Top 5 Tech Products for the New Year
Almost everyone agrees that last year was pretty much a wash, which makes this new year an even bigger opportunity than usual to make amends. We’re only 18 days into the new year, and there is still plenty of time to plan that big project or endeavor that will make this year better than the last.
The best way to get ready for any undertaking is to make sure you have the right tools in your toolbox. That’s why Couponbox has put together this list of tech must-haves to keep you organized, productive and focused in the new year.
#1. 64-256 GB Micro SD Card
Micro SD cards are quickly becoming the standard for digital memory solutions. They are essential for smartphones and video cameras, but can easily be used to transfer files between any device using an adapter, which is often included with a new micro SD card in case you didn’t already have one.
The small size of micro SD cards makes them useful for devices of any kind, but their miniature form doesn’t limit them on space. Micro SD cards come in 64, 128 and even 256-GB (the equivalent of 16 to 64 movies) versions with high transfer speeds that enable them to be used to record FULL HD video and to backup large files with ease. Get a high-capacity micro SD card today, and solve your digital storage problems without a fuss.
#2. Universal Wireless Display Adapter
Today, we view images and video from a wide variety of sources and on a wide variety of devices. This variety can sometimes be daunting, especially when we want to share multimedia with our family and friends or at the office. Videos, photo galleries and presentations are not easily shared with large groups on your smartphone or laptop.
With a Smart TV, i.e. one connected to the internet, sharing media is easy, and you don’t need a bunch of cables and connectors to do it. But what if you don’t have a Smart TV? That’s when you should find yourself a universal wireless display adapter. It converts any HDMI-enabled TV into a monitor that can mirror the display of your smartphone, desktop, tablet or laptop.
Universal wireless display adapters are similar to other adapters like Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV, but do not face the same limitations. With a universal adapter, you can project everything that happens on your device’s screen to your TV using technologies like Miracast and Airplay that are compatible with the Mac, iOS, Windows and Android operating systems.
#3. Amazon Fire Tablet
Speaking of devices, the Amazon Fire tablet is probably the world’s most affordable and convenient tablet. Not only does it work with micro SD cards and wireless display technologies, it is also based on the Android OS, which makes it easy to use.
Although it is a part of the Amazon brand, it is not made to be used exclusively with the Amazon suite of devices, though it is highly encouraged. Compared with the the Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Amazon Fire is a handy tool. Add the Amazon Fire to your life, and open up a world of easy and affordable streaming for entertainment and work.
One downside of the Fire tablet, however, is that it does not feature Google products like the Google Play Store or YouTube. Still, YouTube can be accessed via the tablet’s web browser, making the Amazon Fire the most versatile tablet for your dollar.
#4. Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse
Since we’re talking wireless convenience, you definitely need a wireless keyboard and mouse for your desktop or laptop. If you don’t already have one, make this year the year you get a set. These days, wireless keyboard and mouse sets are extremely affordable and are often only a few dollars more than a wired keyboard and mouse.
While wireless doesn’t necessarily mean Bluetooth, Bluetooth is one of the quickest ways to connect wireless devices. It is also virtually universal, meaning that it is compatible with almost every device known to man.
Pairing a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to your computer is fast and easy. Combine your keyboard and mouse set with a wireless display adapter and you will open up worlds of productivity and entertainment at home or in the office.
Bluetooth shall set you free!
#5. 6,000 mAh Power Bank
This final entry on our Top Five Tech Products for the New Year is a true must-have. A 6,000 mAh power bank can hold two to three smartphone charges (depending on your model), which means you can at least double your mobile usage.
Power banks in general are the perfect solution for avid travelers and frequent business trippers. Although there are higher capacity power banks out there, the 6,000 mAh capacity versions are compact and light enough to carry anywhere without sacrificing utility. Put a power bank in your toolbox and never worry about charging again.
Bonus Item for the New Year: Prepaid Smartphone Plan
You might have noticed a common thread in all of the above items.
Each one of the Top 5 Tech Products for the New Year encourages an untethered lifestyle. That’s why we also recommend prepaid smartphone plans. They are flexible, affordable and don’t bog you down in a contract.
There are many prepaid plans available, but our research shows that T-Mobile and Verizon offer the best individual plans, at $10 per GB of high speed data or less with unlimited talk and text.
With this bonus item, you can easily upload and share your photos, videos and other media online and on-the-go to make this new year the year you stay connected and up-to-date wirelessly.
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