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6 Pro-Grade Gadgets That Are Cheaper Than Retail

Online shopping is not for everyone, but those who ‘get' it can save a lot of money by buying their things from various online retailers, some of which charge for the same things less than others do.

AliExpress tends to be on the cheaper side, but for many people a deterrent has been that you have to wait for a long time to receive their products. And while it can’t compare to Amazon Prime, the packages shipped with E-Packet usually arrive within 10 to 14 days, which I consider a reasonable time frame. In this post we will see 12 things that you can get from AliExpress, some of which come with free and pretty fast E-Packet shipping. Unfortunately, I can't guarantee that all of them will have it – they did at the time when the article was written, but it appears that sellers often adjust the shipping options, which I have no control over.

There are 35 countries that can take advantage of this service: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France (mainland postal codes starting with 01-95), Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain (not available for all cities), Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand (currently in a trial run), Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom (including Isle Of Man), United States (including APO/FPO adresses).

Complete and updated list of countries can be seen on epacketexpress.com.

 

***NOTE: Some sellers change shipping methods in their listings. If a method other than e-Packet is offered, you can pick it from the shipping option drop-down menu. In those cases it may cost a few dollars extra.***

 

6 Electronic Gadgets from AliExpress: MUCH CHEAPER than retail

ZHIYUN SmoothQ CAMERA STABILIZER

Everyone nowadays (possibly including myself) wants to be a video blogger. If you are familiar with Gimbal stabilizers, you know how expensive they are. Granted that this Zhiyun stabilizer can’t be called cheap per se, it is definitely less than half the price of the Gimbal.

A 3-axis – an important distinction as this makes the footage more smooth and natural – stabilizer will make the footage a lot more smooth. It will even out turns and reduce bumps, so you can better film your swollen face with your shaky arms after a night of heavy drinking.

SUPERLUX HD681 HEADPHONES

Superlux HD681 headphones are one of the highest-quality headphones in this price range on AliExpress. These are semi open-back over-ear headphones. They can play sounds as sensitive as 10 dB, and frequencies as low as 10 hz.

Superlux is basically the Grado of the cheap cans, they’re not mainstream but for the people, who value the quality of the sound and are poor, I can’t think of a better option than these. And if you want them even faster, you can get them on Amazon – just to mention they are marked as Amazon’s Choice for the impressive price-quality ratio, just as indicated in the raving reviews left on both sites.

MECHANICAL KEYBOARD

Mechanical keyboards aren’t something that everyone will love/understand the point of, but I have a feeling that some of you nerds might enjoy it.

I have been using one since this summer, and, man, do I love it! The sound it makes alone is worth it, and the feeling of the precision sends shivers down my spine each time I use it.

Definitely not overselling it here, ask any IT guy or research this online: they're (the keyboards, not the IT guys) truly amazing. Mechanical keys better handle several keys pressed at once, you can replace the broken keys individually, and they also last much longer. Mechanical keyboards tend to wear much slower, and it is significantly more difficult for the keys to get stuck.

3200DPI GAMING MOUSE

An expensive gaming mouse can run as high as $200. But unless you are a hardcore or a pro gamer, or if your parents don’t own a factory that generates the amount of wealth equivalent to the GDP of a South-American country, it probably doesn’t make a lot of sense to blow that much on a mouse. Instead I present to you a gaming mouse with a 3200DPI precision and 6 programmable buttons.

WIRELESS KEYBOARD

When I have my laptop hooked up to the TV I had to occasionally stand up and press play because Netflix sometimes randomly stops when I binge-watch episodes of Archer. But thanks to this device I can keep laying in the bed without moving.

This thing comes with a USB bluetooth receiver, that has a working range of approximately 8 meters, or around 25 feet. It requires 2 AAA batteries, which will make touchpad signal notchy at the end of their lifespan. I’ve had mine for over a year now, which, in case you are wondering, works just as new.

