My Holiday Tech Haul

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The holiday season is a good time to buy tech for yourself or someone else. Black Friday has become more like Black Fall, where things are on sale for months! I try hard to not buy anything I wasn’t already planning on buying due to a sale, but I’m not immune to impulse buys. Plus, this is the season for gifts. In this article, I’ll go through the tech haul my family purchased or received this holiday season.

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Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV

Yeah, I know I already have a Google TV. I reviewed it last year. As I wrote then, it has surpassed Roku as my favorite streaming device. So, I had to get another one for my basement TV. My only issue with the Goole TV dongle is the extremely limited storage space. You can solve this and make it into a more reliable wired streamer with one of these USB-C dongles:

Preview Product Price
VEMONT USB C hub,5 in1 USB-C hub, Type-c multiport Adapter with Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0 hub for Data, 100W Power Delivery, USB c hub for Laptop MacBook/ipad, and Other USB C Devices VEMONT USB C hub,5 in1 USB-C hub, Type-c multiport Adapter with Gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 3.0 hub for... $21.99Amazon Prime
UtechSmart USB C Hub, USB C Ethernet Multiport Adapter, 6 In 1 USB C to HDMI Dock Compatible for Macbook Pro/Air, Chromebook, Dell XPS, HP and Type C Devices (Gigabit Ethernet 100W PD 4K HDMI USB 3.0) UtechSmart USB C Hub, USB C Ethernet Multiport Adapter, 6 In 1 USB C to HDMI Dock Compatible for... $29.99 $25.49Amazon Prime
USB C Hub Adapter, Lemorele 5-in-1 USB C Dongel Multiport Adapter with 4K HDMI, 1000M Ethernet, 2 USB 2.0 Ports, 100W USB C PD Charging for MacBook M1 Air/Pro, iPad M1, Switch, XPS15, Windows USB C Hub Adapter, Lemorele 5-in-1 USB C Dongel Multiport Adapter with 4K HDMI, 1000M Ethernet, 2...
Anker USB C Hub, 341 USB-C Hub (7-in-1) with 4K HDMI, 100W Power Delivery, USB-C and 2 USB-A 5 Gbps Data Ports, microSD and SD Card Reader, for MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, XPS, and More Anker USB C Hub, 341 USB-C Hub (7-in-1) with 4K HDMI, 100W Power Delivery, USB-C and 2 USB-A 5 Gbps... $34.99Amazon Prime
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Chromecast with Google TV Remote Attachment

Chromecast w/Google TV Wasserstein Universal remote attachment
Wasserstein Universal Remote Attachment for Chromecast w/Google TV

I used to love my Harmony remotes. And, for a while, I was in search of the perfect universal remote. But with smart streaming device interfaces becoming so simple (see the Roku remote or the Chromecast remote above, for example), and HDMI-CEC, I no longer need a remote that can do I lot. I just need one to control a few extra functions on the A/V receiver and the TV. I still don’t want to have to use multiple remotes, however. That’s where the remote attachments below come in handy:

Both of these add-on remotes can learn basic IR commands from another remote. I have the Wasserstein version because it was a lower price when I bought it. But they are pretty similar. I’d just buy whichever is less expensive.

Samsung QN90A Smart TV

Samsung QN90A 65 inch TV
Samsung QN90A 65 inch QLED 4K TV

This is the crown jewel of my holiday haul. With our family room TV being 9 years old, I decided it was time to get a new TV and get into 4K. I decided to go with the Samsung QN90A because it had great reviews, and I got a great deal from a local electronics store. Most people say the OLED TVs, especially the ones from LG, give the gest picture. But this room has a lot of windows and can get fairly bright, which makes viewing OLED TVs less satisfying. Plus, QLED TVs, as of now, have fewer burn-in issues than OLED. So, I went with QLED. The viewing has been a great upgrade over my old Panasonic plasma.

