Tech is everywhere — in our homes, our vehicles, places of employment, even on our person. It’s 2018 and yes, tech is as pervasive as the air we breathe and words we speak. There’s also no merit in acting like a Luddite any more thanks to the ubiquitous nature of technology in our day-to-day lives, so we might as well embrace it, right?
Odds are, you know someone who’s already embraced the techie lifestyle. Someone who works to get their hands on the latest and greatest, the new releases, and the ultimate status quo of convenience. The only problem is, tech can be a pricey endeavor. Not to worry, for what we’ve outlined below is a roundup of 15 great tech gifts for under $50 — ensuring the joy of gifting that special tech enthusiast this year doesn’t break the bank.
Quip All-Black Electric Toothbrush Set
Because we all need to practice good oral hygiene, quip offers electric toothbrush sets that include an electric brush, a travel cap that doubles as a mirror mount, and a 3 month supply of mint anti-cavity toothpaste. The set is now available in a special edition All-Black that aims to make good oral health more simple and desirable than ever before.
BlueLounge Kickflip Laptop Stand
Flat laptops can present an ergonomic nightmare for power users. So, why not give your personal computer a little lift with the help of the Kickflip Laptop Stand. Each piece offers both comfort and ease while working long hours and it’s even tech adhesive so things won’t easily slide around.
Anker Wireless Phone Charger
Qi-certified and 10W fast charging, the Anker Wireless Phone Charger is living proof that wires are for the birds. Each device host a premium design, LED indicators, temperature control, surge and short circuit prevention, and a charging capacity up to two times faster than standard options.
Mec Army Illuminex-4S Flashlight
What’s handier than a keyring-friendly flashlight? How about one with upward of 130 lumens of output, an IPX waterproof rating, six-hour runtime, and an anodized aluminum construction. Yeah, we figured that would get your attention.
MSRM Wireless Range Extender
We get it, home WiFi can get a bit spotty at times. Luckily, this wireless range extender works to improve coverage on all WLAN networks via a small and wall-mountable design that allows for simple setups and immediate coverage in every nook and cranny of the homestead.
Amazon Echo Auto
Thanks to the ever-expanding e-commerce behemoth, Alexa is now riding shotgun in your vehicle compliments of the Echo Auto. It’s like having a personal assistant control your phone calls, whatever music is playing through the speakers, or even ensuring you arrive at your destination on time with the least amount of traffic resistance. Welcome to the future.
This is Ground Cord Taco 5 Pack
There’s little out there, tech-wise, that’s more unsightly or cumbersome than loose wires in your bag or pocket. The Cord Taco helps to mitigate that issue, thanks in part to a premium leather construction and metallic snap to keep anything from earbuds to USB cables tight and secure.
Native Union Charging Cable
For all of Apple’s ingenuity, the non-compatible nature of their Lightning connector can present some issues from time to time. With a little help from Native Union, however, this simply isn’t the case. That’s because this charging cable is a reinforced lightening-to-USB device complete with a Key Fob. Now, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your charger again.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Motherboard
Faster and more powerful than previous iterations, the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is built with the latest Broadcom 2837 ARMv8 64-bit processor and hosts improved power management to support even the most powerful external USB devices. Additional features include Bluetooth connectivity, four USB2 ports, a composite video port, full-size HDMI, and a MicroSD port among others.
Can’t find a key piece of EDC gear or even your smartphone? The Tile Pro is here to help. Simply use your smartphone to ping the device when it’s out of sight or the device itself to find your smartphone. Each Tile also comes equipped with a replaceable CR2032 battery guaranteed for one year and it’s built from reliable materials ensuring smooth functionality.
Nomad Lightning Carabiner
Functioning as both a carabiner and a charger for your iPhone, Nomad has really outdone themselves this go-around with this piece of everyday carry brilliance. It hosts an Apple MFi-certified Lightning charge cable, a USB 2.0 port, spring-loaded gate, and a Dow Dupont polycarbonate exterior for years of guaranteed use.
SteelSeries DeX Gaming Mouse Pad
For most of us, a mouse pad is a mouse pad. Not for gamers, however. Case-in-point, this high-end surface engineered for maximum glide, long-lasting durability, a non-slip base, and functionality as one of the fastest surfaces on the market thanks to a speed-optimized surface.
YI Smart Dash Camera
Whether you’re documenting the journey ahead or ensuing yourself against insurance fraud from nefarious drivers, this HD 1080P60 165 wide angle dashboard camera is just the device to capture it all for an extremely affordable price point. Can’t go wrong here.
Urbanears Plattan 2 Headphones
Keep the tunes bumping without worrying about the bank balance thanks to the Plattan 2 over-ear headphones from Urbanears. Each pair features a flexible 3D hinge, isolating ear cushions, a built-in mic/remote, and music-sharing ZoundPlug.
Amazon Fire Stick 4K
The most powerful streaming media stick with a WiFi antenna yet, Amazon’s Fire Stick is the latest mission control center for all things entertainment. Here, enjoy both brilliant picture and immersive sound, Amazon Alexa assistance when searching for key shows/movies, and not to mention a library of 500,000 movies and TV episodes at your fingertips.
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