Looking for the latest gadget to put under the tree? The holidays are the perfect time to give a loved one your favorite tech device. At Colorado Valley Communications, we asked our employees about their favorite smart devices to inspire you in your quest for a fantastic must-give present.

What is your name?
Hunter Hengst

What is your title?
GIS Technician

What is your favorite tech gift to give?
WIFI/Bluetooth rain gauge and weather meter.

What does it do?
Keeps an accurate report on rainfall and weather conditions .

Where can you find it for purchase?
Amazon

Who is the ideal recipient?
A parent or a grandparent.


What is your name?
Susie Polasek

What is your title?
Regulatory/Access Coordinator

What is your favorite tech gift to give?
Wireless Phone Charger

What does it do?
Charges your cell phone without having to worry about plugging it into the phone. Just set it on the charger and go.

Where can you find it for purchase?
Any place that sells electronics … Best Buy, Amazon, etc.

Who is the ideal recipient?
Anyone who has a cell phone.


What is your name?
Art Hernandez

What is your title?
Network Administrator

What is your favorite tech gift to give?
Apple Products that are released for Christmas. This year there is the Apple iPhone 12 Series, Apple Mac Mini and the MacBook Pro 13” with the A1 Chip!

What does it do?
iPhone 12 Pro Max No Need for a professional photographer and it’s 5G Only; Mac Mini provides a 10 GB Network Adapter for super fast internet browsing; and the MacBook Pro is extremely fast with the first ever Apple Processor.

Where can you find it for purchase?
Amazon, Apple.com, Best Buy and cell phone provider.

Who is the ideal recipient?
iPhone – daughter, through junior high, high school and college, she had a new device each year. As I look back now, I truly believe she broke them just to one up her cheer squad each Christmas. The Mac Mini and MacBook Pro is perfect for the wifey; I can play it off as hers and have fun experimenting 😊


What is your name?
Kay Loehr

What is your title?
Associate Accountant

What is your favorite tech gift to give?
Apple AirPods

What does it do?
Listen and talk “wire-free” through your iPhone, Apple Watch or iPad.

Where is it available for purchase?
Apple.com, Wal-mart or Amazon

Who is the ideal recipient?
Son

 


What is your name?
Amber Sternadel

What is your title?

Customer Relations Assistant

What is your favorite tech gift to give?
Amazon Echo Dot w/Smart Plugs.

What does it do?
It can do quite a bit; my parents use it to make their grocery list, play music, ask general questions, turn their lamps on and off (with the Smart Plugs), set timers/alarms, check the weather, etc. Currently, they use it to turn their Christmas tree lights on and off so they don’t have to try to reach behind it to plug and unplug each day.

Where can you find it for purchase?
Amazon

Who is the ideal recipient?
I gifted this to my parents who surprisingly use it all the time!


What is your name?
Kenn Kasparek

What is your title?
Sales & Marketing Coordinator

What is your favorite tech gift to give?
Ring Doorbell

What does it do?
It provides live and recorded video from your home to your mobile device where you are. It can see when visitors arrive and leave, when packages are dropped off and report crimes to other users in the neighborhood.

Where can you find it for purchase?
Amazon – anywhere where electronics are sold.

Who is the ideal recipient?
Any homeowner.


What is your name?
Sandra Weyand

What is your title?
Accounts Payable/Receivable Associate

What is your favorite tech gift to give?
Alexa speaker

What does it do?
The better question is: What can’t it do? It plays music, gives you notifications when your packages will be delivered, it sets timers and the list goes on

Where can you find it for purchase?
Everywhere, but I prefer Amazon for pricing and ease of return.

Who is the ideal recipient?
One year I gave one to my 85 year old dad because he liked to hear the music and the jokes Alexa would tell. I gave it to my brother-in-law who is 60 because of his love for music. I gave one to my kids, ages 20, 26 and 28 and theirs do things I didn’t even know Alexa could do because they are from the tech age.

This is the all around best gift for anyone and everyone, if you can just find someone who does not have one yet. And the better internet you have, the better it works, so it’s a win-win for Colorado Valley Communications customers.


It’s no secret that smart devices require additional bandwidth, which can take a toll on internet speeds.

So, whatever high-tech gizmo or gadget you give a loved one this year, be sure it’s powered by Colorado Valley Communications. Not only do we offer high-speed internet, but Colorado Valley’s Fiber Service can serve you with Internet speeds up to 100 Mbps with no data caps.

For more information or to see if you’re in our service area, visit our website.