TDS WATER TESTER

A TDS, which stands for Total Dissolved Solids, water tester is a device that is used to determine the quality of water and to see if it needs further purification. It can test for three kinds of impurities, and I’m just reading it off the items description here, soluble salts – like calcium and magnesium, heavy metal ions like chromium, zinc and lead, and ionic organic compounds. If this stuff sounds like something you don’t want in your drinking water, get one of these things.

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Starry Sky Projector, DIY Neon Signs + 10 New Gadgets: November 2020

What is the use of something if it does not make our life easier, cooler, or best of all, better and cooler?

This is the sort of question you need to be asking yourself when you check out these products. It is not a question of if you are going to throw these into a virtual shopping cart and ship them off to yourself and your family, only a question of “when?”

STARRY SKY PROJECTOR

Price: $35.85

If you have ever found yourself unable to sleep and staring at a blank wall for hours on end, the Laser Galaxy Starry Sky Projector is for you. If you have desperately tried to set the mood for a romantic dinner at your place, but just needed something a little more “light show” to top it off, the Laser Galaxy Starry Sky Projector is also for you.

Fully remote controlled, this projector is capable of creating a starry sky, a festival, disco lights, lighting for a home party, and more in whatever room it goes into!

QCR Q1 BLUETOOTH EARPHONES + PLAYER

Price: $31.99

You probably have 2 pockets at most times, right? So why do people expect you to constantly have 10 pockets on us, all the time? You’re not always rocking the cargo socks and flip flops, sometimes it is just khakis and shoes.

Make the most of your 2 measly pockets with the QCR Q1, which TRIPLES as a power bank for other devices, a wireless headphone holder (and charger), and an MP3 player.

Rough specs:

  • Bluetooth: V5.0
  • Charging Box battery: (Q1s/Q1 3500mAh, Q1Pro 6000mAh)
  • Earphones battery: 50mAh*2
  • Play Time :4-5hours
    Charger time: 1-2hours
  • Flashlight: 9hours
    Transmission distance: 15-20M
  • Waterproof level: IPX7
  • Current and voltage: 5V-1.0A

DIY ‘NEON' SIGN KIT

Price: $13.17+

Turn every room into a rave room with these LED strips. Fully customizable and coming with 120 LEDs, the RGF Neon light ribbon is industrial-grade in terms of both quality and FUN. It comes with a remote to change the colors and brightness of the strip and is perfect for making Tik-Toks.

The length of the single strip varies from 1 to 100 meters.

BlitzWolf AIRAUX HEADPHONES

Price: $21.99

What else can you add to your dual-monitor setup with a light-up keyboard? Light-up headphones, of course.

Smooth and slick with a high-powered (300 mAh, which is considerable for headphones), 3D stereo sound, the BlitzWolf AIRAUX Bluetooth headphones are wireless and double as the perfect gaming headphones. The come with Bluetooth 5.0 – more range and stability, and of course, LEDs: they are gaming headphones, after all.

No need to bother taking off your headphones when you hop up for a bathroom break mid-game. Have a call coming in? Don’t worry about it, simply pick up on your headset without taking your eyes off-screen.

XIAOMI MIJIA FOAMING DISPENSER

Price: $16.91

I’m sorry, do you still live in 1905? If you look out the window, do you see a horse-drawn carriage being drawn down the road and a small boy hawking newspapers on the street corner, or do you see an electric car driving itself and a group of teenagers with their nose stuck in their phones?

So if you do not still live in 1905, why does your pump soap dispenser make it seem like you do? With this auto-dispensing foaming hand-washer, leave the hands out of the equation.

FLOVEME TABLET/SMARTPHONE STAND

Price: $4.99

Are you tired of your phone falling over every time you try to prop it up against something? All you want to do is watch some Netflix or a cooking video, and your phone takes it as a personal offense and tries to commit suicide over the nearest counter edge.

Lock your phone or tablet on the spot and guarantee no more unwanted chips and cracks with this universal tablet and phone desk holder.

OVER-DISPLAY SHELF

Price: $6.37+

Coming in a variety of colors to match any room, this adjustable screen top-shelf display turns that useless space above your TV or computer screen into a small shelf, capable of holding a wireless router, a cable box, or whatever else you want it to!

