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Best tech gifts for under $100 (photos)

Here's a look at our picks for best tech gifts that cost less than $100 this 2011 holiday season.

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David Carnoy
Executive Editor David Carnoy has been a leading member of CNET's Reviews team since 2000. He covers the gamut of gadgets and is a notable reviewer of mobile accessories and portable audio products, including headphones and speakers. He's also an e-reader and e-publishing expert as well as the author of the novels Knife Music, The Big Exit and Lucidity. All the titles are available as Kindle, iBooks, Nook e-books and audiobooks.
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Amazon Kindle Touch

The Kindle Touch With Special Offers is an Editors' Choice winner and helps differentiate itself from the competition by having audio support. The $99 model is ad-supported and Wi-Fi only (no 3G).

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Amazon Kindle 2011

If you're just looking for a simple e-reader that's also very lightweight and slim, the Kindle 2011 With Special Offers is a good choice for only $79.

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Altec Lansing Octiv Duo

Altec Lansing's Octiv Duo has dual docks for iPhones or iPods.

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Apple TV

Apple has continued to update and tweak Apple TV, which is why we recently bumped its rating up to four stars.

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Apple Magic Trackpad

Apple's minimalist Bluetooth Magic Trackpad is a compact wireless multitouch alternative to a mouse for iMac users who envy MacBooks. It rests flush next to existing Apple Bluetooth keyboards for a seamless look and feel.

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Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

The Nook Simple Touch earned an Editors' Choice Award and is the only sub-$100, ad-free touch-screen e-reader. Recently, Barnes & Noble upgraded its firmware, resulting in improved performance and battery life.

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Belkin Keyboard Folio for iPad2

There are plenty of keyboard cases out there for the iPad 2, but we consider Belkin's one of the best values.

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Canon PowerShot A1200

The Canon PowerShot A1200 has really good image quality for a budget point-and-shoot.

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Creative D100 Bluetooth speaker

The Creative D100 is our value choice in the portable Bluetooth speaker category.

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Klipsch S4

The S4 came out a few years ago but remains one of the best deals in earphones. The S4i, which can also be had for less than $100, integrates an inline remote and built-in microphone for iPhone calls (it also comes in white). For Android smartphone users, Klipsch also makes the S4a.

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HP Deskjet 3050A e-All-in-One

It doesn't get much more affordable than this for a decent all-in-one printer.

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iHome iA63

The iHome iA63 is a clock radio with a twist--or more precisely, a clock radio that has a motorized rotating iPod/iPhone dock that allows you to turn your device from portrait to landscape mode for video watching with a touch of a button.

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Logitech Harmony 650

Logitech's Harmony 650 may not have the fancier screen of higher-end models, but it's a very solid--and very affordable--universal remote.

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Logitech Mini Boombox

This tiny Bluetooth speaker plays bigger than it looks and makes for a good traveling companion.

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Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad

Priced to compete with Apple's Bluetooth keyboard, the Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad is a similarly shaped, well-functioning writing tool with a twist: its case doubles as an iPad stand.

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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750

This wireless solar keyboard uses indoor lighting to keep charged. Sweet.

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Logitech Z515 portable Bluetooth speaker

The more expensive and smaller Jawbone Jambox has a deeper low-end sound, but it doesn't play quite as loud as the more affordable Logitech Z515, which also offers better battery life.

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Monoprice 8247 surround speaker system

Monoprice.com may be known for its cheap HDMI cables but you can also pick up a very inexpensive surround-sound speaker system that actually sounds pretty decent.

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Roku 2 XS

The Roku 2 XS earned an Editors' Choice as the best media streamer for less than $100. If you don't need all its bells and whistles (it comes with a Bluetooth remote to name one), Roku also has the entry-level Roku LT for $49.99.

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