23 Great Tech Gifts Under $100 #GeekLeap

Shopping for an amazing present for the tech fanatic in your life could be complicated — “tech” is a large class, in spite of everything, and the very best merchandise could be dear. However should you’re fearful about your pockets, do not be. There are many nice tech presents underneath $100. So whether or not you need to impress pals or household with one thing sensible or helpful, these presents will make their day.

We have both totally reviewed or personally examined all of the merchandise on this greatest tech presents underneath $100 checklist. And should you want extra present concepts earlier than you try the contents of your on-line cart, listed below are some extra presents for underneath $100 that we love, in addition to nice present concepts for $50 or much less should you’re seeking to unfold some pleasure on a price range.

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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 gentle swivels) that supply eight totally different lighting modes. It is good for a wide range of makes use of, whether or not you are working in a darkish surroundings or simply strolling your canine or using a motorbike at evening. The battery is rechargeable by way of a Micro-USB connection (I do want it was USB-C).

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

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That is a type of presents that needs to be assembled — it takes a few hours — but it surely’s fairly satisfying as soon as accomplished. At 16 by 16 inches, that is the most important Lite Brite constructing package, and it contains 6,000 mini-size pegs and three Pop Artwork designs, so should you get bored with one, you possibly can take away the pegs and create one of many different two designs. It comes with a stand and a wall mount and is battery powered or could be plugged in with the included USB cable.

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Up to now, we have really useful Earfun’s AirPro SV and Air Professional 2 as wonderful price range 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 and the newest Qualcomm QCC3046 chip with the aptX audio codec for Android and different units that assist it. They’ve the identical 10mm wool drivers because the AirPro SV and have surprisingly spectacular sound for his or her modest value. Additionally they work properly as a headset for making calls with first rate background noise discount. The buds have an IPX5 water-resistance ranking, which suggests they’re splashproof and might stand up to a sustained spray of water.

Word that the earbuds value as little as $49 whenever you apply the CNET-exclusive low cost code EFAIRS08 at checkout at Amazon, or the code E4AH201 at Earfun’s on-line retailer (at Amazon it’s important to clip the moment 10% coupon, then apply EFAIRS08 to get an extra 20% off).

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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, by way of 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 sensible thermostat.

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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.

Up to now, we have really useful 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 comparable shows (at the very least so far as decision goes), we could need to revise that suggestion, 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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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 somewhat disconcerting to make use of at first, however learn the directions rigorously and begin at a decrease setting earlier than ramping issues up (there are three strain settings, and the Wush is provided with a chargeable battery). The pump inside does make some noise (it is somewhat irritating), but it surely’s tolerable and beats a go to to the physician for extreme build-up.

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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 should you use a USB-C to Lighting to cost your iPhone, it can cost at a quicker fee 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.

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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. It’s also possible to 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 sort of $30 cheaper at $50.

In the event you’re searching for a approach 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 an amazing present for all these iPad house owners on the market.

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

The brand new V2 variations for iOS and Android customers value greater than the unique fashions however supply 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 telephone house owners to play Xbox Cloud gaming with a Sport Go 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 additional juice. 

The controller means that you can recreation in fashion with cell video games which have game-controller assist (and profit from it). Simply ensure you’re matching the fitting mannequin to their telephone. We favor the companion app for the Spine controller for iOS customers (see beneath), however the design of the Kishi V2 controller now measures up properly 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 will let you cost a number of units on the similar time. Bear in mind that its 65 watts of energy is break up between the ports should you cost a couple of gadget. 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 presents improved sound and battery life, together with a charge-out function that turns the speaker into an influence financial institution for cell units equivalent to smartphones and tablets. An built-in strap means that you can 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. 

