I received a very generous offer to trial some kit today and it got me thinking: Which gadgets help make my professional life easier?
After conducting a search around my desk (coupled with a Google one) this is what I came back with…
What: A simple battery-powered device that can be plugged into any standard audio jack / device e.g. iPhone, Laptop etc
Why: Delivering quality sound when presenting content to a client or prospect is vital. In my case I have a great laptop but the sound isn’t very powerful, so I use my iLuv Portable Speaker as an amplifier which helps bring things to life in a much more powerful way.
What: A lightweight and powerful projector that fits in the palm of you hand.
Why: This product sparked the idea for this post as it just screams ‘genuinely useful’. With the 3M PocketProjector MP180 the days of lugging around heavy and complicated equipment is a thing of the past and it even stores data on the device eliminating the need for additional chords and controls. Very cool.
Cost: £360.00 (approx)
What:This is a nice follow up to the 3M PocketProjector. The BlackBerry Presenter “is a 3.4 inch x 2.4 inch box-shaped gadget that connects to a projector or other display and wirelessly transfers PowerPoint presentations stored on your BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth.”
Why: Helps make your Blackberry the ‘hub’ of your business, acting as a ‘content facilitator’ when out and about.
Cost: £129.00 (approx)
What: A solid pair of earphones.
Why: To pump out your favourite tunes at your desk (and shut out some noise from your co-workers!)
Cost: £40.00 (approx)
What: An alternative the popular Flip HD Camcorder, shooting high quality video on-the-go.
Why: Capture media events, press conferences, get behind-the-scenes footage all from one easy-to-use device.
Cost: £100.00 – £250.00 (approx)
What: A clever Netbook from Nokia.
Why: Lugging a big laptop around isn’t much fun so this is a great piece of hardware to use on the move. It comes with a 3G modem and long battery life.
Cost: £700.00 (approx)
What: A digital dictaphone.
Why: Record press conferences and download direct to your computer via a built-in USB connection.
Cost: £65.00 (approx)
What: The best business smartphone out there.
Why: The QWERTY keyboard makes emailing a breeze in addition to all the other features of this great handset from BlackBerry.
What: A wireless charging system for your electronic devices.
Why: With all this kit you are using you’ll need some help to keep them on the go!
Cost: £35.00 (approx)
Would you recommend any other gadgets out there?