Whether you’re looking for the highest rated and most useful tech products or simply looking for a great gift idea, we’ve researched some of the best selling and most popular tech gadgets that are on everyone’s list in 2017.
To cut through some of the confusion, we’ve curated our ‘best of the best’ list. Everything is lightweight, useful, easy to use, and won’t break the bank.
From an insanely loud low tech personal safety device inspired by the US military to the ingenious re-design of a traditional keychain, these inventions are sure to make your life easier, safer, and they’ll enhance your ability to keep pace in today’s tech-driven world.
If you’re someone who likes the best of everything, here’s the ultimate stocking stuffer shopping list…Here are 12 of the coolest and most useful products under $60 of 2017.
1. TrackR Bravo
What We Love: Simple elegant design, large ‘Crowd GPS’ network exponentially increases your chance of finding your lost items, attaches to anything – even pets and luggage, an inexpensive way to keep track of important things. Buy 3 Get 2 plus Free Shipping.
Perfect For: Anyone that loses things or needs to keep track of important items including pets, luggage, remote controls, and anything else you can imagine.
Have you ever gone shopping and forgot where you parked your car? Or misplaced your keys when you were in a hurry to leave the house? It’s happened to all of us but thanks to this tiny device those worries are a thing of the past. TrackR is a tiny coin-sized device that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. Attach TrackR to anything important you want to keep tabs on and never worry about losing them again. Each device comes with a keyring and two-sided tape so you can attach it to nearly anything. Keys, computers, pets, remote controls, or luggage. Simply download the free TrackR app and connect the device to your phone. That’s it! If your items come up missing all you need to do is open the TrackR app on your phone to locate them.
TrackR also works both ways. Can’t find your phone but have your TrackR handy? Press the button on your TrackR device and it will ring your phone, even if it’s on silent. Another cool feature is their ‘Crowd GPS’ technology with a network of around 20,000 other TrackR users. If you ever lose an item and another user walks by it, you’ll get an alert where the item was last seen so you can track your stuff down. How awesome is that!
2. Nano Banshee
What We Love: Small, simple, discreet, LOUD, anyone can use it, take it anywhere including planes and airports, Buy 2 Get 1 Free (most popular) or Buy 5 Get 3 Free (best value)
Perfect For: Kids, college students, seniors, Moms, anyone who works the late shift or rides public transportation, and more.
If you’re ever in a situation where your personal safety is threatened one of the best things to do is draw attention to yourself, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by being loud, very loud. Unfortunately, if you’re ever caught in a situation like that your voice may be not loud enough to get anyone’s attention. That’s why the creators of Nano Banshee set out to design a safety device that was smaller, more appealing, and louder than anything on the market.
The Nano Banshee is a small round personal safety siren inspired by the military’s most powerful crowd control device called an LRAD (long-range acoustic device). These crowd control devices were designed to control large groups of unruly people without causing permanent damage to them. When activated the Nano Banshee is louder than a car horn, an ambulance siren, and a jet! It’s loud enough to scare off an attacker and alert people that you need help.
Its round design amplifies the 130-decibel alarm and the key ring attaches to nearly anything making it easy to integrate into your life. It also includes a powerful LED light designed to draw even more attention to you, especially in the dark. The large on/off button is prominently located on the front of the device so if you ever need to use it you won’t waste precious time looking for the button. Unlike pepper spray, you can take Nano Banshee anywhere including airports and planes so no matter where you are you’ll never feel threatened. Personal safety is on everybody’s mind and this year alone they’ve sold over 200,000 units. If you have a college student, grandparents, moms, or kids in your family then the Nano Banshee may be a great safety addition to their lives.
What We Love: Compact, sleek, lightweight, quiet, easy to use, keys are easily changeable, built with lightweight and durable aircraft aluminum, add-ons available like a bottle opener, USB drive, and nano light, Buy 2 Get 1 50% Off.
Perfect For: Anyone who carries too many keys (and who doesn’t?)
Finally, someone re-invented the key ring. You may be thinking ‘How in the world could anyone re-invent the already super-simple key ring?’ Since we’ve never given a second thought to a key ring either we were intrigued too so we decided to investigate. What we discovered was more ingenious than we ever imagined. The inventors of KeySmart were tired of bulky, noisy, and unorganized key chains, so they set out to design a lightweight, compact (and quiet) alternative. Taking design cues from the world famous Swiss Army knife they incorporated a hinge & pivot design that allows your keys to fold in on themselves and lock in place when you’re not using them and they’re quiet. Who would’ve thought something so simple could be so useful?
KeySmart is lightweight, sleek, fits nice and flat in your pocket, and leaves no bruises or lumps. And with over 2 million sold in 173 countries, this is one of the most popular products to take off in 2017.
What We Love: No complicated instructions or set up – just plug it in and forget about it, the app is very easy to read – everything is in plain English and not ‘mechanic talk’, works on any car made after 1996, Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off.
Perfect For: Anyone who drives a car, truck, or fleet vehicle produced after 1996.
