20 Nice Tech Items for $100 or Much less


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The vacation shopping for season is quick approaching and meaning you will begin to see a great deal of vacation present guides, together with loads right here at CNET. This listing of the very best tech presents underneath $100 is certainly one of our hottest as a result of it is bought numerous high quality, reasonably priced presents for these of us who do not wish to spend an excessive amount of but in addition do not wish to spend too little (it is a superb stability). 

Every product has been both comprehensively reviewed or personally examined to carry you the very best tech presents for $100 or much less. And in case you want extra present concepts earlier than you take a look at the contents of your on-line cart, listed here are some extra presents for underneath $100 that we love, in addition to nice present concepts for $50 or much less in case you’re seeking to unfold some pleasure on a finances.

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Amazon’s Good Thermostat units a brand new customary 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 reasonably priced present that earned a CNET Editors’ Selection Award for greatest worth good thermostat.

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Up to now, we have beneficial Earfun’s AirPro SV and Air Professional 2 as wonderful finances noise-canceling earbuds decisions (they’re nonetheless good values). However the new-for-2022 Earfun Air S could also be the very best of the trio, with multipoint Bluetooth pairing, the most recent Qualcomm QCC3046 SoC (system on a chip) with the AptX audio codec for Android and different gadgets that assist it. It has the identical 10mm wool drivers because the AirPro SV and options surprisingly spectacular sound for its modest worth level. Additionally they work effectively as a headset for making calls with respectable background noise discount.

The buds have an IPX5 water-resistance score, which suggests they’re splashproof and may face up to a sustained spray of water. Notice that via Sept. 30, 2022, you may get them for $49 if you click on the ten% on the spot coupon on the product web page and apply the code EFAIRS05 at checkout at Amazon, which will get you a further 20% off.

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Solo Range, which makes a few of the greatest smokeless fireplace pits, just lately launched its second-generation Ranger 2.0 (small), Bonfire 2.0 (medium) and Yukon 2.0 (giant) fireplace pits. Now it is going further small for its new Mesa fireplace pit that is at present on sale for $85, $35 off its listing worth of $120. 

As its title implies, the Mesa is designed to take a seat on a tabletop and is sufficiently small to slide right into a backpack for mobility. Naturally, you may additionally set it on the bottom, however if you put it on a desk, it is at a superb top for comfortably roasting marshmallows. It has the identical 360-degree Signature Airflow system as Solo Range’s bigger fireplace pits and is the religious successor to the Solo Range Lite, a mini camp range (whether or not we’ll see some tenting equipment for the Mesa is unclear at this level).   

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Amazon has launched a brand new baseline Kindle E Ink e-reader for $100 that now 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. Nevertheless, 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.

Up to now, we have beneficial stepping as much as the Paperwhite in case you may 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 comparable shows (no less than so far as decision goes), we might should revise that advice, particularly when the brand new Kindle 2022 probably sees $20 to $30 reductions in the course of the vacation season.

The brand new e-reader is obtainable for preorder now in black or denim blue and ships on Oct. 12.

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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) but it surely’s slim and simple to hold round. 

It prices by way of USB-C and in case you use a USB-C to Lighting to cost your iPhone, it would cost at a quicker price of 12 watts. That is not as quick as what a 20-watt USB-C energy adapter can ship, but it surely’s quicker than 7.5 watts.


Shopping for for somebody who likes to recreation on their cellphone? Whether or not she or he is an iPhone consumer subscribed to Apple Arcade or an Android or iPhone consumer utilizing Xbox Cloud PS gaming, PS Distant Play or Google Stadia, the improved second-generation Razer Kishi smartphone controller is an effective possibility.

The brand new V2 variations for iOS and Android customers price greater than the unique fashions however provide considerably improved ergonomics and extra responsive buttons. 

Much like the iPhone-compatible mannequin (the iPhone model is MFi-certified and can work with the iPhone 6 Plus and any newer mannequin), the Android model permits Android cellphone homeowners to play Xbox Cloud gaming with a Recreation Move Final subscription. It connects by way of USB-C as an alternative of Lightning and just like the iPhone model, has pass-through charging however no built-in battery to produce further juice. 

