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Tech is a big class, spanning every little thing from headphones to sport consoles to good house units and extra. And that is precisely why discovering the best reward for a tech fanatic generally is a little difficult. With the variety of decisions, it may get overwhelming fairly shortly. However CNET is right here that will help you discover that good reward whereas staying inside your price range. Under, we have rounded up a few of our favourite tech presents available on the market proper now which you could seize for $100 or much less. 

We have both absolutely reviewed or personally examined all of the merchandise on this checklist. And in case you’re on the lookout for some high quality tech reward objects which are even cheaper (no, we’re not calling you a cheapskate), we have additionally obtained an inventory of nice reward concepts for $50 or much less.

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Earfun has put out a collection of wi-fi earbuds during the last couple of years with one essential commonality: They’re excellent values, made extra so by frequent reductions. The corporate’s new-for-2023 Earfun Air Professional 3 earbuds function the most recent Qualcomm QCC3071 system-on-a-chip with AptX Adaptive for Android and different units that help the brand new LE Audio normal and LC3 audio codec, which is superior to the SBC codec (in addition they help AAC for Apple units).

Light-weight and comfy to put on — I obtained seal with the biggest ear tip measurement — these aren’t an enormous improve over the Earfun Air S, however they’re higher. They’ve barely bigger wool-composite drivers (11mm versus 10mm), barely improved noise canceling and higher battery life (as much as seven hours with noise canceling on, in response to Earfun).

In brief, the Earfun Air 3 ship robust efficiency for his or her modest value, with sturdy bass, good readability and a comparatively vast soundstage. Additionally they pack in plenty of options, together with a wi-fi charging case and “multidevice” connectivity. (I might pair them to 2 units concurrently however needed to pause the music on one system and hit play on the opposite for the audio to modify.) They’re IPX5 splash-proof and in addition work effectively (although not exceptionally effectively) as a headset for making calls. 

Be aware that whereas the checklist value of those buds is $80, in case you click on the moment 10% coupon on their Amazon product web page after which apply the code EAP3CNET at checkout, you get a further 20% off, bringing the buds’ value all the way down to $56.

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Biolite makes a number of completely different headlamps, with the BioLite HeadLamp 800 being its brightest mannequin (800 lumens) — and it is geared up with each back and front lights (the entrance gentle swivels) that supply eight completely different lighting modes. It is good for quite a lot of makes use of, whether or not you are working in a darkish setting or simply strolling your canine or driving a motorcycle at night time. The battery is rechargeable through a Micro-USB connection (I do want it was USB-C).

Be aware that the step-down HeadLamp 425 prices $60, whereas the HeadLamp 325 is $40.

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Amazon’s Good Thermostat units a brand new normal for the class. It has a clear, trendy touchscreen design, and it is easy to make use of, whether or not you are adjusting the temperature on the thermostat, by the Alexa app or with Alexa voice instructions with a suitable Alexa-enabled speaker or show. It’s an reasonably priced reward that earned a CNET Editors’ Selection Award for finest worth good thermostat.

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The Yoose Mini Electrical Shaver is not probably the most highly effective electrical shaver, and I can not say I obtained the cleanest, closest shave utilizing it. However it’s actually small — concerning the measurement of some wi-fi earbuds instances — and it does work effectively sufficient and appears and feels extra premium than I assumed it will. That makes it on-the-go electrical shaver and good journey companion (it did not damage to make use of and comes with a carry case). 

Accessible in a number of shade choices, it is IPX7 waterproof, so it may be used each moist and dry. Although it retails for $90, it typically has instantaneous reductions that drop its value nearer to $60.

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What’s cool about Anker’s 622 magnetic battery is that it is a wi-fi battery that has an built-in magnetic flap that converts right into a stand. You will not get quick wi-fi charging from this 5,000-mAh battery (it prices at as much as 7.5 watts) however it’s slim and straightforward to hold round. 

It prices through USB-C and in case you use a USB-C to Lightning to cost your iPhone, it can cost at a sooner price of 12 watts. That is not as quick as what a 20-watt USB-C energy adapter can ship, however it’s sooner than 7.5 watts.

