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You don’t need to look far to find Black Friday deals on electronic gadgets priced below $100. But it’s difficult to know whether that $70 instant camera in the circular ad is a bona fide steal or a prime candidate for the Land of Misfit Toys.
That’s why we went searching for some low-cost gift options that have passed muster in Consumer Reports’ labs. Below are the best bargains on these items from Kohl’s, Target, and other retailers.
We’ll be updating all our holiday shopping season articles, including this list, through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and right up through Christmas, so make sure to stop back before you head out.
Bose SoundSport Wireless, $100
Available through Dell, these Bluetooth headphones usually sell for $200. Our testers say this sports-oriented model from Bose delivers great sound quality and is a solid choice for the more critical listener. These earphones have an isolating design; they will muffle some external noise as well as limit the amount of sound that escapes from the earpieces.
Canon Pixma MG3620, $30
Available at Target, this all-in-one inkjet printer from Canon offers a lot of value considering the rock-bottom price, especially for amateur photographers who like to print snapshots. The printer scores highly on photo-printing quality and scanning—but doesn’t excel at printing sharp text. After two years of typical use, we estimate the total cost of ownership (including ink cartridges) to be $245, which is low for an inkjet.
Google Home, $80
The Google Home speaker doesn’t provide outstanding sound quality. But as with the Amazon Echo, the speaker’s true value lies in its utility as a digital assistant. It can control internet-connected devices in your home, make phone calls, recite the day’s headlines, and answer trivia questions. It's available at Dell and Target for $50 off, but if you decide to buy the speaker at Kohl’s, you will receive $15 in Kohl’s Cash with your purchase. See more wireless speaker gift suggestions.
JBL by Harman Flip 4, $60
JBL’s Flip 4 boasts decent sound quality for a speaker this inexpensive. Our test team found it easy to pair via Bluetooth, and the battery life was long enough for even your epic 81-song Abba-to-Van Halen playlist. And JBL says the Flip 4 is not only splashproof and spillproof but also totally dunkable. The speaker delivered good value even at the typical price of $100; the $60 deal is available at Kohl’s and Target, and could appear at more retailers as well.
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