Do you have a price point in mind but aren't quite sure what to buy that special someone this holiday season? Consumer Reports put together a series of gift guides that are grouped by price. Here, we focus on some of the top-rated products of 2016 for under $200.
Apple TV (32 GB) (4th Gen)
Just as the Apple TV was starting to feel a bit dated, Apple launched this version with a faster processor, a cool new touchpad remote, and Siri voice control. (Miss something a character said? Siri will rewind the video by a few seconds and turn on captions.) Apple TV has always been a no-brainer for Apple fans, and this fourth-gen model makes the choice even easier.
Asus ZenPad S 8.0 Z580C-B1 (32GB)
A fantastic screen, fast performance, excellent touch response, and good battery life make this tablet an easy choice even for demanding web surfers and gamers. With a sharp, 328ppi resolution display, this ZenPad is outstanding for watching videos, and its full access to the Google Docs app market provides a large and varied selection of apps.
This inkjet printer is a great gift for the family photographer. It quickly prints very good photographs on glossy paper (only fair on plain paper) and has a separate tray for snapshot-sized photo paper. Its 1.3-inch touch-screen display lets you preview the images on a memory card reader. It also prints two-sided copies and has scan and fax functions and built-in WiFi networking.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar Pro
This versatile Bluetooth speaker produces satisfying sound from its 2.25x8x6-inch package. It connects wirelessly or via a 3.5- mm input and has a built-in MP3 player, allowing you to play your favorite tunes on a microSD card inserted directly into the speaker. It can even function as a PC computer’s audio output device.
Camping and tailgating are a lot more tasty with this portable gas grill. After just 10 minutes of preheating, it serves up sizzling burgers and steaks, complete with appetizing sear marks. Cooking temps are fairly even across the surface on this two- burner model, and surprisingly, the cooking area—at 245 square inches—is larger than even our top-rated small grill.
Fujifilm FinePix XP90
If you’re looking for a waterproof camera that won’t sink your budget, this is one to train your sights on. It has a bold design and comes in blue, green, orange, or yellow. But it’s got more going for it than just a pretty face. It performs well and even has geotagging, so it’s easy to prove whether the photos were taken in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the one in Las Vegas.
Garmin Vivosmart HR
It doesn’t have GPS, but this budget-friendly model has lots to recommend it, starting with the $105 it saves you over the Fitbit Surge—and no skimping on fitness features. It tracks real-time heart rate, step count, stairs climbed, calories burned, and sleep patterns, and displays smartphone notifications (Android or iOS).
Looking for a smaller TV for an office or a bedroom? Consider this affordable 32-inch model. It’s not loaded with features, but it delivers very good high-definition picture quality and a wider-than-average viewing angle. It’s also a smart TV, so you can access Amazon, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Vudu, and YouTube without having to buy a streaming media player.
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