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Smart ways to upgrade your life in 2021

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From TVs to tablets and gaming, here are the products to up your tech game

Whether it’s a TV or tablet to binge-watch the latest Netflix series, a fitness tracker to help with those health goals or a new laptop for the home office, we turn to technology to help make our lives better. Now that the colder months are approaching, it’s as good a time as any to think seriously about a tech upgrade. With that in mind, here’s a selected look at some of the best premium tech products you can buy right now.

Upgrade your smartphone to 5G

5G is the future of smartphones – lightning-fast speeds that let you download films, music and apps in seconds. If you want an Android phone that has 5G capability at a reasonable price, then the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is as good a choice as any. The S20 FE is smaller than the regular S20, but offers better battery life and greater 5G performance according to Expert Reviews’ tests.

If your budget stretches, then you may want to look at the Samsung Note 20 Ultra, which offers more screen space, a pro-grade camera capable of taking stunning photos and 8K video, and an S Pen to boost your productivity. The foldable Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, meanwhile, is a true powerhouse that’s both a cutting-edge smartphone and a capable work device when it opens out into a 7.6in display. Buy a new Galaxy Z Fold3 and you’ll also be able to claim a free Samsung Starter Kit, consisting of a flip case, S Pen and 25W fast charger. All these Samsung products are available with up to 12 months to pay from Argos.

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Get the latest gaming tech

There are many good reasons to get a gaming laptop. Their processors make them extremely fast, they’re built with more robust parts for longevity and they can do everything your standard laptop can, such as run Microsoft Office or browse the internet. Plus, the keyboard is designed with speed and usability in mind, so you’ll feel the benefit whether you’re playing the latest first-person shooter or powering through a Word document.

The Acer Nitro 5 is a fine gaming laptop choice, making use of the latest Intel Core i5 processor and the powerful new Nvidia RTX GPU. It also has dual cooling fans and Acer CoolBoost tech to keep the device’s temperature down as it’s shifting up the gears. Similarly, the MSI GeForce GTX 1650 is a sleek, lightweight option with the processing power to deal with all your entertainment and productivity needs.

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Go big screen with a new smart TV

With more and more big-budget series arriving on streaming platforms such as Netflix and Disney+, it’s well worth having a super-sized screen to watch them on.

For a truly mammoth TV, the 70in LG UP77 brings incredible Ultra HD images and the simple-to-use webOS smart platform. The latter will give you access to apps such as Freeview Play, Now, Netflix, Prime Video, Disney+, Twitch and more, meaning you’ll be able to seamlessly connect to all your favourite streaming platforms.

On a smaller but no less impressive scale, the 58in Philips Ambilight TV offers an innovative viewing experience with LED lamps that project colours and light back onto your wall to make the TV’s picture more immersive. It can also access popular apps such as YouTube, Netflix and Prime Video, and has built-in Alexa to connect you to your wider smart home.

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Find the right tablet

Whether it’s entertainment on the move or relaxing on the sofa with an ebook, tablets are the ideal devices – and they come in a variety of price ranges to suit any budget.

Apple offers the slimline iPad Air, the small iPad mini or the all-rounder iPad. The latter comes with either 32GB or 128GB of memory capacity, and its 10.2in screen gives you ample space for movies, TV and browsing work applications. Those who favour Android tablets may want to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab range, offering crystal-clear images on screens up to 12.4in.

If you want a tablet that balances both reading and streaming, then the Amazon Fire 10 HD is a solid choice at an affordable price. It doesn’t skimp on performance either, with its 3GB of RAM and octa-core processor making for a responsive device. For younger members of the family, you can opt for the Fire HD 10 Kids, complete with the Amazon Kids+ subscription package with fun and educational content from Disney and CBeebies.

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Tech to treat yourself

If you’re keen for some new gadgets to treat yourself or your family, then there are plenty of options on offer at Argos.

Garmin’s Fenix series has long been leading the pack when it comes to fitness wearables, and the Fenix 6X Pro is the latest feature-packed smartwatch from the range. This GPS watch gives you training status, VO2 max estimates for runners and cyclists, and a PacePro feature to keep your fitness strategy on track.

Getting wireless earphones that stay in place for a workout can be tricky – the durable Powerbeats Pro, complete with secure-fit ear hooks, represent the premium choice. They’re made with elite athletes in mind, with full volume and track controls and more than 24 hours of combined playback when used with the charging case.

Those looking for their first DSLR might want to take a look at this Canon EOS 2000D kit. Its 24.1-megapixel sensor means pictures will capture detail even in tricky light, while full 1080p video with sound is also available. This kit comes with an 18-55mm lens, 16GB memory card, camera cover and case with shoulder strap.

All of these and more are available at Argos’ tech offers hub. There you’ll find the latest gadgets and a host of tempting offers, including three Nectar points for every £1 you spend and buy now pay later for up to 12 months on selected Samsung and Garmin lines. Great gadgets are there for the taking, geared to help you work, rest and play throughout the rest of 2021.

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