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Budget tech deals for dad

Logitech MX Master wireless mouse

Apple TV

Sol Republic Shadow Wireless

Amazon Kindle 2014

Amazon Fire HD 6

Seagate Seven Portable Drive

Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760

Wacom Creative Stylus 2

JBL Flip 2

Sony MDR-7506

Garmin Vivofit

Logitech Harmony 650

Jawbone Mini Jambox

Bose SoundLink Color

Kindle Paperwhite

So you don't have a ton to spend on a Father's Day gift. Well, don't worry. For not too much money you can pick up lots of high quality and useful tech gear he'll appreciate. Read on to see our favourites.

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Your dad probably wouldn't run out and buy Logitech's new MX Master on his own. But this is a high-performance wireless mouse with a built-in rechargeable battery that anyone would appreciate as a gift.

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If you're invested in the Apple universe -- own an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or you already have lots of movies, TV shows, and music on iTunes -- Apple TV is a better choice than the Chromecast. And even though it's coming up on its third birthday, Apple is keeping its box fresh with new channels every few months, including Netflix and Stan locally.

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Sol Republic's Shadow Wireless has a flexible around-the-neck design. It's one of those Bluetooth headphones you can leave on all day and forget you're wearing it.  It's available in a lighter gray color.

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Yes, tablets and smartphones can double as e-readers. But the AU$109 Amazon Kindle has a long-lasting battery and a paperlike screen that avid readers will appreciate. And unlike more versatile devices, there won't be any calls, emails or texts to distract the reader, either.

Amazon's latest entry-level e-reader, which occasionally gets discounted, adds a touchscreen, but leaves off the integrated light found in the step-up 2013 Paperwhite and Voyage models.

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As much as we like e-ink readers, though, an extra $20 will get you a full-fledged color tablet. Sure, it doesn't have much storage (8GB) and it's not super-zippy, but the well-designed Fire HD 6 is one of the better options out there -- especially given its AU$149 price tag.

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The Seagate Seven 500GB portable drive may not offer the most storage bang for the buck, but it is the slimmest portable hard drive out there and offers excellent performance. You'll find it online for as low as AU$120.

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The Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760 is eco-friendly and practical -- use it with a Mac, iPad or iPhone, and never worry about recharging the battery.

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The Wacom Creative Stylus 2 is a perfect choice for you creative types who like using the iPad as a sketchbook. And the price won't sting.

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JBL's Flip 2 Bluetooth speaker can be found online for around AU$120. It sounds great for its size and comes in multiple colour options. (Want more Bluetooth speaker options? Check out our list of best portable mini Bluetooth speakers.)

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An oldie, but a goodie. Despite being first released in the 1990s, the Sony MDR-7506s are some of the best-sounding headphones you can get for the price.

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Looking for a low-maintenance step counter? The Garmin Vivofit is waterproof and has a one-year battery life, despite its always-on screen. Not bad for about AU$110.

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It's a few years old, but the Logitech Harmony 650 is still the best universal remote you can get for under AU$80 -- just be ready to invest some time and effort into programming it on your Mac or PC.

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The Jambox Mini has steadily dropped in price and now can be had for a couple of bucks north of AU$140. It's available in a variety colours.

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For a little bit more than you can pick up a Bose SoundLink Color (AU$179 in Australia). It's doesn't perform quite as well as the SoundLink Mini, but it's an attractive little Bluetooth speaker that delivers big sound for its size, is easy to tote around, and recharges with a standard Micro-USB cable.

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Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite e-reader carries a list price of AU$179, but you'll often find a discounted version online. It's not as slick as the step-up Kindle Voyage, but it's a fine e-reader and a good value

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