Most Budget-Friendly Useful Gadgets

Gadgets are generally defined as small machines that do something useful. It is admittedly an expansive definition and a very accurate one, considering that they include anything from kitchen appliances to our cellphones. However, one thing that gadgets don’t have to be is expensive. Many unique and exciting machines fulfill valuable functions that are light on our wallets and improve our day-to-day lives. Following are some great examples of this. 

BY GURLEEN BAJWA

 

Gadgets are generally defined as small machines that do something useful. It is admittedly an expansive definition and a very accurate one, considering that they include anything from kitchen appliances to our cellphones. However, one thing that gadgets don’t have to be is expensive. Many unique and exciting machines fulfill valuable functions that are light on our wallets and improve our day-to-day lives. Following are some great examples of this. 

 

(1) Write Anywhere: Fisher Space Pens

NASA astronauts have used these pens since Apollo 7- and for a good reason. They can be used in any extreme environment, including varying temperatures, zero gravity, underwater, and anywhere in between. They owe this primarily to their pressurized ink cartridges, which last almost three times longer than regular pens. So, it doesn’t matter what angle we write at (on the wall or upside down) or the paper quality (it can be wet or greasy)- the pens will still work perfectly.   

 

(2) Turn Any TV Into a Smart Tv: Amazon Fire Stick


Smart TVs have become a staple of most homes these days, especially with the advance of on-demand streaming services. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and other entertainment giants have long outpaced what tv subscriptions can provide alone. However, to take full advantage of such services, smart tv is more or less a requirement. Unfortunately, it is also frequently quite pricey and would come with the added cost of getting rid of the tv you already own. This is where Amazon Fire Stick comes in. Offered at a meager price, it converts any TV into a smart TV once it is plugged into an HDMI port. It also comes coupled with a voice-activated remote. 

 

(3) Never Lose Anything: Apple AirTags


Apple AirTags have been around for a while but surprisingly aren’t as commonly used as they should be. Small and compact, they can be attached to anything; keys, bags, wallets, luggage, and anything in between. They have a replaceable battery that can last up to a year and is water-resistant. All in all, it wouldn’t be easy to lose or misplace anything ever again.  

 

(4) Turn Cellphones into Professional Cameras: Amir Clip-on Lenses

Tech has come a long way, and most of us don’t need professional cameras to record memories at a high quality anymore. Our cellphones more than serve that purpose now. However, there are still ways to upgrade phone photography, and it is also ridiculously cheap to do so. Amir Clip-On Lenses are precisely what they sound like—easy attachable (and detachable) additions to phone cameras in a very convenient pocket size. The offered lenses include the fisheye, macro, and wide-angle effects. They are also water and dust resistant, making traveling with them more accessible. 

 

(5) Control From Anywhere: Wemo Mini Smart Plugs

 

Smart plugs should be a staple of any home. The convenience they provide far outweighs the minimal price they come at. WIFI enabled, Wemo Mini Smart Plugs allow you to control any device, appliance, or anything else that can be plugged into a wall socket from your phone. One of the most common uses, for instance, is scheduling lights and appliances. Lights could turn on automatically around dusk or fans at midday. Or when you’re not home, a flicker of the lights every hour or so would warn away any possible intruders. 

 

(6) The Cheapest Assistant: Google Home Mini

 

The Google Home Mini comes in a very compact size and at a very affordable price. While it could be categorized more accurately as a smart speaker (and it is indeed a compelling speaker), the truth is, it does a lot more than that. Especially if you are an avid user of Google services—including YouTube, Google Drive, Gmail, and Google Calendar. It can also link to other media accounts such as Spotify. This means that the device can integrate and voice anything from reminders, schedules, music, emails, and anything else. If connected to television through Google Chromecast, it can even serve the same function as a smart TV and allow you to view and enjoy on-demand content.

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