PlayStation 3 Slim

If you’ve been holding off on buying a PlayStation 3 (PS3) for one of many reasons — it’s too expensive, it’s too big, it looks too much like a George Foreman Grill — then you may have run out of excuses with the PS3 Slim. This smaller, lighter, quieter, and more energy-efficient hardware comes in at a perfectly manageable $300, and the beautiful matte design won’t bother than non-gaming aesthetes in your house (nor will the Blu-ray functionality, of course). Like more recent iterations of the PS3, it won’t play your PlayStation 2 (PS2) games, but that’s a small price to pay; it comes with a 120-gigabyte (GB) hard drive and a Wireless DualShock 3 controller, which means you’ll be gaming right out of the box. (As long as you buy a game with it, that is.)