I've been on an Amazon shopping spree. First clothes, then household items, and now I've moved onto upgrading the tech in my life. Not the big stuff like a laptop--I've got to save up for that! I'm talking about all the cool tech products that seem expensive (but aren't).
I've made a shopping list of small items that make a big impact, like new blue light glasses and a wireless charging stand. These techie gadgets make life faster, easier, and more comfortable. Hooray for that! These products are all highly rated by Amazon customers and a great value compared to similar products. Truthfully, some of these products are absolute steals!
This LED Neck Reading Light That Customers Call "The Best"
I read a lot, and I still prefer printed books over e-readers, so I've tried a lot of reading lights over the years. Hands-down, this LED Neck Reading Light is my favorite! Instead of awkwardly clipping onto the book, it perches on my neck, with two bulbs I can point right where I need them. Each side can be controlled independently, with three levels of brightness.
Store Data on the Go With This External Hard Drive
Expand the memory of your laptop or desktop computer with this External Hard Drive, which provides 1TB of storage in a compact design that literally fits in the palm of your hand. Works with both Windows and Mac, with easy drag-and-drop storage. Includes a 1-year limited warranty and 1-year rescue data recovery services!
Attention Fellow Cat Ladies! You Want This Cheerble Interactive Pet Ball
If spoiling your furry friend is on top of your list of priorities, then I have the tech product for you! The Cheerble Interactive Pet Ball has three modes of play that entertain pets whether you're home or not. It moves automatically and reacts to pets' motions, for hours of stimulating playtime.
These Blue Light Glasses Have Improved My Sleep
I was having trouble sleeping, and a quick internet search recommended I avoid screens in the evening before bed. That lasted all of zero nights. So instead, I bought a pair of Blue Light Glasses to wear after dinner while watching TV or playing on my phone. Now I have less eyestrain and fall asleep fast!
This Alarm Clock Has a 2-Inch Display and USB Port
I was using my phone as an alarm clock, but I missed the convenience of being able to see the time at a glance without squinting or fumbling for reading glasses. This Alarm Clock is a nice-looking, no-frills clock that does its job perfectly. The display has 2-inch tall numbers so I can see it easily, and it includes a USB port for handy charging.
Sleep Better Anywhere With This Portable White Noise Machine
Perfect for travel, this Portable White Noise Machine is a must for anyone who's a light sleeper. It measures 3.5 inches in diameter and includes a hanging loop. It has three sound modes--bright white noise, deep white noise, and ocean waves--and runs all night on one USB charge.
Rock Out With This Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
I bought a bunch of these Bluetooth Karaoke Microphones as gifts last year, and I keep hearing from friends how much fun they are! Connect the mic via Bluetooth to your phone, play a karaoke track, and sing the night away.
Reduce Wrist Pain With This Innovative Vertical Mouse
Using a regular mouse can lead to chronic pain. Instead, try this Vertical Mouse, designed to keep the forearm in the neutral "handshake" position for less fatigue and strain. Reviewers say it takes some getting used to, but is well worth it!
Set the Mood With This Multi-Color Smart Bulb
I love the simplicity of this tech product, not to mention the price! Put this Multi-Color Smart Bulb in any lamp or light fixture, connect it to Wifi, and enjoy the long-lasting LED light capable of producing millions of colors. Control it with the free app or Alexa.
This WiFi Extender Has Over 100,000 Ratings
Affordable and effective, this WiFi Extender improves your internet and streaming experience by boosting coverage up to 800 square feet. Super-easy to use; just plug in, tap it to connect to your home wifi, and enjoy better coverage!
This Bluetooth Keyboard Easily Switches Between Devices
Much as I love Bluetooth devices, sometimes they're a pain, especially ones I want to use with both my laptop and phone. That's why I'm loving this Bluetooth Keyboard that remembers three devices and toggles between them with one touch. Has a wireless range of over 20 feet.
