With improved Bluetooth and Wi-fi solutions reaching every corner of the consumer market, wireless gadgets have become an essential part of our daily lives. Here are three that you might want to consider for yourself or for gifts – without breaking the wallet. Tranya T10 Waterproof Wireless Earbuds This year it seems everyone is switching to wireless earbuds. Of course, it helps that Apple and Samsung have dropped headphone jacks from most phones. The Tranya T10 earbuds have a 12mm Graphene driver with a very comfortable in-ear design. The T10 has three sizes of ear tips, so take your time and try them all to get the best fit. Wireless earbuds need a good seal in your ears or you’ll not be happy with the sound quality. The T10 earbuds support AAC (advanced audio coding) and Qualcomm aptX, which provides 24-bit music quality over Bluetooth. They also support Bluetooth 5.0 for a solid connection to your phone and a range of up to 33 feet (10 metres). The T10 earbuds are also very comfortable to wear. I spent a morning with just the right earbud in to listen to music and make phone calls, and I could easily keep it in my ear all day. The latest entertainment tech is made for pandemic viewing I liked the voice quality of the microphones for phone calls. When I test voice quality, I leave myself voicemail messages and they sounded surprisingly good with the T10. Each earbud has a touch pad that can control calls and playback. The T10s have an eight-hour battery life, and the case has its own battery that can recharge the earbuds and provide up to 32 hours of listening. The case can fast-charge in under two hours with the included USB-C cable. The buds stay in my ears better than my AirPods Pro. I’d rather use T10 at the gym. For US$79.99, the T10 earbuds are good value. As I write this, Amazon is selling them cheaper, but prices change. Shop around before you buy. Hackers are in your home and they are entering through your smart devices Pros: inexpensive, comfortable, good sound. Cons: none, really. Bottom line: a good, inexpensive alternative to US$150 to US$200 big-name earbuds. WISFOX Wireless Keyboard and Mouse I wasn’t sure a wireless keyboard and mouse combo was going to be much to write about, and I was right. What made me want to try the WISFOX Wireless Keyboard and Mouse was the US$33.99 price. This is a no-nonsense set that does the job well. The keyboard keys are quieter than on the keyboard that shipped with my Dell desktop. They also travel a bit more, meaning they sit higher and have to be pressed a bit more than I’m used to with the Dell keyboard. I’m used to a keyboard’s rear feet having two settings to adjust the angle of the keys to the desk. This keyboard is not height adjustable. The optical mouse has three buttons (left, right and pressing down on the scroll wheel). The scroll wheel is also silent during use, which I like. The keyboard uses one AAA battery and the mouse uses one AA. Neither battery was included. Set-up consisted of inserting the batteries and plugging in a small USB receiver to my PC. The USB receiver is stored inside the battery compartment of the mouse. I wasn’t familiar with WISFOX, but Amazon lists this combo as “Amazon’s Choice” for a quiet keyboard and mouse. Chromecast streaming device, once for nerds, back as a TV plug-in Pros: simple to set up, and keyboard and mouse are really quiet. Cons: keyboard is not height adjustable. Bottom line: this set won’t break the bank and won’t disappoint. Ezviz C3X Outdoor Smart Wi-fi Camera In the crowded market for surveillance cameras, the Ezviz C3X (US$129.99) stands out by having dual lenses. One lens records the ambient brightness, and the other records the colour information. Together they produce colour images that look good in very low light. The C3X uses dual infrared lights to brighten the image without having supplemental LEDs shining all the time. The video resolution is 1,920 by 1,080 pixels and looked very clear on my phone. Explainer | Do 5G towers pose a health risk? What the science says The C3X has motion-triggered recording, and it’s smart enough to recognise people and vehicles in real time and notify you of their presence. You can even have the camera trigger an alarm (siren and strobe lights) and play a voice message to warn people away. The microphone and speaker on the camera also allow for two-way talking using the Ezviz app. The C3X is rated IP67 for use in all weather conditions. The camera is dual powered. You can use the included wall plug, or it can be powered by a Power Over Ethernet connection, which is provided by a special type of Ethernet connected to a router that provides power and network through the same wire. The camera connects to the internet through Wi-fi or Ethernet, and the videos can be stored on an optional microSD card or the Ezviz cloud servers (the camera uses AES128-bit encryption). The C3X is a mid-priced camera that offers a nice set of features and a very nice colour image with an easy-to-use app and interface. Pros: easy to set up and use. Nice colour image, even in the dark. Local storage option. Cons: you’ll need to run a wire to power the camera. Bottom line: not a bad choice if you have a convenient way to get power to the camera.