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TECH TIMES: Winning gadgets for Super Bowl

For many football fans in the Cayman Islands, Super Bowl is the highlight of their sporting year. The Los Angeles Rams face the New England Patriots on Sunday in a highly anticipated coast-to-coast battle. It promises to be an epic. Along the way, millions around the globe will be watching the game on TV or via livestream. Many Caymanians will go out to bars like Legendz, PD’s and Lone Star to watch the championship game but for those staying at home, their enjoyment can be enhanced with the latest gadgets.

Anyone planning on watching the Super Bowl, to give it the honour it deserves, it’s best not just to watch it on your regular TV, with takeout food, and a six-pack of your favourite tipple. There’s just enough time to get a brilliant QLED TV on sale, a mini air fryer for crispy fries and other gadgets that will significantly boost anyone’s Super Bowl 2019 viewing experience.

Check out our top tips for a champion’s Super Bowl party.


Samsung Q6FN QLED TV on Sale

The Samsung 55-inch Q6FN QLED is a brilliant choice to watch the big game on. The set comes with an outstanding design and thin bezels around a 4K panel that produces incredible colours. You can mount it on the wall, of course, but its low-profile design also makes it suitable for leaving on an entertainment centre. It usually retails for $1,500, but between now and Feb. 2, there are deals for around $999.


Amazon Fire TV Cube

Amazon's Fire TV Cube is a handy set-top box to connect to any television setup. The device works with a slew of streaming apps, including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. But since this is the Super Bowl, it can also fire up the CBS Sports App, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV, among others, to watch the big game live. Plus, with Alexa's help, it’s possible to voice-control a smart home during the game or change channels with your voice if it's a dud.


Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance

Home brew kits have gained in popularity and this is the ideal opportunity to do just that. The Pico Pro Craft Beer Brewing Appliance is a $549 device that provides 5 litres of beer at a time, or enough for thirteen 12-ounce bottles. Also included is a CO2 carbonation system that serves fresh-tasting beer every time it’s used. You can brew everything from IPAs to stouts to porters.


Krups Air Low Fat Fryer

Fried foods are a staple during the Super Bowl, but they don’t necessarily need to be fattening. The Krups Air Low Fat Fryer is a $130 air fryer that attempts to create the same frying effect you'd get with oil but uses air to do it. The result is nicely fried food that isn't nearly as fattening or as bad for you as traditional methods. The Krups air fryer has a 30-minute timer and can cook at temperatures of up to 390 degrees Fahrenheit. It'll also hold up to 2.5 litres with each fry.


Logitech Harmony Ultimate One

With so many devices sitting in an entertainment centre, it’s always a good idea to have a universal remote handy. And the Logitech Harmony Ultimate One is one of the best options. The remote is compatible with everything from televisions to smart-home devices and comes with a touch screen that lets you quickly activate scenes for playing video games, watching movies and more. Physical buttons make it a little easier to use. The device usually retails for $250, but you can get it now for much less.


Oster Convection Oven with Dedicated Pizza Drawer

Convection ovens can come in handy during the Super Bowl. While you're making ribs or something else on the range, you can turn on the Oster Convection Oven and toss in some nachos. Better yet, the device comes with a dedicated pizza draw that's designed to make pizza, bruschetta or anything else you fancy.


PoptheTop Automatic Beer Bottle Opener

PoptheTop is a handy companion to have around when drinking beer. The gadget costs just $8 and automatically removes a bottle cap without requiring the use of an opener. PoptheTop's device comes in two colours and is made from aluminium. Simply place it over the bottle's neck, press down, and the top pops off. Not bad for under 10 bucks.


TV Vizio P65

If you're in the market for a new TV and want top features, but don't want to break the bank, the Vizio P-series is a great option. The Vizio P65 features a 65-inch screen and 4K resolution. And it's a smart TV, which means it’ll allow you to access a variety of streaming apps, including those that will be streaming the Super Bowl. If you need a smaller version, go with the 55-inch P55 which costs around $648 and has all the same features.


Char-Broil Simple Smoker

Smokers have been gaining in popularity in recent years, and the Char-Broil Simple Smoker is a great choice for anyone who might be new to smoking meat or who simply wants a quick, easy solution. The smoker plugs into a wall outlet and lets you smoke whatever type of meat put into it. With help from its SmartChef app, you can see over Wi-Fi what the smoker’s internal temperature is and set its cook time. It also comes with a cover for protecting the smoker from the elements.


Smart TV TCL 43S517

Budget-conscious shoppers looking for a new TV to enjoy the Super Bowl in a smaller room should opt for the TCL 43S517. At under $400, it's hard to beat the price, and this 43-inch set offers 4K resolution. It comes with three HDMI ports, and thanks to Roku software integration, you can access a slew of apps and streaming services to watch the Super Bowl on.

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