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Holiday Gift Guide: ZDNet recommends the best tech gifts

​In work and play, do you always give it your best? Then you probably want to give the best gifts, too, right? We've got your covered.


All year, our expert reviewers are scouring the Internet to find the top technology products and services.for our business audience. Now that the holiday shopping season is almost here, it occurs to us that much of the gear we've recommended in 2020 would make great gifts.

Here's an early look at  ZDNet's top choices for technology gifts, gadgets, and accessories.

Best noise-canceling headphones: Plantronics, Jabra, Logitech, and more

A comfortable, noise-canceling headset is more important than ever in the age of remote work. Here are our top picks.

Best streaming music services: Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and more alternatives

Free is nice, but these music services are absolutely worth paying for. Each one offers ad-free streaming for paid subscribers, plus the ability to save content for offline listening and stream any song or album on demand.

5G almost cheap: The best affordable 5G phones between $400 and $700

The Google Pixel 4A 5G ups the ante for mid-range 5G smartphone devices made by Motorola, OnePlus, Samsung, and LG. Here's a look at your options.

Which Amazon Echo to buy? How to pick the best Alexa device for your needs

Amazon now has an entire army of Echo devices. Some listen to you. Some also watch you. Which should you choose? We help you decide.

Best keyboards: From mechanical to minimal, the top options compared

Finding yourself spending more time working from your home office? Time to kit it out with quality keyboards so you can get more work done in less time while also keeping your joints -- especially wrists and shoulders -- healthy.

Best cheap laptops for under $350: Asus, Dell, Lenovo, and more

Pick of the best $350-or-less budget laptops and convertibles.

The 10 best smartphones of 2020: Samsung's Note 20 tops the list

5G is still in its infancy in the US, but low-, mid-, and high-band networks are available from all major carriers. It's not the only reason to consider our top picks, but 5G support is one reason to buy a phone and be confident keeping it for two or three years.

Why buy AirPods? Great earbuds don't have to cost $250

Apple's AirPods and AirPods Pro have become synonymous with quality earbuds, but you can grab the high-quality Soundcore Life Dot 2 earbuds for under $50.

Best home office furniture and tech in 2020: Herman Miller chair, LG UltraWide monitor, and more

If you're setting up a home office or you've decided to upgrade your current home office for full-time work, we have great suggestions for you. We're not holding back on price in this list, but we're not going crazy either. All our suggestions are meant for a more functional, more productive work experience.

The best Chromebooks you can buy, from budget to rugged to Pixelbook Go

Not everyone needs a MacBook or a Windows 10 laptop. These Chromebook laptops feature low prices and long battery lives.

Best Android tablets in 2020: Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy and Amazon Fire tablets

There may not be a long list of Android tablets available, but you do have options.