Activity and sleep monitor – Misfit Shine
The Misfit Shine is an elegant and sleek activity and sleep tracker. Watch the Halo of 12 LED lights illuminate on the screen as you get closer to your daily activity goals. You can track many sports including running, tennis, cycling, basketball, walking, and swimming (shine is waterproof to 50 meters).
When your daily activities are done you can upload the data with the app to see such statistics as steps, calories, and distance travelled. You can then accurately track your progress towards your fitness goals.
Made from diamond-cut aluminum, the shine is both fashionable and durable while only measuring 4 millimeters in width. We love Shine’s coin cell battery (usually found in Quartz watches) which can run for about 6 months on a single charge.
When the misfit app is opened, it is synced using BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) so that your activity data can be downloaded .There are tons of fitness apps available for the Shine including Loselt!, RunKeeper, MapMyFitness etc.
The Misfit Shine doubles as a nifty little sleep tracker too, analyzing the amount of time you spend in light and deep sleep. Gaining insight into sleeping patterns and setting sleep goals and alarms will ensure you do not neglect this huge element of a healthy lifestyle.
Mini Flashlight – BioLite
Featured on CNET‘s best tech products for outdoorsy people, the BioLite is an amazingly small but powerful portable light which would make a perfect gift for hikers, campers and all outdoor loving folks.
This super cool light can be attached to clothing, backpacks, bicycles, tents and so on. It also has a rear attachment so that it can be propped up and/or hung from a hook for total illumination.
The BioLite charges quickly using the USB wall charger or battery pack. It can also be used to charge other devices in case of an emergency. There are four light functions: White, Red, Red/White strobe, and flashlight mode.
The BioLite is fitted with a 135 lumens bulb and has a max 52 hour burn-time.
BioLite are an ethically sound company. They very kindly donate a portion of every light sold to charities in India and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Keyboard and Mouse – Logitech MK 550
Next in out list of the best tech gifts under 50 bucks is a doozy……….Is your old keyboard looking a bit beaten and battered? Your productivity will soar with one of the best Wi-Fi keyboards on the market in 2017, the Logitech MK550.
We love the ergonomic wave design that feels very natural when typing. The Logitech is specially designed to ease stress on the wrists and also features an integrated palm rest.
Good old Logitech are even throwing in a free, rubber-sided, laser-precision mouse which works great for navigation and detailed projects on pretty much any surface.
The Logitech MK550 uses advanced 2.4 GHz wireless technology and has great connectivity with virtually no delays. The keyboard also comes with built-in encryption so hackers won’t be able to snatch that credit card number from your online transactions.
Logitech claim that the battery life of the keyboard to be up to 2 years and for the mouse up to 3. All hardware is covered under Logitech’s warranty for a full 3 years.
We particularly love the 18 programmable keys on the keyboard. This really speeds up opening your favorite and regularly used applications. Truly a first class keyboard at a bargain basement price!
Portable hard drive – Toshiba Canvio Connect II
Who doesn’t need a new hard drive? In these days of huge movie collections, endless photo albums, and gigantic music collections, a new place to store all that media will always make a perfect gift for friend or family.
The Toshiba Canvio Connect II portable hard drive allows both local and cloud backup and works with both PC and Mac. With 500 gigabytes of storage space and built-in recovery software, this hard drive is hard to beat for the price.
This baby is built to last and features the latest internal shock sensors and ramp loading technology to keep your device safe from bumps while you are “on the go”!
The Canvio Connect II comes with a NTFS driver which allows you to store and access old files without any need for reformatting.
With a 4.5 rating and 2395 Amazon reviews, we know that you will love the simplicity, durability and reliability of the Canvio and it’s also available in 1TB, 2TB, AND 3TB models.
No list of the best tech gifts for under $50 would be complete without the amazing Echo Dot. This device has proved extremely popular with over 56,000 customer reviews on Amazon and an average customer score of over 4.5 stars.
So what is it? The Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device with a built in speaker. The Dot can be connected to speakers or headphones with Bluetooth or through 3.5mm cable.
The Echo Dot uses the Alexa Voice Service to make phone calls, play your music, send messages, provide news, sports, weather and much more with no delays!
It’s amazing that the Echo Dot can even hear you from across the room, when you are listening to music. When you want to give a command, just say the wake word “Alexa” and the device will respond immediately.
The Echo Dot is a superhot gadget right now and makes a wonderful gift for those that embrace all things Tech. It can be used in any room,…in the bedroom as an alarm clock and to switch off the lights or in a kitchen to set timers and shop all the Amazon products using only your voice.
Amazon Prime Shoppers can also enjoy ad-free streaming of more than two million songs with Prime music. Available in six different colors, the Echo Dot continues to be one of the hottest tech gadgets under $50 around today!
Tablet – Fire tablet with Alexa
That we can feature this incredible tablet in our best tech products for under $50 blog is staggering! The Fire tablet is jam-packed with all the latest features of tablets that usually sell for more than double the price!
