Jordan McMahon

Technology Writer, the Strategist

Jordan McMahon is a writer at the Strategist who covers a wide array of gadgets and how software can help build better relationships with technology in our lives. He has also written for Wired, Wirecutter, and

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    50 Gifts Under $10 (That You Can Buy on Amazon)From gourmet snacks and drinks to baby gifts and kids’ gloves.
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    I’ve Tried Every Single Kindle Since 2013. Here Are the Best.And I’ve figured out the best one for every type of reader.
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    76 Gifts for Every Type of HusbandA one-stop shop for your hard-to-buy-for spouse.
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    The 7 Very Best Robot Vacuum CleanersThe best robot vacuums to keep your floors squeaky clean, according to our tech writer.
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    The 7 Very Best Document ScannersScanners for office workers, home-office workers, and hobbyists, according to our testing and research.
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    The 7 Very Best TurntablesListening to vinyl doesn’t have to be intimidating — we tested turntables and talked to experts to find the best ones to spin your collection.
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    How Do Robot Vacuums Map Your Home?A look at how robot vacuums navigate your home and what data they store about you along the way.
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    This Pocket-Sized Photo Printer is 36 Percent Off TodayTurn your smartphone into a Polaroid with this handy, pocket-sized printer.
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    The 11 Very Best Laptop BackpacksProtect your tech — without compromising style.
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    48 Gifts Under $50 for Every Type of Co-workerIncluding your desk mate and that co-worker you’ve never actually met IRL.
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    The 5 Very Best Mini-ProjectorsPortable projectors are perfect for impromptu movie nights indoors or out. These are the ones experts recommend.
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    The 13 Very Best iPad CasesIncluding lightweight, extra-durable, and sleek leather options.
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    This Quiet, Minimalist Air Purifier Is 35 Percent Off TodayIt’s Marie Kondo’s favorite for keeping air clean.
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    The 9 Very Best Digital Picture FramesThe perfect complement to your digital camera or your smartphone’s photo library.
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    What Bridget Everett Can’t Live Without“My heart belongs with Zingerman’s.”
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    The 7 Very Best SmartwatchesFor fitness enthusiasts and those just looking to use their phone less without missing a ping, we’ve found the best smartwatches to suit your needs.
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    The 5 Very Best Photo ScannersFor film enthusiasts and families with stacks of old photos, we’ve found the photo scanners to suit your needs.
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    What John Wilson Can’t Live Without“My brother got me this flaming wallet as a gift a little while ago, and I bring it out on special occasions.”
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    The Best Tech Gifts to Buy (Before They Sell Out)The trendiest — and actually useful — gadgets and gizmos for the tech-obsessed.
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    This Tiny Bluetooth Speaker Is Just $30 TodayJBL’s Go 3 Eco Bluetooth speaker is tiny, made of recycled plastic, and on sale for 40 percent off.
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    This Tile Bluetooth Tracker Is 34 Percent Off TodaySave a few bucks while saving your beloved items from getting left behind.
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    The Best Cyber Monday Tech Deals, According to the Strategist’s Tech WriterCyber Monday is coming to a close, so it’s your last chance to get gadgets from Apple, Sonos, and Samsung.
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    The Best Black Friday Tech Deals, According to the Strategist’s Tech WriterThese are our tech writer’s favorite tech deals for this year’s Black Friday sales, including items from Apple, Sonos, and Samsung.
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    Our Favorite Portable Carpet Cleaner Is 28 Percent Off Right NowRid your carpets of stains without pesky cords getting in the way.
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    The 45 Best Gifts for Gamers, According to GamersFrom a cat-ear headset to a BAFTA-winning dungeon game.
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    What R.L. Stine Can’t Live Without“People scorn us pineapple-soda drinkers; we have to stick together.”
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    The 11 Very Best Wireless EarbudsWe tested many pairs, and these are our favorites.
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    Give Your Outlets an Upgrade With 30 Percent Off These Smart PlugsYou don’t need to overhaul your home to give it a tech upgrade.
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    I Replaced My Bedroom TV with This TabletIt helps me stay off my phone too
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    The 6 Very Best DashcamsIncluding options with 4K resolution and built-in GPS tracking — and even one that’s specially designed for motorcycles.
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    The 6 Very Best iPad KeyboardsPaired with the right keyboard, an iPad can turn from a tablet into a full-blown workstation.
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    The 8 Very Best Floor FansFor keeping your space cool and your energy bills low.
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    The 8 Very Best Cable OrganizersTurn a labyrinth of cables and wires into a sleek and organized system.
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    The 6 Very Best Lightning CablesIncluding USB-A, USB-C, extra-long, and multi-connector options.
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    I’m Selling My Kindles to Get a KoboFor scribbling notes in the margins, nothing else comes as close as this tablet to a pen and printed page.
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    This Pool-Friendly Bluetooth Speaker Is 42 Percent Off TodayGreat indoors and out.
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    The 7 Very Best Blue-Light-Blocking GlassesIf you can’t quit scrolling before bed, blue-light-blocking glasses can help prevent screen time from messing with your sleep.
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    I Can’t Stop Talking About This E-ink TabletI’ve tried everything to keep me focused on my passion projects, but nothing’s worked like this no-frills e-ink tablet.
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    Turn a Single Outlet Into Six With 46 Percent Off This Smart Power StripEnough with unplugging one device to charge another.
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    The 5 Very Best Gaming ChairsThe key to a good gaming chair is lots of support.
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    The 12 Very Best Bluetooth SpeakersFor listening to music just about anywhere.
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    The 9 Very Best Wireless MousesUpgrade your scrolling game with a wireless mouse that maximizes comfort and convenience and saves your wrists from strain.
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    Very Good Deals on Smartwatches, Kindles, and More, According to Our Tech WriterAll the best Prime Day gadgets.
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    The 35 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Techie DadsGadgets and gizmos for dads who are into photography, groovy tunes, molecular gastronomy, gaming, and more.
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    This Number Tells You How Waterproof Your Phone IsBefore your phone takes a plunge into a pool of water, you should know whether it would survive the dive. These numbers will tell you just that.
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    Keep Your NYC Home Clear of Smoke With 25 Percent Off This Air PurifierSave some money on a gadget that’ll keep your air crisp and clean and free of allergens and other harmful particles like smoke.
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    Through 20 Years of Coping With ADHD, Here’s What I’ve Found to HelpADHD can make life tough to manage. These are all the tools that have helped me — and others who struggle with ADHD — keep my life in order.
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    This Magnetic iPhone Charger Is 43 Percent Off TodayProp your phone up and give it a quick charge before your battery hits zero.
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    40 Mother’s Day Gifts Under $30 (for Every Type of Mom)Including salted honey, a wallet that sticks to your iPhone, and a stylish coffee cup.
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