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20th of July 2018

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Here’s all the best gear and gadgetry you can snag for $50 or less

Fifty bucks might not sound like a whole lot, but you’d be surprised what you can get for such a small sum of money. We live in a world where you can get a cheeseburger for $1, a functioning computer for $5, and thousands of HD movies for $10 — so it stands to reason that you should be able to pick up some pretty sweet gear for $50. In this article, we’ve rounded up all the best tech under $50 for your perusal. Enjoy!

Chromecast Audio best tech 50 chromeaudio

Do you have an older stereo that isn’t compatible with all this newfangled streaming tech, and are fed up with leaving your phone tethered to an auxillary port? Not to worry — Chromecast Audio is here to save the day. Just plug it into the aforementioned auxiliary port on your stereo, and connect it to your home WiFi network. Once you’re all set up, you’ll be able to sling audio to your speakers from just about any app on your phone.

Read more here.

Price: $25

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Amazon Best Buy

Hubsan x4 Cam Plus Quadcopter best tech 50 hubzan

Looking for a way to dip your toes into the wonderful world of drones, but don’t want to spend a small fortune on an expensive toy you might crash? Check out Hubsan’s x4 Plus Quadcopter. Small in both size and price, this drone is perfect for anyone wanting to break into the UAV scene and learn the basics of piloting a quadcopter. Packing a 1080p HD camera, pre-programed tricks, multiple flight modes, and a huge selection of replacement parts; this little guy will keep you soaring for a long time.

Price: $49.90

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Amazon

Anker Wireless Qi Phone Charger best tech 50 anker powerport wireless

Still plugging your phone in to juice up the battery like a caveman? Get with the times, brother! Snag yourself a Qi wireless charger and you’ll be free from the shackles of cord-carrying life. Put one of these suckers on your bedside table and just plop your phone on it before you go to sleep. When you wake up, you’ll have a fully-juiced phone that you can just grab and slip in your pocket — no unplugging necessary (because, you know, that’s so inconvenient!). Seriously though, wireless charging is one of those little things that just makes life slightly easier, and you don’t realize how awesome it is until you don’t have it anymore.

Price: $25.99

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Amazon

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Light Switch best tech 50 wemo smart light

In an age of constant change, one thing that hasn’t changed much is the light switch — but Belkin is trying to change that with its Wemo Smart Light Switch. Once hooked up, this switch allows you to control your home lighting via a smartphone or tablet. With the ability to set schedules for your lights, Amazon Alexa compatibility, and pairing abilities for most connected home systems; your analog flip switches pale in comparison.

Price: $49.99

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Amazon Belkin

Universal Foldable Solar Charger ECEEN 13W 2-Port USB, best tech under $50

Over the past few years, the cost of solar technologies and paneling have dropped substantially and now there are plenty of affordably priced personal, portable solar options. That said, the ECEEN 13W foldable solar charger is one of our favorites. The device weighs only nine ounces and when completely folded, the entire unit is just an inch thick. There’s a small stand on the backside allowing you to easily prop and angle the solar charger towards the sun. Currently priced at just $40, the ECEEN 13W is one of the best budget solar chargers currently on the market.

Price: $40

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Amazon

Raspberry PI 3 Model Raspberry PI 3

The first Pi launched four years ago and the Raspberry Pi Model 3 is faster and more powerful than its predecessors. Pi is essentially a credit-card-sized PC but you don’t need to be a computer programmer to turn a Raspberry Pi into a litany of handy (or purely novelty) gadgets. We’ve covered some of our favorite Arduino projects in the past and we’ve even compiled a few projects you make right now with this Raspberry Pi model.

Price: $38

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Amazon

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Slow Cooker Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Slow Cooker

The phrase “set and forget” is music to the ears of anyone who wants to make a home-cooked meal with little hassle. Thankfully, you can program Hamilton Beach’s slow cooker to cook your dish for a specified time, and the device will automatically change the temperature to keep the contents warm once it reaches said time. You can also insert a probe into your dish and set an internal temperature for the slow cooker — the device will automatically keep your food warm when it reaches the designated temp. Cooking gadgets are rarely as easy to operate (or cheap).

Price: $42+

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Target Amazon Walmart

Misfit Flash Misfit Flash

You don’t have to spend a fortune for a decent fitness tracker. The sporty Misfit Flash is a waterproof device that syncs with your smartphone and measures your daily activity and sleep patterns via a three-axis accelerometer, letting you monitor the amount of calories you burn, steps you take, and distance you travel each day. A ring of 12 LED lights also indicates your progress toward your daily goal — when you’re not checking the time or replacing the six-month battery, that is.

