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Gift Guide under $200

1. Kwikset Kevo $199

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Kevo is Kwikset’s Bluetooth enabled Deadbolt. Your smartphone is now your key! No more fumbling for your keys. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse and just touch the lock to open. No smartphone? No problem. Enjoy the same touch to open convenience with the included fob or just opt for the old fashioned way and use a key. You can even send an “EKey” to family or friends that will allow their smartphone to unlock Kevo for a specified time.

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Rob’s Rating: 9/10

 

2. Apple TV (4th Generation) starting at $149

 

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Apple’s newest Apple TV has a new fresh look and feel. You can still use it to stream tons and tons of content and channels but with it’s new and faster technology and hardware, there is an app store with lots of selections, you can also play games (the remote control doubles as a game controller) and also adds in microphones to use Siri for voice commands and search making finding stuff to watch even easier.

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Rob’s Rating: 10/10

 

3. Ring $199

 

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The Ring Video Doorbell is the world’s first battery-operated or hard wired, WiFi enabled, HD video doorbell. The device enables homeowners to see and speak with visitors from anywhere in the world by streaming live audio and video of a home’s front doorstep directly to a free iOS or Android app. Whether someone rings the doorbell or the motion detection picks up activity, everything gets recorded and stored on the cloud for future review to play or download.

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Rob’s Rating: 10/10

 

4. WD My Cloud starting at $149

 

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My Cloud from Western Digital is your own home “Cloud” network. Whther you are looking to use it to share info between multiple devices or just as a back-up/storage device, it does a great job! You can even free up space on your smartphone/tablet but uploading documents/pics/videos instantly to the My Cloud via the app. Available in seveal memory sizes, there is also a US 3.0 slot on the back that allows you to expand memory on the device.

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Rob’s Rating: 10/10

 

 

5. Cobra CDR 855 BT HD Dash Cam $169

 

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Cobra’s Drive HD Dash Cams allow drivers to protect their vehicle, relive their drive and share interesting footage by continuously recording video of the road ahead in 1080P Full HD video. It includes a 2′ LCD screen, ultra-wide 160° viewing angle and embedded G-Sensor to automatically save and protect clips if an impact is detected. If used in conjunction with Cobra’s app, via Bluetooth, it will embed GPS location, time, G-Force and speed information footage, as well as providing alerts for upcoming speed and red light cameras, live police locations and shared radar alerts from the iRadar Community.

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Rob’s Rating: 9/10

 

6. Intel Boxed Compute Stick BOXSTCK1A32WFCL starting at $129

 

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Intel Compute Stick is a new generation of ultra-slim devices that enables you to transform any HDMI display into a fully functional computer. It provides the power, reliability, and graphics needed for a seamless experience as Intel has crammed in a quad-core Atom CPU, 32GB of storage and 2GB of RAM, along with a USB port, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 support and a mini-USB connector for power, Pre-installed 32-bit OS: Windows 10 and micro SD card slot for additional storage

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Rob’s Rating: 7.5/10

 

7. Logitech Harmony Companion $149

 

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The Logitech Harmony Home Control is a unique universal-remote system that makes it possible to control your entire home theater & other electronics using your iPhone or Android phone or tablet, or the included simple remote, via the Harmony Hub. The remote is remarkably light and thin, and operates via RF, rather than IR, so you don’t need line-of-sight to your components. Its battery lasts a year. Harmony’s activity-based buttons offer easy operation for functions like “Watch TV.”

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Rob’s Rating: 10/10

 

8. Amazon Echo $179

 

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Amazon’s Echo is one of the best voice-controlled product at the consumer level. It’s versatile, powerful, and amazingly quick to recognize your speech and then do something, whether that’s answering a trivia question, playing music, giving you the weather forecast, or controlling your home’s lighting. It’s also capable of many other functions such as an alarm clock, kitchen timer, shopping list manager, news, sports scores and streaming music. There is an app that lets you control the Echo when you are not home and you can integrate it with smart devices like WeMo, Wink, Philips Hue and others.

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Rob’s Rating: 9.5/10

 

9. iON Air Pro 2 $199

 

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iON’s Air Pro 2 is a simple to operate action cam that’s waterproof to 30 feet without needing a housing; has very good video quality in full HD 1080p or 720p and can also shoot still pics with a 14MP still image sensor.  2.5 hours battery life and a nice feature set and accessory options for easily adding WiFi, an extra battery, or wireless remote control.

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Rob’s Rating: 9/10

 

10. BloomSky $109

 

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BloomSky is an outdoor weather station with an HD camera. Well it really does more than just tell you the weather. The built in sensors tell you all this info for the location it’s mounted at: temperature, pressure, UV, rain and humidity while at the same time, shooting HD images of the sky above every couple minutes and through the companion app, it creates a daily time lapse video showing you from sunrise to sunset. Also, through the app, you can put in a location you are going to see if there are any BloomSky’s in the area and what the weather is there.

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Rob’s Rating: 8.5/10

 

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