Do you find yourself looking for your vision glasses too often? Store them on top of your display. Pens and notepads need to be handy? Put them on this top shelf. Do you use the USB card readers often, but don't have enough spare USB ports to keep them plugged in? There is this fancy shelf to put them on.

MAGNETIC SMARTPHONE HOLDER

Price: $2.29

Honestly, nothing is quite as nice as a reliable, sturdy holding spot for your phone on your dashboard. This is a newer version: now with the sleeker design and different sizes for plate options. It makes driving safer, skipping crappy songs easier, and GPS use smoother.

With the FLOVEME Magnetic Car Phone Holder, you can simply attach the included magnet to the back of your phone, place the holder anywhere on your dashboard, and reap the benefits of easy phone use.

XIAOMI YOUPIN DIFFUSER

Price: $90.25

A product for the kids in your life (or you, if you like adorable little deep-sea submarine humidifiers, I guess). The Puff Ring (not affiliated with Snoop Dogg) humidifier is sure to be the most beloved children’s humidifier on the block with its fun colors, cute design, and adorable captain of the make-believe deep-sea sub.

Humidifiers are said to help with:

  • dry skin
  • sinus congestion/dry throat
  • headache
  • nose irritation
  • bloody noses
  • irritated vocal cords/dry cough
  • cracked lips

INSTA360 GO Action Camera

Price: $199.99

It works with both Androids and iPhones, it records everything you do, and it is so simple a dummy could use it, so what is the holdup?

The Insta360 GO simply clips onto your shirt and – voila! You have a stabilized, hyper-lapse-friendly action camera  of your adventures at your fingertips, and you never even need to so much as aim it.

Insta360 Go supports shooting at up to 100 FPS. It has AI-powered FlashCut auto editing, which helps with creating the clips. With the charger case, the battery can handle up to 200 clips per day, which is probably more than you would ever need.

Insta360 is not a startup: they produce industry-leading cameras for 360 videography, and this camera is just one of their consumer-grade products.

The camera comes with a number of accessories:

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AliExpress Top Brands: TECHNOLOGY

In a not-so-distant future, brands like Xiaomi and Huawei were considered low-quality Made In China products. As time passed, they were able to break stereotypes and gain trust and popularity.

AliExpress has a ton of stores and brands: some good, some – not so much. In this post we decided to compile a list of up and coming Chinese brands that are less-known, but which definitely deserve recognition. We picked them and their products based on the feedback from the buyers.

Best Tech Brands on AliExpress

XIAOMI MC STORE

Rating 98.1%

640,000+ followers

Xiaomi is probably the best-known brand in China, except for Huawei. The quality of products is as good as any other big-name mainstream brands, but the prices are much lower than what you'd see in retail.

In this store you can find a variety of Xiaomi products like earphones, smartphones, MiBand fitness trackers and accessories for them, and other various home accessories.

FLOVEME

Rating 97.9%

820,000+ followers

If you have gadgets that require charging, this is the store for you.

FLOVEME is mostly known for power banks, high-quality charging cables and high-capacity fast-charge blocks (for homes and cars).

BASEUS

Rating 98.6%

1,282,000+ followers

Go to BASEUS store for all things power: portable power banks, cables, QI charging docks and fastcharge blocks.

Good quality like FLOVEME, but different designs. Much better than going no-name.

ANKER

Rating 98.5%

923,000+ followers

Anker store sells everyday electronics, and they carry audio equipment and home projectors.

However, they are best-known for Bluetooth speakers, TWS earphones (Soundcore Liberty and Life P2 are their best-selling models) and QI wireless pads.

SAMSUNG

Samsung's AliExpress store specializes in memory cards and SSD‘s.

I have bought a number of high-speed SD cards for my 4K and 8K cameras, and a portable SSD.

QCY

Rating 97.6%

1,505,000+ followers

QCY at this time is, without a doubt, a leader in True Wireless (TWS) earphones.

You can see their best-selling models here. There is just too many to name – make your pick. I would recommend looking at QS1 and T5 because of their specs.

