By , Consumer Reports
Published December 11, 2015
Anyone who has ever tried to buy for a teen or tween knows what a monumental task it can be. We're here to help. We put together a list of some of the top-rated electronics of 2015 that will have your kids high-fiving you this holiday season (because hugging just isn't cool at that age).
These high-quality, over-the-ear headphones earned our top rating for good reason: Superior sound comes from the swiveling ear cups, housed in aluminum. They have a cool retro ’60s look, too. And thanks to the open-air design, they won’t keep you from hearing the doorbell when the UPS man arrives with other gifts you’ve ordered.
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This lightweight action cam lets the wearer be an auteur with its built-in wireless and 1.7-inch touch-screen display, not to mention the arsenal of GoPro mounts and accessories. it delivers good-quality video and pictures. And it performs just fine 100 feet underwater, according to our tests. it doesn't have an image stabilizer, though, so prepare for some shaky-cam footage if you take it off-road.
Extremely thin and lightweight, this 12-inch laptop features a new pressure-sensitive trackpad that lets you preview info and issue commands with the force of your touch. Outfitted with a Core M processor and a 256-gigabyte solid state drive, it also earns props for its 16.25-hour battery life, an excellent 2304x1440 display, and very good performance and ergonomics.
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With its velvety case. sharp contrast, and super-crisp text, the Paperwhite is a welcome treat for anyone who takes pleasure in reading. The new typeface was designed for bookworms (hence the name Bookerly), and the character spacing and kerning engine has been upgraded, Amazon says. Spouses will love this gift, too, because the adjustable front light won't disturb their slumber.
It may look just like the iPhone 6, but this model has an enticing edge over its sales-record predecessor. The sensitive 3D Touch display lets users preview messages, peek at attachments without opening them, and take instant selfies without having to launch the photo app. In short, it makes the pointer finger more powerful than ever. As an added bonus, it ranks with the 6s Plus among the first iPhones to take 4K video.
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