Welcome to CNET Top 5, where each time we meet, we count down another
hot CNET list. I'm Tom Merritt.
It's the holidays, which means ye be bombarded with gift ideas, from
commercials, friends suggestions, and the good old CNET gift guide.
But few folks will guide you in what NOT to buy. We here at the Top 5
aim to fill that gap.
Let's count down the Top 5 worst holiday tech gifts.
At No. 5, Twitter Peek. Yes, I know. This was int he Top 5 Tech
Turkeys too, but I just can't resist. It's so pointless. A $200 device
that only does Twitter and doesn't show all 140 characters on the
screen. The mind boggles.
Coming in at No. 4, a tube TV. I mean seriously. Are you that cheap
that you'd buy someone a new TV and NOT get them a flat panel? Sure,
maybe for a small secondary TV it's OK, but don't expect anyone to love
you for getting them a small old thick tube TV that makes their friends
laugh at them.
Up to No. 3, anything to do with HD DVD--be it a player or a movie.
Unless your recipient is really in on the joke, or has promised that
they're dying for a really good upconverting standard DVD player, don't
do this. You will be shunned.
Sliding in at No. 2, the Progressive Wake Alarm Clock. I speak from
experience here. It promises to gently wake you with soft aromas, and
slowly rising music and light. You get jarring noise, clunky lights,
and a stink that will in fact wake you up. Don't do it.
Before we get to No. 1, a gift for you time for another lame prize I
mean AWESOME prize, cause we for once, oddly, have a really cool
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All right. Let's get to our No. 1 item. The worst holiday tech gift we
could think of and the one to avoid at all costs.
At No. 1, it's...the blister pack. Anything in a blister pack. Why
not just go up and cut your loved ones with a knife. It would be
faster and have the same physical effect without the frustration. You
especially should not buy them empty blister packs, which are
apparently available from many retail suppliers.
Please, this year demand a good old fashioned box. It's good for the
environment, and good for the integrity of everyone's skin and mental
Well That's it for this edition of CNET Top 5.
Don't forget to post your answer to the lame prize question at the blog
post for this top 5 at blog.cnettv.com for a chance to win the Sony
Reader touch edition from sonystyle.com
I'm Tom Merritt. See you next time.