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Save money with these budget-friendly tech alternatives

Save money with these budget-friendly tech alternatives
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Technology always comes at a price, but the question is whether that price is going to be high or low. It’s easy to fall in love with the latest high-end gadgets, but sometimes our budgets demand a more prudent purchase. Let’s explore both ends of the scale when it comes to robot vacuum cleaners, tablets, and headphones. Yes, there are perks to buying high, but sometimes the budget alternative will fit your needs just fine, and leave some cash in your wallet at the same time.

Robot vacuum cleaner

High-end: iRobot Roomba 980

The iRobot line of Roomba vacuum cleaners have defined the space since they first hit the market in 2002. Almost every robot vacuum cleaner since has borrowed some design cues from the distinctive round, motorized cleaner. The current top-of-the-line Roomba is the 980, which sports 120 minutes of runtime, Wi-Fi, advanced navigational capabilities, powerful carpet-cleaning features, virtual wall barriers, and an app that allows you to manage your vacuuming. It comes in at a hefty $900 price tag.

Budget option: Eufy RoboVac 11

The brand Eufy might not sound familiar, but that’s because it’s a relatively recent sister brand to Anker, a company known for its many battery, charger, and cable products. Eufy’s RoboVac 11 bears a passing resemblance to a Roomba, sharing the same circular shape. At just $220, it comes in way under even the cheapest Roomba (the $375 Roomba 650). The Eufy tops out with 90 minutes of runtime and includes a remote control, but doesn’t have an app or virtual wall barriers to keep it confined to certain rooms. Eufy also said that RoboVac 11 is not suitable for high-pile carpets or very dark-colored floors.

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