The best holiday gifts for under $500 to blow your family’s minds

Do not look now, however the holidays are virtually upon us. And whereas it is simple to provide you with an affordable last-minute present, you may wish to take a while to resolve on the proper tech gadget while you’re feeling beneficiant. And by beneficiant, we imply one thing within the $250 to $500 vary.

For the document, we’re skipping the PS5 ($400 to $500) and Xbox Series X ($500) and Collection S ($300) right here, solely as a result of we anticipate them to be unattainable to search out this fall. 

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Fb’s Oculus Quest 2, arriving Oct. 13, might be the machine that makes digital actuality mainstream. It isn’t solely higher than the unique but in addition cheaper, beginning at $300 for the 64GB model (the 256GB model is $400). 

PJDM editor Scott Stein praised it for being for being lighter and sooner with revised controllers that longer battery life battery life. The show decision is notably crisper and remarkably simple to learn textual content on. The one draw back: you now should have a Fb login in to make use of it. 

Read our Oculus Quest 2 review.

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Nintendo’s massively common platform might have a more recent, cheaper entry within the Switch Lite at $200, however the authentic additionally acquired a minor enchancment final 12 months within the V2 model with improved battery life. The massive distinction between the 2? The Change Lite has a smaller display screen and is strictly transportable, with out the big-screen TV dockability and removable controllers that make the V2 so distinctive. We break down the differences here; the primary factor to know is we nonetheless take into account the larger Change to the be the higher alternative.

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The brand new model of Apple’s entry-level iPad simply got here out September with an up to date A12 Bionic chip processor that provides it a pleasant efficiency enhance (a keyboard or case shouldn’t be included). In any other case it is just about the identical as final 12 months’s entry-level iPad, which stays the perfect worth in Apple’s iPad line. Whereas costs begin at $329 for the 32GB mannequin (and $429 for the 128GB model), search for gross sales as this iPad typically will get the flash-deal therapy. Maintain out for $250 for the 32GB mannequin.

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The Theragun Prime is a brand new Theragun included within the firm’s rebrand and launch of four new massage guns. Its prior equal was the Theragun Liv, which is reviewed in-depth here.

Just like the high-end Theragun Professional G4 ($599), the Theragun Prime’s fundamental spectacular function is that it is a lot quieter than its now-defunct counterpart. In truth, the Prime rivals the famously quiet Hypervolt Plus when it comes to quantity stage — that is a large enchancment from the Liv.

The enhancements do not cease there, although: The place the Theragun Liv solely had two preprogrammed speeds and got here with two closed-cell foam attachments, the brand new Theragun Prime has 5 built-in speeds (from 1,750 rpm to 2,400 rpm) and comes with 5 closed-cell foam attachments. 

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No, you may’t get a very high-performance TV for lower than $500, however with TCL’s 55-inch 55S525 you will get one with a nice-size display screen, very stable 4K image high quality and the perfect streaming system obtainable (Roku) for $450. If you wish to spend rather less, TCL is updating its 2020 4-series 4K line with an extra HDMI port in fashions bigger than 50 inches (it goes from three to Four HDMI ports), however that is not out fairly but. 

Read the TCL 55S425 review.

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The Hypervolt Plus is the second-generation Hyperice percussive massager, and rivals the marginally better-known Theragun in effectiveness. Regardless of being fairly forceful due to a 90-watt high-torque motor, it is notably quiet, so it isn’t annoying to make use of — to your self or others. It is cordless, in fact, and the lithium-ion battery provides you about two hours per cost. It comes with three head attachments and has 5 pace and energy settings. Usually $450, Finest Purchase presently has it on sale for $100 off because it will get able to launch a Bluetooth-enabled version of the same device.

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So possibly your present recipients have already got a pleasant TV, however they’re caught listening to its horrible built-in audio system. A soundbar is the simplest method to repair that drawback, and this $350 Yamaha is one our favorites on this worth vary. As a bonus it additionally works with Alexa, so you may ask Amazon’s voice assistant to play your tunes even when the TV is turned off.

Read our Yamaha YAS-209 review.

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Positive, you could possibly get that fortunate giftee one in every of Arcade1Up’s traditional stand-up machines, however nothing beats the nostalgia of sitting in a chair, drink comfortably in place, when you chase the most recent excessive rating. Two units of controls face each other throughout a 17-inch display screen that permits you to play any one in every of eight video games. Along with the unique Ms. Pac-Man, you get Pac-Mania, Tremendous Pac-Man and Pac-Land, together with Galaga, Galaxian, Dig Dug and Dig Dug II. 

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