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With Black Friday upon us, many would have spent the early hours of the cold, dark morning lined up in queues around the country in order to bag the best deal.
But if (as many of us are in the run-up to Christmas) you're on a budget, here's the very best tech you can buy without breaking the bank in the process.
Here are 16 gadgets, gizmos, and other tech you can buy from the comfort of your own home (online!) — from stocking stuffers to practical items.
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Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider
The next best thing in tech is on the verge of hitting mainstream. This time next year, drones could be about as popular as the iPhone. At very least, they have the potential.
This entry-level drone, the Parrot MiniDrone, costs less than $100, and hooks up with your existing smartphone or tablet. It's smart, it's stable, and it's easy to use. It's camera grabs pictures at 640x480 pixels from over 30 feet — making a near-endless array of aerial shots possible.
For its price comes a cost, though, in that the batteries run for about 5-8 minutes per 90 minute charge. But for hobbyists and amateur drone pilots, it's a great start (and won't break the bank).
Price: about $99.95
CNET Review: Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider
Small, compact, waterproof. What more do you need in a compact camera? The GoPro Hero won't break the bank, and it won't bog you down in unnecessary features.
For those who need the amateur point-and-click experience while venturing into adventure, the Hero will be your best by-your-side companion. It's light — including with its waterproof and mountable housing, packs a microSD slot and mini-USB connection, and that's... it. What else do you need?
With video options of 1080p at 30 frames per second (fps), and 720p at 60fps, it can also take 5-megapixel still photos. It may not sing or dance for your buck, but for what you spend it does the job well.
Price: about $129.99
CNET Review: GoPro Hero