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Last-minute tech gifts

CNET editors round up some great gear you can easily grab for the last stragglers on your lists.

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LaCie Rugged Key

Nobody can ever have enough storage space, especially while on the go. For that reason, this little handy storage device will make a great gift for anyone, conveniently, it also works as a trendy key-fob.
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Seagate Backup Plus

When it comes to backing up, the more is always the better. That said, even the most careful user would appreciate the Seagate Backup Plus portable drive, and they can also use it as an expansion of the computer's storage space, making this device an excellent gift when you're just not sure what to buy.
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Timbuk2 gear

These stylish, born-in-San Francisco messenger bags and backpacks have padded laptop pouches that keep your electronics accessible, yet secure. Bonus points: You can customize the packs' fabrics and colors online to give the gear its own unique look, and even find bags that charge gadgets on the go. Packs ship quickly and Timbuk2 stands by a lifetime guarantee.
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Nexus 7

The Nexus 7 is small, comfortable, and thanks to Android 4.2 has plenty of useful functionality like multiple user accounts and lock screen customization. If you're shopping last minute, it's hard to beat such a high quality $200 tablet.
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Kindle Fire HD

Shopping for a lover of all things media? From books, to movies, to music? Don't have much cash to spare, but still want a quality product? Look no further than the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD. For $200 it packs in tons of book and audiobook features, games, as well as strong support for movies and TV shows.
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Belkin Pivot Plug Surge Protector

We use these in the CNET lab to protect our equipment and deal with odd-shaped wall warts. Each three-prong outlet can adjust independently to accommodate wacky AC plugs and chargers (looking at you, Apple), and numerous different, inexpensive (sub-$30) versions are available.
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Harmony 650 remote

Why change a good thing? The three-year-old 650 is Logitech's new "entry-level" Harmony, and it's a still fantastic deal for something that can seamlessly replace all other remote controls, making your home entertainment system as easy to use as possible. There's a reason why so many CNET editors own one.
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Astro A50 Wireless Headset

A wildly flexible wireless headphone/mic set, the Astro A50 is primarily targeted at gamers, connecting easily to an Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, or gaming PC, with a built-in mic that activates automatically when flipped down into position. It works fine for music as well, with volume and tone controls built right into one of the earcups.
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Logitech t650 touchpad

Apple fans have long sung the praises of the large touchpads on MacBook laptops or the standalone Magic Trackpad. Windows 8 finally supports a decent set of touch gestures, and Logitech is wisely getting out in front of this trend with a large, glass-covered pad that pairs well with Windows 8, but also supports custom gestures.
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iMagnet smartphone mount

Smartphones can work great for navigation, but you need a good mount to keep them in view of drivers. The iMagnet uses a magnetic clamp that makes it very easy to place and remove a smartphone.

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