A C-note is all the budget you need to buy a great tech gift. Here are some of our favourites.
Best tech deals for less than £100
For around £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.
In the spirit of "if it ain't broken, don't fix it," Roku added voice search to its £99 Roku 3. It also removed a couple of features from its second-best box, the £60 Roku 2, while turbocharging its response time. The Roku 2 is now just as fast as the Roku 3, and as snappy as any other streamer we've tested.
Meanwhile the features reserved for the Roku 3 all reside in the remote: voice search, point-anywhere Wi-Fi control and the headphone jack for private listening. All are pretty cool and work well, but not one is essential. If you won't use them much, and want to save 30 quid, then buying a new Roku 2 instead is a no-brainer.
While somewhat pricey, the Logitech MX Master's expansive feature set and smooth operation make it a worthwhile purchase for power users seeking a high-performance wireless mouse. Though priced at £80 shop around as some retailers are charging more than £100.
JBL's third-generation Flip wireless speaker has a more streamlined, splashproof design and better battery life (at 10 hours), while the price remains roughly the same at £89. 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.
Yes, tablets and smartphones can double as e-readers. But the £60 Amazon Kindle has a long-lasting battery and a paper-like 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.
If you're willing to spend a little more, Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite e-reader carries a list price of £119. And if you don't mind special offers, there's a £109 model.
As much as we like e-ink readers, though, an extra £20 will get you a full-fledged colour 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 £80 price tag. It does come in a 16GB version for £20 more, and it's also worth mentioning that Amazon occasionally discounts both HD 6 models from time to time, making them even better bargains.
The "new" Apple TV starts at £129, but the old Apple TV, which doesn't come with the fancy voice remote or have the ability to play games, is £59.
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 Roku. And even though it's three years old, Apple is keeping its box fresh with new channels every few months.
Beyerdynamic makes some great high-end headphones, but lately it's been putting out some value models with great sound. The £35 on-ear DTX 350p, which comes in black or white, sounds better than a lot of headphones that cost twice the price.
The new version of the Jawbone Up2 features a redesign that makes the band more stylish and, more importantly, less likely to fall off your wrist. It's leaps and bounds better than the original Up2. Plus, a new firmware update finally adds overdue automatic sleep tracking to this model and previous versions. Get it now for £65.
The ideal upgrade to the aforementioned Harmony remote: the Harmony Smart Control. It's on sale on Amazon right now for £67, and it offers the biggest bang for the buck in the Logitech line, with an RF remote (no more line-of-sight issues) and the option to use iOS and Android devices as remote controls, too.
For a little bit more than £100, you can pick up a Bose SoundLink Colour (£110). It's doesn't perform quite as well as the £160 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.