As anyone who loves tech can tell you, owning all the latest gadgets isn’t cheap. To stay on the cutting edge, you can easily blow through several paychecks on new equipment each year. This barely leaves any room for bills and essentials.
It’s not just the cost of gadgets that stack up fast. Unless you look closely at every product or service you’re interested in, you might end up paying for more than you need. Tap or click here to see the best ways to slash your monthly subscription costs.
If you’re a tech lover and want to ease up on the spending, here are some of the best ways to get what you want without breaking the bank.
1. Buy refurbished and save
Everyone wants the hot new phone, but not all of us have the funds to get it. Even older models can be expensive if you buy
Mobile devices used for shopping online (m-commerce) will experience substantial growth this holiday season. According to eMarketer, m-com sales will reach $314 billion in 2020, which is $200 billion more than four years ago and represents over 44% of all e-commerce sales.
The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for older generations to adopt the technology as shoppers are worried about their safety and are reluctant to shop in stores. A recent holiday survey by the buy now, pay later company, Sezzle, found the older the shopper, the less likely they will be to shop in-store these holidays.
Arlo is adding two new models to its affordable Essential series of security cameras, the Essential XL Spotlight Camera and Essential Camera. The highlight of the former is a battery that can power the device for 12 months on a single charge. It also features an integrated spotlight, two-way audio, motion detection and a built-in siren. The camera captures footage at 1080p with a 130-degree field of view and includes built-in color night vision. The entire device is also weather-resistant. The spotlight turns on automatically when the camera detects motion. It’s also possible to turn the light on manually through the Arlo app.
Meanwhile, the Essential is an even more affordable version of the company’s recently announced Essential Spotlight Camera. Like the XL Spotlight, the Essential Camera features 1080p video capture, two-way audio, a built siren and a camera with a 130-degree field of view. Battery life on this model
If you are looking for the best ideas for your portfolio you may want to consider some of RiverPark Advisors top stock picks. RiverPark Advisors, an investment management firm, is bullish on Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock. In its Q2 2019 investor letter – you can download a copy here – the firm discussed its investment thesis on Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is a technology company.
In July 2019, RiverPark Advisors had released its Q2 2019 investor letter. The investment firm said that Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock was one of the top detractors to the Large Growth fund’s performance in Q2 2019. Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) stock has posted a return of 19.2% in the trailing one year period, outperforming the S&P 500 Index which returned 10.7% in the same period. This suggests that the investment firm was right in its decision. On a year-to-date basis, Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)
The technology disguises the front camera under the phone screen without ruining the display effect.
Xiaomi said on Friday that it will start mass producing third generation smartphones with under-display camera technology next year even as the first two generations are yet to get well established in mass markets.
The Chinese phone maker claims that the third generation has improved full-screen effect offered via self-developed pixel arrangement.
In addition, Xiaomi has optimised the camera algorithm to match the performance with the conventional camera. The technology disguises the front camera under the phone screen without ruining the display effect, which the company said helps improve the technology and put it in mass production.
The latest technology “allows the screen to pass light through the gap area of sub-pixels, allowing each single pixel to retain a complete RGB subpixel layout without sacrificing pixel density,” Xiaomi said in a statement.
Steelseries has been quiet this year, but maybe that’s about to change. Last week it announced the SteelSeries Arctis 9 dual-wireless gaming headset for PC and PS4 and now it’s releasing the Rival 3 Wireless gaming mouse, a cordless version of its entry-level Rival 3 mouse announced in January.
The company always seems to offer a bit more than the competition and that’s the case here. The Rival 3 Wireless has a new sensor made with help from sensor experts PixArt. The TrueMove Air sensor is rated at 18,000 counts per inch (CPI) for more precise onscreen movement and a top tracking speed of 400 inches per second (IPS) and tilt tracking.
For more like this
Subscribe to the CNET Now newsletter for our editors’ picks of the most important stories of the day.
The mouse can be used wired or you can choose between Bluetooth or the Steelseries’