Don’t deny it. Haven’t you had a nightmare the night before your presentation to your boss’ boss? Didn’t it involve a pen drive that didn’t work or an adaptor which refused to act?
Technology has a tendency of becoming a monster and gobbling up all your time, just when you had planned a romantic dinner out. So how do you get the better of it? By being prepared at all times, of course. We have put together a list of smart accessories you can carry around with your mobile office. We are sure that once you get hooked to a couple of these, you will never want to let go.
1. Targus World Power Travel Adapter; 2. Targus Numeric Keypad; 3. Logitech Notebook Riser; 4. Kensington MicroSaver Retractable Notebook Lock; 5. Targus Wireless Laser Presentation Remote; 6. USB-powered Mini Vacuum Cleaner; 7. iball All-in-One Memory Card Reader/Writer; 8. Logitech Z305 Laptop Speaker; 9. Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand with USB Hub.
• Targus World Power Travel Adapter
If you thought all cities in Europe had the same power points, you are mistaken. The more you travel, the more you realize the value of adaptors to keep you connected to work. This one comes with three separate regional plug adaptors compactly packed into a storage tube for worldwide voltage range of 110-250 volts AC power. An essential if you are a frequent flyer.
Cost: Rs 899
• Targus Numeric Keypad
It’s the revenge of the accountants; the people whose numbers were thrown out while designing a compact keyboard for laptops. This one is a simple USB-run attachment for those who love number-crunching. Feeding in expense reports was never so easy.
Cost: Rs 999
• Logitech Notebook Riser
Your neck will thank us. Long hours of sitting and staring at a laptop screen means your neck gets bent, leading to stiffness or muscle strain. Prevent the pain with this contraption. It raises your laptop screen to eye level, making you sit up and stay in a better posture while you work.
Cost: Rs 1,295
• Kensington MicroSaver Retractable Notebook Lock
Laptop thefts have become a reality, in cafés, public places and even offices. In such a situation, a handy lock that keeps your notebook where you left it before you take the loo break is quite useful, especially when you work from any table you can find. The cable is made of pliable steel wire, making it flexible and easy to carry. The 4ft wire can be looped to a table leg.
Cost: Rs 1,950
• Targus Wireless Laser Presentation Remote
If you give more than three presentations in a week, you have got to go for this beauty. It saves awkward pauses in the middle of the presentation because the person who was pressing the space bar zoned out. Its wireless press makes your laptop act to your demands even from 50ft. The remote battery life is long and there’s a spare one built in. The buttons are backlit so that even if the room is dark, you won’t press the wrong button. It also comes equipped with a laser beam to point to the important parts of the presentation.
Cost: Rs 1,999
• iball All-in-One Memory Card Reader/Writer
Like James Bond, you can put to good use a memory card reader if you get a lot of cards. Or if you just like to take a lot of pictures on your phone and camera. This one comes with slots for SD card, mini SD card, MS card, MMC card and MS Rom card. A handy thing to keep in one of your laptop bag pockets.
Cost: Rs 595
• USB-powered Mini Vacuum Cleaner
If you are obsessed with cleanliness, this is your dream handyman. Bothered by keyboards where bacteria, dust and the remains of your last lunch reign? This useful little contraption is powered by a USB cable and sucks in all the dust that has covered your laptop.
Cost: Rs 350-500
• Logitech Z305 Laptop Speaker
Dump your flat laptop inbuilt speakers which drown the sound. Instead pick up a Z305—they are compact, powerful, can clip to the back of your laptop and just need a USB connection to power themselves. Plus, if your laptop, along with these speakers, is placed in the centre of a room, you can listen to music in every corner evenly because of their 360-degree sound. They weigh about 200g each and are about 12 inches in length. Oh, and did we mention an audio jack so that you can connect your other MP3 players?
Cost: Rs 3,695
• Belkin Laptop Cooling Stand with USB Hub
Now that’s what we call cool. If your laptop usage is high (more than 5 hours a day), you need to keep its hardware cool so that it doesn’t fry on you. No wonder the market’s flooded with cooling pads of all shapes and sizes. How the Belkin Cooling stand stands out is that it not only keeps the temperature down, but comes with four USB 2.0 ports so that you can convert it into a makeshift table and plug your external hard drive, mouse or webcam into it. Plus, it’s large enough to hold laptops up to 17 inches.
Cost: Rs 2,428
*Prices vary across cities and shops.
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