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Nothing says "It's the future!" like a robot servant to do the vacuuming. The iRobot Roomba 880 is one of the best robot vacuums yet. It features improved scanners that help it navigate and thoroughly vacuum a room, the ability to schedule routine cleanings, and an improved nozzle that decreases carpet and rug snagging. Your giftee can also pick from a number of vacuuming modes to adjust to a room's size, flooring and obstacles.
While some kids may not be ready for a $400 gaming console, the LeapFrog's LeapTV ($150) could just be perfect. It's tailor-made for children ages 3 to 8. The games that are either preloaded or available for download on LeapTV are kid-appropriate and educational. The system also comes with a unique controller that flips out to become a wand to simulate baseball bats, tennis rackets or other tools.
GoPro offers the best value for an action camera with built-in Wi-Fi that shoots at 60 frames per second. Adrenaline junkies can shoot HD video and 8-megapixel stills, controlling the shots via the GoPro smartphone app for Android and iOS. The Hero is also waterproof straight out of the box, so you can turn it on and dive right in.
Thanks to a translucent exterior, the iHome iBT29BC alarm clock changes colors from red to yellow to green to blue to purple at the touch of a button. It features dual alarms and six FM radio presets. A USB port can charge your iPhone. This orb can also function as a speakerphone.
We’ve named it the smartest watch yet. We love its beautiful display, customizable design and more than 10,000 apps to access on your wrist. With 18 hours of juice, this watch can help you save time all day. The Apple Watch also comes with unique features not found in other smartwatches, such as Force Touch, Apple Pay and the ability to switch your calls from your handset to your watch.
Designed to work with any mobile device, the Hipstreet Touch Gloves are techie essentials for cold weather. The unisex design means they'll appeal to anyone on your list, and they'll fit virtually any size hands.
Earning five stars and our Editors' Choice award, Mixbook is the tool for photographers who want to make their own book. It syncs well with Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Photobucket, Picasa and SmugMug. Plus, it comes with a large library of highly appealing clip art. We particularly like the intelligent and intuitive interface that was easy to master. Our finished product looked beautiful.
Parrot doesn't just make flying drones. The Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo is one impressive remote-controlled car. Controlled by your smartphone, this superstable and lightweight car can handle extreme turns, as well as jumps of up to 2.5 feet. It even has predefined buttons for performing acrobatics such as spins. The front end includes a wide-angle camera that streams a live view to your smartphone screen for killer video. Expect 20 minutes of use on a charge.
For less than $200, you can pick up the Lenovo 100s Chromebook, which lasted more than 11 hours on our battery test (continuous Web surfing). Perfect for checking email and Facebook, surfing the Web and watching videos, this Chromebook also offers solid performance in an incredibly portable package.
Axis claims the Aerius is the world’s smallest quadcopter, and they may be right. We can say this is an adorable little drone that's easy and fun to fly. A full charge gives you about 5 minutes of flight time, which sounds short, but is pretty standard for the little guys like the Aerius. Its small size is an advantage as well: the drone snaps into a clear plastic dome on the remote control, so it's hard to lose track of and convenient to take when you're on the go.
Use the Grillbot to cut the cleanup time and effort after a good afternoon spent in front of the Weber. This little robot can clean off all the gunk with a single button press. You simply set the timer, close the lid and walk away.
The JBL Clip proves that affordable, superportable Bluetooth speakers don't have to sacrifice good sound. The Clip offers deceptively meaty bass despite the device's pocket-sized design, and the speaker's water resistance allows you to enjoy some tunes poolside without fear of damage.
With a price tag of just $12.99, the Syma RC Helicopter S107G might just tempt you to buy two. That's not a terrible idea, because two selectable frequencies mean you also can fly two of the toys at once. The company claims a battery life of 25 to 30 minutes, and that anyone 14 or older can start zooming around right out of the box.
The Dell XPS 13 for 2015 has it all: a thin-and-light carbon-fiber body, potent performance and a gorgeous Infinity display that's nearly borderless. There's also a nontouch version with a matte screen that lasts almost 12 hours on a charge, starting at just $799. You can choose from a wide range of CPUs, as well as pick the amount of RAM and storage, so you don't pay for more machine than your loved one really needs.
You'll never need to look too hard to find your keys if they're attached to a Tile, an aptly named square that pairs to your smartphone over Bluetooth and sounds a very audible alarm to help find misplaced items. The second generation of the Tile has improved range and a two-way find feature that triggers an alert on your phone in case that's gone missing.
A bathroom scale is one of the rare holiday gifts that can be both practical and passive-aggressive at the same time. No matter what your intention, the Withings Smart Body Analyzer bathroom scale is your best bet. The device measures not only weight but also heart rate, body fat and even air quality. The scale can communicate via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to a smartphone, where your giftee can use the companion app to log and track measurements.
For simultaneous connections to a smartphone or tablet, the Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480 features a nob on the top left that switches among up to three devices. The cradle is designed to fit more than one gadget as well. It features a familiar layout with shortcut keys for both Windows or Mac. Plus, the black-and-yellow design stands out in a crowd.
