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Got a Benjamin to burn? Here are our 17 favorite gadgets under $100

In today’s high-tech society, it seems a $100 can go further than ever before. The price of a quality tablet and laptop is plummeting, as the amount you have to spend on a fitness tracker and other wearable gadgets that are beginning to perforate the mainstream (for better or worse). For less than the cost of your monthly coffee allowance at Starbucks, you can now pick up a device that streams any content you might want to your HDTV, or a phenomenal e-reader on which to reread select passengers from your favorite guilty-pleasure novel.

You may not be able to achieve the pristine clarity of a 4K television or the robust processing power of the latest gaming machines, but there’s no reason you can’t find something to satisfy your tech cravings without breaking the bank. Below are 17 of our favorite pieces of tech for under $100 — shipping prices not included. After all, what else is Amazon Prime for?

Samsung Gear VR

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Virtual reality has long been the dream of science fiction. However, after years of failed attempt, innovations, and Johnny Mnemonic, consumer VR finally is poised to make a big splash. The big names in VR — namely the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive — are still wildly unaffordable for the time being; however, some smaller less expensive VR headsets are already a hit with consumers. Samsung’s Gear VR is the best of these, drawing on Oculus’ technology to provide a portable VR experience. The headset uses a smartphone as a screen, so users will need to own one of the four compatible Samsung phones. Those who do will appreciate the headset’s ergonomic design and foam lining, which make the act of wearing a large visor on your face as inconspicuous as possible. Developers are still experimenting with VR, so the quality of games and apps varies greatly. However, early gems like Gunjack and Land’s End show the platform’s promise. Read our full review here.

Price: $60

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Aquaovo Alter Ego Personal Water Filter

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In our increasingly tech-based world, hiking and other outdoor activities seem more popular than ever, as people strive to connect with the natural world that seems so far away from us. Of course, nature, like a Greek goddess, can be both magnificent and cruel, and few things are crueler than sipping from a mountain stream only to swallow some nasty protozoa in the process. Thankfully, there exists a portable water purifier, perfect for any expedition or post-apocalyptic scenario. The Aquaovo Alter Ego Personal Water Filter removes harmful urban contaminants from untreated water while allowing beneficial trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium to remain. The Alter Ego conveniently filters up to 750 liters of water without leaving an unsavory aftertaste. And the lightweight, BPA-free, squeezable design is perfect for camping or biking.

Price: $65

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Chromecast Ultra

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With more 4K Tvs on the market, 4K streaming is becoming increasingly more important to consumers. While Google’s original Chromecast is still a viable — and affordable — option for streaming, Google’s created a new device specifically for the higher quality streaming format. The slick and simple Chromecast Ultra is an easy way to stream 4K video in your living room, though if you have a newer 4K TV, you likely already have the apps you need to do so. We’d recommend the Chromecast Ultra for those with older HDR TVs that don’t have too many streaming apps. Like Google’s other Chromecast devices, it’s an affordable option for high quality streaming; the Chromecast Ultra is $30 cheaper than the comparable Roku device. Read our full review.

Price: $70

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Audio Technica AT-LP60

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The second vinyl renaissance is surely upon us given the rising in record sales and popularity of nationwide events like Record Store Day. While you could easily spend $1,000 on a quality turntable, sometimes you just need something to get you started. Audio Technica’s AT-LP60 is perfect for the amateur audiophile, built with automatic operation in mind and catering to two speeds (33½ and 45 rpm). It additionally features a built-in phono amplifier, a replaceable stylus, and most importantly, smooth performance. All you have to do is place a record on the aluminum platter, press play, and listen to the iconic fuss and pops that defined a generation years before Apple was a tech company.

