Worst Christmas gadgets ever

Like finding a lump of coal in your stocking, it's the present that we all dread, the one you hope there is still a receipt for. Chronicling the worst Christmas gadget gifts handed out from Christmases gone by, how many of these were you unfortunate to find nestling underneath your Christmas tree?

We brought you the most wanted Christmas gadget gifts ever, all those presents we couldn't wait to rip the paper off. But every now and then some of the tech that turns up under the tree can have us firing up eBay before the turkey's even roasted. 

 

Don't just take our word for it, feel the disappointment from a far by looking back at tech's great Christmas gift disasters.

 

1983: Gadget: Seiko Epson TV Watch

Price at launch: £335

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £814

Worst Christmas present because: One of the main problems with this watch, besides the fact it only showed a 1.1-inch TV display in monochrome blue, was the tuner pack clipped to your belt.

In fact, the only way you wouldn't look like the biggest weirdo on the planet wearing the box was if you stuck a 'Walkman' logo on it and pretended to be listening to music. So you should have probably just bought a Walkman instead and watched TV at home.

Buy One: Seiko

 

 

1984: Gadget: IBM PC jr

Price at launch: £850

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £1972

Worst Christmas present because: Despite promising to 'revolutionise' the home PC market by bundling a wireless keyboard into an easy to use system, the PC jr was doomed to failure. It ran slowly, had hardware incompatibility issues and cost the earth... plus what's the point of having a wireless keyboard when the monitor's only 14in... You can't sit far away from that.

 

 

1985:Gadget: Motorola Dynatac

Price at launch: c. £2000

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £4420

Worst Christmas present because: This was the first decent mobile phone, helped shaped mobiles today blah, blah, blah. But if your significant other forks out the same price as a family car to buy you something that could feasibly put your back out lifting just so you can phone ahead of time to say you'll be late home, then it's a gadget that needs to go through around 400 redesigns before it should sit in your stocking.

Buy One: Motorola

 

 

1986: Gadget: Atari 7800

Price at launch: £95

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £197

Worst Christmas present because: While it might have been the affordable version of the NES, this was one console that never really got off the ground. Initially designated to release in 1984, this ended up gathering warehouse shelf dust until Nintendo showed the world how to do home gaming. But a lack of advertising led to general lack of interest, which never bodes well for a two year old gadget of ANY kind.

Buy One: Atari

 

 

1987: Gadget: Fisher-Price PXL-2000

Price at launch: £65

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £130

Worst Christmas present because: Don't let the price tag and brand fool you, this was a kid's toy that adults knew all about too. It might have been a fun toy to play with initially, but recording footage that would make even the fuzziest YouTube video look hi-def has always got to have a limited shelf life.

One of those 'play with once then put away' items that has even found use with 'arty' film-makers, who probably used it while wearing berets and smoking 'ironic' cigarettes.

Buy One: Fisher-Price

 

 

1988: Gadget: Amstrad PPC 640

Price at launch: £399

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £772

Worst Christmas present because: Today, we might only know of Amstrad because of Alan 'The Apprentice-firer' Sugar's involvement in the company, but back in the 1980's the company Amstraddled the computing industry.

Designed as a portable PC to knock the socks of IBM, this behemoth had more undulations than the Peak District, and only managed to nab the 'portable' moniker by whacking a handle on the side. We have handles on our baths, but that doesn't mean we can drag them down the street.

Buy One: Amstrad

 

 

1989: Gadget: Apple Macintosh Portable

Price at launch: £4,350

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £8000

Worst Christmas present because: Well, the name wasn't really telling the truth. A far cry from the slick design of the iPhone, this device was heavy, expensive and ultimately offered very little innovation, though at least the track-ball mouse was a nice touch for a new way to navigate. But certainly not portable.

Buy One: Apple

 

 

1990: Gadget: NEC TurboExpress

Price at launch: £165

Inflation adjusted price for present day: £282

Worst Christmas present because: Imagine the joy at waking up on Christmas morning, racing downstairs to rip open your present to find you've got one of the most technologically advanced handhelds in the world, the NEC TurboExpress! A colour screen as big as the Gameboy's stupid monochrome version! An (optional, but your parents loved you) TV Tuner! Too bad the battery life would barely last the journey to school and the sound frequently conked out because of its cheap capacitors.

 

 

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