The Amazon Echo is so much more than a Bluetooth speaker. The Echo can access Wi-Fi, buy products through Amazon and get traffic and weather reports. The Echo relies on Alexa, your own virtual assistant. With voice-recognition tech, Alexa hears and understands your voice commands, even when you’re 15 feet away from the speaker. You can ask to check your calendar, add to-do lists, set alarms, check the news, play audio books or music, and more. Amazon also programmed Echo to connect to other smart-home devices such as Philips Hue lightbulbs, so you can turn on a light with your voice.
With a 10.8-inch and 1920 x 1280-pixel display, 8 hours of battery life, and an optional detachable keyboard and stylus, the Surface 3 is a 2-in-1 that be can be all things to all people. That means it's perfect for students looking to take notes in class or the frequent flier hoping to get some work done on the plane, and anyone in between. The $499 starting price isn't too shabby either.
A computer doesn't have to be big to be powerful. In fact, the Kangaroo Mobile Desktop would fit in your pocket, but can do everything you need a PC to do. It comes with a 1.44-GHz Intel Atom X5-Z8500 CPU with 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD. It's even got a fingerprint reader, for an extra level of protection.
The ultimate home theater system deserves the ultimate all-purpose remote. The Logitech Harmony Elite is precisely that. It can control all sorts of smart home gadgets, including your TV, game console, lights and thermostat. It works through doors and walls, and if you misplace it you can substitute your smartphone running the Harmony app. Best of all, it's dead-simple to set up.
Those flirting with smart home products but are unsure of where to start will love the Philips Hue White Starter Kit. For $79, you get two 800-lumen, white Hue bulbs and a bridge so you can connect them to your smartphone. Once they're connected, you can control the brightness, as well as set timers and alarms. The bulbs also support geofencing, so they can turn on or off when you enter or leave a room.
Google's 802.11ac OnHub router is super easy to set up and looks great. It features 13 antennas, and if any of OnHub’s wireless channels are overloaded, the system reapportions the flow to the underutilized channels. That's something no other router does, so you'll always have a good connection. The router, which comes with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash memory, helps you future proof your home because the OnHub comes with Bluetooth built in and support for 802.15.4 wireless-data specification to better connect to smart home gadgets.
The DxO One will turn your iPhone or iPad into a DSLR-quality camera for less than a DSLR price. It shoots 20.1-MP photos and 1080p video, and you can toggle between the two modes with a tiny 1-inch touch screen on the side of the device. It even gives you DSLR-like modes like Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Program and Manual, and DxO said it's committed to updating the app with more features and modes in the future.
The $38.99 Logitech Daedalus Prime proves that you need not pay through the nose for a good-quality gaming mouse. This model is ideal for hardcore MOBA fans. It features a streamlined and minimalist design with excellent buttons, but you'll sacrifice some of the comfort found in more expensive models.
Sort of like a ViewMaster for your smartphone, Google Cardboard is the inexpensive way to experience virtual reality. Simply hold it up to your face and you could be visiting new places, playing fully immersive games and flying through space. If you're so inclined, you can build your own using directions on Google.com/cardboard, or you can pick up the Knox V2.
For the drone enthusiasts that must have the latest and greatest, the DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter comes with a 4K UHD video camera. It features a fully stabilized 3-axis gimbal and films at 4K or streams video at 720p resolution. It's controlled by the DJI Pilot app for iOS and Android.
The Zip is a super-simple photo printer. Turn it on, connect it to your iPhone or Android via Bluetooth, and hit the print button on a free app. The result: 2 x 3-inch instant prints. Don't worry about expensive ink cartridges, either. The Zip uses special photo paper (a 30-pack costs $14.99) that's ink-free and comes out dry-to-touch. You won't even need to shake them.
Budget shoppers in the market for a new TV should check out the Vizio E-Series E55-C1. This 55-inch 1080p LED TV features solid picture quality and robust smart-TV features. Access Netflix, Hulu, Pandora and a whole host of other content without having to install a separate streaming apparatus. However, should you want to connect a set-top box, streaming stick or game console, you can take advantage of three HDMI ports to do so.
Some photographers just want a simple but capable point-and-shoot camera. The Sony W800 fits that bill exactly, complete with an in-camera guide. It snaps sharp 20-MP pictures, features a 5x optical zoom (better than what you'll find on most smartphones) and SteadyShot image stabilization, all for $100. The tiny 4.5-ounce camera slips into a pocket with ease. The W800 is smart enough to detect smiles, and captures HD movies at 720p.
It lacks the high price tag of other 4-in-1 laser printers, but the ImageClass MF217w doesn't skimp on either performance or print quality. It produced some of the fastest print, copy and scan times of the laser printers we've tested, and the finished prints featured sharp text and detailed graphics.
For your friend or loved one that is a globetrotting jetsetter or just wants to carve out a few moments of peace and quiet, we highly recommend the Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones. Meeting at the intersection of style and functionality, the QC 25 offers a sleek, lightweight design along with Bose's award-winning active noise-cancellation technology. The audio quality is stellar, too, with rich and balanced sound. Expect up to 35 hours of battery life.
