Best tech gifts for the holidays 2018, from $100 to $250
You like technology, and you want to give a cool gadget this year. You have a healthy -- but not crazy -- budget for that recipient on your list. Here's where to start.
David KatzmaierEditorial Director -- Personal Tech
David reviews TVs and leads the Personal Tech team at CNET, covering mobile, software, computing, streaming and home entertainment. We provide helpful, expert reviews, advice and videos on what gadget or service to buy and how to get the most out of it.
ExpertiseA 20-year CNET veteran, David has been reviewing TVs since the days of CRT, rear-projection and plasma. Prior to CNET he worked at Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as the Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics.Credentials
Although still awaiting his Oscar for Best Picture Reviewer, David does hold certifications from the Imaging Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology on display calibration and evaluation.
Ty Pendlebury is a journalism graduate of RMIT Melbourne, and has worked at CNET since 2006. He lives in New York City where he writes about streaming and home audio.
ExpertiseTy has worked for radio, print, and online publications, and has been writing about home entertainment since 2004. He majored in Cinema Studies when studying at RMIT. He is an avid record collector and streaming music enthusiast.Credentials
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Gift giving is a delicate balance. On one hand you want to get them something they'll love. On the other hand you don't want to get yourself a pain in the wallet.
The latest tech
, especially ones highly rated by the ace reviewers here at CNET, are sure-fire ways to make someone's holiday season special. And as a gift giver, keeping to a budget ensures you don't have financial regrets once January rolls around.
Some of the best tech lives in the $100 to $250 price range. It's too low for most
, but it's the sweet spot for plenty of other really cool devices: Better-sounding smart speakers, cutting-edge Alexa and
displays, totally wireless headphones, lots of gear to make a house smarter and, OK, even some phones and TVs.
The G6 offers ample processing speed, dual rear cameras and near-stock
making it is one of the best budget phones you can buy. At $240 on Amazon it was a steal, but Best Buy's $150 price is insanity.
With a smaller screen and no built-in camera, Google's first smart display takes a different tack from the
. Tight integration with Google services such as Photos, a slick design and most of all a lower price, could make it a more appealing gift.
Does your gift recipient love their
yet hate wires? Chances are they're lusting after these little 'phones, so maybe now is the time to satisfy that craving with the fully-wireless 'phones that started it all.
Technically from 2017 but still current, the TS305 is a 1080p television for people who prize streaming and convenience over image quality. The picture is fine, but what really sets this TV apart is dirt-cheap pricing and our favorite Smart TV system at any price: