Consumer Reports finds great gadgets for under the Christmas tree

Pricey (and there were issues early on), but Consumer Reports says this smartphone is...
Pricey (and there were issues early on), but Consumer Reports says this smartphone is something to consider when buying a gift for that tech-savvy person. (Consumer ReportS) (KOTA)
Published: Dec. 16, 2019 at 2:31 PM CST
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The holiday shopping season is in full swing. And if your list is long but you're short on ideas, Consumer Reports offers some great options for the gadget gurus in your life.

Got a lot of tech lovers to shop for this holiday season?

One of the hottest new additions to the wireless headphone category is Apple's AirPods Pro for $260. They're Apple's first noise cancelling, truly wireless headphones that come with three different earpiece sizes — an upgrade from the one-size-fits-all original AirPods.

CR says the AirPods Pro deliver excellent active noise reduction and very good sound quality.

Looking for a more affordable wireless option that's similar to the original AirPods? Anker's SoundCore Liberty Air headphones are a CR Best Buy at around $80.

They're not noise canceling, but CR experts say they deliver very good sound quality.

If you have an early tech adopter on your list...and you're looking to splurge -- consider Samsung's Galaxy Fold smartphone for around $2,000.

Although it struggled with durability issues early on, the Fold did well enough in CR's tests to be a recommended smartphone. It scored very good or excellent in every category including camera quality, ease of use, and battery life-- which is 31 hours on a single charge.

If you're looking for a good gift and a good deal…you can get an Apple Watch Series 3 starting at around $200.

It's not Apple's latest model but in CR's tests, it rated excellent for ease of use, ease of pairing and readability in both bright and low light. And it's a CR Best Buy.

Consumer Reports says it expects at least some of these items to go on sale during the holiday season. Experts there say one tip for finding good deals: check the social media sites of your favorite retailers for special promotions.