The Silicon Power A60 2TB drive packs a whole lot of storage into a very small, very rugged 8-ounce package. In addition to being water-resistant and shockproof, this drive works straight out of the box with both Windows and Mac. The A60 can go with you to back up more than 400,000 photos at your best friend's wedding or sit on your desk, holding a quarter million songs — or every season of Game of Thrones in HD.
For the aspiring photographer on your list, the Nikon D3300 makes the perfect gift. It delivers a solid feature set, such as a retracting, 24.3-MP lens and full-HD video capture at 60 frames per second. We like the compact design and the camera's colorful, plastic body. More importantly, this Nikon took sharp, clear images with accurate colors. Best of all, it comes at a good price at just under $500.
Bend it, shape it, anyway they want it. Une Bobine is a unique flexible metal cable that stays in whatever odd position it's twisted into — or object it's twisted around. At one end is a USB jack, and at the other end is a Lightning port. Your giftee will be able to position his or her device more easily for FaceTime calls, or for hands-free shooting of photos and videos.
Can you hear me now? No? Good. That's the point of the Phiaton BT 220NC Earphones: to deliver crystal-clear audio while keeping the outside world at bay. In fact, Phiaton's active noise cancellation blocks up to 95 percent of ambient sound. The Bluetooth buds can connect to two devices simultaneously, which is good if you own two smartphones or a phone and a tablet. Expect up to 17 hours of music listening on a charge.
The retro Fujifilm’s Instax Mini 70 was designed with modern selfies in mind. The instant camera features a small mirror next to its lens, a timer, an automatic exposure control and a Selfie Smart mode, which automatically adjusts settings for optimal shots.
With free lifetime map updates and spoken instructions for street names and turns, you're directionally challenged loved ones will always know where they're going with the Magellan RoadMate 9400-LM. But this 7-inch touch-screen GPS device does more than offer directions. Traffic-camera alerts offer audible and visual warnings. It offers parking-garage locations and hours, plus speed-limit warnings for avoiding traffic tickets.
The sexy and futuristic-looking chassis of the Alienware 17 is just the first of many reasons why any true gamer will love this laptop. It's got a lovely 1080p display and good performance. It's also got superb battery life for a gaming laptop, lasting 6 hours and 25 minutes on a charge. If you opt for the $174 graphics amp, which sports Nvidia graphics, you've got one drool-worthy rig.
For the audiophile with limited space, the Sonos Playbar packs six midrange drivers and three tweeters into a sleek 35 x 5.5 x 3.5-inch package. You can also add more Sonos speakers to create a true 5.1 surround-sound system. In addition to Sonos' own music service, the Playbar can play tunes from Spotify, Beats Music, Pandora and most other popular streaming services. It's not cheap, but it sounds amazing.
Whether you need to back up lots of data or just burn family movies to disc, Samsung's Blu-ray drive is your best choice. Available in black or white, this 10-ounce device is portable enough to stick in a bag and versatile enough to write to two dozen disc types. The SE-506CB draws its power from a USB port, no AC adapter required. The best part, Blu-ray Recordable (BD-R) discs hold 25GB of data and cost less than $1 each.
Chromebooks are inexpensive portals to the internet, and the Dell Chromebook 13 is the best one of these machines to get right now. For just $429, you get an epic 13 hours and 25 minutes of battery life in a premium design. The keyboard is pretty fantastic, too.
The 32-inch Samsung UN32H5500 delivers the best picture quality of any 32-inch set. It posted nearly perfect numbers for color accuracy, contrast and brightness on our tests. More important, it looks great in real life. Skin tones were dead-on, and we saw excellent black levels and sharp details in movies and games. This smart TV offers easy access to online entertainment, too.
Students and commuters with a 17.3-inch laptop will appreciate the sleek lines and comfortable straps of the Case Logic Prevailer backpack. There’s also a protected space for a 10.1-inch tablet. The main compartment offers plenty of room for books, files, headphones or even gym clothes.
For THX-certified sound, the Logitech Z623 speaker system offers an immersive audio experience. The 200-watt system features RCA and 3.5mm inputs for connecting up to three devices (including your computer, DVD player, console, HDTV or smartphone). Two bookshelf speakers combine with a square subwoofer to offer a rich sound stage.
The Solo Executive Ultrabook Tote Bag transitions seamlessly from day to night and boardroom to restaurant. And that's all while carrying a 15-inch laptop and a 10-inch tablet. It also has an organizer section for all the items you'll need, but it maintains a thin profile.
The AmazonBasics Executive Stylus is boardroom-ready in slick-looking silver. This 4.6-inch long stocking-stuffer is perfect for note takers and artists who've made the switch to iPad. Its cushy tip glides across any capacitive touchscreen, leaving the display fingerprint-free. And, at 1.6 ounces, it won't strain your arm, even with extended use.
Among the many antivirus offerings on the PC market, Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2016 stands out. Aside from its consistently high malware-detection scores (obviously a must for any good antivirus program), we like Bitdefender Antivirus Plus' secure browser, bootable "rescue disk" tool and its Profiles feature, which automatically optimizes your computer's performance.