The controller permits you to recreation in model with cellular video games which have game-controller assist (and profit from it). Simply be sure to’re matching the appropriate mannequin to their cellphone. We favor the companion app for the Spine controller for iOS customers (see under), however the design of the Kishi V2 controller now measures up effectively towards the Spine. Alas, no Android model of the Spine controller exists but.

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Anker’s upgraded compact charger can cost a MacBook Professional 13 at full velocity. Not solely is it small for the way a lot energy it may possibly ship (it has foldable prongs), but it surely additionally has three ports (2 USB-C and one USB-A) that let you cost a number of gadgets on the similar time. Bear in mind that its 65 watts of energy is break up between the ports in case 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 finances 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 affords improved sound and battery life, together with a charge-out function that turns the speaker into an influence financial institution for cellular gadgets corresponding 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 simple to suggest in case you’re searching for an excellent compact transportable wi-fi speaker. 

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The JBL Go 3’s sturdy design, coupled with surprisingly respectable sound for its tiny dimension, make it one of many prime micro Bluetooth audio system on the market.

Obtainable in a number of colour choices, it has an IP67 water-resistance score, which means it may be dunked in water and is dust-proof. Battery life is rated at as much as 5 hours.

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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 possibly can nonetheless get that mannequin, but it surely 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 players. Just like the Kishi, it connects by way of 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.


Whoever you are getting this for could also be a bit embarrassed however he’ll probably respect it. Panasonic says its new ER-GK80-S has a novel V-shaped head that is “constructed to go all over the 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 superb manscaping gadget.

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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 in regards to the dimension 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 possibility for pinpointing drawback areas as hip flexors that you just would possibly 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 function. It additionally offers you on the spot entry to a world of solutions everytime you say, “Hey, Google,” and permits you to solid content material on to the display screen from any Android gadget.

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We appreciated the unique Google-Assistant Lenovo Good Clock and this Model 2 mannequin can be fairly nifty and features a wi-fi charging pad. The contact display screen is simply 4 inches, so it is fairly small, but it surely’s straightforward to arrange and the inclusion of wi-fi charging is handy. The function set is considerably restricted in comparison with Google’s Nest Hub (2nd gen) — there is no YouTube streaming accessible — however in case you’re searching for a wise alarm clock with climate forecasts built-in and respectable sufficient sound for its small dimension, that is a lovely possibility. It is accessible in three colours.

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For lots of people, Apple’s unique HomePod was too expensive 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 loads much less ($99) and performs larger than you’d count on 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’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, after all). 

Whereas music playback is tied into Apple Music, you need to use AirPlay 2 to stream audio from different music companies, 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 superb 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 power to stream in Dolby Imaginative and prescient — a long-awaited function that enables it to higher compete with the greatest streamers from AmazonApple 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 along with a wired connection.

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There’s nothing like a bit mixing on the go to create these wholesome smoothies and protein shakes. That is the place the BlendJet 2 is available in. Obtainable in a number of colour choices and outfitted with a chargeable battery, it is extra highly effective than you would possibly count on and it may possibly whip up smoothies with out having to plug in anyplace. It prices by way of 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 can get the 32-ounce jar model as a standalone merchandise but it surely’s at present an add-on accent. 

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BioLite has a number of transportable lighting choices and the Alpenglow 500 is certainly one of its more moderen additions to its line. It is a transportable “lantern” that has a number of modes and colour 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 certainly one of 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 worth as the usual MX Keys. Colours embody 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 (accessible in choose international locations 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 exams, I agree with that evaluation.

The keyboard is analogous in dimension to Logitech’s standard and cheaper K380 keyboard ($30). However MX Keys Mini, outfitted with Excellent Stroke, Logitech’s “greatest nonmechanical typing know-how,” has a extra premium feel and appear. And, like the usual MX Keys, it has backlit keys that mild up as your palms method and mechanically regulate to the lighting situations, dimming and even turning off to preserve vitality.

Notice 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 dwelling/workplace mouse. Then final 12 months we bought the $80 MX Wherever 3, the third iteration of the corporate’s premium “cellular” mouse, and it could simply be my favourite Logitech mouse but.

The MX Wherever 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 by way of Bluetooth or Logitech’s Unifying USB dongle, which is included. MX Wherever 3 for Mac works solely by way of Bluetooth and is optimized for Macs and iPads. Each mice can be found in pale grey and the MX Wherever 3 (with the dongle) can be provided in rose and graphite.

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