Here are the TVs I considered:

Preview Product Price
Samsung 65-in QN90A QLED Smart LED TV QN65QN90AAFXZA (2021) Samsung 65-in QN90A QLED Smart LED TV QN65QN90AAFXZA (2021) $1,397.95
LG C1 Series 65-Inch Class OLED Smart TV OLED65C1PUB, 2021 - 4K TV, Alexa Built-in LG C1 Series 65-Inch Class OLED Smart TV OLED65C1PUB, 2021 - 4K TV, Alexa Built-in $1,399.00
TCL 65-inch 6-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED Roku Smart TV - 65R635, 2021 Model, Black TCL 65-inch 6-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR QLED Roku Smart TV - 65R635, 2021 Model, Black $1,498.99
Hisense ULED Premium 65U8G QLED Series 65-inch Android 4K Smart TV with Alexa Compatibility, 1500-nit HDR10+, Dolby Vision IQ & Atmos, 120Hz, HDMI 2.1,Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, Ethernet, Game Mode Pro Hisense ULED Premium 65U8G QLED Series 65-inch Android 4K Smart TV with Alexa Compatibility,...
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Denon AVR-760H

Denon AVR-S760H
Denon AVR-S760H

My old AV receiver does not support 4K. In order to enjoy 4K from dongles, video game consoles, etc., and support the best sound for this room I bought the Denon AVR-S760H. I could technically use the eARC port and connect my devices directly to the TV to get 4K, but I run the wires for my TV behind the wall for a clean installation, and all my dongles are located by the receiver. If I connect them directly to the TV, I’ll have power wires and HDMI cables running on the fireplace mantle, and that’s not a good look. The Denon AVR-S760H also supports HDMI 2.1 to make it a little future-proof.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Pixel 6 Pro

It had been three years since I bought a new phone, which is an eternity for me, as you can see from my smartphone journey. In fact, everyone in the house had a newer phone than me! But, I hadn’t seen a phone that made me want to buy it until the Google Pixel 6 Pro, and I pulled the trigger! The phone is awesome. I get Android 12, 5G, a great camera, and many more features to make the upgrade worth it. It also has wireless charging, so I got these chargers (one for work and one for home):

Yootech [2 Pack] Wireless Charger 10W Max Wireless Charging Stand, Compatible with iPhone 15/15 Plus/15 Pro Max/14/13/SE 2022/12/SE 2020/11/X/8,Samsung Galaxy S23/S22/S21/S20/S10(No AC Adapter)
  • TWO PACK DESIGN: Two pieces in the package, you place and charge with one stand at home, and one at your office. Or you can take one of them as a backup if you have two or more mobile phones or if it can also work with your wife/husband's mobile phone.
  • VERTICAL AND HORIZONTAL CHARGING: It can charge your phone both vertically and horizontally with perfect angle for your eyes, you can watch movies, listen to music, make calls or send message without interruption during the whole charging process.
  • INTELLIGENT TEMPERATURE PROTECTION: Exclusive multifunctional intelligent protect technology, protect your phone from overcharging and overheating. For daily use of the wireless charger, please make sure there are no metal objects in the charging area including your phone case.
  • SLEEP-FRIENDLY: Yootech smart indicator design is for you to enjoy life better. The Green LED light will keep flashing for 3 seconds When plug in, and will be on for 16 seconds if recognizes your phone well, and then it will turn off to provide you a comfortable sleeping environment.
  • PACKAGE & SERVICE: You will get 2 x Wireless Charging Stand, 2 x 3. 3ft USB Type C Cable, 1 x User Manual and reliable 12-hour response service. At Yootech, zero risk purchase is for every customer's smiles.

Tech Haul Odds and Ends

I bought a Blu-ray player! Yeah, I know it’s 2022. But, we still have some DVDs and Blu-rays that we occasionally want to play. My old DVD unit died. I got a Blu-ray player from a local thrift store that was $10 and works perfectly!

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I also had to buy some updated cables to run HDMI 2.1 and eARC from my TV to my A/V receiver. The cables are long because I have to run them through the wall to my receiver. These cables work great:

Last but not least, all these remotes and some of the smart home gadgets require batteries. I find over time I save money with rechargeables, so I got a few new rechargeable batteries and a battery charger:

Holiday Tech Haul Final Thoughts

Wow, that’s a lot! I’m very thankful for all of these items, and we put them all to good use. I doubt I’ll get anywhere near this kind of tech haul for the next few years, so I’m really gonna enjoy this one!

What tech did you get for the holidays? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

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My Holiday Tech Haul

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