First and foremost, the performance is amazing thanks to the fast quad-core processor. Apps launch quickly and games and video are very smooth indeed. The screen displays a very crisp picture on its 1024X600 IPS display and the image is clearly visible from all angles thanks to the advanced polarizing filter on the screen.
The Fire tablet features a 2-megapixel rear-facing camera for taking 720p HD video or clear and colorful photographs. It also has a front-facing a camera which works great for skyping friends or family.
If you are looking for a tough and durable tablet, look no further! Tumble tests have found that the Fire Tablet is 2x more durable than the much more expensive iPad Mini 4.
So, whether you want to explore over 400,000 apps including Facebook / Twitter/ Angry-Birds etc, read from a library of millions of Kindle eBooks, or just watch your favorite movies and TV shows on Netflix, the Fire tablet makes an amazing gift for anyone from ages ten and up.
One final Point worth noting is that the all Fire’s come with the incredible voice activated Alexa. This allows you to do such things as control household devices like lights / thermostats / garage doors, ask for the latest sports / weather / news, or just play your favorite music……all of which can be activated by your voice commands alone!
Headphones -Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Professional Monitor Headphones
A very worthy entry in our the Best Tech Gifts Under 50 bucks is the Audio Technica professional monitor headphones.
Sound quality is very impressive compared to other headphones around the same price point. Sound clarity is top-notch and there is a lot of depth to the bass sound. The headphones are also very good at picking up small background sounds, too.
These over-ear headphones feature excellent sound isolation, enhanced low frequency performance and are an excellent choice for studio sessions or mixing.
For the techies, the headphones contain 40 millimeter drivers with rare earth magnets and copper clad aluminum coils. For the non-techies,….they sound “KILLER”!
Made from pro-grade materials, the Audio-Technica headphones are comfy for about 3 or 4 hours and have become a popular choice for everyone from online gamers to sound engineers.
With a 2 year warranty, the Audio Technica headphones are our choice for the best headphones under $50 right now (at time of writing).
Portable Bluetooth speaker – Braven 105
The Braven 105 is our top choice of affordable speakers and it certainly gives a lot of bang for the buck!
Small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, the sound quality is full bodied and rich. Perfect for those active types, the Braven 105 is totally waterproof and can be attached to belt loops, clothing, backpacks, tents etc.
It’s certified IPX7 waterproof which means that it’s not gonna mess up at the beach or pool. A very cool function is the hands-free feature which has active noise-cancelling to cut out any unnecessary background sounds while you are on the phone.
The Braven 105 can easily manage 8 hours of streaming music wirelessly on a single charge and has a wireless range of 33 ft (15m). At only seven ounces, the Braven 105 can be attached to your body using the integrated elastic strap or GoPro compatible action mount to give unlimited carrying options.
Available in seven colors, these babies are selling like hotcakes. Amazon gave the speakers 4.5 stars out of 5, which we fully endorse!
Action camera – DBPower EX5000
The DBPower EX5000 is a very worthy entry in our list of the top tech gadgets for under $50. This massively popular action camera is equipped with FHD 1080p, 30pfs, and 14MP….to the average layperson, this all means that you can make perfect recordings of all your activities such as mountain-biking, diving, skiing and so on.
We really like this camera for a number of reasons. Firstly, it comes with an ultra-wide 170 degree fish-eye lens so you can capture more of the surroundings in your footage. Secondly, the camera comes with built-in WI-FI so you can connect to your favorite device to review and / or organize your media on any Android or iOS device.
The DBPpower is very durable and when using the waterproof case, can be taken to depths of up to 30 meters. It is compatible with GoPro Hero & SJCAM mounts which have over 60 accessories and mounts available.
Included with the camera are a bicycle mount, helmet mount, waterproof case, multifunction- clip, batteries, a user manual, and many more bits and bobs.
One final comment is that the DBPower is fitted with nifty image stabilization which means that it performs very well in extreme conditions such as racing or skiing but the icing on the cake is the time-lapse recording function. This allows you to make beautiful films such as the life cycle of a flower or time-lapsed weather events.
With 4.7 stars out of 5 on Amazon and over 300 reviews from happy customers, look no further than the DP power camera for that photographer in your life.
Drone – Holy Stone HS170 Predator
What list of gadgets would be complete without a trendy personal drone to annoy your pets and neighbors!
The Holy Stone HS170 Predator has over 3000 hundred customer reviews on Amazon from overjoyed customers that have fallen in love with this cute quadcopter.
The drone features a headless flight system which helps you to orient the quadcopter’s flight making it easier to learn and more fun to fly. Obviously, this little drone is no contest to the high-end models but it is however, a brilliant entry level drone for those new to this fascination hobby.
The Holystone is wind resistant, has a control range of up to 50 meters and a flying time of up to eight minutes. A full charge takes about an hour and you’re ready to hit the skies again.
Holystone do not recommend the use of drones by those under 14 years of age but those over 14 can whiz around the neighborhood without FAA registration as the drone is less than half a pound in weight.
For the amount of fun to the dollar, the Holystone Drone gets our vote as the Best Tech Gift Under 50 bucks for 2017!