Best holiday gifts under $500 for 2020

Don’t look now, but the holidays are almost upon us. And while it’s easy to come up with a cheap last-minute gift, you’ll want to take some time to decide on the right tech gadget when you’re feeling awesome. And by liberal, we mean in something $ 250 Up to the $ 500 limit.

For the record, we are leaving PS5 ($ 400 to $ 500) and Xbox series x ($ 500) and Series ($ 300) here, simply because we expect them to be impossible to detect this fall.

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Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2, coming on October 13, could be the tool that makes virtual reality mainstream. It is not only better than the original, but also less expensive, starting at $ 300 for the 64GB version (the 256GB version is $ 400).

Tips Clear editor Scott Stein praised it for being lighter and faster, with revised controllers that now last longer battery life. The display resolution is remarkably crisp and remarkably easy to read text. The only downside: you must now have a Facebook login to use it. Read our Oculus Quest 2 review.

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Nintendo‘s massively popular platform may have a new, cheaper entry in Switch Lite at $ 200, but the original received a slight improvement over the V2 version with improved battery life even last year. Big difference between the two? The switch light has a small screen and is strictly portable, without the large screen TV docability and detachable controllers that make the V2 unique. We break down the differences here; The main thing is that we still consider large switches to be a better option.

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The new version of Apple’s entry-level iPad just came out in September with an updated A12 Bionic chip processor that gives it a good performance boost (a keyboard or case is not included). Otherwise, it is very much like last year’s entry-level iPad, which remains the best value in Apple’s iPad line. While prices start at $ 329 for the 32GB model (and $ 429 for the 128GB version), watch for sale as this iPad often receives flash-deal treatment. Hold out for $ 250 for the 32GB model. Read more.

Theragun

Theragun Prime is a new Theragun that is included in the company’s rebrand and the launch of four new massage guns. Its former counterpart was Theragun Liv, which is reviewed in-depth here.

Like the high-end Theragun Pro G4 ($ 599), the main impressive feature of the Theragun Prime is that it is much quieter than its now-distracted counterpart. In fact, it is a massive improvement from Liv – rivals the famous cool HyperVault Plus in terms of prime volume level.

The improvements don’t stop there, though: While the Theragun Liv had only two preprogrammed speeds and came with two close-cell foam attachments, the new Theragun Prime has five built-in speeds (from 1,750 rpm to 2,400 rpm) and comes with five off. Cell Foam Enclosure.

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No, you can’t get a really high-performance TV for less than $ 500, but with TCL’s 55-inch 55S525 you get a good-sized screen, very solid 4K picture quality, and the best streaming system available ( Roku). For $ 450. If you want to spend a little less, TCL is updating its 2020 4-Series 4K line to models larger than 50 inches with an additional HDMI port (it goes from 3 to 4 HDMI ports), but it’s still Is not out. Read the TCL 55S425 review.

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Hypervolt Plus is a second-generation hypersexual percussive massager, and competes with slightly better-known theragun in effectiveness. Despite being quite groundbreaking thanks to the 90-watt high-torque motor, it’s particularly quiet, so it’s not annoying to use – yourself or others. It is cordless, of course, and the lithium-ion battery gives you about two hours per hour. It comes with three head attachments and has five speed and power settings. Typically $ 450, Best Buy is currently on sale for $ 100 as it gets ready to release a Bluetooth-enabled version of the same device.

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So your gifters may already have a good TV, but they are listening to its awesome built-in speaker. A soundbar is the easiest way to fix that problem, and this $ 350 Yamaha is our favorite in this price range. As a bonus it also works with Alexa, so you can ask Amazon‘s voice assistant to play your tunes even when the TV is off. Read our Yamaha YAS-209 review.

Best Buy / Arcade 1 Up

Sure, you can get a lucky lucky gift from one of Arcade 1Up’s classic stand-up machines, but nothing beats the indifference of sitting in a chair, drinking in a relaxed place while you chase the latest high score We do. The two sets of controls face each other on a 17-inch screen that lets you play one of eight games. In addition to the original Ms. Pac-Man, you get Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man and Pac-Land along with Galaga, Galaxion, Dig Dug and Dig Dug II.

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