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Price: $21+

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Amazon

Dremel 200 Rotary Tool Dremel 200 Rotary Tool

If there’s one power tool every person should own, it’s a Dremel. It’s basically the Swiss Army Knife of the power tool world. With the right attachments, these machines can do practically anything — cutting, sanding, polishing, carving, and everything in between. This set comes with a small assortment of attachments to get you started, and if that’s not enough, the tool is compatible with a gazillion more attachments that Dremel makes. Be careful though. Power tools are a slippery slope, and Dremel is a gateway drug. If you’re not careful, you could wake up a year from now with a table saw and a laser cutter in your garage, wondering where your life went.

Price: $49+

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Amazon Home Depot

Shure SE112 Earphones Shure SE112 Earphones

The market for budget headphones is steadily growing, with decent offerings from the likes of Panasonic and Audiofly at the forefront. Nonetheless, Shure’s SE112 headphones remain one of our favorites despite the price tag (which pushes the edge of our roundup). They produce an admirable level of detail and respectable passive noise cancellation within solid construction nearly everyone can stand behind. Subtle textures and instrumental separation are far more clear than one might expect — even if upper registry proves a bit too snappy at times — with a decent comfort level and a 50-inch cable featuring a slide clip-piece for cable management.

Read our full review here.

Price: $49

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Amazon B&H Walmart

Amazon Echo Dot Amazon Echo Dot

We’d be remiss not to include Amazon’s Echo Dot in our list. It does everything its bigger (and more expensive) brother does, only it’s slightly larger than a hockey puck. It’s not as loud as the Echo, but it still emits decent sound for its size. It can also connect to any audio system, is capable of far-field voice recognition, and boasts a wide range of features and functions. This gizmo is compatible with dozens of different smart home devices as well, which means that if you get one, you’ll potentially be able to control your connected fixtures via voice commands. Definitely worth looking into!

Read our full review here.

Price: $50

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Amazon

Amazon FireTV Stick Amazon fire stick

This certainly isn’t the only streaming stick you can get for under $50, but it’s arguably one of the best options. Why? Because it touts four times the memory and twice as much storage as Chromecast 2 and the standard Roku stick. The latest version even features voice control functionality, something once reserved for higher-end versions of the FireTV Stick.

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Price: $40

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Amazon

PNY 64GB SD Card PNY 64GB SD Card

It’s crazy how cheap external memory devices have become in the past couple years. Pop one of these bad boys into your DSLR, and you can shoot every photo in RAW, or even record multiple hours of HD video without ever worrying about filling your memory card.

Price: $30

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Amazon B&H Newegg

Tile Mate tile mate

Phones and keys are two objects that we can’t help but misplace from time to time. Fortunately, the Tile Mate is specifically designed for such occasions. The small, squarish device attaches to your key ring, and using a mobile app, users can ping the device and cause it to emit a loud sound. If you misplace your phone, you can also double press the button on the Mate to make it ring (even if it’s on silent). Just try not to misplace both.

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Price: $25

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Amazon

Black Diamond Spot Headlamp best tech 50 blackdiamond

Whether you’re tending to livestock in the early morning, venturing deep underground on your latest spelunking expedition, or heading out on your favorite trail for a nighttime jog; this headlight has the guff to get you through the stuff. In addition to multiple light modes, Spot also boasts a memory feature, so when you turn the headband back on, it’ll be at the same setting you left it on. Even up against more expensive headlamps, this is still one of the best ones on the market right now.

Price: $25

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Amazon

Anker PowerCore 20100 best tech 50 anker

Do you hate that mounting feeling of anxiety that sets in when your phone battery starts to get low? Always need a charge and never near a charger? The Anker PowerCore 20100 may be your new best friend. With it’s pocket friendly size and soup can weight, this little beast packs some serious heat (not in an explodey way though). Boasting enough power to fully charge your smartphone six times, as well as multiple ports to charge from, this is one of the best chargers you can get your hands on

Price: $31.69

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Amazon

Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth Speaker best tech 50 oontz

Looking to jam out while your’e on the move? The Oontz Angle 3 has the power and portability to make that happen. This slick, triangular boombox boasts a beastly 20 hour battery life, water resistance, and a built in mic for hands-free calls. If you like it enough to get two, you’ll be delighted to use them together by utilizing the “Dual Stereo” functionality, enabling you to play music through both, simultaneously, up to 100 feet away.

Price: $49.99

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Amazon

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