycling machine). Its 23MP camera with ultra-fast Hybrid Autofocus allows you to get the perfect shot within 0.03secs of focusing, which should just be quick enough to catch little Jimmy mid-somersault!
Lime Yellow, Viridian Blue, Charcoal Black, Bordeaux Pink and Cinnabar Red – Sony’s MDR-100AAP ($249) headphones come in a range of seamless 1-colour finish designs to suit any fashion style. The compact folding design with carrying case, in-line remote and tangle-free cable makes them a doddle to travel with, which is a good thing because you won’t ever want to be without them – that’s how good these beauties are!
GIFTS FOR HIM:
Any lensman worth his weight in megapixels will be holding out hope for Sony’s full-frame, palm-sized α7R II camera ($4,099 with free gifts worth up to $209) this Christmas. The sleek shooter packs in the world’s first 35mm back-illuminated full-frame sensor and 5-axis image stabilisation (goodbye, camera shake!) that gives you the highest resolution, sensitivity and read-out speed. Happy hub’!
Do you hear what I hear? Sony’s NW-ZX2 ($1,599 with free gifts worth up to $59) is the perfect gift for audiophiles. With over 33 hours playback, a 4.0-inch TRULUMINOS display with a 128GB memory slot that lets you store more than 800 high-resolution audio tracks, and High-Resolution Audio optimised to its fullest through S-Master HX technology, we’d say you can probably bank on the fact that there won’t be much chat around the house this festive season!
Blokes across Singapore will be clamouring to get their hands on Sony’s PlayStation®4 Star Wars™ Battlefront™ Bundle ($599), so help ’em out Santa and deliver one come Christmas morning, won’t you? The limited-edition console includes PS4™ software “Star Wars™ Battlefront™’ (Chinese/ English version), a fully customised PlayStation®4 and a DUALSHOCK®4 wireless controller inspired by Darth Vader. From large-scale 40-player battles to smaller modes for 8 players, Star Wars™ Battlefront™ lets you play as some of the most iconic characters in the Star Wars™ universe, including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. May the force be with you!
GIFTS FOR THE FAMILY:
For movie marathons with buckets of popcorn, internet surfing or epic gaming sessions with a troop of friends, Sony’s KD–65X9000C ($7,499 with a free PS4 – oh yes!) makes the perfect Christmas gift. At just 4.9mm at its thinnest point, it’s the world’s thinnest 4K LED TV, with a processor so powerful that it delivers four times the detail of Full HD TV and a picture quality so clear that we reckon even your neighbour will be able to lean in and catch the action from across the street. Show your tech-savvy side and use Google Cast™ to play movies, shows and photos from your Android™ or iOS mobile device to your telly – that’ll keep those Christmas guests entertained!
Want real surround sound in your home, but not so keen on the drilling and re-shuffling of furniture this usually entails? Then Sony’s HT-RT5 ($999 with 15% off) is the sound system for you. You’ll feel like you’re in a movie theatre with real 5.1ch surround sound with 550W power output, a three channel sound bar, wireless subwoofer, and two wirelessly connected rear speakers. Elf on repeat?