No budget limitations for your holiday shopping? Congratulations, 1-percenter! Here's your no-holds-barred gift list.
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No budget limitations for your holiday shopping? Congratulations on being part of the 1 percent! Here's your no-holds-barred tip-top tech gift list.
Most Powerful. Mac. Ever. Need any more enticement? This cylinder of pure computing brawn starts at $3,000. Yes, it's probably overkill for anything less than rendering a new Pixar movie. But that's the point, right?
Face facts: you have a top-of-the-line dSLR, but it rarely leaves the closet. That's where the $3,300 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II comes in. It's pretty much the smallest full-frame camera you can buy, delivering photos that will blow your camera phone away in a package that's eminently portable.
The Vizio Reference Series, featuring a high-end, huge-screened TV packed with the latest display technology, is now on sale for those with deep enough pockets to afford it.
Vizio is known for TVs that provide excellent value, so the price bracket of the Reference series is a departure of epic proportions. The 120-inch version costs $129,999 and its 65-inch sibling will demand a cool $5,999.
CNET's drone reviewer Josh Goldman calls DJI's top-of-the-line Inspire 1 "awesome" and says it handles like a dream. At around $3,000, it's an excellent aerial photo and video (4K) solution for professionals or well-heeled enthusiasts looking for a simple, ready-to-fly drone with camera-swapping potential.
If those Beyerdynamics aren't quite right for you, move on up to the Audeze LCD 3 headphones. Of this model, Steve Guttenberg said: "I have never heard a set of headphones that got even remotely close to the sound of live music the way this one does." These world-class 'phones are crafted in the USA, and you'll pay dearly for them: $2,957.
Those who can't quite afford this model might also check out LCD-2, which retails for $1,000.
Our video guru David Katzamaier says: "If you have the money [$5,000], and you want a 65-inch TV, you should buy the LG 65EF9500. It has the best picture of any TV I've tested so far, and it's flat. For that reason alone I like it better than its curved counterpart, the EG9600, which costs the same."
Every 27-inch iMac now includes Apple's Retina 5,120x2,880 display, and the entire 27-inch lineup has been moved up to Intel's latest sixth-generation Core i-series processors, also known by the codename Skylake. The 5K display is simply stunning, especially when displaying high-res full-screen photos and video.
Like people, cars tend to get bigger with each successive year. When a luxury car gets big enough, it begins to cross into uncomfortable territory. Does it become an effective limousine, a land-yacht designed for the owner not to drive but to be driven? Or, does it continue on as a driver's car, optimized to cosset those who sit behind the wheel?
BMW's 7 Series has long straddled that very fine line, and with this sixth generation, it does so with more poise than ever before. The 2016 BMW 7 Series is a luxury cruiser par excellance, yet with the touch of a button becomes a capable, if not quite captivating, driver's machine. A steal for $81,300?
Bowers & Wilkins' Zeppelin Wireless may not be portable, but it is one of the best sounding wireless tabletop speakers out there at $700, with support for both Apple AirPlay Wi-Fi audio streaming and Bluetooth streaming.
After calling their sonic clarity "addicting," Steve Guttenberg -- CNET's resident golden-eared audio expert -- went on to declare: "The T-70 is an awesome set of headphones, and it's one of the most comfortable over-the-ear models I've ever had the pleasure of testing." They'll run you about $500 -- and are worth every penny.
Sure, let the masses have their tiny Bluetooth speakers. But if you're old-school, and actually care what your music sounds like, you're OK with sinking $1,500 into a pair of KEF LS50 bookshelf speakers.
The race to make the most powerful router has begun. Asus recently announced the Asus RT-AC5300U and now Netgear has its $400 Nighthawk X8 AC5300 Smart Wi-Fi Router (model R8500).
Like the Asus, this is a quad-stream tri-band router that has two 5GHz bands and one 2.4GHz band. Each of the 5GHz bands can deliver up to 2,166Mbps and the 2.4GHz band can deliver up to 1,000Mbps, making the total Wi-Fi bandwidth at any given time as much as 5,300Mbps, or 5.3GBps. Simply put, this means on paper this router is one of the fastest on the market.
For jet-setters looking for a watch that keeps perfect time Citizen is now shipping its Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900 ($2400), which it bills as the "world's thinnest light-powered GPS satellite-synchronized watch with the world's fastest signal reception speed."
Constructed out of Citzen's lightweight but strong Super Titanium, the F900 includes a chronograph and a dual-time display function that allows the watch to display the time in two different world time zones simultaneously.
There are other GPS satellite-synchronized watches out there, including the Astron series from competitor Seiko, but Citizen is touting how quickly the F900 acquires GPS signals and sets the precise time -- in as little as 3 seconds -- wherever you are in the world.
Working standing up is all the rage. But you can take it a step further (or maybe farther in this case) with a desk treadmill.
The Pro-Form Thinline Pro Desk Treadmill, which costs $2,000, has console that folds down, forming a small tabletop to rest your laptop. It takes a little getting used to, but, yes, you can walk and work at the same time.