Recently, we’ve seen prohibitively expensive technology popping up on the market, like the $17,000 Apple Watch Edition and 8K televisions. So, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite affordable technology:
Most large laptops price around a thousand dollars (especially if you’re an Apple fangirl!), so this 15.6-inch ASUS laptop is fantastically priced at $250. The X551MAV Notebook offers 500 GB of storage, runs the Windows 8.1 operating system, and has 4 GB of RAM. It doesn’t offer the performance of an Alienware gaming laptop, but for any high school or college student looking for a laptop that will let them keep up in their classes, watch Netflix, and use social media, this laptop is high-performing enough. It is available for purchase here.
Bigger than an iPhone 5 and much cheaper, the Motorola Moto G costs less than $200 off-contract and will soon run Android Lollipop 5.0, the newest of the Google-owned mobile operating systems. The Moto G acts comparably to the Moto X at a more affordable cost. It is available for purchase here.
As smartwatches start to enter mainstream fashion with just about every celebrity sporting one, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. If you just want something cuter than a pedometer to track your health, opt for the Misfit Flash (shown on the left), which is similar to the Fitbit, but cheaper. If you want a smartwatch that you can pair with your phone and receive social media updates on, check out the Pebble Watch (shown on the right). While its interface is in black and white, it is compatible with both iPhones and Androids and is easily the best smartwatch on the market for under $100. The Misfit Flash is available for purchase here and the Pebble Watch here.
Virtual Reality Headset
While we all wish we could have an Oculus Rift to play with, Google Cardboard is the next best thing. Favored by DIY’ers and programmers who can’t get their hands on a Rift at hackathons, this Android-compatible headset can be made at home for free. For the less crafty (but still amazing) Smart Girl, you can buy cheap headsets from a list of websites available here.