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Holiday Tech Gifts at Great Prices, No Sale Needed

Missed Black Friday and don't have the patience to sift through other holiday sales? Relax. Some awesome tech gadgets are already priced to sell—year-round.

These TVs, wireless speakers, and other products may not top the Consumer Reports ratings charts, but they are all solid performers, and they make great gifts.

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Samsung UN55KU630D

This 55-inch TV received excellent ratings from our testers for Ultra High Definition picture quality and color accuracy—yet it sells for around half the price of other 4K sets.

Available for about $700, it displays images with depth and dimension. The brightness level is good, making it a suitable choice for most rooms. Its Smart Hub platform gives you access to content from Amazon, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube. And with three HDMI inputs and two USB ports, the set can easily accommodate a cable connection, a streaming box, and a gaming console.  

If we have one complaint, it's that the viewing angle is not as broad as those on the top-performing sets in our ratings. So before you buy the TV, try to go to a store and look at the screen from different angles—just to make sure you're okay with what you see.

Edifier R2000DB

These speakers will impress most listeners with their great sound quality. Unlike other wireless speakers, the Edifier R2000DB comes in a pair, which means you can achieve better stereo separation.

In addition to connecting to your devices through Bluetooth, these $250 speakers also have an optical input to use with turntables or home-theater systems. (They can't connect through WiFi.) And best of all, they are around half the price of comparable Sonos speakers. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 SM-T580 (16GB)

This 10-inch tablet has an excellent display: Crisp and bright, it provides more accurate colors, deeper blacks, and better viewing angles than most other tablets. The Galaxy Tab A has full access to the Google Play Store's apps, a good 8-megapixel camera (but no flash), almost 16 hours of battery life, and a microSD card slot.

It's also very slim, light, and compact for its screen size, weighing just 1.14 pounds. Available for around $270, it's a lot of tablet gift goodness for the money.

Canon PowerShot G9 X

The Canon PowerShot G9 X packs an impressive number of features into a small package. This 20-megapixel camera with manual controls is ideal for consumers who want to go beyond the typical smartphone snapshot.

The camera can shoot a fast 6 frames per second and performs really well in low-light settings. Image stabilization helps this $400 camera take shake-free videos. The G9 X also has a pop-up flash and a touchscreen LCD. It's an advanced point-and-shoot camera at a great price.

Scosche SportClip 3

These isolating ear-insert headphones are a good fit for anyone heading out into winter weather who wants to listen to Arcade Fire instead of local carolers. They're compatible with iPods, iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices. And in addition to being splashproof, these $30 headphones offer very good sound at a surprisingly affordable price.
 

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