We've rounded up the fastest-selling, handiest and most highly rated tech gadgets available in Canada right now, from a new Nintendo Switch game the entire family can play to a Wi-Fi extender that helps keep all the smart stuff running smoothly.
TWEEN-FRIENDLY VIDEO GAMES
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is endlessly entertaining thanks to the big selection of competition options (like martial arts, track and field, and surfing) and multiple character options from both worlds.
Who it's ideal for: All-age Switch players.
Why we're endorsing it: Fun, fast-paced, recognizable characters.
Where it could use improvements: Some of the competitions could be confusing for younger users.
Size/weight/dimensions: Nintendo Switch (physical copy or digital).
(Nintendo Switch systems are rarely discounted, but The Source currently has the 32GB console with neon joy-con on sale right now.)
FOR THE PART-TIME GAMER
For amateur gamers who want to feel like they are live streaming on Twitch, these LED lights are a must. This set is highly rated because it is easy to hang, pairs to an app and has controls for brightness, speed and colour loops.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants to brighten up a room.
Why we're endorsing it: Price, ease of use.
Where it could use improvements: Installation instructions are not very detailed.
Size/weight/dimensions: 32.8 feet.
A SMARTPEN THAT DOESN'T COST A FORTUNE
The Stylus pen works on touch screens and is compatible with iPads, Kindles, Samsung Galaxy Notes and Android smartphones. It’s built like an analogue pen (the kind that uses ink), with a non-slip grip and includes three pen tips as well as some spare parts.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who wants a smartpen (without the steep price tag).
Why we're endorsing it: Ergonomic design, price.
Where it could use improvements: Limited user reviews.
Size/weight/dimensions: 12 cm.
GIVE THE DEVICES A REST
Reduce eye strain with a small, portable LED lamp with adjustable colours and brightness (white or warm). It’s great for reading in bed (it has a clamp) or late-night studiers.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone who needs a nighttime reading light.
Why we're endorsing it: Price, reviews, lightness.
Where it could use improvements: Requires batteries (not rechargeable).
Size/weight/dimensions: 10.2 x 7.6 x 6.8 cm.
AN EASY TECH FIX
If the Wi-Fi is lagging a little, an extender might be just the extra boost needed. This one gets high marks for how easy it is to install, compatibility with different routers and a coverage area of 600 square feet.
Who it's ideal for: Anyone frustrated by spotty Wi-Fi in their home or office.
Why we're endorsing it: User reviews, price, ease of installment.
Where it could use improvements: Handles up to 10 devices.
Size/weight/dimensions: 6.71 cm in height.