Speaker 1: Hi, I'm Lexi, your budget friendly buddy, always helping you spend your hard earned cash the best possible way. Today we are rounding up some of the best tech and gadgets you can buy for under $150 on Amazon all to help make your office feel more like yours. Now, this is not sponsored everything in this episode. I have spent my hard earned cash on to vet it and make sure it's actually worth recommending to you. There are prices and links to all [00:00:30] of the products down in the description. There's something here for pretty much every office space, and if there's a product that you think really should have made it on this list that you wanna let me know about, Hey, why don't you leave me a comment. It might make it into a future episode. All right, let's get to it.
Speaker 1: There's nothing better than a big dial, am I right? Well, this one is actually a volume and media controller for your Mac or pc. [00:01:00] Now it comes made in a sturdy aluminum, or as I would say, aluminum alloy. And it looks and feels way more expensive than it's $29 asking price. It comes with all of the media controls that you'll need, including play, pauses, skip and rewind, as well as the ability to mute whatever's playing by clicking in on this dial. So satisfying. Even the volume rocker itself has this really [00:01:30] nice tactile feel with some light clicks in it and it plugs in via usbc plug and play. No drivers needed. It's super simple, but honestly, because it's only $29, I cannot live without this next to my setup anymore. I love how sturdy this is and because it's so heavy, it's not gonna skid around on your desk as you are moving the controls. Look, even if you just spend $29 and use this as a little bit more of a premium fidget spinner [00:02:00] and you're not playing back music, I think it's worth it.
Speaker 1: Here is an easy way to up the quality audio at least of your video productions, whether you shoot on a mirrorless or a DSLR like I do, or even just on your phone. This is a wireless microphone system. Now normally some systems like this can cost upwards of $500, but for $149 you get the transmitter and you also get two clip on LA microphones, [00:02:30] so no wires required. They're super lightweight. They weigh just 0.42 ounces each, so they're not gonna get in the way. They have a range of around 650 feet, which is great for all of your long range shoots, and they last up to eight hours. They also have a one click button for noise cancellation. Now these come with a 3.5 millimeter TRS to TRS cable, but if you do wanna tie these to either an iOS or an Android phone for example, you are gonna need [00:03:00] to spend a little bit extra just to get that compatible 3.5 ml cable.
Speaker 1: And of course you have to hear what it sounds like with the microphone actually plugged into my camera. So this audio is coming straight from the wireless love in the same position as my regular wired love into the camera directly with noise canceling on fancy. Now Polaroids have a certain magic that definitely transcends art and science, and this is the Polaroid lab. [00:03:30] Basically will print off any photo from your phone onto Polaroid film. It's got a built in battery so you can use it on the road. All you need to do is load up the Polaroid app on your smartphone, crank up your brightness, make sure you turn off anything on the screen like you know, color modes or true tone, things like that. Put the phone face down and then press the big red button
Speaker 1: When the shop pops out, quickly shield it from light, maybe turn it [00:04:00] upside down, but definitely don't shake it like outcast says. And then in 10 to 15 minutes, you'll have a beautiful Polaroid print of your own, just like the old days, these lights on the front show you how many shots you have left and the film cartridges are solved separately. It's gonna cost around $16 or so for a set of eight, but for the vintage cred that you're gonna get with this, yeah, I think it's worth it. You probably know a little bit about ergonomics, but having a good [00:04:30] quality light on your desk and workspace is really gonna help reduce things like eye fatigue. And that is where this, the Ben Q screen bar light comes into play. This one's really gonna level up your office setup. It has an auto dimming sensor, so it's automatically gonna adjust based on the ambient light of your space.
Speaker 1: There is also an adjustable Carla temperature setting that range from 2,700 Kelvin through to 5,600. And it comes with different brightness levels too. The weighted clip mounts on [00:05:00] the back of your monitor, which saves valuable space. And you know it's legit because I have been using this exact screen bar for the past one and a half, almost two years now on my personal monitor. And it's even made an appearance in a couple of videos of mine. Now, in a pinch, you can use this on a laptop screen if you really have to. It is a little bit heavy though, so I would not suggest using this for long term use. And that's really only because there is a laptop specific version of this one, but it's usually out of stock. But I have linked [00:05:30] it in the description just in case you can find it.
Speaker 1: Generally. Probably don't use this on your laptop as often as I do, but you can in a pinch. So you gotta power up all your goodies somehow. And this is the Halo portable charger, laptop charger, and get this car jump starter. This can charge up to four devices at a time. Not only can it charge your phone wirelessly from the back, but it also has USB ports. It has an [00:06:00] AC outlet on the side and flip it around. And there is an emergency light you can use in a pinch too. This holds its charge for 18 months and it's also TSA compliance. So you can use this and take it traveling and you'll be totally fine. And just take a look at everything that you get in the box. There's a wall plug, car charging adapter, another USB charging cable jumper cables, and a carrying pouch at just over a hundred dollars. You can keep this wherever your office might be, either in the home or in the car [00:06:30] of course, whereas any office set up without a pair of noise canceling headphones, But you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on something like the Apple Airports Max or the Sony XM five s instead for around $90. These are the Tri Lab Z two noise canceling headphones.
Speaker 1: These headphones are really comfortable to wear. Their lightweight. They have up to 35 hours of playback time and the noise cancel and quality is [00:07:00] really pretty good for the price. I would say when it comes to the sound profile, these ones definitely up the base. They have quite a lot of that, but the mids are really well balanced and it's generally a really pleasant listening experience. These also come with a 3.5 millimeter audio cable and a hard carrying case, unlike some other higher end headphones. And they also have a gaming mode that reduces the latency to 60 milliseconds. Did I mention these are also IPX four border resistant, so that means you can [00:07:30] take them to the gym as well without worrying about things like sweat. And of course, you can pair with your favorite voice assistant just by double pressing the power button. I hope you enjoyed Sping up your home office set up. Don't forget all the links to the products that I talked about today are in the description. And if you have a suggestion for a future episode, regardless of budget, I wanna know what your favorite finds are. You can drop me a comment down below. See ya.