The best tech purchases under $100

Joe Supan

May 24, 2020 — 2 min read

For those looking to give the latest technology without breaking the bank this holiday season, we’ve collected five of our favorite affordable gifts.

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Editor’s Note: The products in our gift guide were curated by our team of editors and writers. We relied on testing scores from third-party sources like Consumer Reports, Wirecutter and to inform our picks, as well as products we’ve used and written about ourselves. 

Not every tech purchase should require a layaway plan. Our team of writers and editors curated these five products under $100 for some more affordable options.

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Brother Compact Monochrome Laser Printer

Stop the presses with this useful gift

Most laser printers cost well over $100, but the Brother Compact Monochrome is a workhorse printer for a fraction of the price. But the budget price doesn’t mean you get a budget printer.

You’ll get duplex printing capability, a durable 250-sheet paper tray, the ability to connect to Wi-Fi and even the option to use high-yield toner cartridges. At only 7.2 by 14 by 14.2 inches (HWD), it’s also one of the more compact laser printers on the market.

Kasa Smart WiFi Power Strip

Give the gift of safety and surge protection

The perfect purchase to help for all the extra time indoors, the Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip connects to your internet and allows you to monitor and connect all the devices plugged into it. It works with Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Microsoft Cortana, so you can give voice commands to control specific outlets.

FujiFilm Instax Mini 9

Find the perfect present for your photog friend

Whether they’re a full-time photographer or a nostalgic newbie, a FujiFilm instant camera is a fun gift for just about everyone. Unlike other instant cameras, the Instax Mini won’t break the bank on replacement film, costing around $0.67 per shot compared to a dollar for most instant film refills.

Samsung Gear VR with Controller

Go for a gaming gift with this selection

You’d be hard-pressed to find other virtual reality headsets for under $100, and the Samsung Gear happens to be one of the best. It’s compatible with most Android phones and brings some of the best mobile VR games around. This is a great introduction to VR without the massive investment most systems require.

Tello Quadcopter Drone

Take remote-control toys to the next level

An awesome drone for beginners and experts alike, the Tello Quadcopter received high marks from the testers at Wirecutter, has an impressive 13-minute battery life and can even take photos and videos from the air with its built-in 5-megapixel, 720p camera — about the same as an iPhone 4.