6
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

Philips adds a 75W Replacement SlimStyle LED to its lighting lineup
2:17 November 22, 2014
This bigger, brighter version of the original SlimStyle LED looks like a strong value in its class
Play video
2015 Acura TLX V-6 Advance (CNET On Cars, Episode 54)
16:28 November 21, 2014
Acura hopes the TLX is what it will drive into the future, we explore the head-up display coming to your car soon, and check out the...
Play video
Los Angeles Auto Show 2014: CNET's editors choose their favorites
5:55 November 21, 2014
The press days are over here at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Before we head off into the Hollywood hills we took a moment to re-cap...
Play video
Watch Tony Hawk do endless 360s on a hoverboard, Ep. 184
5:36 November 21, 2014
This week on Crave, we can see sound waves. We might get to see an unexplored part of the moon. But most of all we get to see Tony...
Play video
The $199 HP Stream 11 wants to be as cloud-friendly as a Chromebook, but with Windows 8
2:18 November 21, 2014
If you keep expectations in check, this bargain-basement Windows 8 laptop has good battery life and a decent design.
Play video
Yamaha SRT-1000 gives good single-speaker surround
1:44 November 21, 2014
The Yamaha SRT-1000 sound base offers discrete looks, an astoundingly wide soundstage and plenty of features in a package that is still...
Play video
Hate ads? Pay Google to block them for you
2:50 November 21, 2014
Google is testing an ad-blocker service, Amazon may be inserting ads into streaming video, and Comcast lets you track the cable gu...
Play video
The 404 Show 1,584: Google Contributor, JFK has a drone problem, San Francisco's poo map (podcast)
30:08 November 21, 2014
We're back in the studio today! Join us for a very special episode complete with a full tour and the start of our Call of Duty: Advanced...
Play video