Best tech deals for less than $100

For around AU$100 or less, you can pick up lots of high quality and useful tech gear. Read on to see our current picks in this price class, and look for updates as new products are released or older products get discounted.

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Logitech UE Roll 2

The UE Roll 2 is a fully waterproof, wireless Bluetooth speaker that sounds quite good for its size. It comes in multiple color options for just under AU$100 and includes a floatation accessory for pool use.

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Apple TV

The new Apple TV starts at AU$200, but the old Apple TV, which doesn't come with the fancy voice remote or have the ability to play games, can be found for under a hundred bucks.

If you're invested in the Apple universe -- if you own an iPhone, iPad or Mac, or already have lots of movies, TV shows, and music on iTunes -- Apple TV is a better choice than the Roku. And even though this model is several years old, Apple is keeping its box fresh with the addition of new channels every few months.

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Google Chromecast Audio

The Chromecast Audio turns any old stereo, boombox or dusty PC speakers into a wireless music system. Just tap a button on phone or tablet apps like Spotify, Pandora, NPR One or iHeart Radio, and the music is transported to those bigger speakers via Wi-Fi. It works with iPhones and iPads with a few apps, but Android users can send any audio from their phone without restriction.

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JBL Flip 3

JBL's third-generation Flip wireless speaker has a more streamlined, splash-proof design and better battery life (at 10 hours), while the price remains the same at AU$100. And as with all such speakers, the JBL plays any audio content from a Bluetooth-enabled source -- nearly any smartphone or tablet, and most recent computers -- so long as it's in the same room or relatively nearby. (Want more Bluetooth speaker options? Check out our list of best portable mini Bluetooth speakers.)

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Logitech X100

We really like the Logitech X100 wireless Bluetooth speaker -- which can play any audio from a smartphone, tablet and many computers.

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Google Chromecast (2015)

If you don't mind using your smartphone or tablet as your only remote, check out the Chromecast video streamer.

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Nintendo NES Classic Edition

While the Nintendo Mini-NES is also a bit beyond the scope of our budget, it's the perfect gift for both kids and nostalgic parents. It includes 30 built-in games -- including classics like Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Zelda and Tecmo Bowl -- and connects to any HDTV. Pick up an extra controller for two-player fun.

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Plantronics BackBeat Fit

The Plantronics BackBeat Fit may not be perfect, but it's one of the best wireless sports headphones available.

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Mophie PowerStation Plus

The Mophie PowerStation Plus, an external battery charger, has an integrated Lightning cable with a micro USB adapter so you can charge a variety of devices.

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Adonit Pixel

When it comes to iPad styluses, the Apple Pencil has understandably gotten most of the press. But that digital pen only works with iPad Pros.

Adonit's new Pixel, which the company calls its most accurate and responsive stylus to date, with an improved 1.9 mm Pixelpoint tip, is compatible with several iPads -- nine to be exact -- not just the top-end ones.

Like Adonit's two earlier styluses, the Jot Script and the Touch, the Pixel is Bluetooth-enabled and turns on automatically when pressed to the screen when using certain note-taking and sketch apps that have built-in Pixel support. It also ships with a magnetic charger/dock that plugs into the USB port on your computer.

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