The Best Tech Under $100 – January 2017!

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Transcript 0:00 – Yo guys, Jonathan here. 0:02 We’re kicking off 2017 with a fresh...

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– Yo guys, Jonathan here.
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We’re kicking off 2017 with a fresh episode
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of the Best Tech Under 100 Bucks,
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and first up is a revisit of sorts,
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the Logitech MX Master.
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Now the MX Master isn’t new by any means
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but I was browsing Amazon, and said “Holy crap,
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“there are two brand new colors; navy and stone.”
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So with there being new colors of course,
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I immediately purchased them,
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and after getting them in and comparing them side-by-side,
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I would definitely say stone is my favorite out of the two,
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simply because you don’t normally see mice this color.
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Now recently Dream Desk 4, that’s what actually
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got me to switch back to the MX Master
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because my initial experience with this mouse,
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right when it came out was really bad;
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the connection issues, the headache kinda outweighed
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the usefulness of it.
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But this time around those problems were gone
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and it’s been nothing but a really pleasant experience.
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And what I love specifically about this mouse
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is the side-to-side actions so in Final Cut Pro,
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for example, be able to navigate through the timeline
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left-to-right and right-to-left is immensely helpful.
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You combine that with the fact that it’s super-customizable,
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really comfortable, and that is why it is currently
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my favorite mouse out there right now.
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And the fact that there are two new colors
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makes it even better.
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Now recently I got an awesome opportunity
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to actually shoot some commercials for Philips
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and thanks to that, they were awesome enough
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to sponsor this video and with that, next up
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is the Philips Hue Go.
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What these are essentially are portable Philips Hue
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that you can place pretty much anywhere you want.
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If you haven’t noticed yet, that is actually
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what is giving me that splash of color back here
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and what’s especially nice about these
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is the fact that they’re battery powered
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and rechargeable, which means you’re not tied to an outlet.
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So you can move them, you can take them outside,
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you really have a lot of flexibility.
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Just like any of the Philips Hue stuff,
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you have instant control over this through the color,
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through the brightness, if I wanna dim it,
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brighten it back up, or maybe change the color
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I am doing that on the fly, little bit of red, pink,
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maybe a little bit of orange and I think we’re gonna
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go back to blue.
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What’s also kinda cool is these work standalone as well
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so if I have Ralphy grab one of the Hue Gos,
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he can actually navigate and change the colors
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by clicking through them.
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That’s gonna shuffle through some pre-selected scenes,
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brightness and colors.
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You do, of course, get the most control through the app
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but if you’re outside, or if you don’t have
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your phone near you, this is a cool way to switch
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it up and mix things up.
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So if you’ve recently got into the Philips Hue game,
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you know it’s extremely addicting
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and these are no different.
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The portability, the flexibility is awesome.
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And I apologize in advance to your wallet
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because these are the next things you’re gonna wanna buy.
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And next I’m gonna change things up a bit.
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Normally when you watch a Best Tech Under 100,
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Under 50 Bucks, you only see the tech that makes
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the cut but what actually happens is I’ll go down
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these deep Amazon rabbit holes and order 10,
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15, 20 pieces of tech under that certain price point
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and actually test them out to see which ones are worthy.
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Recently you guys have seen the circle LED lamp
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in a ton of my videos.
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I even went as far as putting it
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in the Tech Under 50 Hall of Fame.
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So when I saw they had a standing tall lamp version
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of this, I was super excited.
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Now as much as I love this guy behind me,
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it was kind of the opposite experience
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with the standing version because for 90 bucks
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the build quality is kind of bad.
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I really, really wanted to like this thing
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but I just cannot justify it for the price
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so if you’re looking for a circle LED light,
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stick to the original right there.
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Now jumping back to the tech that actually made the cut,
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next up is the Google Chromecast Ultra.
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And I’m sure by now everyone knows what a Chromecast is.
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This does everything that did but that Ultra
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gets you 4K and HDR.
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Now, obviously, if you don’t have a 4K TV
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do not buy this because it’s not gonna magically
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make your 720p TV output 4K.
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If you do have one, however, this is a really great,
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relatively inexpensive option to enjoy 4K content.
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Now, yes I know, most 4K TVs out there
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do have some sort of smart capabilities
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but the convenience with this is the fact
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that you have control with your phone,
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whether you’re watching YouTube, Netflix,
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Hulu, there is a ton of apps that support this now.
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So with that, if you’re looking to step up your pixel game,
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the Google Chromecast Ultra is a fantastic choice.
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Now recently in the latest episode
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of the Best Tech Under 50, I showcased
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the TP Link Smart Outlet which worked really well
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with the Amazon Echo and I got a ton of questions
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asking “Does it work with Apple HomeKit?”
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The short answer is no, it doesn’t.
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So with that I thought I would showcase one that does,
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this is the iHome Smartplug.
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So even though this is the Best Tech Under 100 Bucks,
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this is actually around 50 and personally I bought mine
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at Best Buy but if you pick yours up on Amazon,
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it actually comes with a free wireless remote
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that you can use in addition to your voice
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and to your phone.
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Not sure exactly how useful that is to most people out there
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but something free is something free.
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And again, really the main purpose with this
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is to have control over something plugged
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into your outlet that you control with your phone,
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or in this case with your voice through Siri.
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Hey Siri.
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(Siri bleeps)
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Turn the living room off.
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(Siri bleeps)
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– OK, they are off.
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– The set up was simple, it was quick,
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and more importantly, this is an extremely versatile
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smart plug because on top of working with Apple HomeKit,
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it also works with Amazon Alexa and Samsung SmartThings.
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Last up is the HooToo Shuttle which is a USB Type-C hub
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that works really well with the new MacBook Pros
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and is personally what I am using.
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This specific one here is space grey but it also
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comes in silver and rose gold so, in addition
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to the 15 inch MacBook Pros that just came out,
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it also works really well with the 12 inch models.
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In addition to three USB-A ports, you’re also getting
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an HDMI, an SD card slot, and on top of that there’s also
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a USB-C port that supports charging.
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Really, for me though, I only truly use this
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for an SD card reader because luckily, for the most part,
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all my peripherals I’ve been able to find USB-C cables.
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But just in case I’m ever in a pinch,
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having those extra ports and even HDMI
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is a super nice touch.
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I’ve had it pretty much ever since the new MacBook Pros
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came out so so far it’s been reliable, it hasn’t gone out.
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And overall if you’re looking for a well-built,
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good looking USB-C hub that’s gonna give you SD card slot,
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USB-A, and HDMI, you can not go wrong
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with the HooToo Shuttle.
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Aside from that hopefully you’ve enjoyed the video.
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If you did and you are feeling like being awesome,
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make sure to smash that like button.
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Links to everything I talked about are down below.
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And yes, my eye is still a little jacked up,
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if you have no idea why you can check out
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that video here or down below.
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This is Jonathan and I will catch you guys later.

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