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

3:04 /

Do not put these tech gifts under the tree unless the recipient has been very, very naughty.

Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt. It's the holidays, which means ye be bombarded with gift ideas, from commercials, friends suggestions, and the good old CNET gift guide. But few folks will guide you in what NOT to buy. We here at the Top 5 aim to fill that gap. Let's count down the Top 5 worst holiday tech gifts. At No. 5, Twitter Peek. Yes, I know. This was int he Top 5 Tech Turkeys too, but I just can't resist. It's so pointless. A $200 device that only does Twitter and doesn't show all 140 characters on the screen. The mind boggles. Coming in at No. 4, a tube TV. I mean seriously. Are you that cheap that you'd buy someone a new TV and NOT get them a flat panel? Sure, maybe for a small secondary TV it's OK, but don't expect anyone to love you for getting them a small old thick tube TV that makes their friends laugh at them. Up to No. 3, anything to do with HD DVD--be it a player or a movie. Unless your recipient is really in on the joke, or has promised that they're dying for a really good upconverting standard DVD player, don't do this. You will be shunned. Sliding in at No. 2, the Progressive Wake Alarm Clock. I speak from experience here. It promises to gently wake you with soft aromas, and slowly rising music and light. You get jarring noise, clunky lights, and a stink that will in fact wake you up. Don't do it. Before we get to No. 1, a gift for you time for another lame prize I mean AWESOME prize, cause we for once, oddly, have a really cool prize. Comment on the posting for this top 5 at blog.cnettv.com and you could be chosen to win...The Sony reader touch edition courtesy of the fine folks at sonystyle.com. Here's the question to answer in your comment. Hammacher Schlemmer opened its doors in 1848 in what district of New York City? Complete rules for the giveaway are in the post at Blog.cnettv.com. All right. Let's get to our No. 1 item. The worst holiday tech gift we could think of and the one to avoid at all costs. At No. 1, it's...the blister pack. Anything in a blister pack. Why not just go up and cut your loved ones with a knife. It would be faster and have the same physical effect without the frustration. You especially should not buy them empty blister packs, which are apparently available from many retail suppliers. Please, this year demand a good old fashioned box. It's good for the environment, and good for the integrity of everyone's skin and mental health. Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5. Don't forget to post your answer to the lame prize question at the blog post for this top 5 at blog.cnettv.com for a chance to win the Sony Reader touch edition from sonystyle.com I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.

New releases

Valve sets sights on the living room with Steam Machines
1:50 March 4, 2015
Valve's Steam Machines will be coming in all shapes and sizes, and aim to bring PC gaming to your living room.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 139: Nvidia Shield, an online comic book class taught by Stan Lee and more
27:48 March 4, 2015
On today's show, we discuss the new set-top box future of Nvidia Shield, explain how you can take a comic book course taught by Stan...
Play video
The Sony Morpheus VR headset gets more comfortable and more immersive
2:39 March 4, 2015
The redesigned Sony Morpheus VR headset fits better on your head, has a better screen, and its demos are more compelling.
Play video
2015 Lexus RC350 F Sport
5:32 March 4, 2015
Lexus just keeps getting younger.
Play video
'Chappie' stirs up questions about artificial intelligence
2:57 March 4, 2015
Some of the biggest names in tech have warned about the dangers of creating AI, and machines that can think are at the center of Sony's...
Play video
'House of Cards' season 3: Totally obsessive tech-spotting
1:59 March 4, 2015
We combed through the entire third season of "House of Cards" to find out which gadgets each and every character uses.
Play video
Instant smartphone printers
1:37 March 4, 2015
Instant printers are the new Polaroids. Check out these top 3 that connect to your smartphone, giving you a paper print out in min...
Play video
What's free on Xbox and PlayStation: March 2015
1:41 March 4, 2015
Check out the free games for March 2015 available on the Xbox Live Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus subscription services.
Play video