This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET Top 5: Ugliest tech products
About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Ugliest tech products

2:36 /

Even bad products often look great. Which makes these an affront to technology.

Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. Bad tech products are not rare. But bad tech often looks really good. Which makes it all the more unfathomable that really ugly tech exists at all. But it does. And by ugly tech, we don't mean this guy. Let's count down the Top 5 ugliest tech products. At No. 5, the first Amazon Kindle. Blocky, beige, with huge buttons in all the wrong places. And the screen is just a dark, boring grayscale. The Kindle 2 got a little prettier (but not much). Coming in at No. 4, the Nintendo Virtual Boy. A 3D game machine you wore on your head. An ugly piece of tech that made you ugly while you played it! Brilliant. Up to No. 3, the Kaypro, 1, 2, 10, doesn't matter they all offended the eyes. with their tiny built-in CRT and those big ol' floppy drives that stared at you. Yes, young ones, that was a portable computer back in the day. Sliding in at No. 2, the original brown Zune. Microsoft has made the Zune much better looking since this beauty premiered, but the original was blocky, boring, and, well, brown. Insert fecal joke here. Before we get to No. 1, let's give away a lame prize. When I surveyed Twitter and Facebook, one product was mentioned more often than others, The people's choice of ugly if you will. What was it? Post your guess on our blog at blog.cnettv.com. Be one of the first 10 to get it right, and you could take home. The Cube Guard that says Tom is busy. With a pirate smiley. (ugly) OK. Let's get to No. 1. The ugliest piece of tech to every sear are eyeballs with it's image At No. 1, it's...The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. When this beast roamed the Earth you couldn't talk on your cell phone and drive. Not because of any laws, but because it was bigger than most people's head. You thought you looked cool making a call on your portable telephone. And you kind of did. Because everything looked good next to that ugly-ass brick of a phone. Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. Don't forget to make a guess at our question for a chance to win the CubeGuard. I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.

New releases

The Armor A60 portable drive can...
2:10 October 24, 2014
CNET editor Dong Ngo did some blah blah talking and then a real-world drop test on the Silicon Power Armor...
Play video
Macan: Meet the very different...
21:47 October 24, 2014
Porsche Macan marks the beginning of several chapters for the carmaker, plus a new list of the safest cheap...
Play video
Help battling robots cause even...
6:03 October 24, 2014
This week on Crave, we take a closer look at the Hendo hoverboard, fly on a Virgin Galactic spaceship, and...
Play video
Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2: A...
2:00 October 24, 2014
The C5 Series 2 sounds better than the original and is one top in-ear headphones for less than $200.
Play video
Mr. Coffee gains some smart home...
2:27 October 24, 2014
The $150 Mr. Coffee Optimal Brew Smart brews 10-cups at a time and can be controlled by the Wemo mobile a...
Play video
The Philips 100W Equivalent LED...
1:20 October 24, 2014
We tested this bulb to see if it's a better buy than GE or Cree
Play video
Breaking open iPads, Groupon's...
2:54 October 24, 2014
The iFixit team reveals the secrets inside the new iPads, Groupon mimics Yelp, and Microsoft kills the free...
Play video
Vizio P series: Good and cheap...
2:31 October 24, 2014
The highly anticipated Vizio P series is among the cheapest 4K TVs available and delivers a very good picture,...
Play video