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Top Gifts Under $200

Top Gifts Under $200

Do you have a price 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 for under $200. 

Go to Consumer Reports' 2018 Holiday Central for updates on deals, expert product reviews, insider tips on shopping, and much more.

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Cordless Drill
DeWalt DCD791D2
DeWalt DCD791D2

    DeWalt DCD791D2

    This 20-volt drill driver demonstrated excellent speed and good power in CR testing. Its impressive performance, compact size, and modest price make it a CR Best Buy. At 3.4 pounds, it handles easily while still packing a powerful punch. It comes with two lithium-ion batteries and a built-in work light.


    Check our buying guide and ratings for cordless drills

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    Wireless Speaker
    Creative iRoar Go
    Creative iRoar Go

      Creative iRoar Go

      This wireless Bluetooth speaker delivers satisfying sound and can go pretty much anywhere, thanks to its small size, weatherproof design, and built-in rechargeable battery. Creative’s "SuperWide" technology, CR experts report, makes music sound larger and individual instruments more distinct from one another.

      Check our buying guide and ratings for wireless speakers

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      Fitness Tracker
      Garmin Forerunner 35
      Garmin Forerunner 35

        Garmin Forerunner 35

        A GPS-equipped fitness watch that gets a CR recommendation due to its excellent real-time heart-rate monitoring, accurate step counting, and a 1.3-inch screen that’s sharply visible in both low and bright light. The Forerunner offers sleep and calorie tracking, and is easy to put on, recharge, and sync with smartphones for text and call notifications.

        Check our buying guide and ratings for fitness trackers.

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        Stereo Headphone
        Marshall Monitor Bluetooth
        Marshall Monitor Bluetooth

          Marshall Monitor Bluetooth

          These days, Marshall puts out more than iconic British guitar amps. The company makes some impressive headphones as well, starting with the over-ear Marshall Monitor Bluetooth headphones. They sound great, but what really sets them apart is the price.

          At $125, they're among the best-performing wireless home/studio-style headphones in our tests, and they cost less than half of what you'd pay for some comparable models, such as the $350 Monster Elements Wireless Over-Ear. If you want over-ear headphones with the convenience of Bluetooth, this pair is a steal.

          The Monitor Bluetooth headphones come with a detachable audio cable, so you can use the headphones without draining the rechargeable battery, and the ear cups fold in for easy storage and travel.

          Check our buying guide and ratings for headphones.

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          Stereo Headphones
          1MORE Quad Driver
          1MORE Quad Driver

            1MORE Quad Driver

            1MORE has been making waves over the past few years by providing high-end performance at midrange prices. And the 1MORE Quad Driver, which recently dropped down to $170, is one of the company's most appealing headphone models.

            The in-ear Quad Driver is among the best portable headphones in CR's ratings. Our testers say that the sound is very similar to what the company's E1001 Triple Driver delivers but features a more even bass and treble. Both models are worthy options, but if you're looking for the best, you may want to shell out the extra money for the slight boost in audio quality that the Quad Driver delivers.


            The Quad Driver has an integrated microphone and volume, music playback, and call connect/disconnect controls that pair with iPhones (these features may not work on every device). It comes with nine pairs of earpieces in various shapes and sizes to help you find a good fit, and other extras like a mini-plug-to-1⁄4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, a removable shirt clip, and a carrying case.

            Check our buying guide and ratings for headphones.

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            Wireless Security Camera
            Amazon Cloud Cam
            Amazon Cloud Cam

              Amazon Cloud Cam

              The most affordable model on this list, the Amazon Cloud Cam is an all-around great camera. It doesn’t receive the highest marks in our tests, but it does tie with Nest Cam Indoor for data privacy and security, receiving a rating of Very Good in the former. It also offers dependable picture quality and response speed. The Cloud Cam’s features include a rolling 24 hours of free cloud video storage for video clips triggered by the camera detecting motion (footage that captures movement as opposed to dead air) and voice control via Amazon Alexa. With a Cloud Cam subscription, you’ll get monitoring zones, person detection, and more motion-based video storage.

              Check our buying guide and ratings for home security cameras.

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              Stereo Headphones
              JBL Endurance DIVE
              JBL Endurance DIVE

                JBL Endurance DIVE

                As the name suggests, the JBL Endurance DIVE is designed for use not just on land but also in the water. According to JBL, it's suitable for swimming and is rated to survive a dunk in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes.

                Additional features include a built-in MP3 player, technology that automatically powers the headphones on and off as you put them on or remove them, and a short collar that sits close to the neck and may help keep them secure in the water. The sound quality is dependable, though not quite as good as that of the other models on this list. For $90, the Endurance DIVE headphones are still a decent choice for critical listeners.

                Check our buying guide and ratings for headphones.

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                Noise-Canceling Headphones
                Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC
                Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

                  Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC

                  Great noise-canceling headphones don't come cheap, but the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC delivers fantastic noise-canceling capability and you can find it for as little as $180. This over-ear headphone has high-quality sound as well, though it doesn’t match the best headphones in our ratings. The HD 4.50 BTNC has integrated volume, playback, and call controls that work with paired Bluetooth devices. With Bluetooth and noise-canceling turned on, the headphones have a claimed 19-hour battery life.

                  Check our buying guide and ratings for headphones.

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                  Wireless Security Camera
                  nest Cam Indoor NC1102ES
                  nest Cam Indoor NC1102ES

                    nest Cam Indoor NC1102ES

                    The Nest Cam Indoor offers comparable picture quality and response speed to the Amazon Cloud Cam, but it costs $80 more, doesn’t fare as well in our Smart IQ evaluation (receiving just a Good rating), and offers no free video storage—just 3 hours of still snapshots. However, it does play nice with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (unlike Amazon’s Cloud Cam, which, as you’d expect, favors Alexa). With a Nest Aware subscription, the Nest Cam gains 24/7 continuous video recordings, person detection, and monitoring zones.

                    Check our buying guide and ratings for home security cameras.

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                    Smart Speaker
                    Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)
                    Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)

                      Amazon Echo Plus (2nd Generation)

                      The second-generation Echo Plus is quite different in size and shape from original, but it still includes the Zigbee smart home hub that allows it to integrate with a wide variety of smart home devices. The biggest difference is sound quality—Amazon has greatly improved on the old model's lackluster sound, while retaining all of Alexa's smarts. And if you want even better sound, two Echo Plus speakers can be stereo-paired with each other and with Amazon's new subwoofer—the components can be bought separately or in a bundle.

                      Check our buying guide and ratings for smart speakers.

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                      Action Camcorder
                      Kodak PixPro SP1
                      Kodak PixPro SP1

                        Kodak PixPro SP1

                        Despite its diminutive size, this $130 Kodak PixPro action cam is rugged enough to withstand a 7-foot drop and water-resistant to a depth of 33 feet. The 2-plus hours of battery life per charge put it among the best in its class. The camera comes with a 1.5-inch LCD and an image stabilizer to counteract shaky hands, not to mention vibrating handlebars. According to our testers, the camera delivers good photos and video. And there’s a nice extra: the ability to capture photos at 10 frames per second in burst mode.

                        Check our buying guide and ratings for camcorders.

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