Since successfully launching as a Kickstarter, the U-Turn brand of turntables have become known as quality devices for vinyl lovers. The black Orbit Basic is just $179, but this no-frills device offers up the quality audiophiles need. Its base is made of medium-density fiberboard with a styrene-butadiene rubber feet to prevent vibrations. And it features a uni-pivot arm.
Is there someone on your list who feels the force? Then pick up the First Edition Star Wars Headphones from SMS Audio and rapper 50 Cent. Available in four flavors (Galactic Empire, Star Trooper, Rebel Alliance and Boba Fett), these cans are emblazoned with the logos of your chosen faction and come with authentic Star Wars posters and stickers. Best of all, the headphones deliver the same thumptastic audio that the regular Street by 50s are known for.
Starting at under $500, this 21.5-inch all-in-one has everything you need in a family PC. The bright 1080p display offers rich colors that exceed the sRGB gamut, while your choice of Intel or AMD processors offers solid mainstream performance. The latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides fast connections to your home network.
The all-new Kindle Paperwhite retains the great features of its predecessor, but it now sports the higher-resolution screen found on the more expensive Kindle Voyage e-reader. Plus, Amazon has developed a unique font and offers advanced typesetting that makes reading easier than it ever has been. For the bookworm on your list, this is the one to get.
There are plenty of controllers for playing your favorite Android games, but the Moga Pro Power is a standout. Offering a precise, Xbox-style button layout, this $70 accessory turns your smartphone into a portable gaming console with its signature S.M.R.T. Lock Arm that holds a handset in place while charging it. This Bluetooth controller also works with Android tablets, and includes a separate stand for keeping your slate's screen front and center.
The Alienware X51 gaming desktop provides impressive performance for the price. Dell wraps the tower in a stylish, living-room-friendly package. Inside, gamers will appreciate the Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 graphics card. In the Alienware Command Center, you can tweak the PC's aesthetics and performance to your heart's content, including front- and side-facing lights that change based on what's happening in a game.
Connect your Apple TV, Roku, XBox One or any other HDMI device to a HDTV, display or projector with this 10-foot-long cable. It is triple-shielded with solid copper conductors and gold-plated solid metal connectors to ensure premium power transfer; it can even handle 4K, UHD and 3D functions. Right now, the Mediabridge Ultra HDMI Cable is only $9.99 on Amazon, down from $25.99. It is also available in other lengths from 3 feet to 50 feet.
In the world of online streaming media, content is king, and no set-top box delivers more than the Roku 4. It features more than 1,000 channels and a motion-sensitive remote control with a headphone jack (for private listening). The device is small and hosts just about any TV show, movie, online radio station or Web video you can imagine. With both Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections, the Roku 4 fits almost any living-room setup.
Aspiring drone racers will love the speed and maneuverability offered by the Hubsan X4 H107D FPV drone. Spare parts are cheap and easy to install, which is important if you're learning to drone race, because you will crash. The controller's big screen gives pilots a drone's point of view as they learn new tricks.
High-tech home cooks that like to sous vide need the Anova Precision Cooker. Attach this puppy to a pot, put your food in a sealable bag, fill pot with water and set the time and temperature. This cooker does the rest of the work, circulating the water to ensure a consistent temperature. It connects to a smartphone so you'll know when it's time to chow down.
There are tablets that can play games, and then there's the Shield. Packing a full-HD 8-inch display and a beefy Tegra K1 processor, the Shield Tablet supports rich games like Half-Life 2, Portal, and Trine 2, and becomes a full-on mini console when you add in the $60 Shield Controller and connect it to your TV. PC gamers can stream top titles like Titanfall right to the tablet, and you can broadcast select titles to the world with Twitch.
It's rare to find a gift that can save you money over time, but that's exactly what can happen when you replace that cable modem your ISP is charging you $6 to $10 a month to rent with one you own outright. The ARRIS SurfBoard SB6141 is your best bet. It's compatible with all major cable providers, and as a DOCSIS 3.0 modem, it's capable of delivering great performance.
A smoke detector is a must-have in any home, but apart from beeping loudly, it doesn't provide any information about the danger. The Nest Protect tells you — literally — if there's smoke or carbon monoxide, and which room it's in, giving you vital information that can help you get out of the house. And, because it's connected to the Web, Nest Protect can also send you alerts when you're not at home, providing an extra layer of security.
The Nest Cam can help you secure your home from far away, via your computer, iPhone or Android device. This little teardrop-shaped camera offered crystal-clear 1080p video and impressive night vision in our tests, along with powerful zoom options and two-way audio. The Cam also integrates with the Nest Thermostat and the Nest Protect smoke detector. Plus, it's easy to set up.
Portability, great quality and ease of use — these are all great reasons to pick up the Olloclip 4-in-1 lens system. Olloclip's $70 kit for the iPhone 6 delivered the best-looking images during our testing. Your budding smartphone photographer will get a fisheye, wide-angle and two macro lenses. The system takes just a second to attach to your phone and stows away neatly in a pocket or bag using the included cloth pouch.
