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Tech is a large class, spanning every little thing from headphones to sport consoles to good dwelling gadgets and extra. And that is precisely why discovering the appropriate present for a tech fanatic is usually a little difficult. With the variety of decisions, it will probably get overwhelming fairly rapidly. However CNET is right here that will help you discover that good present whereas staying inside your funds. Under, we have rounded up a few of our favourite tech items in the marketplace proper now that you would be able to seize for $100 or much less. 

We have both totally reviewed or personally examined all of the merchandise on this listing. And should you’re searching for some high quality tech present gadgets which can be even cheaper (no, we’re not calling you a cheapskate), we have additionally obtained a listing of nice present 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 characteristic the newest Qualcomm QCC3071 system-on-a-chip with AptX Adaptive for Android and different gadgets that assist the brand new LE Audio commonplace and LC3 audio codec, which is superior to the SBC codec (in addition they assist AAC for Apple gadgets).

Light-weight and comfy to put on — I obtained a great seal with the most important ear tip dimension — 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, based on Earfun).

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

Be aware that whereas the listing worth of those buds is $80, should 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’ worth right down to $56.

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Biolite makes a number of totally 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 mild swivels) that provide eight totally 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 motorbike at evening. 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 commonplace for the class. It has a clear, trendy touchscreen design, and it is simple to make use of, whether or not you are adjusting the temperature on the thermostat, via the Alexa app or with Alexa voice instructions with a appropriate Alexa-enabled speaker or show. It’s an inexpensive present that earned a CNET Editors’ Selection Award for greatest worth good thermostat.

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The Yoose Mini Electrical Shaver is not probably the most highly effective electrical shaver, and I am unable to say I obtained the cleanest, closest shave utilizing it. But it surely’s actually small — concerning the dimension of some wi-fi earbuds circumstances — and it does work nicely sufficient and appears and feels extra premium than I believed it might. That makes it a great on-the-go electrical shaver and good journey companion (it did not damage to make use of and comes with a carry case). 

Out there 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 usually has on the spot reductions that drop its worth 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) nevertheless it’s slim and simple to hold round. 

It prices through USB-C and should you use a USB-C to Lightning to cost your iPhone, it should cost at a quicker charge of 12 watts. That is not as quick as what a 20-watt USB-C energy adapter can ship, nevertheless it’s quicker 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 screen 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 subtle entrance lighting scheme, with 17 LEDs in comparison with the Kindle 2022’s 4.

Previously, we have really helpful stepping as much as the Paperwhite should you might afford it, primarily as a result of it had a better decision show than the entry-level Kindle, which allowed textual content to seem extra crisp. However with each fashions now that includes related shows (a minimum of so far as decision goes), we could must 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 capable of dislodge it with a pressurized stream of water, which is precisely what gadgets 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 slightly 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 strain settings, and the Wush is supplied with a chargeable battery). The pump inside does make some noise (it is slightly irritating), nevertheless 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 peak of your gadget. 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.

In case you’re searching for a method 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 present for all these iPad homeowners on the market.

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I beforehand had the RiotPWR Cell Cloud Gaming Controller for iOS on this listing, nevertheless it had one flaw. As a result of it has an built-in Lightning cable that enables for lag-free gaming — a minimum of in relation 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 to your cellphone. Whereas there isn’t any built-in battery that retains your cellphone charged whereas enjoying, just like the Spine and Razer Kishi V2, this mannequin has a pass-through charging possibility if you wish to hook up a separate Lightning cable to a battery pack or wall charger.

The controller is properly designed and does 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 need to use this with any iPad that has a Lightning or USB-C port. To swap cables, you must stick a paper clip in a gap within the backside of the controller, which releases the cable module. It is slightly difficult the primary time you do it, however as soon as you determine the way it’s executed, it is fairly simple.

It is also value noting that though that is referred to as an “iOS controller,” it should 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 pace. Not solely is it small for a way a lot energy it will probably ship (it has foldable prongs), nevertheless it additionally has three ports (2 USB-C and one USB-A) that can help you cost a number of gadgets on the identical time. Remember that its 65 watts of energy is cut up between the ports should you cost multiple gadget. although. It makes use of the next-generation GaN 3 know-how. 