SJCAM

Rating 97.7%

107,000+ followers

If you are looking for a budget action camera and don't want to buy off-brand, SJCAM is your go-to store.

They have interlaced 4K cameras, some great waterproof ones that don't require a case (SJCAM SJ8 for example) and a full specter of accessories for them.

UGREEN

Rating 98.9%

1,116,000+ followers

UGREEN is another well-known manufacturer of cables.

They also started producing SSD cases, USB hubs (this type-C USB 3.0 is the best-selling model), and charging blocks.

TOPK

Rating 98.5%

547,000+ followers

TOPK has a variety of different gadgets, but their best products are their smartphone holders.

They also sell some interesting type-C charger cables with LED displays, which show the strength of the voltage, and other heavy-duty cables.

CHOETECH

Rating 98.8%

Established in 2012, CHOETECH is one of the leading brands in manufacturing charger cables and charger cables.

For us, the most interesting Choetech's item is their dual-charging QI pad. If you are into camping/hiking, their portable solar charger panel is also worth noting.

MIJIA/YEELIGHT

Rating 97.5%

9,500+ followers

MIJIA / Yee are also related to Xiaomi. Yee makes smart lights (I have one – review here) and smart home electronics, but they go much more beyond than that – there are too many products to list.

They all have one thing in common though: simplistic design and impeccable quality.

XIAOMI MI

Rating 98.5%

717,000+ followers

MI is definitely popular for smartphones, smart fitness bands and award-winning (Red Dot Award for design) earphones.

XIAOMI YI

Rating 97.8%

862,000+ followers

YI is another Xiaomi's subdivision. It makes action cameras (I have a YI 4K – video review), dash cameras and webcams. All are well-rated by the buyers.

BLUEDIO

Rating 97%

1,217,000+ followers

Bluedio is well-known for their high-quality audio products and solid warranty.

Their Bluetooth headphones, earphones and speakers are very worth the money. There is only a handful of models per category, which shows that you don't need to have a lot of options to be successful – just need a few current ones.

FIIO

Rating 98.8%

82,000+ followers

This is more of a niche product: FiiO makes audio accessories that help you get the most out of your music and music devices.

There are portable amps, lossless MP3 music players that make your music sound really good and $600 earphones (that people actually buy!).

ORICO

Rating 97.8%

1,065,000+ followers

ORICO has good card readers, USB 3.0 and 3.1 hubs and various electronics-related knick-knacks.

BLITZWOLF

Rating 98.1%

180,000+ followers

Blitzwolf makes a variety of different electronics. I have been using their power bank (video review) for 3 years now, I also trust them for charging cables – the braided ones I have have been nothing but great.

They recently started releasing TWS earphones, which I didn't have experience with – BW FYE7 and BW-FYE8 (different styles) have good sales and feedback.

VERNEE

Rating 98.5%

195,000+ followers

VERNEE is a budget-friendly smartphone brand. Their most recent models M8 PRO comes with a Helio P60 and dual cameras, and V2 PRO is IP68 water and dust proof and comes with a huge 6200 mAh battery.

UMIDIGI

Rating 95.4%

547,000+ followers

UMIDIGI is another budget smartphone brand that has been on fire lately. I am currently using their F1 model (video review) – it has been great: amazing battery life and a bone stock version of Android with no bloatware.

But if you are looking for a new phone, I highly recommend looking at the A7 Pro: WOW!

HUAWEI (authorized) STORE

Rating 99.4%

173,000+ followers

HUAWEI is a brand that needs no introduction. Not to mention, that their phone towers are used in many countries, and their P30 PRO has won “Smartphone Of The Year” twice (which is a steal at $430 – or you can go with the PRO or Lite versions).

Aside from smartphones, they have smart watches and other stuff, which does not seem to be too popular.

LONGET

244,000+ followers

Longet is one of the less-known smart watch brands, but it is getting there: the products are highly-rated and are still sold at a relatively low price point for their specs.