Photographers with a mirrorless camera need a bag to protect their equipment. Not only does the Urban Approach 15 have space for a tripod on the side, there's also compartments for a 15-inch laptop and a full-size tablet. This black backpack is rugged enough to keep all that and more safe, and easily transportable.
Do not stick with the earbuds that came with your smartphone. That's a terrible idea when you could be investing in the Beyerdynaimc iDX 160 iEs. Their neodymium HD acoustic drivers create a rich soundstage. The flat cables are sure not to avoid getting tangled in your bag, and the aluminum design is subtle but classy.
The BenQ RL2455HM is a 24-inch monitor that's built to deliver maximum clarity and responsiveness. The picture is crisp and features dedicated presets for two of the genre's most popular games (StarCraft II and Dota 2). This panel is bright and colorful enough to make any game shine.
Now you can give Apple's signature slim all-in-one for just more than $1,000. The iMac's swift Intel Core i5 processor and vivid full-HD display are well-suited for work and play, and included apps such as GarageBand and iMovie give you plenty to tinker with out of the box. Owners will enjoy excellent integration with an iPhone, including the ability to send and receive messages and phone calls.
The Blue Yeti mic features the same great audio-recording quality you'd expect from the best-in-class USB microphone on the market. It also has settings to record audio from different directions (cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional and stereo) and zero-latency headphone output. The PreSonus Studio One recording software that comes bundled with it is tailored especially for Blue microphones. This lets podcasters capture and produce with easy-to-use tools and studio-quality audio processing. Just hit Record.
Your Xbox gamer with thank you. For $25, he can pick up the $20 Destiny DLC pack and $5 worth of downloadable games such as Sonic CD. Or he can pick up any number of apps, movies or TV shows from the Windows store for PC, Windows tablet or phone.
This 4-in-1 lens kit includes brushed-aluminum fisheye, macro and wide-angle lenses, along with a plastic 8x telephoto lens. But that's not all; for just $37, your iPhone shutterbug will enjoy a hard mounting case, a threaded lens mount, a clip for threaded tripod mounting, a mini tripod and two cleaning cloths. Plus, all of these odds and ends, along with your iPhone 5/5s, can be toted inside the included felt bag.
The camera end of the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor includes interchangeable lenses so you can get the wide angle or zoomed-in shot you want of your baby's room. On the monitor end, new parents will love the 3.5-inch, color LCD that's activated by sound (when in power-saving mode). Users can remotely pan, tilt and zoom from the display, or Mom and Dad can even speak directly to Junior to calm him.
The movie buff in your life need not throw out his old VHS tapes — that is, if you get him the Diamond VC500 USB 2.0 One-Touch Video Capture Device. This little gadget connects to a VCR via Composite RCA or S-Video plugs on one end. The other end plugs into your computer via a USB 2.0 plug. Running the included and easy-to-use software then allows him to capture the video from a tape and burn it to a DVD. Problem solved.
Wireless streaming sticks don't get any cheaper or easier to use than the Google Chromecast. This little HDMI dongle attaches to a TV, and using it is a snap. Simply open a supported app — such as Netflix or Pandora — on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, and hit the Cast button. Your content will show up instantly on your TV in full 1080p resolution, without any lag. You can even broadcast from a Google Chrome browser.
The Canon camera lover in your group will thank you for the EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM lens. With a barely-there profile of just 0.9 inches and wide maximum aperture, this prime (nonzooming) lens is a versatile add-on to a Canon APS-C format camera (most DSLRs). Pictures taken with this lens will look sharp and bright, and it's especially great for portraits and close-ups.
Apple's iPad Air 2 is one tablet well worth its premium price tag. This $500 slate somehow make's Apple's superslim flagship even thinner, while adding a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and a new A8X processor that helps games and apps run better than ever. With a seamless user interface via iOS 8 and access to more than 675,000 tablet-optimized apps, the iPad Air 2 is a gorgeous tablet that will keep you entertained.
Little ears need the protections offered by the Puro Sound BT2200 headphones. These cans block volumes of over 85 decibels, levels that can cause hearing loss over time. Plus, don't you want to teach your progeny to appreciate high-quality audio from an early age? The headphones also block background noise, so kids aren't tempted to crank up the volume.
Everything about Apple's new super-tablet is huge. Its enormous 12.9-inch screen boasts a 2732 x 2048-pixel resolution. Apple says its A9X processor makes it faster than 80 percent of all rival mobile computing devices. By all accounts, this is absolutely the next evolution of the iPad. If you're an Apple superfan or a creative type looking for a little more screen real estate, this is absolutely the iPad for you.
For iPad Pro owners, there is no other stylus worth considering. The Apple Pencil is instantly recognizable, and is the best in its field. With it, you can vary line weight and thickness and add all sorts of artistic flourishes, such as shade. The Pencil and iPad even know how hard you're pressing.
No more feeling around for a flashlight when the lights go out. This phosphorescent Pelican ProGear LED flashlight glows a ghostly green in the dark, making it a cinch to find. The front LED beams 234-lumen-bright light for around 190 hours (nearly eight full days) on three AA batteries. Take your pick from three modes: high, low and flashing. Unlike most smartphones, the ProGear is IPX7 waterproof.
