Consumer Reports: Best budget-friendly tech gifts in 2020

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Consumer Reports: Best budget-friendly tech gifts
Consumer Reports has these budget-friendly tech gadgets - all for $50 or less.

If you missed out on deals during Black Friday or Cyber Monday, don't worry.

Consumer Reports has these budget-friendly tech gadgets, all for $50 or less.

First up is the Amazon Fire 7 tablet.

"This is a great low-cost tech idea for kids. It lets you create profiles, so everyone has their own home screen and the apps they want," said Consumer Reports Shopping Editor Mary Beth Quirk.

And although the display quality and processing power aren't equal to those of an iPad, the Fire tablet does offer expandable storage with its built-in microSD card reader.

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Next, CR says to check out the brand new 4th Generation Amazon Echo Dot.

"The newly redesigned Dot is in the shape of a sphere! And our testers found that this version sounds a bit better than its predecessor," said Quirk.

And if you're shopping for someone who loves taking pictures, check out Kodak's Print-o-Matic instant camera.

"It's the fastest instant camera of the ones we reviewed-delivering photos in just 38 seconds!" Quirk said.

The Print-o-Matic also stores your photos on an SD card, so you can print them out again - wherever and whenever you want.

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And if there's someone on your shopping list who could use a little peace and quiet, the wireless noise-canceling headphones from Monoprice may be just what they need.

"Our tests found these headphones have excellent active noise reduction and very good sound quality," Quirk said.

And their noise-canceling feature can be used without even having to listen to music or videos... ensuring your loved one will have a very silent night.