10 Gadgets You Didn’t Think You Could Afford

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When it comes to technology, where there’s a will, there’s a way. Although some particular high-end gadgets may  seem beyond your financial reach, they're often more attainable than you think.

There are plenty of ways to get the tech you're after from eBay sellers: Stock-clearance deals, used items, competitively priced alternatives and refurbished technology – which often comes with a 12-month warranty and a saving of up to 50% compared to buying new – are but a few. 

And if you purchase your items from these 10 tech categories, you can totally punch above your financial weight. And that's worth showing off about!

1. 4K Television



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The newest generation of TV tech is the 4K television, also known as Ultra HD. These cutting-edge goggleboxes have four times as many pixels as traditional HD televisions – meaning a whopping 3,840 x 2,160 display. As you'd expect, that means jaw-dropping levels of detail.

Broadcasters in the UK are starting to throw their weight behind 4K: Netflix offers hit shows such as House of Cards in 4K, while Sky Q subscribers can see Premier League football at the highest resolution. And unlike the earliest HD tellies, 4K sets are nowhere near as expensive as you might think: The eBay deals section is packed with offers from top manufacturers such as LG, Samsung, Sony, Vizio and more and in reality, you can grab a 40-inch 4K TV for relatively little. Tempted?

2. Virtual Reality Headset



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The world of technology is currently rife with talk of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but virtual reality headsets such as those are still strictly for eager 'early adopters': They're expensive to buy and require high-powered Windows PCs to run.

There are, however, plenty of more accessible options for you to get involved in the VR revolution. If you own a relatively new Samsung phone, then you can pick up a Gear VR Headset (also made by Oculus) inexpensively. Simply plug in your handset and off you whoosh.

Alternatively, any smartphone owner can pick up a Google Cardboard headset. Prices start at just a couple of quid, and once you've downloaded the Cardboard app and slid your phone inside, virtual reality is yours to explore. 

3. Digital SLR Camera



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Tired of relying on your iPhone or Android device's camera to capture major occasions? A compact camera isn’t that much of a step up these days, so to truly take things to the next level, you need a digital SLR camera.  

Despite what you may have heard, you needn't spend north of a grand on a digital SLR. Entry-level cameras, like the Nikon D3300 or the Canon EOS Rebel range, allow you to upgrade your photography without paying for hyper-advanced features that only a professional would ever use. Alternatively, it's always worth checking out all the  refurbished camera options currently on offer. As a bonus, you'll get the peace-of-mind that comes with a 12-month warranty.     

4. 3D Printer



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Whether you want to create shower heads, action figures, bottle openers, jewellery, wine racks, soap dishes or anything else your imagination can conjure up, you'll find a 3D printer fun, useful and incredibly rewarding to use. After all, what other piece of technology allows you to materialise objects out of thin air? 

You can find a whole host of entry-level 3D printers on eBay – the well-reviewed Monoprice select mini 3D printer, for example, . You’ll be formulating new doorknobs in no time.

5. Apple Watch



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The Apple Watch was launched with a price tag that put it out of the reach of many iPhone users. But with the Apple Watch 2 on the horizon, there are some great deals to be had on the original model. Committed Apple fans will be looking to get rid of their first-generation timepieces to make way for an upgrade, while professional sellers will want to clear out as much inventory as they can before the second-gen models arrive. 

Right now, the entry-level model – the Apple Watch Sport – can be picked up great prices. And it's one of the cleverest smartwatches on the planet. 

6. Home Cinema Sound System



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If you're looking to recreate the thrilling rumble of cinema-quality sound in your living room, you'll probably find that your TV's in-built speakers aren't quite up to the task – even if you own a cutting-edge 4K television. But don't despair: A room-filling, sofa-quaking home cinema sound system can be yours without having to fork out audiophile prices. 

There are plenty of budget-friendly options for surround-sound sets comprising woofers, subwoofers and centre speakers. You'll need a home cinema amplifier to get these speakers up and running, but if that all seems like too much faff, you can easily and inexpensively improve your TV's audio capabilities with a soundbar that will sit right underneath your set. Just make sure it doesn’t block your telly's remote-control receiver!

7. HD Projector



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A 55-inch telly? Pah! Why settle when for that you can transform an entire wall into your personal cinema screen? 'Um, because money doesn't grow on trees?' we hear you cry. Well, while a 4K Ultra HD projector may be off-limits right now – you're looking at the business end of thousands of pounds for one of those bad boys – several excellent 1080p HD projectors are within reach. 

For the best picture quality, opt for a full-sized projector rather than a compact/mini model, and you're always on solid ground with well-known brands such as Epson projectors, Pioneer projectors, BenQ projectors and ViewSonic projectors. And remember, you can always save yourself a few bob (and get yourself a reassuring 12-month warranty) by looking at the full range in eBay's  refurbished technology section. 

8. Noise-Cancelling Headphones



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There are few more satisfying feelings in life than flipping the switch on a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, instantly drowning out annoying work colleagues, crying babies, jet engines or that livid businessman yelling into his phone two tables over. 

While noise-cancelling headphones – such as Bose's QuietComfort range – can veer towards the pricey end, there are some affordable alternatives: The excellent Sony MDR-ZX770BN headphones, for example.

9. High-End Coffee Machine



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Barista-style coffee machines designed for home use have been available for a while now. So why do so many of us still settle for an old-school coffee pot, a cheap French press or a drip-dripping filter machine? Perhaps it’s because we've been led to believe that if we invest in a 'proper' coffee machine, we'll have no money left to buy any beans or pods for it. Well, that’s simply not the case. 

The Lavazza AEG Fantasia pod machine, for example, has 36 settings for espresso and lungo drinks ('lungo' being Italian for long). It will have paid for itself within weeks of no longer having to duck into a coffee shop every day for your cup of morning java.

10. High-End Grill Barbecue



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OK, it stays covered for 350 days of the year, but a quality charcoal barbecue grill is still a must-have come the blink-and-you'll-miss-it British summertime. And you needn't splurge hundreds: The Lotus Grill is a fantastic tabletop option featuring a battery-powered fan that allows your charcoal to burn hotter and faster. You can even use it indoors, as its clever outer shell never becomes scalding hot. 

Got friends over? And they've brought sausages? For more expansive grilling sessions, a Weber Kettle Grill barbecue takes some beating. Apron on, tongs in hand: Step to it, grillmeister!

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