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Battery Life

Rated as much as 10 hours

Noise Canceling

Sure (Adaptive)



Headphone Sort

Wi-fi earbuds


Sure (IPX5 — safety towards low-pressure water streams)

Through the years, JBL has put out some first rate true-wireless earbuds, however nothing that basically received me too excited. That is lastly modified with the arrival of the Samsung-owned model’s new Dwell Professional 2 and Dwell Free 2 buds. Each units of buds — the Dwell Professional 2 have stems whereas the Dwell Free 2 have a pill-shaped design — supply a cushty match together with robust noise canceling, excellent sound high quality and voice-calling efficiency, plus a sturdy set of options, together with multipoint Bluetooth pairing, an IPX5 splash-proof ranking and wi-fi charging.

The Dwell Professional 2 and Dwell Free 2 are geared up with the identical 11mm drivers, six microphones, oval tubes and oval silicon ideas. Other than the design, the most important distinction between the 2 buds is battery life; the stemless Dwell Free 2 is rated for as much as seven hours, whereas the Dwell Professional 2 is rated for 10 hours. The Dwell Professional 2 is obtainable in 4 coloration choices.

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We actually favored this Lightning-connected controller from startup Spine when it first got here out in its authentic black model. You may 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.

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Whoever you are getting this for could also be somewhat embarrassed however he’ll most certainly respect 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 nearly two hours of battery life and can be utilized moist or dry. A journey case is included. It is a wonderful manscaping gadget.

Till not too long ago it was $100, but it surely’s now priced at $110. Nonetheless, we’re nonetheless together with it on this under-$100 as a “attain” present that is just a bit outdoors the $100 threshold.

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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 in regards to the measurement of a softball (3.4 inches, or 8.7 cm, in diameter), prices with a USB-C cable (a full cost presents as much as 200 minutes of battery life) and has three vibration velocity choices.

It is a nice choice for pinpointing drawback areas as hip flexors that you simply 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 putting on the high 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 sensible show delivers extra bass together with a brand new Sleep Sensing function. It additionally provides you on the spot entry to a world of solutions everytime you say, “Hey, Google,” and means that you can forged content material on to the display screen from any Android gadget.

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We favored 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 just 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 out there — however should you’re searching for a wise alarm clock with climate forecasts built-in and first rate sufficient sound for its small measurement, that is a gorgeous choice. It is out there in three colours.

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For lots of people, Apple’s authentic HomePod was too dear at $350. That speaker has been discontinued, however the HomePod Mini remains to be round. It is a very compact Wi-Fi speaker that prices lots much less ($99) and performs larger than you’d anticipate for its small measurement. Sure, it is extra interesting to these invested in Apple’s ecosystem and cozy with Apple’s voice-assistant Siri, which drives the speaker, however the value is correct and you may pair two HomePod Minis to create stereo sound or mix a number of to create a multiroom audio system (you possibly can 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 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 fantastic 4K HDR streamer. Because the flagship in Roku’s intensive 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 Amazon, Apple and Google. 

Sure, the Roku Categorical 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 individuals who need to go together with a wired connection.

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There’s nothing like somewhat 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 coloration choices and geared up with a chargeable battery, it is extra highly effective than you would possibly anticipate and it may possibly whip up smoothies with out having to plug in wherever. It prices by way of 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 but it surely’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 newer additions to its line. It is a transportable “lantern” that has a number of modes and coloration choices. As its identify implies, it delivers 500 lumens of sunshine, and it’s certainly fairly vibrant.

The step-down Alpenglow 250 presents 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 value $100, the identical value 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, providing 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 means that you can 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 comparable in measurement to Logitech’s in style and cheaper K380 keyboard ($30). However MX Keys Mini, geared up with Excellent Stroke, Logitech’s “greatest 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 method and robotically alter to the lighting situations, dimming and even turning off to preserve power.

Word that the hyperlink beneath goes to the usual MX Keys Mini. The MX Keys Mini for Mac could 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 yr we received the $80 MX Wherever 3, the third iteration of the corporate’s premium “cell” 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 supplied in rose and graphite.

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