TRONSMART

Rating 97.7%

You will definitely hear more about Tronsmart: their marketing team is being very aggressive. It started as a speaker brand, and now is venturing into the TWS earphones.

The best-selling speaker models right now is T6, which is also available as T6 Mini and T6 Plus.

MIFA

Rating 97.9%

486,000+ followers

MIFA is known for their graffiti-design speaker and the rugged outdoor-oriented IPX6 speaker, but they have a few other models. Ultimately, your preference in design will help to decide between Mifa and, say, Bluedio.

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10 New Products from Xiaomi

Almost every day we get new gadgets from Xiaomi. I am very tempted to buy something new from this collection I am compiling right now 🙂 Everything here can already be ordered from AliExpress, or anywhere else really.

Happy Life R2

Price: $16.05

– Who is absent today, kids?

– The blades in this new personal fan, teacher!

Because the air intake happens with help of the hidden vents, and the fan itself is shaped as a circle.

This is what makes this fan so much safer, or at least so they say. It also has 3 speed modes and makes virtually no sound.

Amazing!

Mijia Oclean X

Price: $69

The main quirk and feature of this toothbrush is the display that shows the cleaning data like the pressure on the teeth and gums.

But wait, there is more: the brush gives advice on how to angle the head for a more thorough and effective cleaning. It can last for up to 20 days on a single charge, and has an IPX7 waterproof rating.

AreoX U8 Smart

Price: $71.27 – 79.37

All my bicyclist friends dream about a bike lock like that.

Just kidding, I don't have any friends. But I like this lock because it has a fingerprint reader and IP65 waterproof rating.

These features are not present even in a Lamborghini lock, catch my drift?

Mi Smart Band 4

Price: $32.99

Remember how it all started? A simple capsule-shaped fitness tracker with a couple indicators?

Now it has flowered into a strong and mature fitness bracelet. He features a full-color AMOLED display, 20 days of battery life, 380 watch face options and Bluetooth 5.0.

It can also be submerged as deep as 50 meters underwater, and can switch between music tracks on your smartphone.

They grow up so fast!

Qcooker Green

Price: $59.18

Xiaomi definitely knows a thing or two about household appliances.

Otherwise they wouldn't have invented this retro-styled kettle with a 1.7L capacity and an ability to boil water in under 5 minutes.

As expected, the insides are made out of stainless steel.

Yeelight Mosquito Killer

Price: $23.94

Yeelight mosquito killer coldblooded-ly destroys ‘skeeters  with a mild electric shock that is harmless to humans.

And in order to attract them it uses a UV light bat-signal.

It is so effective that you might need to join a witness protection program.

Dreame V9

Price: $289.84

This vacuum cleaner does not mess around.

It reaches full speed in 3 milliseconds and it does not understand the meaning of “hard-to-reach” places.

Among the features: 1-meter (3 feet) length, 1.5 kg (3.5 lbs.) weight, 3 operational modes, and the same number of brushes.

And no single-use dust bags: it has a built-in reusable dust collector that is really straightforward to empty and clean.

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Mi Mini 10L Backpack

Price: $9.44

Xiaomi backpacks deserve a separate post.

But in the meantime, let's take a moment of our time to talk about our savior, Mi Mini 10L backpack.

It is space-efficient, waterproof, has a 10-liter capacity (I know, shocking!) and weighs only 165 grams (6 oz.).

And it comes in a multitude of colors!

Xiaomi table clock

Price: $15.15

The main feature is the 3.7″ E-ink (like in Kindle). Thanks to it, they require a minuscule amount of power to run, and are readable under any angle – unless you look at them from the back.

They also have a temperature and humidity meters. And the smiley face in the bottom right corner will change depending on how close they are to the recommended levels.

Mi LED Desk Lamp 1S

Price: $42

A smart desk lamp – but don't expect a genie, unfortunately (Will Smith is a busy man, after all).

However, its brightness is enough to lighten up the entire room – 1250Lm is no joke.

The built-in lens makes the light distribution even and pleasant to the eye. It has 4 brightness modes for convenience, and it can be controlled via a smartphone app.

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