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The 12 best gadget gifts this year
Our experts have rounded up a sweet list of gadgets that you can’t possibly go wrong with.
1) Smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S4
It may not be the pinnacle of smartphone craftsmanship, but what the approachable Samsung Galaxy S4 lacks in designer appeal, it makes up for with…just about everything.
2) TVs: Panasonic TC-PST60 series
The ST60 starts at just under a grand for the 50-inch version. It delivers amazing picture quality for that price. So yeah, it’s our favorite bang-for-the-buck TV ever. And maybe forever.
3) Home theater: Roku 3
The Roku 3 is the best streaming-video box you can buy. It supports more services than anything else, with a superfast interface and a remote that has a nifty built-in headphone jack. Best of all, it’s only $100, making it perfectly giftable.
4) Gaming: Sony PS4
For the first time in years, we have two new game consoles: the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4. The two consoles are very evenly matched, and there’s no reason to run out and buy either of them. But if you must choose one this season, we think the PS4 edges out the Xbox for now — and not just because it’s $100 cheaper.
5) Wearable tech: Fitbit Force
Fitbit’s new Force tracker is one of the best fitness gadgets we’ve seen and sure to make a great stocking-stuffer for you or someone you care about.
6) PCs and Macs: MacBook Air (13-inch)
Apple’s latest Airs look the same, but have improved graphics and — most importantly — massively better battery life. Just for that huge battery boost alone, the Air remains an excellent go-to laptop.
7) Appliances: Philips Hue Connected Bulb
Like many of the new breed of user-installable, smartphone-controlled home tech products, the Wi-Fi-connected Philips Hue lighting kit has high geek/novelty appeal. After all, it’s a color-changing, LED light bulb package you can program from a smartphone.
8) Portable audio: Bose SoundLink Mini
Bose’s SoundLink Mini is one of the most popular Bluetooth speakers for a reason: it has excellent build quality and delivers very impressive sound for its tiny size. It’s sure to be a favorite for any audiophile in your life.
9) Cameras: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
The ZS30 is our top camera gift pick because it offers excellent photos and videos for its class, a broad feature set, and fast shooting performance, all at a reasonable price.
10) Cars: 2012 Tesla Model S
The Model S is essentially the car of the future, a beautifully designed curvy sedan built from the ground up as an electric car. It features connected cabin technology and it can even be updated remotely, adding features so an older car is as good as the newest.
11) Printers and peripherals: Asus RT-AC68U router
The Asus RT-AC68U redefines “cutting-edge." It’s currently the fastest Wi-Fi router on the market and also comes with a host of useful features. If a friend of yours wants a Wi-Fi router that has it all, this is the ultimate gift.
12) Tablets: Apple iPad Air
Thanks to its vast ecosystem of apps, great performance, and a fantastic screen, the iPad Air retains Apple’s title for the best tablet money can buy. Though other contenders from Google and Amazon are beginning to mount stronger competition, the iPad Air ..