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Again in 2020, Tribit launched the StormBox Micro, a funds model of Bose’s wonderful SoundLink Micro speaker that delivered surprisingly good sound for its dimension and modest worth. Now we get the StormBox Micro 2, which provides improved sound and battery life, together with a charge-out characteristic that turns the speaker into an influence financial institution for cell gadgets similar to smartphones and tablets. An built-in strap lets you clip it to your backpack or your bike’s handlebars.

Like the unique, it is a wonderful worth and simple to advocate should you’re searching for a brilliant compact transportable wi-fi speaker. It is also value noting that you would be able to 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 listing for $150), the corporate’s new funds on-ear CH-520 headphones are an intriguing possibility for under round $50.

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

Be aware that there isn’t any wired possibility — this can be a wi-fi Bluetooth-only headphone. The CH-520 provides general balanced sound with respectable readability. The bass has some punch to it however does not pack a wallop, and you are not going to get fairly as broad 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 believed they’d. I attempted the white shade, however in addition they are available blue and black. 

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We actually favored this Lightning-connected controller from startup Spine when it first got here out in its unique black model. You may nonetheless get that mannequin, nevertheless 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 Change-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 slightly embarrassed however he’ll most certainly admire it. Panasonic says its ER-GK80-S has a singular V-shaped head that is “constructed to go in every single place” — and with precision. It comes with two attachments, has virtually two hours of battery life and can be utilized moist or dry. A journey case is included. It is a wonderful manscaping gadget.

The listing worth 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 Growth Plus is a considerable sound improve over the unique Movement Growth, however this mannequin stays an excellent mini growth field for the cash. Geared up with a deal with and weighing slightly over 4 kilos, the speaker jogs my memory of a type of large flashlights or “floating lanterns” that have been in vogue about 30 years in the past. For the report, the Movement Growth truly does float and is totally waterproof with an IPX7 ranking. 

Anker says the Movement Growth delivers “enormous stereo sound,” and sure, it performs fairly loud and has an honest quantity of bass with cheap readability. I saved the bass increase on always as a result of it sounds higher that method. The Movement Growth cannot compete in opposition to larger and costlier audio system like JBL’s Boombox 3 and Final Ears’ Hyperboom, nevertheless it packs much more quantity and punch than extra compact Bluetooth audio system like JBL’s Flip 6. It additionally travels nicely, so it is preferrred for a seaside tour or slightly 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 virtually $20 cheaper at $80. It is also concerning the dimension of a softball (3.4 inches, or 8.7 cm, in diameter), prices with a USB-C cable (a full cost provides as much as 200 minutes of battery life) and has three vibration pace choices.

It is a nice possibility 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 aspect of the backbone or inserting 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 worth 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 characteristic. It additionally offers you on the spot entry to a world of solutions everytime you say, “Hey, Google,” and lets you solid content material on to the display screen from any Android gadget.

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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 quite a bit much less ($99) and performs larger than you’d anticipate for its small dimension. 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 worth is true and you may 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 need to use AirPlay 2 to stream audio from different music providers, together with Spotify, out of your iPhone and different Apple gadgets (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 quicker processor and the flexibility to stream in Dolby Imaginative and prescient — a long-awaited characteristic that enables it to higher compete with the greatest 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 lately for $70 (it lists for $100) and has an Ethernet port for individuals who wish to go along with a wired connection.

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

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

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

The step-down Alpenglow 250 provides 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 considered one of our favourite on a regular basis Bluetooth keyboards and now it is available in two smaller variations that depart off the quantity pad and another keys: MX Keys Mini and MX Keys Mini for Mac. Each price $100, the identical worth as the usual MX Keys. Colours embody rose, pale grey and graphite. 

When 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 (out there 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 lets you 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 analogous in dimension to Logitech’s standard and cheaper K380 keyboard ($30). However MX Keys Mini, geared up with Good Stroke, Logitech’s “greatest nonmechanical typing know-how,” has a extra premium feel and look. And, like the usual MX Keys, it has backlit keys that mild up as your fingers method and robotically regulate to the lighting circumstances, dimming and even turning off to preserve vitality.

Be aware that the hyperlink beneath 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 era of its premium dwelling/workplace mouse. Then final 12 months we obtained the $80 MX Anyplace 3, the third iteration of the corporate’s premium “cell” mouse, and it might 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 larger), 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 be provided in rose and graphite.

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