Price: $99

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Amazon Echo Dot

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Life is getting even more connected; Amazon’s Echo Dot is here to help. The compact device can connect to a number of apps, allowing it to control your home’s lights, fans, garage door, and thermostat. Not to mention, it can also play your favorite music and get a pizza delivered straight to your house. All of this is voice-controlled, using far-field voice recognition so it can hear you from across the room, regardless of where it’s placed. Using the Echo Dot helps the device learn your preferences, too — it’ll start to pick up on your speech patterns and vocabulary. For $50, it’s a cheaper alternative than some of its competitors. Read our full review.

Price: $50

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Griffin WoodTones

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Griffin’s budget-based, luxury headphones don’t pack the low-rumble punch of Beats. Nonetheless, they still manage to combine style with sound in such a way that’s both pleasing on the eyes and ears. The WoodTones provide accurate midrange sound for the price, with crisp treble and warm overtones, while showcasing a penchant for low-volume sound quality via the equipped 50mm neodymium drivers. They’re perfected for solitude, though not the best for your noisy commute to work, and available in one of three comfortable designs (walnut, sapele, and beech). Unfortauntely, we can’t deny the latter offering doesn’t resemble something you might see atop the shelves at IKEA.

Price: $27

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Amazon Kindle

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It may not come loaded with 10 LEDs or the luxury of page turn buttons like the much anticipated next generation Kindle Oasis; however, if you’re in the market for an e-reader, Kindle is still tops. The most recent version of the company’s classic device boasts 4GB of memory and an updated processor, as well as a fantastic touchscreen display that lets you browse thousands of books with ease. Furthermore, the device’s software includes Goodreads integration and a vocabulary builder, only complimenting its marathon battery life and comfortable design. It’s also lighter than you standard paperback, glare-free, and touts high contrast for visibility in most situations. Plus, it’s a dedicated e-reader, meaning it leaves push notifications and alerts at the door.

Price: $60

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Olloclip

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Available in a slew of different color combinations, the new-and-improved Olloclips looks to capitalize on the updated hardware and software powering the iPhone 6’s front and rear cameras. The unique devices adds lenses to both cameras at the same time, affording you the opportunity to capture photos that are compatible with most sharing and editing apps available. There’s both a 10x and 15x macro lens in addition to a standard wide-angle and fisheye lens. Best of all, you can attach the pocket-size lens kit using one of three wearable pendants — whether around your neck or on your bag.

Price: $75

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Google Daydream View VR Headset

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Virtual reality headsets are evolving each and every year; for an affordable, high quality device, you’re no longer limited to just Samsung Gear VR. Like with Samsung Gear VR, Daydream View requires a compatible phone to use the headset. Right now, that means, this will only work for you if you have a Google Pixel phone. Regardless, Daydream View stands out among the rest for its comfort and wearability. Made out of breathable fabric, the headset is lightweight — something that’s important for long wear. Daydream software itself is simple and easy to use with the wireless controller. The software itself is new, but new apps are being added all the time. In no time, it seems, Daydream will rival Gear VR when it comes to diversity. For those with a compatible phone, this is a great option for VR. Read our full review.

Price: $79

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Phiaton BT 100 NC

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Cords are so 20th century. Thankfully, the Phiaton BT 1oo Bluetooth headphones help update your audio game to the 21st century — even if your playlist is still stuck somewhere in the mid-’80s. There are better wireless ‘phones on the market, but for under $100, it doesn’t get any better than this. Phiaton’s superb active noise cancelling technology is further accented by the form-fitting earbuds, making these headphones ideal for frequent fliers. The unit is also IPX4-rated for sweat and water resistance, which is an added bonus for those with active lifestyles. And given the battery can last up to 12 hours, you can shamelessly jam out to your guilty pleasures for quite some time. Read our full review here.

Price: $75

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Amazon Fire TV

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Determined to extend its reach into every aspect of our lives, Amazon has brought its services into the living room with the Amazon Fire TV streaming box. Although the streaming market seems a bit crowded these days, the Fire TV can go toe-to-toe with the best of them, with a powerful box that brings the full arsenal of Amazon’s services. In addition to Prime streaming, the Fire TV allows users to play games and browse the internet on their TV. The box also supports 4k Ultra HD streaming, along with voice recognition software for hands-free browsing. The company even recently announced it was adding more than 1,000 channels, apps, and games to its software library, bringing the total number of available options available to more than 4,000. If there’s a flaw to be noted, it’s that an Amazon Prime membership is essential for making the most of the device. Prime members will find the Fire TV a perfect alternative to other streaming devices, however. Read our full review here.