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Amazon has launched a brand new baseline Kindle E Ink e-reader for $100 that not appears so entry-level. Whereas its 6-inch display makes it a smaller and lighter e-reader than the step-up Kindle Paperwhite ($130), its show has the identical 300-ppi decision because the Paperwhite. Nonetheless, that step-up mannequin provides waterproofing and incorporates a extra refined entrance lighting scheme, with 17 LEDs in comparison with the Kindle 2022’s 4.

Prior to now, we have advisable stepping as much as the Paperwhite in case you might afford it, primarily as a result of it had the next decision show than the entry-level Kindle, which allowed textual content to look extra crisp. However with each fashions now that includes related shows (at the very least so far as decision goes), we could should revise that suggestion.

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Some time again I took my child to the physician as a result of he had a bunch of ear wax constructed up in his ear and was having hassle listening to (sure, gross). The physician was in a position to dislodge it with a pressurized stream of water, which is precisely what units just like the Wush Professional by Black Wolf ship. 

Designed for use within the bathe, the Wush Professional does certainly work to take away ear wax build-up. For some individuals who have delicate ears, it may be just a little disconcerting to make use of at first, however learn the directions fastidiously and begin at a decrease setting earlier than ramping issues up (there are three stress settings, and the Wush is provided with a chargeable battery). The pump inside does make some noise (it is just a little irritating), however it’s tolerable and beats a go to to the physician for extreme build-up.

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Twelve South’s HoverBar Duo is a versatile stand for iPads (and different tablets) that has a weighted base and articulating arm to regulate the angle and top of your system. You can even take away the HoverBar from its base and clip it to a bar or shelf utilizing the shelf clip. The second-gen mannequin has a quick-release design, however the first-gen mannequin is almost $30 cheaper at $50.

If you happen to’re on the lookout for a manner to make use of your iPad within the kitchen, as a second monitor to your Mac or as a video conferencing show, the HoverBar Duo is a pleasant accent to personal and makes a fantastic reward for all these iPad homeowners on the market.

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I beforehand had the RiotPWR Cellular Cloud Gaming Controller for iOS on this checklist, however it had one flaw. As a result of it has an built-in Lightning cable that enables for lag-free gaming — at the very least relating to button presses — you could not use it with newer iPads which have a USB-C connection. The brand new RiotPWR RP1950 controller solves that downside by permitting you to swap out the Lightning cable module for a USB-C cable module. 

Like RiotPWR’s earlier iOS controller, which is white, the black RP1950 is a extra historically formed Xbox-like controller that features a mount on your cellphone. Whereas there is not any built-in battery that retains your cellphone charged whereas taking part in, just like the Spine and Razer Kishi V2, this mannequin has a pass-through charging choice if you wish to hook up a separate Lightning cable to a battery pack or wall charger.

The controller is properly designed and would not really feel low cost (the dock can accommodate quite a lot of iPhones, together with bigger iPhone Max fashions). Take away the dock and you should utilize this with any iPad that has a Lightning or USB-C port. To swap cables, it’s important to stick a paper clip in a gap within the backside of the controller, which releases the cable module. It is just a little tough the primary time you do it, however as soon as you determine the way it’s accomplished, it is fairly easy.

It is also price noting that although that is referred to as an “iOS controller,” it can work with Android smartphones and tablets which have USB-C ports.  

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Anker’s upgraded compact charger can cost a MacBook Professional 13 at full velocity. Not solely is it small for a way a lot energy it may ship (it has foldable prongs), however it additionally has three ports (2 USB-C and one USB-A) that permit you to cost a number of units on the similar time. Bear in mind that its 65 watts of energy is cut up between the ports in case you cost multiple system. although. It makes use of the next-generation GaN 3 expertise. 

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Again in 2020, Tribit launched the StormBox Micro, a price range model of Bose’s wonderful SoundLink Micro speaker that delivered surprisingly good sound for its measurement and modest value. Now we get the StormBox Micro 2, which affords improved sound and battery life, together with a charge-out function that turns the speaker into an influence financial institution for cellular units akin to smartphones and tablets. An built-in strap permits you to clip it to your backpack or your bike’s handlebars.

Like the unique, it is a superb worth and straightforward to suggest in case you’re on the lookout for an excellent compact transportable wi-fi speaker. It is also price noting which you could save 15% by activating the moment coupon on the product web page. 

