The holiday season is fast approaching — and that means gift-giving (and hopefully receiving) is just around the corner. And like clockwork, Amazon has dropped a plethora of new gift guides with literally hundreds of top-rated and highly reviewed items.
For electronics, it’s everything from a My Passport SSD (our top-pick for an external drive) to Animal Crossing for the Nintendo Switch — with TVs, phones and speakers in between. It’s a lot, to say the least. So we had our experts dig and scour the list for the best deals.
We’ve come up with our 14 favorite items from Amazon’s 2020 Electronics Gift Guide. And we’re breaking them down for you right here. To make sure your gift arrives in time, be sure to check estimated shipping times — and consider expedited shipping if you’d like it to be delivered before Christmas.
4th-Gen Echo Dot ($29.99, originally $49.99; amazon.com)
The fourth-gen Echo Dot might mix up a working formula with a spherical design, but we think it’s still the budget smart speaker to beat. It’s pretty compact at about the size of a grapefruit, gives you instant access to everything Alexa can offer and provides good sound for its size.
Western Digital My Passport SSD ($139.99, originally $199.99; amazon.com)
We just named the My Passport SSD the best external drive you can get. It delivers speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps for read and write, which translates into zippy backups along with quick transfers. Furthermore, it’s a very compact build that comes in some nice shades, including a rosy gold. The starting 512GB size can store nearly 100,000 photos and can easily back up laptops with a 256GB internal drive.
Bose SoundLink Micro Bluetooth Speaker ($99; amazon.com)
This tiny speaker from Bose really packs a punch. For starters, it gives you the classic balanced sound that lets all tones shine from the historic audio brand. Bose paired that with fun color options and added an IPX7 waterproof rating to boot. Try running water over the speaker while blasting some tunes, and you’ll see water get pushed out from the speaker holes.
The Mandalorian Polaroid Originals Now i-Type Camera ($99.09, originally $119.98; amazon.com)
Snap pictures and get them developed on the spot with this twist on a classic Polaroid camera that features a design inspired by “The Mandalorian.” It features autofocus for clearer photos and is a fun way to add a vintage vibe.
Galaxy Buds Live ($129.99, originally $169.99; amazon.com)
These small bean-shaped earbuds scored high marks in our testing, as we’re big fans of the charging case and sound quality. They pack an impressive battery life as well to keep you rocking out all day long.
Powerbeats Pro (starting at $149.95; amazon.com)
Powered by the H1 chip for easy pairing with Apple devices, the Powerbeats Pro are the ultimate earbuds for working out. They’re sweat-resistant true wireless earbuds that pack a balanced sound experience with strong bass. Plus, with a trusty ear hook design, any fear or worry of these falling out is quickly eliminated.
Sony WH-1000XM4 ($298, originally $348; amazon.com)
The latest over-ear cans from Sony are our top pick for over-ear and noise-canceling headphones. They’re not only incredibly comfortable and deliver hours of battery life with noise cancellation turned on, but they pump out some great sound. Sony does a really good job of delivering a balanced EQ that lets each part of a respective track shine.
Animal Crossing: New Horizons ($59.99; amazon.com)
Nintendo launched Animal Crossing: New Horizons in the spring, and let’s just say it was the getaway we all needed. Not only can you become friends with a plethora of animals, but you can design and take care of your own island. Yes, there are quests to complete and hours of content to consume. New Horizons is a must-have game for your Switch or Switch Lite.
TCL 5-Series 50-Inch 4K UHD TV ($398; amazon.com)
For 2020, TCL brought even more value to its more affordable 4K TVs. Take this 50-inch 5-Series from TCL — it’s a full 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) panel with support for HDR and Dolby Vision. This way, colors can pop, blacks will be dark and images will be sharp. The real icing on the cake, though, is that TCL is using a QLED, or quantum dot, panel for a better picture on the whole.