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Cheap stuff that doesn’t suck

Tool kits floating diagonally over a purple background.
Art by William Joel / The Verge

Okay, let’s face it — there’s a thrill when you go into a store and try out, or even buy, an $1,800 Samsung Z-Fold 5 or a $999 iPhone 14 Pro. But sometimes, you can feel a real sense of accomplishment when you find that you own something that costs under $50 and turns out to be something you really, really enjoy using.

We asked the staff of The Verge to come up with their favorite inexpensive items, and we got some really interesting answers, ranging from electric screwdrivers and wired earbuds to stick vacuum cleaners and snazzy watch bands.

So here’s some of the neat stuff that we own, use, and like.

Panasonic ErgoFit Wired Earbuds

Jay Peters, news editor

If you just need a pair of affordable headphones that you won’t sweat losing or…

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