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Sony launched its new entry-level CH-720N noise-canceling headphones in 2023. They’re fairly good, however if you cannot afford them (they checklist for $150), the corporate’s new price range on-ear CH-520 headphones are an intriguing choice for under round $50.

They lack noise canceling and are fairly no-frills, however they function good sound for his or her value, are light-weight and fairly comfy for on-ear headphones, and still have wonderful battery life (they’re rated for as much as 50 hours at reasonable quantity ranges). Moreover, they’ve multipoint Bluetooth pairing, so you’ll be able to pair them with two units concurrently (akin to a smartphone and pc) and swap audio. Voice-calling efficiency is first rate, although lower than the extent of what you get with the CH-720N. 

Be aware that there is not any wired choice — this can be a wi-fi Bluetooth-only headphone. The CH-520 affords general balanced sound with first rate readability. The bass has some punch to it however would not pack a wallop, and you are not going to get fairly as vast a soundstage as you get from Sony’s costlier over-ear headphones. However these undoubtedly sound higher than Sony’s earlier entry-level on-ear headphones, they usually sound higher than I assumed they’d. I attempted the white shade, however in addition they are available blue and black. 

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We actually appreciated this Lightning-connected controller from startup Spine when it first got here out in its unique black model. You’ll be able to nonetheless get that mannequin, however it now is available in a white PlayStation model to be used with the PS Distant Play app.

Just like the Razer Kishi, it turns any iPhone 6S or later right into a Nintendo Swap-style gaming expertise, with added smarts for social and chatty avid gamers. Just like the Kishi, it connects through Lightning with pass-through charging however has no built-in battery. Whereas the Kishi V2 is now extra Spine-like in its design (with higher ergonomics) the Spine controller nonetheless holds a bonus within the software program division with a superior companion app.

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Whoever you are getting this for could also be just a little embarrassed however he’ll most certainly respect it. Panasonic says its ER-GK80-S has a novel V-shaped head that is “constructed to go in all places” — and with precision. It comes with two attachments, has nearly two hours of battery life and can be utilized moist or dry. A journey case is included. It is a superb manscaping system.

The checklist value just lately crept above $100, however Amazon presently has it discounted so you’ll be able to nonetheless decide it up for round $100. 

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Anker’s costlier Soundcore Movement Increase Plus is a considerable sound improve over the unique Movement Increase, however this mannequin stays an excellent mini growth field for the cash. Geared up with a deal with and weighing just a little over 4 kilos, the speaker jogs my memory of a kind of large flashlights or “floating lanterns” that had been in vogue about 30 years in the past. For the file, the Movement Increase really does float and is absolutely waterproof with an IPX7 ranking. 

Anker says the Movement Increase delivers “big stereo sound,” and sure, it performs fairly loud and has a good quantity of bass with affordable readability. I stored the bass increase on always as a result of it sounds higher that manner. The Movement Increase cannot compete in opposition to larger and costlier audio system like JBL’s Boombox 3 and Final Ears’ Hyperboom, however it packs much more quantity and punch than extra compact Bluetooth audio system like JBL’s Flip 6. It additionally travels effectively, so it is ultimate for a seashore tour or just a little tailgating.

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I like Hyperice’s Hypersphere Mini ($99) therapeutic massage ball, however Theragun’s new Wave Solo therapeutic massage ball is arguably a tad higher and nearly $20 cheaper at $80. It is also concerning the measurement of a softball (3.4 inches, or 8.7 cm, in diameter), prices with a USB-C cable (a full cost affords as much as 200 minutes of battery life) and has three vibration velocity choices.

It is a nice choice for pinpointing downside areas as hip flexors that you just may roll out with a lacrosse ball. There’s additionally a Wave Duo model for $99 that is good for rolling on both facet of the backbone or putting on the prime of your shoulder behind your neck whereas mendacity down.

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There are many nice Alexa-powered Echo merchandise, however on this value vary, we’re followers of the brand new Google Nest Hub (2nd gen). The upgraded good show delivers extra bass together with a brand new Sleep Sensing function. It additionally offers you instantaneous entry to a world of solutions everytime you say, “Hey, Google,” and permits you to solid content material on to the display from any Android system.

