We all love a good gadget and there’s nothing like a piece of tech you can buy today that throws you back in time with a haze of nostalgia for days gone by.
Taking a trip down memory lane, we’ve scoured the web for a selection of the very best retro-style gadgets with a nostalgic feel.
Smartphone magnifier mini retro television
In 2017, it’s painfully easy to beam a wealth of video content from your phone straight to your TV, but where’s the fun in that? What you want is an old-fashioned telly to view it on.
The Smartphone Magnifier from Luckies of London is the height of television nostalgia. Pop your phone in the back of this chunky, faux wood television set and watch the videos blown up into 8-inch glory. Comes complete with an utter lack of remote control. No need to give this set a bash to sort the picture out and no aerials to fuss about with.
Wild & Wolf American Diner Telephone
For most of us, a landline phone might be on the verge of being a thing of the past, but if you still like the idea of having a home handset then why not go the whole hog and invest in something truly classic.
The Wild & Wolf Diner Telephone boasts the vintage charm of a 1950’s phone straight out of an American diner. With push button dialling, volume controls and other features it works perfectly in the modern home with the added bonus of a functional coin slot that could act as a great piggy-bank too.
The Brick phone
If the Diner Phone is a bit too old school for you, then spin forward a few decades with The Brick. A modern re-imagining of the classic early mobile phone from the era of yuppies and Filofaxes.
The Brick from Binatone is available as both a mobile and home phone, has a ridiculously long lasting battery (up to 3 months of standby power) and even comes with gaming classic Snake. What more could you want ?
Star Trek Bluetooth Communicator
One for classic Trekkies, this Bluetooth Communicator pairs with your mobile so you can make and receive calls like Captain Kirk himself.
Officially licensed and 3D scanned from the last official communicator prop in existence, this replica is as close as you’re going to get to the real thing.
Packed with other awesome features like wireless charging, authentic Star Trek SFX sounds, a high-quality speaker and MEMS microphone, this retro device will allow you to boldly take your phone calls where no man has gone before.
Lecia M10 Camera
Not only does this camera boast classic looks from days gone by, it also shuns modern functionality of other cameras, like video capture and autofocus. There’s still a rear LCD screen at least and you won’t need to fiddle with 35mm film but you might have trouble stomaching the price tag of more than £5.5K.
Lowfree Mechanical Keyboard
Compatible with a range of different devices (except an actual typewriter) and able to work both wired and wirelessly, as well as boasting multiple backlight settings, this keyboard is a smashingly quirky addition to your home office.
USB Typewriter ipad dock / Bluetooth Keyboard
This classic 1930’s typewriter has been restored and repurposed as a USB/Bluetooth keyboard which you can either hook up to your PC or Mac or simply dock with your iPad.
Fully functionally, with all the modern keys you could need in a 21st Century environment, this little beauty has it all. No ink ribbons necessary.
Pitched as “the world’s first intelligent turntable” LOVE is attempting to revolutionise an age-old music playback tradition – with a system that keeps the record still but moves the needle instead.
Not convinced? Consider the ability to connect to and control the vinyl player via your phone over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and play, pause, skip and repeat without any faffing. Sounds great to us!
STG European retro phonograph
Complete with turntable, CD player, AM/FM radio and an antique styling from the early 1900s, this phonograph is a true modern wonder to behold.
GPO retro Rydell Portable DAB Radio
Battery or mains powered with 20 pre-set stations and alarm clock functionality, this little box has it all. Unless you’re after Spotify of course. Still – a great gift for someone that’s not quite caught up with the rest of us yet.
ION Icad arcade gaming cabinet for ipad
Modern tablets are great – you can easily download and play all those classic arcade games you enjoyed in your youth without spending a fortune – but it’s never quite the same when using a touchscreen. Which is where this classically styled arcade cabinet comes in.
Add a tactical joystick and full-sized arcade buttons to your retro gaming. Simply plug your iPad in, download classic games like Asteroids and Battlezone and get to mashing those keys!
NES Classic Mini
If you’re not quite old enough to remember classic arcade games, but have hazy memories of Nintendo games from yesteryear the NES Classic Mini might be the modern console with a retro spin for you. This little package brings classic 8-bit gaming to the big screen with upscaling for modern HD TVs and the ability to save your game progress.
The Nintendo Classic Mini console comes with 30 gaming titles from the Japanese gaming giant’s past, including original Mario games, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and more. The original controller style remains and the classic games are a joy to revisit.
Sega Arcade Classic Console
This little kit not only includes wireless controllers but also boasts compatibility with the original Sega Megadrive cartridges. So dig about in your loft, find your old games, give them a bit of a blow then get stuck into an old fashioned gaming session!
Retro Mecintosh Apple watch stand
Fan of all things Apple? Then this watch stand is probably for you. The Elago W3 Apple Watch stand is a simple charging dock for your Apple Watch that’s designed to look like the Macintosh computers we knew and loved in the 1980’s, complete with floppy drive cut out and recessed screen.
Your beside clock will never have looked so retro and modern at the same time.
Mattel View-Master virtual reality headset
Now updated for the era of augmented and virtual reality, this View-Master headset uses the power of your smartphone to transport you to a virtual world. All housed in the classic View-Master design.
The traditional reels are still available too, but are now scanned to access more augmented reality content and games.
ION Bluetooth Audio Cassette Tape Adapter
Stick this tape in your cassette deck, pair with your phone via Bluetooth and then stream any music you like without the hassle and expense of upgrading your head unit to something more modern.
There’s a built-in rechargeable battery that’s sufficient for six to eight hours’ playback and, as if that wasn’t enough, the tape even has a microphone too – perfect for hands-free calls. No need to worry about winding unspooled tape back in with a pencil!
USB Mix Tape
Remember the hazy days when you spent hours recording songs onto a cassette tape to gift to the object of your affections? Well now you can revive your romantic side and rekindle the flame with this USB Mix Tape gift pack.
Simply pop some romantic tracks onto the stick, bung it into the cassette tape shell, scribble some notes on the index card and hand it to someone you love.
Much classier than just giving them a USB stick on its own. Alternatively, you could just create a Spotify playlist, but where’s the fun in that?
Star Trek Phaser Universal Remote Control
Control your TV and other gadgets with a range of motions, buttons and dials. Just don’t try blasting any Tribbles.
Remax Floppy Disk Power Bank
Portable battery packs are popular these days, almost as popular as 3.5-inch floppy disks in the 1990s. Indeed, we’d suggest the storage format was even more so considering they were a necessity. And considering the most common ones held a whopping 400KB think of the fun we all had.
They looked cool though, so it’s great that Remax has chosen the style for its range of power banks. And these hold a 5,000mAh battery, perfect for charging your phone on the go.