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14 affordable gadgets Jason Ward uses every day

Like some of our readers, I don't have all the latest high-end gadgets many of my colleagues write about. And that's OK; I'm not the typical gadget reviewer. I am a Windows Central columnist and writer who also loves gadgets and technology. The tools of my craft have not always been cutting-edge. Consequently, my experiences and the tools I use may be more aligned with those of the budget-conscious members of our readership rather than of the writers and readers who use multiple high-end devices. This is the (mostly) budget-friendly tech in my personal computing arsenal.

I, like many of you, am on a tight budget so getting things done without breaking the bank is paramount. That said, Surface Pro (opens in new tab) is a great and versatile tool that comes at a premium price. Still, with the current $200 discount and bundled keyboard, it's a great buy. Just make sure you protect that beautiful display with Otomon tempered glass (opens in new tab). And keep that magnesium body scratch free with an ESR case (opens in new tab).

Jason L Ward is a columnist at Windows Central. He provides unique big picture analysis of the complex world of Microsoft. Jason takes the small clues and gives you an insightful big picture perspective through storytelling that you won't find *anywhere* else. Seriously, this dude thinks outside the box. Follow him on Twitter at @JLTechWord. He's doing the "write" thing!