The 20 best tech gifts of 2018

If you really want to flex your Santa skills, then you need to gift tech. The editors at Reviewed have singled these 20 tech devices as the year’s best. Whether your loved ones are gamers or marathon runners, there’s a gadget here to help level up their skills.

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$100

Roku Ultra

Not only does this handy device give you access to thousands of Roku’s so-called “channels”—things like Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Now, Pandora, Spotify, Sling TV, and so on—but it’s also Roku’s most powerful streaming box ever.

 — Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$300

Nintendo Switch

The Switch combines the power of a full home gaming console with the ability to “undock” the smaller screen and take it on the go like a tablet, which kind of makes it like two gifts in one!

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$160

Apple Airpods

They’re true wireless earbuds, and they sync so flawlessly with an iPhone you’d think the same company designed both—oh, right. Even one of our most discerning writers couldn’t deny his burgeoning, burning love for these earbuds—why should you?

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$100

HyperX Cloud II headset

If you’re looking for a great gift for the person who spends a fortnight playing Fortnite, the HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is a great choice. We found the original Cloud headset to be unsurpassably comfortable and easy to use.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$270

Acer Chromebook 11

Acer’s Chromebook 11 fits the student-friendly niche quite perfectly, but it’s still [robust enough to tackle web browsing, email, and archaic statistics software. For around $270, it’s a super valuable gift for any student in your life.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$150

Fitbit Charge 3

Much more than a simple walking/running tracker, the Charge 3 tracks your heart rate ’round the clock, allowing it to recognize and report patterns in exercise and calorie burn potential—as well as sending you reminders to get moving.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$230

Echo Show

From upgraded audio functionality to the 10.1-inch HD display to synchronizing your calendar and to-do lists, the Echo Show is an all-in-one audio-video personal assistant to make anyone’s day-to-day a little simpler and a little more luxurious.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$200

Sonos One

Fully compatible with Alexa, but packed with the speaker quality we’ve come to expect from Sonos, this is the music-lover’s smart speaker. It’ll also integrate seamlessly into whatever Sonos speaker situation they might already have at home.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$650

TCL 6 Series

This 55-inch TCL is the one you’ll want to watch: With built-in Roku functionality, awesome performance (that I meticulously measured myself), and a sleek, angular design, this is the TV to upgrade to (note: video game fans, this means you).

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$100

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition

If you know a kid who’s too young—or too clumsy—for a full-on smartphone or tablet, a kid-friendly tablet like the Amazon Fire Kids Edition is the perfect substitute. Sure, you can set it up for all kid-friendly Netflix content, but that’s just the start.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$140

Logitech Circle 2

When we tested all the best indoor security cameras, we were impressed with the Circle 2’s improved night vision, wire-free functionality, super intuitive app, and support for HomeKit, Alexa, Google Home, and Logitech Pop.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$60

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

The Instax Mini 9 is our best value pick among the best instant cameras, owing to how easy it is to use, the wide range of fun colors it’s available in, and the unique, ingenuous “selfie mirror” it comes equipped with.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$90

Puro SoundLabs BT2200

These elicit a hard focus on audio quality—meaning they won’t compromise on all those beautiful highs, lows, and midtones—while also imposing a volume limit, keeping it well within safe ranges for growing audiophile’s long-term listening.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$170

Potensic T25

The Potensic T25 is our top pick for the best drones under $200. Praised for its stability, accurate GPS, and 1080p on-board camera, the Potensic is a real drone—but doesn’t cost real drone money.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$250

Garmin Forerunner 235

 The Forerunner is many enthusiasts’ favorite running watch due to how unbelievably lightweight it is—while still delivering features like a vibration motor, an accelerometer, and a GPS system.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$130

Kindle Paperwhite

The 2018 Kindle Paperwhite is a lot like the 2017 Kindle Paperwhite—just new and improved, making it one of the best Kindles of 2018. It’s thinner, lighter, water-resistant, and has twice as much base storage space.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$598

Panasonic Lumix LX100

An excellent entry-level camera if you’re looking to get more serious about photography. Because it’s a few years old, it’s generally a few hundred dollars less than its asking price, but it’s still our top recommendation for burgeoning photographers.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$150

Nixplay Digital Picture Frame

This 10.1-inch widescreen photo frame comes with 8GB of internal memory (and 10GB of free cloud storage) to allow the owner to customize it with pictures of family, friends, and furry loved ones.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$60

Neutrogena Skin360

Designed by the skin experts at Neutrogena, the app uses the tech in your phone to analyze your skin and recommend products (Neutrogena products, specifically) that will help repair damage and reduce signs of aging.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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$25

Samsung Fast Wireless Charging Pad

Compatible with Samsung Galaxy phones, as well as the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X, and XS, and any Qi-rated smartphone, this fast charging pad will juice your handheld back up to full without the need to plug the phone into an AC outlet or USB port.

— Lee Nelkirk, editor

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