3 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed, but Are Worth Buying

Wirecutter, a New York Times company, recommends the Roku Streaming Stick+, if you need help choosing, which costs retails for about $65. It comes with an external Wi-Fi antenna, tons of supported content to stream, a customizable home screen so you can get right to the services you use, and even supports 4K video. Best of all, these streaming sticks are portable enough you can take them with you if you travel, head off on vacation, or even fly somewhere for work, and take your streaming media with you.

Of course, you can also go with something cheaper like the Roku Streaming Stick for $45 or Google’s Chromecast, for $35. The point of course is to finally go with something, and embrace laying down on the couch, binge watching your next new favorite TV show, especially if you haven’t already.

The gadget that finds all your lost gadgets

Back in 2013, a small company started a crowdfunding campaign on its own website. The small company met its crowdfunding goal, racked up more than 200,000 presales and earned a loyal customer base. Today, that company, Tile, makes a well-known Bluetooth tracker that attaches to anything you deem important and keeps track of it via mobile app. Other Bluetooth trackers now also exist because finding your keys, wallet, or anything else you lose is easier than ever.

Wirecutter recommends going with the Tile Sport for its Bluetooth range, alarm sound volume and its handy crowd-finding feature. Basically, if you lose an item that has a Tile attached to it, anyone with the Tile app that passes by it will help ping the location of your lost item to you. That’s right; the person didn’t have to use the app to help you out (and no, they won’t know you lost something).

If you prefer to go with a Bluetooth tracker that has a replaceable battery (but less stellar Bluetooth range and no crowd-finding), Wirecutter recommends the TrackR Pixel. You can replace the battery, rather than the whole product, and it comes with flashing lights as part of its alert system.

So, while you’re reminiscing about your days going to a Blockbuster for movies, or reflecting on losing your keys and having to go through the couch cushions to find them, just know there’s a gadget for that now. They aren’t all perfect, but they do make life a little simpler and give you one less thing to worry about.

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