If you're already committed to getting your gamer an Xbox One for the holidays, you might as well up the ante a little and throw in some games. Microsoft makes that easy with the Holiday Bundle. In this package you'll get a1TB console and wireless controller, as well as copies of Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, Rare Replay and Ori and the Blind Forest. Plus, they’ll get a 14-day free trial of Xbox Live Gold.
For good-sounding gaming effects and clear chats, the Kingston HyperX Cloud II delivers for less than $100. It's one of the most comfortable, stylish options you can buy. The virtual 7.1 surround-sound capabilities also highlight subtle sounds your gamer needs to stay in the competition. Plus, the lightweight design means marathon sessions won't be uncomfortable.
The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 is a whole lot of unlocked phone for just $249. That includes a bright 5.5-inch, full-HD display, an 8-megapixel front camera and a sharp 13-MP rear camera. We love the high-quality JBL audio. Plus, it lasts more than 9 hours on a charge.
The ultimate entertainment monitor, Acer's XB280HK is the first display to combine an eye-popping 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160-pixel) resolution with Nvidia's G-Sync technology for smooth gameplay. When paired with a G-Sync-capable video card, the monitor syncs its refresh rate with the GPU to minimize stutter and eliminate screen tearing — two bosses most gamers can't defeat. With five USB 3.0 ports built in, the XB280HK also doubles as a hub.
Samsung and Oculus teamed up to make virtual reality less expensive while delivering the immersive, high-end feel. The $99 Gear VR features an easy-to-use touchpad for navigating, and is compatible with the Galaxy Note 5, S6 Edge Plus, S6 and S6 Edge phones. In no time, you'll be playing games such as Land's End or Bandit Six: Salvo as if you were right in the middle of the action.
Designed with photographers and videographers in mind, the SanDisk Extreme Plus microSD card is a perfect gift for those keen on capturing fast action. It's waterproof, X-ray proof, temperature shift protected and shockproof, so it's ready to go everywhere. The fast speeds will ensure they never miss a shot.
While the 18-55mm lens that comes with many new Nikon DX DSLRs is fine for most everyday situations, real photogs sometimes want a little more reach. With the crop factor on Nikon's DX cameras, the Nikkor 55-200mm creates more of a 82-350mm camera, so you can capture close-ups of your kids on the field. Combined with the original 18-55mm kits lens, you can have a two-lens solution that can cover almost all of your DSLR needs.
The SDHC/SDXC in the Kingston Digital 64GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 SD card stands for "secure digital high capacity and secure digital extended capacity." That means you get faster data transfers and more compact storage than on a basic SD card, which makes this a perfect gift for someone who needs to store HD videos. The write-protect switch prevents accidental overwriting of precious moments. Plus, the card comes with a lifetime warranty.
Made to support DSLRs up to 6.6 pounds, the Manfrotto Compact Advanced tripod is made of sturdy aluminum. It can grow up to 65 inches when fully extended, and collapses to just 17.3 inches for easy storage. With two levers to control pan (horizontal) and tilt (vertical) movements, it's easy to frame precise shots while keeping your camera steady. The legs' latch locking mechanism makes the tripod easy to set up, too.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pros are more than just wireless Bluetooth headphones. These cushy, comfy cans feature noise-cancelling technology that can sync to multiple devices. The company claims a battery life of up to 24 hours. You'd be tough-pressed to find more lifelike audio elsewhere.
The big-screen Apple iPhone 6s Plus is the smartphone of the season. The pressure-sensitive 3D Touch display lets you easily peek at emails, addresses and attachments without leaving the app you're running. The 12-MP back camera and 5-MP front camera are great, as is the Live Photos feature. It brings stills to life, a la Harry Potter.
For vivid colors, deep blacks and overall picture quality, nothing beats an OLED screen. LG's 65EF9500 features a 65-inch 4K OLED display with a flat screen. The TV also features webOS smart features, which lets you access such apps as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video without the need for an additional streaming device.
This tripod is made for filming action-packed videos. For only $14.99, the Avawo Universal Flexible Tripod perfectly fits any GoPro Hero action camera. The 8-ounce tripod has flexible legs that can bend around fences, trees and poles — so you can place it basically anywhere. An adjustable knob allows 360-degree positioning of the GoPro, and a release tab allows you to easily remove the camera.
For less than $400, the 40-inch Hisense Roku TV is a great value. It offers surprisingly nuanced and pleasing color, and smooth motion rendering on its 1080p LED display with 60-Hz refresh rates. Plus, Roku's well-known and loved interface makes the smart TV functions a cinch to navigate. We could easily flip among Netflix, Hulu Plus, a Blu-ray player and other sources.
Video aficionados who no longer want to be tethered to a cable company can cut the cord with confidence with the Wineguard FlatWave Amped HDTV Antenna. While it pulled in a modest 19 channels in our test location, all stations looked clear. The flat design and extra-long cable make setup a cinch.
