10 essential electronic gadgets to buy
Cambridge SoundWorks Oontz Bluetooth speaker
Folks amass tons of music on their portable devices, and they need something to stream all those tunes. Enter the lithium battery-powered wireless speaker, such as this compact (9 ounces), affordable (about $50) model from Cambridge SoundWorks. It pumps out high-quality audio with 10 hours of battery life, and the color choices really pop.
Belkin Keyboard cases
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Belkin offers a clever combo product that takes care of two needs at once: upgrading a tablet computer’s keyboarding experience and protecting that precious piece of modern machinery. Sturdy, convertible covers open to reveal laptop-style keyboards that add real-world usability to the featherweight convenience of a tablet.
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader
This Kindle tablet is the top tech choice! Readability and ease of use are key, even more so than on much pricier multimedia tablets. Reviewers gush over the crisp screen, superior backlight and large library.
iGo Power Trip 4700
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Until the day that techies figure out how to pack a cellphone with almost unlimited power, most people will keep seeing the dreaded “low battery” indicator just when they need the juice. Defy the drain with a slim standby: The iGo goes where you go and offers backup battery power for smartphones, MP3 players, tablets and more.
USBCell rechargeable batteries
Cellphone batteries aren’t the only power source that drains disconcertingly quickly; most people go through AA batteries like they were candy. Here’s a solution that’s doubly “eco”: economic and ecological. These rechargeable nickel-metal hydride batteries don’t even need a dedicated charging station to refill, as they juice up via any USB port.
Robot USB hub
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When your external electronic devices outnumber the USB inputs on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or those ever-more-affordable smart TVs, you’ll be glad to have the extra capacity that this cool little robot – yep, those eyes light up – USB hub offers. Think of it as an extension cord for electronic gadgets and peripherals.
Griffin No.2 pencil stylus
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The tech world is getting mighty touchy, and while fingertips are fine at tapping touch screens, there’s definitely a place for a good stylus, especially one this budget-friendly. A stylus provides more precision, plus the capacity to write and draw, not to mention the retro look and feel of a modern upgrade to a childhood classic.
Kingston Digital DataTraveler portable USB drives
An electronic essential for any person over 12, a portable USB drive acts as a virtual notebook and backpack, with massive amounts of space for text files, photos, videos and, yep, all their songs. These Kingston flash drives come in various sizes, from simple file transport to high-capacity, hard-drive backup versions.
Contour Roam2 waterproof HD camcorder
We’re recommending this highly rated camcorder for teens and young adults, as their need for documenting time spent inside – and outside – hallowed halls of learning goes far beyond what a smartphone can handle. This age group can still be a bit rough on electronics, so a good-quality waterproof camcorder is a very learned choice.
Klipsch Image earbuds
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Klipsch earbuds earn consistently high ratings from tech reviewers and consumers alike, and their midlevel price range make them an especially good choice. The Image line offers durability, sound quality and, in some models, a noise-isolating capacity that helps buffer loud noises whether at work, or play.