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For lots of people, Apple’s unique HomePod was too dear at $350. That speaker has been discontinued, however the HomePod Mini continues to be round. It is a very compact Wi-Fi speaker that prices so much much less ($99) and performs larger than you’d count on for its small measurement. Sure, it is extra interesting to these invested in Apple’s ecosystem and comfy with Apple’s voice-assistant Siri, which drives the speaker, however the value is true and you’ll pair two HomePod Minis to create stereo sound or mix a number of to create a multiroom audio system (you’ll be able to hyperlink them to the unique HomePod, in fact). 

Whereas music playback is tied into Apple Music, you should utilize AirPlay 2 to stream audio from different music companies, together with Spotify, out of your iPhone and different Apple units (learn this for AirPlay necessities).

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The Roku Extremely has all the time been a wonderful 4K HDR streamer. Because the flagship in Roku’s in depth line of sticks and gamers, its bag of nifty tips features a distant finder and a distant with programmable distant buttons. This model provides higher Wi-Fi, a sooner processor and the power to stream in Dolby Imaginative and prescient — a long-awaited function that enables it to raised compete with the finest streamers from Amazon, Apple and Google. 

Sure, the Roku Specific 4K Plus, which prices round $40, is a greater worth, however the upgraded Extremely is usually on sale today for $70 (it lists for $100) and has an Ethernet port for many who wish to go together with a wired connection.

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There’s nothing like just a little mixing on the go to create these wholesome smoothies and protein shakes. That is the place the BlendJet 2 is available in. Accessible in a number of shade choices and geared up with a chargeable battery, it is extra highly effective than you may count on and it may whip up smoothies with out having to plug in wherever. It prices through USB-C (you get about 15 blends per cost) and is absolutely waterproof.

The mannequin proven right here has a 16-ounce jar, however now you can purchase an XL 32-ounce jar for $30 further. I am hoping sometime that you’ll get the 32-ounce jar model as a standalone merchandise however it’s presently an add-on accent. 

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BioLite has a number of transportable lighting choices and the Alpenglow 500 is one among its more moderen additions to its line. It is a transportable “lantern” that has a number of modes and shade choices. As its title implies, it delivers 500 lumens of sunshine, and it’s certainly fairly vibrant.

The step-down Alpenglow 250 affords 250 lumens for $15 much less. Each are rated for five hours of battery life on the excessive setting and as much as 200 hours on the low setting.

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Logitech’s MX Keys is one among our favourite on a regular basis Bluetooth keyboards and now it is available in two smaller variations that go away off the quantity pad and another keys: MX Keys Mini and MX Keys Mini for Mac. Each price $100, the identical value as the usual MX Keys. Colours embrace rose, pale grey and graphite. 

Whilst you’re getting much less keyboard for a similar amount of cash, the MX Keys Mini does have three new keys, supplying you with shortcuts to dictation (obtainable in choose nations for Home windows and MacOS customers), emojis and the all-important muting and unmuting of your microphone for video-conference calls. Additionally, Logitech says that its “minimalist type issue aligns your shoulders and permits you to place your mouse nearer to your keyboard for much less hand reaching, leading to higher posture and improved ergonomics.” From my checks, I agree with that evaluation.

The keyboard is comparable in measurement to Logitech’s common and cheaper K380 keyboard ($30). However MX Keys Mini, geared up with Good Stroke, Logitech’s “finest nonmechanical typing expertise,” has a extra premium feel and look. And, like the usual MX Keys, it has backlit keys that gentle up as your fingers strategy and robotically modify to the lighting situations, dimming and even turning off to preserve vitality.

Be aware that the hyperlink under goes to the usual MX Keys Mini. The MX Keys Mini for Mac will be discovered right here.

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A few years in the past, Logitech unveiled the MX Grasp 3 ($100), the third technology of its premium house/workplace mouse. Then final yr we obtained the $80 MX Anyplace 3, the third iteration of the corporate’s premium “cellular” mouse, and it could simply be my favourite Logitech mouse but.

The MX Anyplace 3 is available in a few variations. There’s the usual “common” model that works with Home windows, MacOS, iPadOS (13.4 or greater), ChromeOS and Linux computer systems through Bluetooth or Logitech’s Unifying USB dongle, which is included. MX Anyplace 3 for Mac works solely through Bluetooth and is optimized for Macs and iPads. Each mice can be found in pale grey and the MX Anyplace 3 (with the dongle) can also be provided in rose and graphite.

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