Ok, we get it; not everyone has the financial comfort to afford the $2,000,000 submarine sports car or a far-cheaper $180,000 catamaran. Insane modes of transportation aside, furnishing your place with tech necessities can be an equally daunting challenge with the paycheck-to-fun-things-you-can-spend-your-paycheck-on ratio way out of whack.
Still, there are actually some ways to bypass the high price of gadgetry without sacrificing the necessary quality. By doing a little deep-Internet digging or just—you know—reading this article, you'll see that there are some cheap, quality gadgets out there that are just as great as the ones that will hemorrhage your bank account.
Toshiba Excite Go AT7-C8 7.0-Inch 8 GB Tablet - $69 Tablets are typically regarded as Apple's territory, but with the cheapest of the brood running well into the $200 range, it's not a bad idea to venture elsewhere. Toshiba's Excite runs Android 4.4 KitKat, has an 8 GB Flash Memory, 1.33 GHz processor, and 1 GB of ram. Plus, at only 12 ounces in weight, this little fella can easily fit in your backpack or pocket, if you still wear parachute pants.
Ultimate Ears MINI BOOM Wireless Bluetooth Speaker - $99 UE Boom is famous for putting huge sound in a tiny package. Coming in at just over 11 ounces, this speaker boasts a 10-hour battery life, Bluetooth range of 50 feet, and a bass that will piss off your neighbors.
Seiki SE19HE01 19-Inch 720p- $109 First and foremost, we should apologize for bringing you nine dollars over budget—but this TV is worth it. Seiki's 19-inch model comes complete with a high-definition LED display, HDMI and USB ports, and built-in speakers. It's not full 1080 HD, but it is incredibly cheap.
Logitech's Wireless K480 Keyboard - $49 Logitech's battery-powered setup serves as a stand for most phones and tablets while allowing you to toggle between three different Bluetooth-equipped devices at the same time. You can switch between each device by turning a dial in the upper left-hand corner, which answers the difficult question of: "how do I use my iPhone, tablet, and phlablet all in one sitting?"
Apple iPod Shuffle 2GB - $49 Apple may have killed off the iPod Classic long ago, but the same doesn't go for the rest of the iPod family. The shuffle is small, easy, and a hell of a lot more technologically-sound than those other knockoff mp3 players that somehow still exist on the Internet. With clickable controls and a VoiceOver button, you can hear the names of playlists and switch between songs.
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player - $89 As a huge advocate for spending countless hours in front of the television, Roku seems to be as dedicated to the cause of hedonism as much as the person on the couch. You get the standard package of HBO Go, Amazon Instant, Hulu, as well as 1500 other channels. Plus, we know you stole your friend's Netflix password, so there's no extra money with that.
Sony MDR7506 Headphones - $84.95 For comfort and audio quality, these set the gold standard for their price range. With a wide frequency response (10Hz - 20 kHz) and a rugged closed-ear design that insulates sound, these classics are still amongst the best.
WakaWaka Power - $79 Running off a 22-percent efficiency solar cell, the WakaWaka uses just one day of sunlight to charge a smartphone 2.5 times, so you don't get stuck in a pinch without Tinder access. Alternately, the WakaWaka can power its onboard light for 40 hours, giving you no excuses not to work during blackouts or natural disasters.
Sony W800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera - $78 If you're not feeling the iPhone as your primary camera, you can always turn to Sony if you have three-quarters of a Benjamin. It's got an 20-megapixel sensor—impressive for the price range, and you won't weep 1,000 tears if it breaks.
Polaroid POLC3 Cube- $99 This itty-bitty action cam packs an insane amount of technology into a sleek, tiny box. Let's talk specs: 1080p HD video, 6-megapixels, a 124-degree wide angle lens, and a built-in battery that can record video for up to 90 continuous minutes. Big things come in small packages, people.
Silicon Power Rugged Armor 1 TB Military Grade Portable External Hard Drive - $69 Here's a fun fact: the first hard drive ever held only 5 MB of data, cost $50,000, and was the size of two refrigerators. At 5.5 inches long, the Silicon Power external hard drive has a transfer rate of 5 Gbps/sec, complies with USB 3.0, and weighs a hell of a lot less than two refrigerators. It's shockproof, water resistant, and can share files between Windows and Macs.
HP Envy 4500 Wireless Color Photo Printer - $84.99 This simple WiFi photo printer can spit out images directly from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. And $84 is a good price, considering one drop of printer ink costs about the same. Ooh, burn.