Whether you’re a seasoned business person or a start-up entrepreneur, there are several essential tech gadgets needed to help keep you connected, organized, productive and entertained whether you’re in the office or on a long road trip.
1. Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480
This Bluetooth multi-device keyboard is a unique gadget for your computer that also works with your smartphone and tablet. It has an Easy-Switch dial that lets you shift typing between three different connected Bluetooth wireless devices. Familiar, shortcut keys are available for Chrome, Windows or Apple computers, as well as iOS and Android devices.
The built-in cradle holds your devices at a comfortable angle. The keyboard is 11.77 inches by 7.68 inches. This gadget is perfect for businesspersons who work with multiple devices at once, but are used to the familiarity of one keyboard.
2. ZTE ZMAX from T-Mobile
For businesspersons on a budget, this prepaid “phablet” comes at a competitive price with a spacious display and sizable battery. The ZTE ZMAX from T-Mobile is a must-have gadget for those looking to cut corners with business costs. Off-contract, it’s about $10.50 a month for 24 months or $252 altogether. That’s a significant savings over similar mid-range phablets that cost about $500.
The ZMAX has a 5.7-inch HD screen, Snapdragon Quad Core processor and a 3400mAH batter. This device requires a SIM Starter Kit for an additional $10, which can help you make the most of you and your company’s mobile Internet experience.
3. Livescribe Echo Smartpen
This smartpen is a great gadget for businesspersons who need to take down a lot of notes, yet prefer to do so on paper instead of on a computer or tablet. With the Livescribe Echo Smartpen, you can capture thousands of pages of notes and more than 800 hours of audio and transfer them to your Mac or PC.
These notes can be shared online or privately. The smartpen comes with 2, 4 or 8GB of memory, as well as with or without Wi-Fi connectivity. Smartpens record everything you write and hear, so they’re a perfect gadget to use in business meetings. You’ll never miss a word, and you can replay your meetings simply by tapping on your notes.
A great gadget to have on hand to charge your smartphone and tablet is a Jackery premium external battery. Jackery has a large line of lightweight, external battery packs such as a 2.7-ounce Mini that can deliver up to 50 additional hours of operation time. Other Jackery batteries include the Giant Plus (260 hours), the Giant (220 hours) and Air (110 hours). Features highlighted in Jackery products include high capacity, stylish design, compatibility with most devices, advanced power lock technology and LED charge indicators.
5. Satechi USB Hub
The Satechi 7-Port Aluminum USB 3.0 Hub gives you seven more USB ports to your computer to connect the myriad of gadgets and devices you may use at work. Whether it’s for accessing or charging, the hub comes with a power supply and provides quick data rates of up to 5.0Gbps. It does not require drivers or software, and it doesn’t take up much room on a desk either.
Whether you’re a new employee who wants to jot down every word at your weekly meetings or a seasoned manager who wants to boost productivity among employees, these are 5 tech gadgets every business person should arm themselves with.