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: Worst holiday tech gifts

About Video Transcript

CNET Top 5: Worst holiday tech gifts

3:06 /

Sometimes the best way to shop for a gift is by process of elimination. Here are five awful tech gifts you can cross off your list right away.

Every year here at CNET we compile a giant list of Holiday Tech gifts for every personality and every budget. But we wouldnÃ?t be telling the whole story if we didnÃ?t also point out a few tech gifts you should absolutely avoid. IÃ?m Donald Bell, and in todayÃ?s Top 5 IÃ?ll be counting down the worst tech gifts of 2013. Starting off at #5: a DVD player. For the non-techie, itÃ?s understandable why you would be perplexed that the nerd in your life owns hundreds of DVDs, and yet no DVD player. But the truth is, they actually own at least two DVD players that they never use: one in their laptop and one in their game console. Either way, that DVD collection is really just for show. What they havenÃ?t already ripped they can probably stream or download a dozen different ways. Maybe YOU need a DVD player, but believe me, they donÃ?t. Go Blu-Ray if you have to. At #4: the Nintendo Wii U. We waited a loong time for this dud. Nintendo has already slashed the price down to $300, and IÃ?m willing to bet it will be on fire sale by the time the holidays roll around. But trust me, there are only two game consoles anyone wants this year, and the Wii U isnÃ?t one of them. Sorry guys. [show cast of Nintendo characters, Mario, Zelda, etc.]Coming in at #3: fitness trackers. This is a controversial one, because IÃ?m sure our buying guide includes a few of these. From the Fuelband to the Fitbit, there are tons of great new ways to measure and motivate your body. My point is, you should buy them for yourself. You send a message when you buy these for someone else, and it can easily sound like, Ã?Hey tubbs, how about you take a minute to walk off that egg nog.Ã? Even if they asked for one, theyÃ?re not thinking of the guilt theyÃ?ll feel when they hide that thing in the sock drawer in a few months. Just avoid that whole situation.#2 should also be avoided: the Chromebook Pixel. I donÃ?t care how much you love Google, $1,300 for a glorified web browser makes no sense. Seriously, what were they thinking? You can get a MacBook Air for less than this. And whatÃ?s worse, the handful of people who really did pay for these (assuming they exist) had to just watch Samsung and HP release Chromebooks for around $250. The good news is, no oneÃ?s buying those, either. And now, my pick for the #1 worst holiday tech gift: Blackberry. Anything Blackberry. The Z30, the Q5, the Q10, theyÃ?re all attached to a company that is collapsing and being sold for parts. Maybe buy them a Blackberry t-shirt if theyÃ?re the sentimental type, but buying any BlackBerry hardware at this point isnÃ?t really a gift, itÃ?s like a small corporate bailout. Alright, hopefully IÃ?ve steered some of you in the right direction when it comes to holiday tech shopping, or at least IÃ?ve pointed out the roadkill. For more Top 5Ã?s like this, including the best phones, best TVs, and best tablets, head over to Top 5.CNET.com. IÃ?m Donald Bell, thanks for watching.
  • This is the interactive sidebar!

    Click any icon for more information as they appear--don't worry, we'll pause the video and wait for you to come back.

  • Links Polls Galleries
  • Video Review

New releases

An exclusive live chat with Google Lunar XPrize teams!
55:24 January 26, 2015
The Milestone phase of the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize is coming to a close, so we're gathering representatives from the five prize-winning...
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 118: Bill Nye's spacecraft, Mozilla's in-browser VR and more
26:20 January 26, 2015
On today's show, we check out Bill Nye and the Planetary Society's new privately funded spacecraft, discuss Mozilla's plan to include...
Play video
2015 Subaru Outback 3.6L Limited
6:00 January 26, 2015
Does the new Outback do enough to keep Subaru drivers coming back? Brian Cooley gets behind the wheel and checks the tech.
Play video
Icy adventure in the Land Rover Discovery Sport
1:10 January 26, 2015
Land Rover takes CNET editor Wayne Cunningham for a drive across Iceland, covering snow, ice and a river, in its new Discovery Sport...
Play video
iSmartAlarm's new camera sets out to secure the smart home
2:33 January 26, 2015
For $150, the iCamera Keep looks like a promising addition to one of our favorite security systems.
Play video
The thinnest tablet (so far) houses a stereoscopic camera
2:48 January 26, 2015
The Dell Venue 8 7000 is a skinny tablet with phat photography chops.
Play video
This tough garage fridge chills under extreme conditions
1:27 January 26, 2015
Designed to tame the harsh temperature swings of your garage, the Gladiator Chillerator works to keep its insides cool no matter w...
Play video
Sling TV launches with a new twist on Internet TV
2:54 January 26, 2015
Television service makes an evolutionary leap with Dish's $20 monthly plan, the NFL arrives on YouTube, and Freewheel offers Wi-Fi-only...
Play video