With the cost of living rising everywhere, it's only natural to tighten our belts, and cut down on excessive consumption. But you still need to replace stuff that gets broken. Here are five value-for-money gadgets that aren't necessarily close to the best, but are decent enough to do in a pinch. After all, we have tested them thoroughly, and more importantly, they all cost less than S$100.
Creative Stage Air V2
The Creative Stage Air V2 (S$59) is a decent and cheap soundbar for your computer. Audio quality is great for the price, and it supports USB-C, Bluetooth and 3.5mm input. You can even bring it to your next BBQ, as the Stage Air V2 has a built-in battery that lasts for up to 6 hours.
Logitech G413 TKL SE
There are plenty of mechanical gaming keyboards to choose from, but if you don't need the frills, you can save a bit with the Logitech G413 TKL SE (S$96). It lacks any fancy features — only white backlight and anti-ghosting. But the build is actually decent with an aluminium frame and more durable PBT keycaps.
Mercusys AX1800 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router
At S$59, this Mercusys AX1800 dual-band router from TP-Link's budget sub-brand is one of the more affordable Wi-Fi 6 models in the market. It lacks niceties like a companion mobile app — some users may actually prefer this — and offers middling performance. But you do get support for the latest Wi-Fi 6 standard, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, as well as basic features like QoS and parental controls.
Redmi Buds 3 Pro
If you're looking for a pair of inexpensive true wireless earbuds, the Redmi Buds 3 Pro (S$89) is a great choice. While it works best with a Xiaomi or Redmi smartphone, the Redmi Buds 3 Pro packs enough features, including hybrid active noise cancellation, in-ear detection and ambient mode, that anyone shopping for an affordable pair of earbuds should check them out.
Ugreen 65W GaN charger
For all your mobile charging needs, check out the affordable Ugreen 65W GaN charger (from $50). It has three USB-C ports, a USB-A port, and supports fast-charging protocols. And you can use all the ports at the same time, though the charging speeds will be lower. The charger also works with all Apple devices, including the MacBook Air.
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