Price: $90

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VSSL Flask

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Part flashlight, part flask, the VSSL Flask is the official backcountry companion. The portability-focused design and aluminum exterior make the VSSL Flask as sleek as it is functional. The dual mode LED light is able to illuminate a wide area; however, let’s be honest, the selling point is the flask not the flashlight. Unlike traditional flasks, the VSSL Flask is glass-lined to protect the taste and quality of your preferred beverage, and we’re not talking about maybe a sip or two of sweet nectar. The flask holds up to 10 ounces of liquid and features a second compartment that includes two collapsible stainless steel shot glasses, a bottle opener, and a compass to help individuals reorient themselves after a few pulls in the wilderness.

Price: $73

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iBlazr 2 LED Wireless Flash

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The thirst for likes is real. With a finite number of filters and camera angles, anything available to increase one’s Insta-glam is much appreciated. The iBlazr 2, a mini flash accessory, adds clarity and warmth to your prized camera roll as well as your Instagram feed. The device is compatible with most smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras. It’s also Bluetooth-enabled and designed to work with native camera apps on iOS and Android. The added touch sensor on the back even allows you to adjust the light color from 3,200K to 5,600K with ease, and the constant light feature lets you record video in low-light scenarios. Plus, with the ability to sync up multiple iBlazr 2s for optimal lighting, you can pretty much guarantee your selfies will reach a whole new level.

Price: $54

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Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Volcano Wireless Speaker

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Ultimate Ears Roll 2 Bluetooth speaker was a hit over the summer — it’s entirely waterproof — but it’s certain to please all year round. Besides the fact it’s just an incredibly attractive speaker, it has everything you’ll want in a wireless speaker: a decent mobile range of 30 feet, great sound, and up to nine hours of battery life. UE Roll 2 is compatible with both Android and Apple devices, and it pairs with an app that lets users share music controlling abilities with up to three devices. It’s small, portable, and really cute — you’ll want to bring this little guy with you everywhere.

Price: $80

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Pyle Pure Clean Robot Vacuum

The latest wave of robotic vacuum cleaners are more functional than the pioneering models of yore, and the Pyle Pure Clean is one of the best budget options on the market. The low-profile design allows the Pyle Pure Clean to easily slide under furniture to capture hard-to-reach debris. The bagless design is a similarly welcome economic touch. The vacuum works on an array of floor materials including linoleum and hardwood, as well as low and hard carpet floors. While there certainly are more advanced RoboVacs on the market, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better unit for under $100.

Price: $60

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Nintendo: NES Classic Edition

Nintendo recently began manufacturing a miniature version of their magnum opus originally released in 1985. Unlike the original, you can now pick up where you left off using the new Suspended Points slots built into each game. At just $60 you can even buy an extra controller and still be well under $100. They’re sold out most places at the moment, so good luck attempting to cop your throwback NES. Cross your fingers and keep refreshing those tabs, time is technically on your side, even if the shop bots and scalpers are not.

Price: $60

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Solartab S1111 Solar Charger

A solar charger is always a handy gadget to pack on an outdoor getaway and the Solartab is one of the better designs we’ve seen. Many popular models on the market are rather bulky; the Solartab, however, is less than 3 pounds in a sleek, iPad-esque build. A built-in kickstand allows you to position the unit upright to more aptly capture sunlight. A battery level indicator lets you know how much juice you have at your disposal. You can read more about some of our favorite solar chargers here.

Price: $99

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This article was originally written on December 2, 2015, and updated on March 6 by Dallon Adams to include the Nintendo NES Classic, Solartab, and the Pyle Pure Clean robotic vacuum.