Tech Talk #1: Gadgets Under £100 That You Can Afford

Tired of being told that Samsung have a new £400 tablet PC, or Audi have a new £50K coupe convertible? Do you really care that Sennheiser have a new pair of £600 headphones? Whether you are pimping your bag or your pad, here’s a round-up of some cool sub-£100 tech & toys…

Always wanted to be that superhero, or at least, have your own superhero merchandising: offers a ‘personalised superhero figure’. Choose from Batgirl, Captain America, Ironman, Batman, Power Girl, Thor, or Wondergirl – just upload a picture… yours for £80.

Pebble e-paper watch from kickstarter, has now started to accept advance orders for this iOS & Android compatible e-ink smart-watch with multiple faces and Bluetooth enable messaging… yours for £100 ($150) @

Razer ‘Naga’ Gaming Mouse: a really rpg-focused gaming mice – available from Amazon for £51, or wireless version for £91, this includes:

  • 17 MMO-optimized buttons (including 12 button thumb grid)
  • 5600dpi Razer Precision 3.5G Laser Sensor
  • 1000Hz UltrapollingTM / 1ms response time
  • 200 inches per second max tracking speed
  • Zero-acoustic UltraslickTM Teflon feet

For specs see

The Twelve South Hover Bar lets your iPad ‘hover’ over your Mac monitor, for more efficient screen-over-screen working – yours for $80 / £50, from, or £64 @ Amazon.

With a comprehensive range of adaptors, the Veho Pebble Portable Battery Pack will power your PsP, iPhone or other smartphone. Various flavours available from many online retailers for around £35-£45.

The Mu Folding USB Adaptor solves the problem of a three-pin plug adaptor ripping holes in the lining of your computer bag or jacket pocket… yours for £25.

The Just Mobile AluPen is a tablet stylus carved from a single block of aluminium (hm – wonder where they got that idea!?) available from £9 up to £25 depending on style & finish, from various retailers. I recommend that you nip down the local key-cutters and get it engraved before it goes walk-about…

When the alien invasion comes and your hiding in your basement without a mobile phone signal for comfort, you’ll be glad you bought the Smart Price KS-18, the world’s cheapest radio. It’s not DAB, FM only, and not exactly a header-turn, but what do you expect for £3!?!?

Wacom Bamboo Stylus Duo – it’s a tablet stylus with a pen at the other end, which basically writes and… er, writes. But the tech-heads like it, so it’s yours for £25-£30

Microsoft Xbox 360 Chrome Series Controller – because sometimes pimping your system doesn’t just mean hanging bling on it. It comes in red, silver and blue finishes, too. Around £32-£35 from various retailers.

GoPano Micro is plan & simple ‘cool’ – attach this to your iPhone it becomes an instant 360-degree panoramic camcorder, with upright head capturing the action in all directions for the full ‘stadium’ effect. On iPhone 4S it records at 30fps with a 1920×456 resolution. £40, but can be as cheap as £20 on other sites.

Blackberry Playbook Mini Keyboard equipped with both case and keys, turns the BB Playbook into a BB Netbook. £80,, or £76 @

Asolar Solar iPad Charging Dock – I’m inherently suspicious of most things solar, as often performance does not equate to expectation, but if you are taking your iPad to a festival, this will keep it running, assuming there’s sun. Yours for £60 / €80

The Gerber Steady Tool removes corks, performs DIY tasks and best of all, acts as a camera tripod. Everything the modern agent needs @ £45 at

Reporter: SilverFox

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