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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Roku 3

Apple TV

Seagate Backup Plus

Logitech Harmony 650

Dayton Audio B652

Amazon Kindle 2012

Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760

JBL Flip

Panasonic RP-HTX7 Monitor Stereo Headphones

The Roku 3 is our current top pick in the Internet media box category. It's the best overall choice for online streaming, with literally hundreds of channels -- pretty much everything except iTunes and YouTube. Just make sure you help Dad setup his Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Amazon Instant, and/or Vudu account first.
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If Dad is a full-on Apple person -- iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Mac -- the Apple TV may be a better choice than the Roku.
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Dad probably isn't savvy to the whole world of online backup, but he gets drag and drop copying. That's why a Seagate Backup Plus USB drive with a whopping 1TB of storage (that's 1,000 GB for just less than $100) is a great gift.
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Logitech's most affordable Harmony universal remote is also one of the most recommendable. Program it via the Web on your Mac or Windows PC, and control up to 5 devices at once. Perfect for dads who are couch potatoes -- or control freaks.
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Music lovers will appreciate these "I can't believe they cost less than $60" Dayton Audio speakers. But they're not self-powered, so make sure Dad also has an amplifier (or just toss in the $25 Lepai LP-2020A+ for good measure.)
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Yes, tablets and smartphones can double as e-book readers. But the $69 Amazon Kindle has a long-lasting battery and a paperlike screen that avid readers will appreciate. And unlike more versatile devices, there won't be any calls, e-mails, or texts to distract the reader, either. (You'll need to pay $119 if you want to step up the self-illuminated, touch-screen Paperwhite version.)
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If Dad prefers to hang out at the local Barnes & Noble, the basic Nook Simple Touch may be a better choice than the Kindle. And unlike the slightly cheaper Kindle, the $79 Nook has a touch-screen -- and no ads. (The GlowLight version costs $40 more.)
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If Dad is an Apple fan, this wireless keyboard will work with his Mac, iPad, and iPhone. And because it's solar powered, swapping batteries becomes a thing of the past.
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The Jawbone Jambox gets all the press, but the JBL Flip is our favorite Bluetooth speaker for under $100. It's portable, rechargeable, has speakerphone capability, sounds great for its size, and works as a wireless speaker with virtually any smartphone or tablet. The perfect way to introduce Dad to the world of wireless audio.
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Dad will appreciate the retro look and great sound of the Panasonic RP-HTX7 headphones. You'll appreciate the fact that they cost less than $40 and are available in multiple colors.
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