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Three Life-Changing Gadgets

Market Editor Cat Dash shares the tech products she can't live without—and they're all under $200

Sono Play:1. This limited-edition ombre-blue style goes on sale March 5th.
Sono Play:1. This limited-edition ombre-blue style goes on sale March 5th.

As Lonny's market editor, I'm constantly testing out new products. And, while many might get my seal of approval, I wouldn't say that all of them have profoundly changed the way I live. These three have. Like the iPhone and Uber before them, I can't imagine how I functioned before these gadgets were a part of my daily routine. 

1. Sonos Play:1

This speaker, which is controlled with your smartphone, uses any streaming service, and can be wirelessly synced to a network of Sonos speakers throughout your house, has brought music back into my life. (I had previously been relegated to sporadic, poor-quality listening on my laptop or my limited vinyl collection.) It functions as my alarm clock, waking me up with my local NPR station in the morning; it's turned on the minute I walk in the door every night; and has become an indispensable party companion. At $199, the Play:1 style is a perfect introductory buy and can be added to later if you love it as much as I do.

Mophie Juice Pack wireless phone charger and case
Mophie Juice Pack wireless phone charger and case

2. Mophie Juice Pack 

Before I started using Mophie's Juice Pack, a backup battery that doubles as a protective phone case (starting at $80), I was in a constant battle with my power level. I would, on a near daily basis, text my husband to let him know that I was at 3 percent and not to worry if he didn't hear from me for a while. Now, I charge my Juice Pack every night alongside my phone and I've yet to run out of power in a day. No more carrying my phone charger with me everywhere and awkwardly waiting around at whatever restaurant or store I've convinced to let me plug in to get past 10 percent. 

Nespresso Inissia espresso machine
Nespresso Inissia espresso machine

3. Nespresso Inissia

I'd long put off trying a single-serving espresso/coffee machine in my own home. They're great for offices, but why would I need one at home when I already have a french press and a stove-top espresso maker? Plus, what New York City apartment can spare the counter space for another kitchen gadget? Well, the Inissia, Nespresso's compact, $129 machine, has successfully changed my mind and inspired the addition of a lovely espresso ritual into my morning routine. At less than 5 inches wide, it takes up a negligible amount of space, comes in seven colors, and requires very little cleanup. It also gives you chic easy-entertaining ammunition—there's nothing quite like casually offering your guests an espresso after dinner. 

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