CNET Top 5
Top 5 tech gifts under $50These days $50 goes a long way. See what gadgets you can get that special someone (or yourself) on a budget.
Welcome to Top 5. Today we're counting down the top five tech gifts under $50. At number five, a tablet. Who knew that you could get an actual tablet for $50? Well you knew that, but most of those tablets were crudtacular. And Amazon Fire tablet is better than that. Does that make it a great tablet? No. Is it a very good fifty dollar tablet? Yes, it's great for someone who's already got amazon prime, so they can watch prime video all day on a seven inch screen. It also has a micro sd card slot, so you can expand the storage if you want to load up on content. At number four, a fitness gadget. The Misfit Flash is a great little starter fitness gadget. It costs about 20 bucks. It uses a coin batter, so you don't need to charge it. It works with both Android and iOS phones. The Misfit Flash is also a basic watch. 20 bucks. At number three, a Bluetooth speaker. Listening to music using your phone's internal speakers Can be pretty awful. You're in luck. There are a couple bluetooth options for you. The Philips BT2500, it's small and costs about $35. There's also the Logitech X100. It looks like a hocky puck and it's sound is decent for its size. At number two, a video streamer, when I was a kid there was no way to get a video streamer for under $50 As you can see, I am not a kid anymore. And you can get a streamer for cheap. The best all-around option is the Roku streaming stick that will give you so many video app options, you won't know what to do. There's also the Amazon Fire TV Stick for you Amazonians. Is that what they call you? Then there's the Google Chromecast that costs $35, but you better have a smartphone. While the Chromecast doesn't do much, and the number one tech gift under $50, a nice pair of headphones. Almost everyone loves listening to music except Earl, but you guys know Earl, he's weird. Any way if you're willing to drop $50 for yourself or special person you've got plenty of choice. The over-the-ear Panasonic RP-HTX7 look pretty good, are light, and have pretty good sound. Then there's the JVC HA-S400 headphones with carbon nanotubes, they fold flat and cost around $25 online, they sound good too. Then there's even a bluetooth option for under $50, the Creative Sound Blaster Jam, they cost $35 with about 12 hours of battery life. It's design is a bit on the meh side, but it sounds surprisingly good. If you've got more coin to spend, check out our holiday guide for even more ideas at CNET.com.