CNET Top 5: Worst holiday tech gifts
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CNET Top 5: Worst holiday tech gifts

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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.
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