For less than $10, your PS4 gamer can download an old favorite from the PlayStation store, such as Legend of Mana ($5.99) or Final Fantasy Tactics ($9.99). You can even pick up Flower, originally a PlayStation 3 indie best-seller, for only $7.
Is it like pulling teeth to get your kids to brush theirs? The Grush Gaming Toothbrush is a new product aimed at getting kids to enjoy brushing, putting a stop to the bathroom struggle. With games like Monster Chase, Toothy Orchestra and Brush-a-Pet, this smart toothbrush functions as a motion-sensing gaming controller when connected to the Grush app on a smartphone. Parents can also use the app to track their kids’ brushing habits. The $59 toothbrush comes bundled with a bathroom mirror hanger for your smartphone.
The Olympus Tough TG-4 is perfect for the adventure seeker on your list who needs a great device for underwater exploration. This 16-MP camera is waterproof to depths of up to 50 feet, shockproof for drops from up to 7 feet and freeze-proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Add to that RAW footage capture, support for Wi-Fi and GPS, as well as the ability capture 1080p video, and you've got a winner.
The Xbox One Chatpad plugs right into the bottom of your controller and gives you access to all 26 letters of the alphabet, so you can stay in clear communication with all the members of your team. It's backlit so you can type, text and control your headset audio in the dark. The Chatpad is also compatible with Windows 10.
With innovative keys, a compact design and a low price, we have awarded the Turtle Beach Impact 100 the Best Budget Gaming Keyboard. The keys mimic mechanical switches and are both quiet and responsive. At $49.95, it’s easily $100 less than a real mechanical keyboard, while providing comparable functionality.
A new iPad Air 2 is pretty when naked, but it needs to be supported and protected from inevitable accidents. iLuv's Layup is a rugged, dual-layer polycarbonate/silicon shock-absorbing case with a built-in adjustable kickstand for landscape viewing and typing. This accessory also comes with a detachable four-position hand strap to help your giftee keep his or her grip steady on the Air.
The Amazon Fire Kids tablet comes with all the Amazon Prime-related goodness that comes with the regular Fire. But, in addition you get one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which brings kids a ton of curated content. It's also kid-proofed, thanks to the rugged case and 2-year worry-free guarantee that says Amazon will replace the slate if Junior does manage to break it.
Movies are great, but gamers know the true Star Wars fans will be glued to the PlayStation game Battlefront. And to do that properly, you need the DualShock 4 Star Wars Controller, decked out in all of Darth Vader's glory. The three LEDs inside can generate a colorful display, while the multitouch and clickable touchpad will keep the action moving.
Perfectly sized for the iPad 2, the Logi Blok case features a frame and a detachable keyboard that can be placed at any angle. Most impressively, the squared-off design of the corners of this case can protect against drops of up to 6 feet onto hard surfaces.
LG's BP540 Blu-ray player gives your giftee the widest selection by playing both discs and streaming content from such major services as Amazon, Hulu Plus, Netflix and Vudu. The BP540 also preserves domestic tranquility with a private sound mode that sends audio to a smartphone app so you can listen through headphones — so the kids won't hear that Michael Bay explosion. With 3D disc support, they can watch the cinematic destruction of Gravity in all its glory.
Don't know what kind of tablet your giftee is getting? Prepare for any tablet contingency with the PureGear universal tablet folio, which will accommodate any 7- to-8-inch tablet. Elastic bands securely strap their slate in place, which can be propped for hands-free landscape viewing or typing. A magnet secures the fold-back top, and it includes document/ID/credit-card pockets as well as a stylus/pen holder.
Pour your flat light beer into this quirky gadget and turn it into a brew any beer lover will appreciate. Fizzics foams up your favorite (or least favorite) beer using sound waves. The final effect is a wet head of tasty foamy bubbles at the top of your drink. The best part: No nitrogen or carbonation added.
You know that friend who's always uploading embarrassing moments to Facebook and YouTube? Put that videographer on the path to an Oscar with Cyberlink PowerDirector 14 Ultra ($99). This easy-to-use video editing program packs a ton of tools to turn amateur clips into professional-looking footage. Even the beginner will find PowerDirector 14 intuitive, thanks to a step-by-step Magic Movie Wizard tool that automates the editing process.
We named the Acoustic Research Pasadena as one of our favorite outdoor speakers. With rechargeable batteries, dynamic sound and easy setup, the $99.99 speaker can accompany any outdoor party with clear, powerful sound. The lantern-shaped, three-way speaker doesn’t require any wires, lasting for 8 hours on a single charge of its internal battery.
Kidz Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset with Boom Microphone
These headphones look and sound adult, but the Kidz Gear Deluxe Headset with Boom Microphone are all about being kid-friendly. The company adds its KidzControl Volume Limit Technology and a built-in volume-control knob to help keep your youngster from developing tinnitus or other hearing ailments while listening to music or playing games. Get 'em in gray, pink or blue.
For just $500, the Nexus 6P delivers a brilliant quad-HD display, convenient fingerprint sensor and superior cameras in a premium metal body. The device runs the new Android Marshmallow, which offers a cleaner, more intuitive interface and handy new features such as Google Now on Tap, which provides contextual search results without leaving an app. Plus, the Nexus 6P's blazing performance and long battery life make it a dependable daily companion.
