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Got 50 bucks burning a hole in your pocket? Here’s the best tech to spend it on

The world of consumer electronics is certainly enticing, but it isn’t the cheapest one. For instance, Apple’s latest iPads cost $500 apiece while the baseline price for a quality 4K television will still set you back a cool $1,500 or more. Thankfully, there’s a smattering of quality tech accessories and standalone products for budget-based shoppers with $50 to kill. Each is designed for a different purpose, whether it be streaming your favorite content from Netflix or tracking your fitness goals on your daily commute to work, except without the hefty price tag associated with more capable offerings. The products below certainly can’t do it all, but considering they cost less than what you might pay in monthly utilities or nice dinner in the city, they don’t have to. You can leave that piggy bank intact for the time being.

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Pronto Peel Universal Remote ($45+)

Pronto 3

Tired of having a zillion different remotes for all the electronic crap in your house? Ditch them all and start using Peel. It’s basically a little tower that you can connect to any IR, RF, or IP controlled device (speakers, TVs, connected lightbulbs, etc). Once connected, you can sync the device with your smartphone and control absolutely everything from the accompanying app. It’s ridiculously convenient if you’ve got a lot of remote controlled gear in your abode.

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Misfit Flash ($20+)

Misfit Flash

This sporty, waterproof device 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, that is, when you’re not checking the time or replacing the six-month battery.

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LIFX White 800 Smart Bulb ($40)

LIFX Smart Bulb

Connected light bulbs are one of those things that you probably don’t need, but once you get a few, you can’t imagine how you lived without them. Most people seem to view them as a luxury item designed for rich people who are too lazy to flip a light switch — but they’re much more than that. If used correctly, smart bulbs can function as notification systems, reminders, and even alarm clocks. It all depends on what apps you use and how creative you get.

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Dremel 200 Rotary Tool ($40+)

Dremel 200 Rotary Tool

If there’s one power tool that every person should own, it’s definitely a Dremel tool. 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 totally 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.

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Shure SE112 Earphones ($49)

Shure SE112 Earphones

The market for budget-based headphones is steadily growing, with decent offerings from the likes Panasonic and Audiofly at the forefront. Nonetheless, Shure’s SE112 headphones remain one of our favorites despite the price tag, producing 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 an 50-inch cable featuring a slide clip-piece for cable management. Read our full review here.

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