Tech Gift Ideas
A good accessory should complement or enhance the functionality of the main product. Whether it’s a printer working with a computer, or an Apple Pencil with an iPad Pro, the two should work in lockstep to give you a better experience.
The cloud is getting more reliable, but using it to move large files around still requires a very fast internet connection, so it still pays to keep a flash drive handy. This drive from SanDisk should be perfect for most day-to-day tasks.
It’s got 64 GB of storage — enough to hold thousands of pictures, songs, and documents, or hours of HD footage. It’s also capable of transferring data at USB 3.0 speeds, so getting stuff onto and off of the drive will be snappier than using older flash drives.
USB hub with micro and regular SD card readers
A hub with a twist! USB hubs have become a fairly standard accessory, but Cateck ups the ante a little by including a micro and regular SD card reader alongside the three USB 3.0 ports.
What makes the inclusion of the card readers so nice is that this hub puts them at arm’s-reach. Even though most laptops and desktops have built-in card readers, they’re typically somewhat inconvenient. This is especially true if you’ve got a laptop in a stand hooked up to a display. This hub eliminates that problem.
Don’t be put off by the inclusion of iOS-looking glyphs on some of the keys — specifically the home-button key in the upper-left corner. The keyboard works just fine with any desktop or laptop you pair it with. That said, if you’re looking for a keyboard to pair with a tablet, then this is a good choice.
Thankfully, smartphone battery life has gotten better over the years, and Android and iOS now have built-in low-power modes. That said, it’s still anxiety-producing to see your battery at 20% halfway through a transatlantic flight.
Multi-port USB wall charger
If you’ve ever fought over who gets to use the phone charger, then this multi-port hub from Aukey will solve that problem forever.
Having the ability to charge everyone’s devices before trips makes packing significantly less stressful. If you live with roommates or have a family, then sticking one of these in the kitchen will be a game-changer.
Car Phone Mount
If you’re looking for a way to safely use Google Maps while driving, then it’s a good idea to invest in a way to mount your phone on the dashboard.
There are two types of products that accomplish this: mounts that clip onto your car’s air vents, like this Zilu mount, or those that adhere to your dashboard with a suction cup. I’ve used a suction-cup mount for a couple of years, but want to move over to the dash. Because of the heat of the summer months, I’ve had my phone mount fall while driving.
Micro USB / 8 Pin Charging Cables
It’s never a bad idea to have extra charging cables around, especially if you’ve recently picked up a multi-port USB hub or external battery.