CNET Top 5: Tech gifts under $50
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

CNET Top 5: Tech gifts under $50

3:00 /

Great, gift-worthy tech, for under $50.

If your family has a lot of tech fanatics, shopping for the holidays can get expensive very quickly. Fortunately, CNET is here to help. IÃ?m Donald Bell, and in this Top 5 IÃ?ll be counting down some of our favorite tech gifts under $50, pulled from the CNET Holiday Gift Guide and arranged really in no particular order because theyÃ?re all great. Starting off at #5: a new Wi-Fi router. For around $35 the tiny yet mighty D-Link DIR-605L Cloud Router can end your home Wi-Fi woes. It supports up to 802.11 N, and you can remotely manage the whole thing using a smartphone app. It may not be a sexy gift, but if it means one less reset of your old dusty router, theyÃ?ll be grateful. At #4: Headphones. I canÃ?t stress this one enough. Whether itÃ?s for a little extra bass or a little extra style, $20-$50 can go a long way when it comes to headphones. An over-ear set like the Panasonic RP HTX7 get you a little of both for just $30. Or, for the same amount, thereÃ?s the understated Moshi Mythro. Headphones are also a subtle encouragement for your loved ones to stop blasting their iPad games over the built in speaker. That said, for those who appreciate a little extra noise, thereÃ?s #3: Bluetooth speakers. Now that the speaker dock is dead, a lot of people are still mystified about how to get a big sound from their smartphone or tablet. Fortunately, there are some great, affordable, portable Bluetooth speakers out there, such as the Philips SoundShooter and the Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz. The names may be silly, but a Bluetooth speaker makes a great gift. Another wireless wonder comes in at #2: the Chromecast. GoogleÃ?s $35 HDMI dongle lets you wirelessly beam your digital media over to your TV. ItÃ?s a great gift, especially for Android fans who already like tinkering with the latest Google stuff. ItÃ?s also one of the least expensive options out there to make your older TV a little smarter. That said, for an extra $15, why not go all out? At #1: the Roku LT. This guys been around since 2011, but a steady pace of software updates has kept it very current. At $49, this is the Apple TV killer that started it all, and itÃ?s still a critical weapon for any aspiring cord cutter. It comes with a nearly-endless list of apps and content channels, but you can also just hit the Netflix button right on the remote and be done with it. So there you go, five tech gifts for under $50. For more great ideas, check out our full Holiday Gift Guide over on CNET as well as videos for the Top 5 gifts under $100 and the best of the best, the Editors picks from our Top 5 product categories -- phones, laptops, tablets, TVs, all the good stuff. Until next time, IÃ?m Donald Bell, and have a happy holiday.

New releases

Sky backs Oculus Rift in CNET UK...
38:32 July 31, 2014
Self-driving cars are coming to UK roads, and Sky is throwing money at virtual reality -- but would you watch...
Play video
Use Android Wear as a remote shutter...
2:05 July 30, 2014
Here's how to use your Android Wear to take photos, selfies and group shots without needing to touch your...
Play video
2014 BMW 328d xDrive Sports Wa...
6:49 July 30, 2014
Wagons are hot and diesels are hot. Brian Cooley checks out how well BMW combines the hotness in the 328d...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 027: Robot sports...
22:08 July 30, 2014
On today's show, a Korean baseball team installs a robot cheering section in their stands, a Spanish physicist...
Play video
Dimmer-free dimming with the Nanoleaf...
2:09 July 30, 2014
This odd-looking light has a few tricks up its sleeve.
Play video
Grado SR325e: A detail lovers...
1:59 July 30, 2014
While it's not for bass hounds, the $295 SR325e delivers very open, detailed sound that makes it exciting...
Play video
Facebook shutting down Gifts to...
2:52 July 30, 2014
The social network will close the gift-card store, Amazon is paying Prime users for slower shipping, and EA...
Play video
Tech to make your car smarter,...
2:09 July 30, 2014
Concerned about your teen driver hitting the road? Truvolo is a device that plugs into your car and unlocks...
Play video
 

Video discussion

Conversation powered by Livefyre