Take Tunes to Go With This Portable Speaker
My backyard lounging has improved dramatically thanks to this Portable Speaker! Charge it up, connect via Bluetooth to your phone, then enjoy up to 20 hours of audio play. Comes in 9 fun colors.
The Bestselling Tablet That Anyone Can Afford
Affordable, versatile, with a 7-hour battery life between charges. What's not to love? The Fire 7 Tablet costs under $50 and provides easy access to email, movies, online shopping, and all your other favorite Internet activities.
Power Five Devices at Once in This Charging Station
It was the AirPods that sent me over the edge. Adding a fourth device to my nightstand that needed to charge every night made the space a mess of cords that was driving me nuts. Thank goodness I found this sleek Charging Station!
This Is the Bestselling Bluetooth Speaker Under $20
Amazon / Jessica
Small, strong, and good-looking. But enough about me, take a look at this Bluetooth Speaker, the bestselling of its category you can get on Amazon for under 20 bucks! It lasts for weeks on a single charge and is waterproof enough to use in the shower.
This Bluetooth Tracker Keychain Is Perfect for Anyone Who Loses Stuff
If you're constantly misplacing your keys, phone, and other small necessities, do yourself a favor and order this Bluetooth Tracker Keychain immediately! Sync it up, and you can locate the tracker from your phone. It also works in reverse, so if you have your keys but your phone is missing, you can tap the tracker to make your phone ring!
This Digital Drawing Tablet That Customers Call "Awesome"
When my daughter asked for a drawing tablet for her art and schoolwork, I was very pleasantly surprised to find one that's both highly rated and affordable. This Digital Drawing Tablet includes a stylus and is compatible with Windows, Macs, and Chromebooks.
This Compact Power Strip Is Both Good-Looking and Functional
I'm not a fan of the bulky, beige power strips that are necessary but hideous. Instead, I have a couple of these Compact Power Strips, which not only provide plenty of charging options, but also look great on my desk and nightstand. They're also conveniently sized for travel!
This Digital Tire Pressure Gauge Works on Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, and Bikes
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Last winter, my minivan kept flashing the "check tire pressure" sign, then disappearing. Wondering what the heck was going on, I ordered this Digital Tire Pressure Gauge. I was able to get an accurate reading and determine whether I really needed to add air, or if the signal was related to temperature changes. Handy to have this little gadget in the glove compartment just in case!
Measure Anything's Temperature With This Laser Thermometer
Amazon / Susan W. / THXkid
I'm sure there are tons of practical uses for this Laser Thermometer, but to be honest, I kinda want one so I can walk around shooting the laser beam at stuff and seeing what temperature it is! Other Amazon customers use it to measure the temperature of AC vents, pizza, barbecues, pets, and lots more.
Carry the Essentials in This Sleek Phone Purse
When all I need to bring is my phone, credit card, and lipstick, I love to use this Phone Purse. It's stylish enough to work with a dressy outfit but completely functional with a magnetic clasp and a separate zippered pocket. It comes in 14 colors (I ordered the gold).
Your Photo Quality Will Increase 1000% With This Selfie Stick
I avoided selfie sticks for a long time, believing they were clunky and embarrassing. However, after yet another family outing where there were no decent photos of myself, I broke down and ordered this Selfie Stick. Now I love it and am here to sing its praises! It telescopes down for easy portability and has improved my photography so much. Finally, I have cute family photos that include myself!
This Ultrasonic Pest Repeller Keeps Away Bugs and Rodents
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Humane and effective, this Ultrasonic Pest Repeller plugs into any outlet and emits a high-pitched tone that repels a huge range of pests including insects, spiders, rats, mice, flies, mosquitos, and more. It has three levels of intensity; humans can't hear the first two settings but can hear the strongest.
Improve Audio With This Affordable Sound Bar for TV
This is a nice audio upgrade if you're currently just using the TV's built-in speakers. This Sound Bar for TV has a slim, compact design that can be wall-mounted or set on a shelf below the TV. Connects via Bluetooth or the included cable.
