Eid gifts for frequent fliers

For the high flying executive who (almost) has it all
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Work, play or unwind onboard
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1. Bang & Olufsen H8i: If there is one piece of kit that is absolutely essential in any seat on any flight, it’s noise-cancelling earphones. That’s not just to defend against the near-certainty of youthful squawks from smaller passengers, although that is useful in itself, but to help offset the endless, churning thrum from the engines that renders any the consumption of music via normal earphones impossible. Esteemed audiophiles Bang & Olufsen recently released an improved version of its H8i noise-cancelling cans with improved battery life (up to 30 hours), a more streamlined design and crisper sound quality with lots of low-end rumble and higher end clarity. The Active Noise Cancellation technology provides an entirely silent base, too, removing both ambient hums and piercing human voices. The music even automatically pauses when you take them off. Price: $399
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2. A&Ultima Sp1000 Mp3 Player: Okay, the price might be a touch off-putting, but if you’ve gone to the trouble of buying great earphones then you may as well buy the best possible MP3 player with which to pair them. This sleek, compact stainless-steel player – which arrives in its own leather case – delivers unparalleled sound quality for all digital music files, although it’s worth using WAV, FLAC and other “lossless” formats. Put the seat back, stick the blindfold on and wallow in the details this player will add to your music. Price: $3,499
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3. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite: Any lingering hardbound, smell-the-pages reader-sceptics out there might well be converted with the most recent incarnation of the Kindle. This looks the same as it ever has but the super-sharp 300dpi screen inherited from the Kindle Voyage and the soft back light makes reading on this an absolute pleasure – whether pulpy, page-turning (scrolling?) thrillers or the latest management wisdom. We still wish you could import documents to it, though, especially when prepping for an early-morning meeting. Price: $119
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4. HooToo Wireless Travel Router: This is less about in-flight entertainment than on-the-ground practicality. This brick of a gadget combines all those functions that seem unimportant until you’re stuck in a lounge, hotel or conference hall without them – namely a secure wi-fi router, back-up storage, battery charger and media streaming. Trust us, you’ll be glad you packed it. Price: $399
Wed 06 Jun 2018 08:46 AM GST
Last Updated: Wed 06 Jun 2018 07:28 PM GST