If you’ve ever been stuck on the side of the road, the thought ‘How much is this going to cost me?’ And since most of us aren’t car savvy we often leave the mechanic wondering if we overpaid for repairs. Just like people, cars get sick too, and the only way they can tell us what’s wrong is through the ‘check engine’ light. The inventors of FIXD were tired of feeling like easy prey so they went to work creating a simple solution to help regular car owners know what’s wrong with their car before they reach the repair shop.
FIXD is a small device that plugs into the OBD (on-board diagnostic) port of every car made after 1996. It connects to your phone through an easy to read app via Bluetooth. When there’s a problem it sends a diagnostic report directly to your phone telling you exactly what’s wrong and how much it should cost to fix. Now you can go to your mechanic armed with the correct information and never worry about overpaying for repairs. Just plug it in, download the app, sync the device to your phone and you’re done. It’s like having a certified mechanic ride with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With FIXD you can relax knowing exactly what’s wrong with your car and how much it should cost to fix before you talk to a mechanic.
What We Love: Easy to set up, works with any phone, completely hands-free, nothing to download, and makes navigating while driving safer, Buy 3 Get 2 Free
Perfect For: New drivers, truck/fleet drivers, seniors, busy moms, travelers, anyone on-the-go.
40% of all car crashes are a result of a ‘technological distraction’ i.e texting and driving, talking while driving, or using navigation. While it’s no secret that texting, talking, and using navigation while driving is dangerous, it doesn’t change drivers behaviors behind the wheel. So across the country cities and states are cracking down with increasingly strict distracted driving laws and punishments. Yet millions of people from moms to fleet drivers still use their phones GPS or map for navigation, so this problem could potentially affect millions. If your car doesn’t have a built-in navigation system, you may think your only option is holding your phone and glancing at it from time to time to make sure you’re not lost. But nothing could be further from the truth.
This ingenious new invention called Huddy uses the same technology planes use to fly, and the technology all the high-end car makers now employ to display navigation, direction, and speed on the windshield in front of the driver. Huddy attaches to your smartphone to create a heads-up display (HUD) that you place on the dashboard right in front of you. It delivers a cutting-edge, head-up display to view navigation, speed, direction, traffic, and more completely hands-free and directly in your line of sight so you can focus on the road. It fits every phone and works in every car, rain or shine, day or night. The big bonus with Huddy is you don’t need to shell out $100K for a new ride!
6. Peeps by CarbonKlean
What We Love: Utilizes nanotechnology, retractable brush, scratch resistant, microfiber pads, all natural formula, compact, fingers never touch the lens, portable, rechargeable up to 500 times, not affected by heat, cold, or humidity made after 1996, Buy 3 Get 2 Free + Free Shipping
Perfect For: Anyone that wears eyeglasses.
It’s estimated that over 60% of Americans wear eyeglasses. That means 6 out 10 people reading this are looking through lenses with streaks and/or smudges on them because let’s face it – we never really get our lenses clean. Dust, fingerprints, and body oil build up fast on your lenses and traditional lens wipes can be messy and often leave streaks. All we really do is move the smudges and fingerprints around making them less noticeable, but now there’s a better way to clean your lenses.
Used by the US military and NASA and recommended by over 12,000 optometrists, Peeps uses nanotechnology to keep your lenses spotless. Peeps utilizes a patented all natural molecular formula that safely removes abrasive particles and fingerprints from your lenses. If you wear eyeglasses, work in front of a computer, or perform any other job where dirty lenses hamper your eyesight then Peeps could be exactly what you’re looking for.
What We Love: Built-in features include a web browser, Open Office, email, DVD player, music player, file manager, photo viewer, and printer, monitor and Wi-Fi setup. Easy to set up and easy to use, restores old PC’s like new, works even with a corrupted or missing hard drive, No knowledge of computers required.
Perfect For: Anyone with an old PC, People who don’t want to spend money on a new computer but need a faster operating system.
Nearly every computer owner has had a computer crash, freeze, and slow to a snail’s pace. It happens to everyone and until now the only option we had was to replace your computer or take it to a computer repair shop and hope they can restore it like new. However, unless they replace the old slow and sluggish operating system it will eventually become slow and sluggish again. So what’s the answer? Well, if you have a computer that runs at a snail’s pace yet don’t want to buy a new computer, then Xtra-PC could be the answer to all of your web-surfing troubles.
The people at Xtra-PC created a pretty neat (and super simple) solution – they put a secure operating system on a portable USB stick. Essentially how it works is it bypasses the original system that’s causing the problem, like a plumber routing new lines around a clog. Brilliant!
It plugs into any open USB port and it works on any Windows PC made after 2004, and since it runs on a USB stick so your existing computer isn’t altered. It even works on computers with missing or corrupted hard drives so you’ll always have access to your old files.
What We Love: Extremely bright, compact, lightweight, made of aircraft grade aluminum, lamp life of 100,000 hours, adds another layer of security to your personal safety.
Perfect For: Women, college students, anyone who works late, construction workers, mechanics, anyone that owns a cheap unreliable flashlight.