This Wireless Charging Mouse Pad Is a Smart Addition to Your Desk
I love a good multi-purpose product, so this Wireless Charging Mouse Pad caught my attention. Not only does it serve as a mousepad, but it doubles as a charging mat for your wireless mouse and phone. It's earning solid reviews from Amazon customers, who say it "works great" and "does fast charging."
This Wireless Charging Stand Powers Phones Even With a Thick Phone Case
I've been searching for a more elegant solution to plugging in my phone on my desk, and I think I've found the perfect solution. This Wireless Charging Stand is sleek, compact, and provides a perfectly angled spot for my phone to sit while charging. I use a thick phone case, so I was very happy to discover that the case doesn't interfere with the charging at all.
These Velcro Cable Ties Neaten Up Cords and Cables
Tidy those unsightly cords with a pack of these Velcro Cable Ties! They're colorful, versatile, and can be used over and over. Each pack includes 20 straps in three sizes: 10''x0.8'', 6''x0.6'' and 5''x0.5''.
These Wireless Earbuds Are a Customer Favorite
If you've been wanting Wireless Earbuds but were scared by the price tag, this product may just be a dream come true. These Bluetooth earbuds include a charging case, a built-in mic, and deep bass capability for outstanding sound quality. They've earned over 228,000 ratings from Amazon customers, with a solid 4.4 out of 5-star average rating.
Set the Mood With This High-Tech Bedside Lamp
Alter the atmosphere with this Bedside Lamp that lets you change brightness and color with the touch of a button. Choose soft white for reading, warm pink for romance, crisp white to help you wake up in the morning...the choices go on and on!
This Is the Bestselling Vacuum Cleaner Under $30
I've been wanting a new vacuum cleaner, but I'm not ready to invest serious money at this point. Instead, I'm going to try out this Bissell Featherweight Stick Lightweight Bagless Vacuum, which has a fabulous price and outstanding ratings from customers.
These Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds Provide Superior Sound and a Comfortable Fit
If you're shopping for new earbuds and want a brand name known for great audio, this set of Beats Flex Wireless Earbuds is a fantastic choice. They're much more affordable than other high-end earbuds while providing excellent audio quality and extended battery life. They also include four sizes of ear tips for a custom fit.
Test Alcohol Level With This Keychain Breathalyzer
Make your next night out a little bit safer with this Keychain Breathalyzer, which measures blood-alcohol levels from your breath. It earns solid ratings from Amazon customers who say it gives reliable results as long as you follow the instructions. See the reviews for tips!
Listen to Music or Take Calls on the Go With This Bluetooth Speaker Hat
At first, this product made me laugh, but the more I think about it, the more I actually want this Bluetooth Speaker Hat! Not only is the black cap pretty dang nice looking, but it also provides crisp sound via Bluetooth. Customers report that the sound level is just right for personal use without bothering other people.
This $8 Tablet Is a Fun, Techy Way to Doodle or Take Notes
If you're old like me, you might remember the Magic Slate drawing pad that lets you erase your doodles by lifting the plastic sheet. Now, you can get that same effect in a new, updated form with this LCD Tablet. Draw or write with the included stylus for a Neon effect, then erase with the push of a button.
Transfer Handwritten Notes to Your Computer With This Rocketbook
A smarter way to take notes, the Rocketbook is the ultimate tech gadget for making life and work easier. It looks like an ordinary notebook, but after writing on the pages with the included pen, you can upload your notes to your computer or phone. Then, erase the pages and start fresh!
Improve Your Selfie Photos With This Selfie Stylus
If you take a lot of selfies, this tech gadget is worth a try! The Selfie Stylus attaches to the back of your phone with the included magnetic strip. When it's time to take a photo, use the stylus as a remote shutter. Finally, use the fine point of the stylus to edit or write on images before posting or sending to friends.
This Super Sonic Scrubber Cleans the Toughest Spots in Kitchen and Bathroom
Less elbow grease, more technology! That's the idea behind the popular Super Sonic Scrubber, which uses two AA batteries (not included) to power the interchangeable scrubbing heads.