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Holiday shopping 2022: Here are some of the best gift ideas for your tech friend

Philadelphia (WPVI) – Gadgets are always a popular gift item, so Consumer Reports rounded up some great tech items for everyone on your list.

We got personal recommendations from our tech editors for this. First for music or podcast lovers – how about a new speaker?

“I’d definitely suggest a Sonos One smart speaker. There’s a lot to like about it. One is, it looks great, and that’s really the most important thing with any speaker,” said Allen St. John.

Melanie Pinola writes about smartphones for CR and said that the Motorola Moto G Stylus is a great gift at a great price.

“It’s hard to believe you’re getting all these features for the price you’re paying,” said Pinola.

These features include a rarely seen SD card for expandable storage and a near-extinct headphone jack.

Nicholas De Leon has spent hours researching and writing about notebooks. He said that the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 is the perfect gift for someone on the go. It’s also a CR Best Buy, which means it’s a great value, too. It weighs only two and a half pounds and CR testing shows it has 12 hours of battery life.

Last but not least, CR’s TV and soundbar expert Jim Willcox.

A great gift for anyone this holiday season, myself included, would be a Sonos Ray speaker. It’s the least expensive Sonos speaker you can buy.

And it has great sound quality for its size, which makes it good not only for watching movies and playing video games, but also for listening to music,” Wilcox said.

And you can pair them with other Sonos speakers for surround sound in your living room or for a whole home sound system.

“You can even connect it to a Sonos smart speaker that Allen recommended,” Willcox said.

Consumer Reports has more great gift ideas. We’ve added a link to our CR gift guide.

Sonos One (Gen 2) Smart Speaker – $220 AU / 270 CAD

  • Supports Amazon’s Alexa, the Google Assistant
  • Works with Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Pandora

Motorola Moto G Stylus Smartphone – $400 USD / $500 CAD

  • Screen refresh rate is high / battery life: more than 32 hours
  • SD card for expandable storage & Headphone jack

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go 2 – $570 / CAD 740

  • 12.4 inch touch screen
  • Intel Core i5-1135G7 2.42GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Drive

Sonos Ray Sound bar – $280 / CAD 350

  • Sonos’ least expensive speaker
  • Can be paired with other Sonos speakers

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