For the iPhone devotee, all-day battery life can mean something very different. To get the endurance your loved one deserves, pick up the Tylt Energi Sliding Power Case. It adds a rechargeable 3,200mAh battery to an iPhone in a slide-on case. It also automatically stops charging as soon as the phone hits 100 percent.
It's tough to argue with the $50 price tag on the Amazon Fire tablet. It features a 7-inch display and a 1.3-GHz quad-core processor. Plus, it offers deep integration with Amazon's own content. For Amazon Prime members, in particular, owners enjoy access to Amazon Instant Video, e-books, Amazon Music and the Amazon Underground app store, where $10,000 worth of Android apps are free.
The Sony PlayStation 4 Star Wars Battlefront Console is just the sort of limited edition gear your Padawan really wants. It comes with a 500GB console that ominously displays Darth Vader's visage. The customized DualShock 4 Wireless Controller also gets the Vader treatment. But the real treats in this package are the physical copy of Star Wars Battlefront and the digital voucher for four Star Wars Classics.
The Jabra Move Wireless headphones prove that you don’t have to empty out your wallet for quality headphones. The black, on-ear pair offer crystal-clear audio and 8 hours of battery life, on top of Bluetooth connectivity. The headphones have an easy setup process and only weigh 5.6 ounces, making it perfect for travel. Jabra Move Wireless Headphones also come in red and blue.
With a long 9 hours and 13 minutes of battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 can go all day on a charge. It also offers a sharp screen and an awesome keyboard. Perhaps the best part is that it costs just $611, making this laptop ideal for cash-strapped college kids.
Who needs the drive-in when you can create a silver-screen experience in your backyard with the Dashbon Flicks? It combines a hi-fi boom box with an LED-powered, 720p projector. The Flicks can stream music via Bluetooth, or connect to your laptop via the HDMI port. It also works with the Chromecast, Roku or Fire TV, if that's your thing.
If price is your primary concern when buying a Windows laptop, the $399 Asus VivoBook E403SA is where it's at. This machine combines a premium design with a full-HD display, and lasts more than 9 hours on a charge. We also like the VivoBook's USB Type-C charging abilities.
The Sony a6000 mirrorless camera offers an excellent feature set that includes fast continuous-shooting and autofocus, multiple custom-control options, and noise reduction. Combined with the camera's top-notch image quality, those features make the a6000 worth a second look.
It's tough to go wrong with the Garmin vivosmart HR, which features a large, 1 x 0.42-inch display that shows 160 x 168 pixels. The vivosmart also boasts accurate activity, sleep and heart-rate tracking, as well as helpful smartphone notifications.
No self-respecting gamer should be without a quality gaming mouse, such as the $88.96 Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum. This mouse sports an intuitive and comfortable design that features big buttons in a smart layout. The streamlined software comes with lots of options, and the scroll wheel is sublime.
Put in your preorder now for the Mattel ThingMaker, which will allow creative young minds to safely make their own toy figurines. The ThingMaker interacts with an easy-to-use app that offers premade designs, but kids can also make their own. Currently, the device uses PLA plastics, but the company is testing a variety of softer materials for future upgrades.
Don't run out of juice halfway through the day. Drop the 4.16-ounce AmazonBasics Power Bank into your bag, and you should be good to go for two full iPhone 6s charges before you need an outlet. The 5,600-mAh battery comes with its own 3-foot cable.
If you've got a 32- to 44-inch home-entertainment setup, you deserve to treat yourself to a JBL Cinema SB200 sound bar for more immersive audio. The wall-mountable unit offers coaxial and optical output and features two 3-½-inch woofers, two 1-inch tweeters and a bass port, all in a sleek package.
Budget all-in-one computer shoppers need to check out the $449 Lenovo Ideacentre AIO 300. The 20-inch monitor is just the skin for up to 500GB of hard drive space, 4GB of RAM and an Intel Pentium G4400T CPU running Windows 10 Home. You'll also appreciate the ability to tilt the screen between minus 5 and 25 degrees.
Step up your Xbox One gaming style by picking up the Dusk Shadow edition of the Microsoft controller. The faded-blue, metallic finish practically begs you to pick it up and start playing. The company's impulse triggers deliver haptic feedback, and the responsive thumb sticks and D-pad are raring to go.
Thanks to its fast GPS feature and accurate heart-rate monitoring, the Garmin Forerunner 235 is the best GPS watch for the money. The Forerunner comes in a stylish, thin-and-light design with a customizable interface that's easy to read even in direct sunlight.
Sometimes a nice, big house can prove too much for a single router. That's why Wi-Fi extenders, such as the $172 TP-Link RE580D, exist. This extender will pick up and repeat your signals to get into every nook and cranny of your abode.
When you're working out, you need a set of buds that isn't going to balk at a little sweat. That's why the Jaybird X2 is our recommendation. These puppies come with a lifetime sweat-proof warranty. Plus, the over- or under-ear hooks mean you'll find the right fit.