(December 2, 2020)--Thanks to the ever-evolving gadgetry available to modern consumers, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained whether you are snuggled up on the sofa or out and about.
In fact, the portable entertainment market has never been more exciting or varied, so here is a look at the top options for keeping the boredom at bay in a handheld way in 2021.
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Nintendo Switch Lite
The full-fat Nintendo Switch is a hybrid of portable and home console gaming, but if you are not interested in hooking it up to a TV as well as playing on the go, the Lite version is ideal.
It is compatible with all of the same games and experiences, but benefits from a lower price point and even comes in a variety of fun colors, making it ideal for tailoring to the personality of the player and earning it critical acclaim to boot.
With family-friendly games like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Minecraft, and Super Mario Odyssey, the Switch Lite is appropriate for all ages. What’s more, with bundle deals and discounts often available, it has never been more affordable.
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Its name may be confusing and somewhat convoluted, but in terms of value for money, this is the best entertainment-focused smartphone you can buy at the moment.
Whether you want to watch videos, stream movies, play at a live casino via modern services, or get your fill of portable gaming and all-around productivity, the Poco X3 NFC ticks all the boxes. It has a huge 6.7-inch screen with a solid 1080x2400 resolution and a whip-fast 120Hz refresh rate, a hefty 5160mAh battery that will let you keep consuming media for longer, and a solid Snapdragon 732G chipset along with 6GB of RAM for snappy performance.
Some corners have been cut in terms of camera quality, but if you want a cheap smartphone for under $200, this option from Xiaomi is one to watch.
Rather than being a device in its own right, Google Stadia is instead a game streaming service that is designed to bring high-end visuals and performance to almost any device with an internet connection.
For a monthly subscription, you can enjoy the latest titles including Marvel’s Avengers and NBA2K21, all of which are powered remotely by Google’s vast data centers. The end result is then streamed to your smartphone, laptop, tablet or even smart TV, allowing you to enjoy no-compromise graphical fidelity without having to spend thousands on a range-topping desktop PC.
If you would rather play games from your existing collection on the go without having to buy them all over again, then rival streaming services to Google Stadia such as Nvidia’s GeForce Now are worth considering as well.
LG PF50KA projector
Taking a fully-fledged 1080p HD projector and making it small and compact enough to pop in a backpack and use almost anywhere sounds like an impossible achievement, yet it is something that LG has managed with the PF50KA.
With it, you can project a screen measuring up to 100 inches across the diagonal onto any available surface, whether that might be the inside of a tent, the side of a building, or a makeshift sheet assembly. With a built-in rechargeable battery, it has enough juice to watch a film or two without access to the mains. It even has integrated speakers, making it an all-in-one solution to your group's portable entertainment needs.
The cherry on the cake is the compatibility with ScreenShare, which is LG’s platform for smart TV functionality that makes it easier to share content with the projector with no need for messy cables.