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CNET Top 5: Editors' top tech gifts

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CNET Top 5: Editors' top tech gifts

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CNET Editors' top gift picks from our most popular product categories.

If you?re stumped for a gift this Holiday season, CNET is here to help. Our annual holiday gift guide collects the best products, with a wide range of prices for every budget. But to cut to the chase, this Top 5 will reveal CNET?s top gift picks for the Holidays. And since they?re all equally amazing, I?ve sorted these roughly in order of the popularity of the product category. Starting off at #5: The Microsoft Xbox One. Along with the Sony PS4, gamers have been waiting a long time for these new consoles. The Xbox One is the more expensive of the two, but it is making its debut with more high profile games. Time will tell which of these consoles will win the war for our living room, but if you want a killer new system and the games to go with it, the Xbox One is the one. An HDTV comes in at #4: the Panasonic TC-PST60, an Editor?s Choice and one of the last plasma TVs we might see from Panasonic. Underneath all the LED LCD hype, and the looming monster of 4K TVs no one needs, plasma is still the best option when it comes to picture quality, image contrast, and value. If you?re still living with small, sad little TV, I would jump on this before it disappears. At #3: the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch. Sad to say, but even after the explosion of Windows 8 laptops and hybrids this year, the MacBook Air is still our go-to machine for most users. It?s beautiful, light, fast, and easy to fall in love with. It?s also one of the toughest laptops to ever survive our Always On torture test. Speaking of Apple, a tablet comes in at #2: the Apple iPad? Mini. That?s right, the Mini, now updated with a Retina display. The iPad Air is great, most people already know what that size of iPad is all about. Sure, it?s lighter now, but it?s still not as light as the iPad Mini. Great for reading, great for travelling, perfect for kids, and $100 less than the iPad Air. And that?s where the Apple love ends. We?ll top this list off with a smartphone, and for us, that?s the Samsung Galaxy S4. Everybody loves this phone. It?s on every carrier, the screen is beautiful, it takes great pictures, and it?s very fast. Now that we keep our smartphones on us all day, every day, an upgrade like this is something that makes a big impact. CLOSE--------------So there you go, five of the hottest products from our CNET Holiday Gift Guide. You can find the whole thing over at Holiday. CNET.com, or for more Top 5s from me, including the Best gifts under $100, Top5. CNET.com. I?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.

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