A C-note is all the budget you need to buy great tech. Here are some of our favorite products available for under $100.
The best tech under $100
With our list of the best accessories under $25 and the best tech under $50, we've already shown that you can get some great gadgets without breaking the bank. Now we're raising the budget to $100 and choosing a new list of favorites -- including all of the products shown above.
WakaWaka Power+ ($79) is a durable, water-resistant rechargeable battery/light that has a built-in solar panel, so you can charge up it up with a little help from the sun (it takes about 12 hours to charge in bright sunlight).
Alternatively, of course, you can charge it via USB. It charges a smartphone in about 2 hours and provides up to 150 hours of light on a single charge.
That's all well a good, but as an added bonus, there's a charitable element to WakaWaka. With every WakaWaka you purchase, the company sends a unit to "someone in need" somewhere on the planet.
WakaWaka Power+ is available at Amazon in 3 colors.
The Roku 3 is our current top pick in the Internet media box category. It's the best overall choice for online streaming, with Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Showtime Anytime, Amazon Instant, Vudu, Watch ESPN, Watch ABC, and -- finally! -- YouTube, plus literally hundreds of others. (Pretty much the only thing missing is iTunes; you'll need an Apple TV for that -- see the following slide.) The Wi-Fi remote -- which doesn't require "line of sight" to the player -- seals the deal.
If you're a full-on Apple person -- an iPhone, iPad, or Mac owner, someone who already has lots of movies, TV shows, and music on iTunes, or who's really into iTunes Radio or iTunes Match -- Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku. And with the recent additions of the Watch ABC, Watch ESPN, Watch Disney, HBO Go, the Weather Channel, and free, live news channels like Sky News and Bloomberg TV, it's certainly a great deal -- but we'd recommend holding off for the next couple of months, since rumors of an updated box are becoming hard to ignore.
You get anywhere from 2.5-48 hours of light, depending on the brightness level (yes, it's adujustable), and the lantern charges via USB and also has a USB port for charging your cell phone (its internal battery acts as an external battery charger).
If you're heading out to the wilderness, GoalZero does offer an optional solar-charging accessory. Alternatively, you can crank the built-in handle to self-charge the lantern, which gives you 10 minutes of light for every minute you crank.
There are plenty of "good enough" Bluetooth speakers available, but nearly all of them are tiny portable models. The Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz XL, on the other hand, is a large portable on the scale of the Jawbone Big Jambox and the Jabra Solemate Max -- but (usually) available for under $100. (The iPhone 4S shown here on the left is to show the relative size of the XL.)
For iPhone owners who prefer to listen on the go, the Klipsch Image S4i II in-ear headphones are a great choice. (If you're buying for an Android owner, go with the otherwise identical Klipsch Image S4A II model instead.)
An oldie, but a goodie. Despite being first released in the 1990s, the Sony MDR-7506s may well be the best-sounding headphones you can get for under $100. (Want more headphone options? Check out our list of best headphones under $100.)
It's a few years old, but the Logitech Harmony 650 is still the best universal remote you can get for under $70 -- just be ready to invest some time and effort into programming it on your Mac or PC. (If you've got a slightly bigger budget, step up to the Logitech Harmony Home Control for $130 or less.)
JBL's new Flip 2 carries a list price of $129.99, but costs around $99. It comes in a variety of colors and while it may look almost identical to company's original Flip wireless Bluetooth speaker, it's got some key upgrades that make it a better speaker.
Everyone is sitting on a mountain of documents, photos, videos, and
music. Even with cloud storage, you need a local backup -- and the
Seagate Backup Plus Slim gives you 2TB of storage (that's 2,000GB) for $99 or 1TB for around $70.