Want the top tech toy, gadgets and gifts for under $300? Or need a little help to decide what to get the person that has everything? We’ve pulled out of our reviews some of the most asked for tech, and scoured the major e-commerce sites to find what people are most interested in. Please keep in mind that the prices are accurate as of publication, but these can go up or down at anytime. Here’s the list, starting with the $300 and going down to around $250. We’ve also included some links to similar categories with lower priced options, if that will help you get what you need.
KEF Muo Wireless Speaker – $300
The MUO can remember up to 8 devices connected to its Bluetooth, and handle up to 2 connected at once. Wireless listening up to 12 hours between recharges. If you’re not looking to wirelessly stream music through your MUO, plug your devices or laptops in via the speaker’s 1/8″ input. Available in Blue, Rose, Orange, Silver, Gold and Grey.
Nintendo Switch – $299
Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker – $299
Wireless Bluetooth pairing with voice prompts; easily take calls and access Siri or Google now. The best-performing portable speaker from Bose; delivers Deep, loud, jaw-dropping sound with True 360-degree coverage, and pair two speakers together for stereo or party mode playback. Enjoy up to 16 hours of play time from a long-lasting, rechargeable, lithium-ion battery.
Moto G Plus (5th Generation) 64 GB, Unlocked – $299
The camera features are fairly standard, a 12 MP rear camera and a 5 MP wide angle front facing camera. You can also upgrade the memory another 128 GB using a standard nano-SIM card. The fingerprint / ID reader is at least as good as the iPhone, and Motorola took it a step further by adding a handful of shortcut gestures that turn the fingerprint sensor into a mini touchpad, a feature it calls “One Button Nav”.
Looking for other phone options? See our review on a dozen iPhone smartphone alternatives available now.
Fitbit Ionic Smartwatch – $299
Package includes both large and small size bands for the perfect, comfortable fit for all-day & all-night wear. You can store and play 300+ songs, plus download playlists from Pandora. Get dynamic, personalized workouts on your wrist with step-by-step coaching. The built-in GPS/GLONASS tracks pace, distance & routes and get Pure Pulse continuous heart rate tracking & real-time zones. Additional features include: Access to your favorite apps for sports, weather & more and make payments on the go with a built-in NFC chip. With a 4+ day battery life (varies with use & other factors), you can go the distance between charges.
Emporio Armani Hybrid Smartwatch ART3004 – $295
With the dynamic styling of Emporio Armani design and the benefits of today’s wearable technology, the hybrid smartwatch is compatible with both Apple and Android smartphones. Wirelessly syncing to your mobile device, this timepiece is always accurate, and automatically converts time zone and date as you travel. The Emporio Armani Connected hybrid smartwatch also automatically tracks and monitors sleep and activity, allows you to set up subtle filtered notifications, and connects to your smartphone’s music to start, stop, skip, or go back with the simple press of a button. Its coin cell battery also means the watch never needs charging. This hybrid smartwatch features a blue textured dial with silver-toned indexes and is complemented by a gunmetal case and black leather strap. The watch’s subdial displays the date and tracks your goal throughout the day.
Google Wifi system – Router replacement for whole home coverage – $279 (set of 3)
A single WiFi point covers up to 1,500 sq. ft, a set of three covers homes up to 4,500 sq. ft. Wifi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage. A simple app gets you set up quickly and allows you to see what’s connected, prioritize devices, and pause the Wi-Fi on kids’ devices.
Sony PlayStation VR Headset & Camera Bundle – $250
Xbox One S 500GB Console – $250
Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Earbuds – $249
The are TRULY wireless Sport headphones for total freedom of movement – not even wires between the earbuds. And no need to be concerned about losing one – you can track lost earbuds with the Bose connect App’s “find My buds” feature. Packed full of technology that makes music sound clear and powerful, the Bose SoundSport arbuds are sweat and weather resistant (with an Ipx4 rating) and come with 3 different pairs of stay hear+ Sport tips (in sizes S/M/L) that provide a comfortable and secure fit. Up to 5 hours of play time with each charge and an additional 10 hours with the included charging case.
Looking for less expensive wireless earbuds? Here is our review on 7 Bluetooth earbuds under $30.
V-MODA Crossfade M-100 Over-Ear Noise-Isolating Metal Headphone – $249
iRobot Braava 380t Mopping Robot – $240
Northstar Navigation works like an indoor GPS to clean until the job is done. Choose from two modes – dry sweeping or damp mopping
Use with disposable or microfiber cleaning cloths to pick up daily dirt, dust and hair. At just 3.1″ tall, is specifically designed to fit under most furniture, beds and kickboards. Turbo Charge Cradle recharges Braava in just two hours.
Amazon Echo Show – $230
Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Watch video flash briefings, Amazon Video content, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free—just ask. Call anyone hands-free, or make video calls to family and friends with an Echo Spot, Echo Show, or the Alexa App. Instantly connect to other Echo devices around your home.
Furbo Dog Camera: Treat Tossing, Wifi Pet Camera / 2-Way Audio – $249
Just for the dogs out there, you can pop out a treat on command from your smartphone app (iOS and Android) to reward your best friend even when you aren’t around. A great feature on this pet communicator is the “BARKING ALERT”. Furbo has a barking sensor built into the audio, and it sends you a notifications to your smartphone when it detects barking. Know what’s going on at home to find out why the barking, and use the 2-way audio or toss a treat to calm them down. An added incentive to get the Furbo – it also works with Amazon Alexa.
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control, Hub & App – $249
One-touch Activities: Touch an Activity like “Watch a Movie” to automatically power on and switch devices to the right settings; Compatible with Amazon’s Alexa for easy voice integration and activation. Harmony app: Turns iOS or Android smartphones or tablets into personal universal remote controls for the whole house. All-in-one control of up to 15 home entertainment and connected home devices.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro – $249.
The upgraded Pro works with Alexa and features a better performing WiFi connection, in case you have some low-connectivity areas in your home (which you can fix with the extenders listed above). Installation is quick and easy. If you have questions or need any assistance, their customer support team is great and will have help you get everything working right in just a few minutes. I’ve got one on my front door and here’s why you should get one too: Who’s at the door? You don’t have to get up and see if you have the Ring, which lets you see and speak to anyone on your doorstep using your smartphone. Motion alerts and infrared night vision provide an extra layer of home security, and four finishes mean the weatherproof Ring can blend seamlessly with your existing door hardware. If it ever gets stolen, Ring will send you a new one at no charge – wow!
Want to spend a little less – the the $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2 with all the same features, except for Alexa.
Pioneer DJ DDJ-SB2 Portable 2-channel controller for Serato DJ – $240
The DDJ-SB2 features large, low-latency jog wheels to give you great scratch response and accuracy. Hit the top 4 rubber pads to trigger Hot Cue, Auto Loop, Manual Loop and Sampler, and the bottom 4 for immediate access to Play, Cue, Sync and Shift. Use the trim knob and level meters to quickly check and adjust the input volume on each channel. Independent low/high pass filter dials are inherited from the premium DDJ-SX2 and DDJ-SR controllers. Hit Filter Fade to add 2 high pass filters to the crossfader so you can manipulate both the volume and bass filters with one hand for effortless mixes. That leaves the other hand free to get creative with loops, cue, samples and FX.
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