It’s a simple yet effective tool that everyone should carry on a daily basis. Why? Because traditional plastic flashlights from the hardware store are cheaply made and unreliable and because the X-700 is one of the brightest, most durable, and reliable flashlights to hit the marktet. How many times have you needed a flashlight only to realize it’s dead or flickers on and off when it wants to? If you’ve ever resorted to shaking or hitting a flashlight just to get it to work then the X-700 may be the answer.
The X-700 is made of military grade aircraft grade aluminum so it’s lightweight and durable, and it uses just 3 AAA batteries. It’s only 5.1 inches in length and has an adjustable focus beam with a zoom factor of 2000x. Even when it’s extended it’s still only 6.18 inches long. It’s simple compact design is easy to carry every day and it comes with 5 pre-set modes – low, medium, high, strobe, and S.O.S for use in any situation.
No matter if you’re coming home late from work and need some light to find the door lock, or you’re a student walking across campus after class, the X-700 is a great addition to help stay safe at night. And with a lamp life of 100,000 hours, it will be a long time before you’re ever caught in the dark.
What We Love: Utilizes nanotechnology, scratch resistant, works on any device including smartphones, laptops, and tablets, easy to apply – no mess, makes your phone nearly indestructible, Buy 3 Get 2 Free + Free Shipping
Perfect For: Everybody who’s ever dropped their phone.
We’ve all dropped our phones and cringed when we heard it hit the ground. If you’ve ever dropped your phone you may know exactly the feeling I’m talking about. Breaking your phone can be a real bummer and as you know smartphones aren’t cheap to replace or cheap to fix. Until now your only options to protect your phone were bulky cases that were heavy and hard to carry or sticky film that left bubbles on the screen, so what’s the solution? Wow Fix It.
WowFixIt hit the market and sales shot through the roof. Why? Nanotechnology. You see there are microscopic crevices, gaps, and imperfections in the glass on your smartphone that can’t be seen with the naked eye. These imperfections make the glass weak and vulnerable to breakage which is why even the lightest drop can crack the entire screen. Wow Fix It fills in the gaps with transparent nanoparticles and compensates for the imperfections in the glass making your screen flawlessly smooth and nearly indestructible with no annoying bubbles. It’s so tough it can even withstand repeated blows from a hammer!
Since the average cost to repair a cracked screen is $169, Wow Fix It one of the most effective and inexpensive products on the market to protect your phone from damage and another reason why it’s so popular in 2017. With Wow Fix It you never have to worry about a cracked screen again.
What We Love: No knowledge of computers required, no passwords, saves time and storage space, Super fast, 8G, 64G, and 128G sticks available.
Perfect For: Cleaning up storage space on your computer, people with lots of old photos they want to save.
It’s estimated that over 1.2 trillion photos will be taken with camera phones alone this year, how crazy is that!? While it’s become really easy to take photos and videos, the process of storing and transferring them has remained stuck in the time of dial-up modems. And if you’re not computer savvy simply uploading your photos can be like learning to speak another language. Traditional USB sticks don’t contain enough storage and often require software be downloaded on your computer to work; cloud storage is better but if you forget your password then forget about accessing your photos and videos.
The Photo Stick changes all that by eliminating the need for paswords or softwares. Simply plug it into an open USB port on any computer and click go. It searches all of your files for images and videos for you and checks for duplicates to automatically eliminate them and downloads everything in one convenient place you can take with you on the go. It saves both time and valuable storage space on your computer. Forgot where you saved an image? Don’t worry because ThePhotoStick will find it.
Helpful Tip: It doesn’t always have to be ties and thoughtless cards for the holidays – all of the products we reviewed make great Christmas stocking stuffers for all the amazing tech-savvy people in your life!
11. The Geko Whistle
What We Love: Small, multi-functional, GPS enabled, combines hi-tech GPS with low-tech old-school emergency whistle simplicity, Early Bird Savings Deal Of 30%
Perfect For: Anyone.
2017 has seen some of the worst hurricanes on record in addition to earthquakes, floods, and wildfires that have devastated many other parts of the world. In any emergency communication is critical so it’s important to think about how you’d contact loved ones or be located if you’re ever in need of help. Experts agree that being found by first responders in a timely manner increases your chances of survival exponentially.
Next on our list is a unique personal safety device called Gecko WhistleThis is the world’s first emergency smart whistle that helps rescuers find people caught in a natural disaster. The Geko Whistle takes the traditional safety whistle and combines it with the latest GPS technology in one device perfect for any emergency situation. It runs on Bluetooth, it’s supported by iOS and Android devices, and you can set customized alerts to a select group of contacts that can send help directly to your location. However it’s not only for natural disasters, it’s also a great addition to anyone’s life because emergencies can arise at a moments notice for anyone.
There you have it! Our list of the 12 best products of 2017 under $60. If you want to learn more about any of the products listed simply click on the big red button below any of them. There you can visit the official websites to decide which product would best suit you or your loved ones. Whether you’re shopping for kids, college students, Grandparents, Moms or Dads, we’re sure you’ll find something that can make your life easier.