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Best Father's Day tech gifts under $100

If you can spare a Benjamin, you've got plenty of great gifts for Dad to choose from.

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UE Wonderboom

The $99 Wonderboom is the latest wireless speaker from Ultimate Ears. It sounds great, and even floats -- making it the perfect speaker if Dad spends his summer around the pool.

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UE Roll 2

The Wonderboom's predecessor, the UE Roll 2, is also fully water-resistant -- and can be found for as low as $55.

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JBL Flip 4

If Dad prefers a more "totally tubular" waterproof wireless speaker, the $99 JBL Flip 4 is a great choice.

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JBL Flip 3

The Flip 4's predecessor, the Flip 3, is still pretty great, and you can find it on sale for closer to $80.

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Sony MDR-7506

Moving from speakers to headphones: The 1990s-era Sony MDR-7506 may well be the best-sounding headphones you can get for under $100. Just like Dad, it's an oldie but a goodie.

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Beats EP

With its stainless steel build, the $99 Beats EP may be the best value in the Beats line. It comes in black, white, red and blue -- but it's for cool dads only.

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Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub

Maybe you don't want to spring for a new Apple MacBook or MacBook Pro for pops, but if he's got one already (or another USB-C based notebook that's got limited port options), Kingston's Nucleum ($80), the ultimate USB-C hub, is a good accessory for it. It allows you to add external ports for HDMI, USB-A (2), micro and standard SD memory cards, as well as an extra USB-C port.

Buy Kingston Nucleum USB-C Hub on Amazon.

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Bose SoundSport

This in-ear headphone is an older model, but it delivers solid sound -- and it's a lot more of an affordable Bose-branded gift for Dad than a Wave Radio.

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1More Triple Driver

If Dad is more about sound quality than familiar brands, consider the 1More Triple Driver. It's one of the best sounding in-ear headphones under $100.

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If Dad's ready for wireless headphones, there are plenty of great choices in this under-$100 range. The Plantronics BackBeat 500 is one of our recent favorites, considering its $80 price tag.

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Plantronics Backbeat Sense

The older BackBeat Sense wireless headphones have also dipped just south of the $100 mark.

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Skullcandy Grind Wireless

If Dad is cool enough to rock the skull logo, these $65 Skullcandy Grind Wireless headphones are a good choice.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit
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Plantronics BackBeat Fit

Is Dad a runner? The sporty BackBeat Fit wireless headphones may be just the ticket.

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Monster Adidas Sport Adistar

Monster's Adidas-branded Sport Adistar In-Ear Wireless ($100) is one of the better fitting in-ear wireless sports headphones -- and it also sounds decent for the money. Another good choice for dads who run.

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If your budget for Dad is limited to around $60, the Sony MDR-XB50BS wireless in-ear headphones are a worthy choice.

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Jabra Halo

Jabra Halo Smart is a wireless "neckband" model. Its stereo earbuds magnetically hold together around the neck when not in use.

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Amazon Fire HD 8

You can't get Dad an iPad for under $100. But the next best thing is the Amazon Fire HD 8. At just $90, it's a steal.

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Kindle Paperwhite

Amazingly, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is actually more expensive than the Fire tablet. But this $119 unit is often discounted to $99. It's a good choice if Dad is a bookworm who enjoys distraction-free reading.

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Roku Premiere+

Turning to video streaming: There are plenty of Roku models at $50 or less. But in the $100 range you'll find the Roku Premiere+. It's worth the extra cash if Dad has a 4K TV with high dynamic range (HDR) video compatibility. But even if he doesn't, he'll like the Wi-Fi remote (no pointing needed) with a headphone jack for private listening.

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Amazon Fire TV (2015)

The best alternative to Roku at this price point is the Amazon Fire TV. The core Fire TV bundle is now $90, the antenna bundle is $100 and the gaming edition bundle (with gamepad) is down to $130.

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Google Chromecast Ultra

If Dad prefers controlling his video from a phone or tablet -- and doesn't need to watch Amazon Prime video --check out the Chromecast Ultra, which also has 4K and HDR compatibility.

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Samsung BD-J5900

If Dad still has a big collection of discs, go for the Samsung BD-J5900. It will play all of his DVDs and Blu-rays, but has access to the major streaming services like Netflix and Amazon, too.

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Fitbit Flex 2

If you want to nudge Dad to a healthier lifestyle, a fitness tracker is just the ticket. The Fitbit Charge 2 and Alta 2 will cost you around $150, but you can snag the more minimalist Flex 2 for closer to $90.

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Logitech MX Master

If Dad spends all day on his Mac or Windows PC, he'll appreciate a top-notch mouse like the Logitech MX Master.

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Logitech MX Anywhere 2 Wireless Mobile Mouse

If Dad still spends a lot of time on the road, opt for the MX Anywhere 2 mouse instead.

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Biolite SolarPanel 5+

Another good gift for outdoorsy dads: Biolite's $80 SolarPanel 5+ is equipped with an internal battery that stores energy from the sun, which means he can keep a charge in reserve your for phone and other devices, although tablets will take longer to charge.

See price for Biolite SolarPanel 5+ on Amazon.

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Mophie PowerStation Plus

Another good gift for road warrior dads: The Mophie PowerStation Plus, an external battery charger starting at $60, has an integrated Lightning cable with a micro USB adapter so he can charge a variety of devices.

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Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit

With two dimmable bulbs and a control bridge included, the Philips Hue White LED Starter Kit is possibly the easiest way to get Dad onto the smart home train.

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Nintendo 2DS

The NES Classic would've been the perfect retro gaming gift for Dad -- except for the fact that Nintendo just discontinued it. But don't pay big bucks on eBay -- get him a Nintendo 2DS instead. At just $80, it's the most affordable way for him to relive his childhood with games from the Zelda, Metroid and Mario series that he can't get on his phone. Even better: Mario Kart is thrown in for free.

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Samsung Gear VR with Controller

Does Dad have a recent Samsung Galaxy phone? The latest Gear VR headset will turn it into a full-fledged virtual reality headset, with a cool new controller to boot.

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Google Daydream View

The same goes for owners of Google's new phones. The $79 Daydream View turns the Pixel and Pixel XL into VR viewers -- and it includes a small controller as well.

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Air Hogs Ultimate Millennium Falcon Quad drone

Dad can channel his inner Han Solo with this Millennium Falcon drone. And Mom will appreciate its crash-friendly foam body. Priced around $80.

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Amazon Echo Dot (second generation)

If $100 is outside your budget, don't worry: We have a whole separate list of great Father's Day gift ideas for under $50, too. Spoiler alert: The Amazon Echo Dot shown here is at the head of the pack.

See CNET's complete Father's Day gift guide

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