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Must-have tech for designers

Must-have tech for designers

Whether you’re primarily a web designer, developer, or internet entrepreneur, chances are you have a certain level of geek inside of you that makes you want the latest gadgets and toys. I’ve scoured the internet in search of must-have tech and gadgets that would be useful to anyone running a home office or business.

 

Iron Key

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Summary

Iron Key is a truly secure way to store sensitive files. This product will “self-destruct” after a number of failed password attempts.

Details

4G Secure Flash Drive protects data with always-on hardware-based encryption stores and manages online passwords. Onboard Firefox for safe private Web access. Primary Information Flash Memory. IronKey’s patent-pending “flash-trash” methodology incorporates an exhaustive hardware erase of all flash and Cryptochip memory. This is not a simple clearing of file allocation tables, but a secure overwriting of data. This is done in hardware rather than via a software application for the ultimate protection.

 

Converge Universal Docking Station

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Summary

This is a sleek USB charging station that helps de-clutter the cable mess that comes so easily with multiple devices.

Details

Charge up to four USB supported devices simultaneously Perfect for use in the family home or in the office, the Converge is a USB charging station which can charge up to four mobile devices simultaneously. Featuring 4 USB outputs each with a power output of 500 mA, the Quirky Converge will ensure that your mobile phones, bluetooth headsets, MP3 music players and many other devices are fully charged. Dimensions: 310mm (W) x 100mm (H) x 130mm (L)

 

Cosmonaut Wide-Grip Stylus

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Summary

Widely-reviewed as the best and must-have tech for a tablet stylus. Designed specifically for the iPad, but works on any touch screen device.

Details

The shaft has a comfortable rubber grip that feels great to hold for people of all ages, including children and the elderly. We took great care in finding a material for the tip that is responsive and glides effortlessly over the glass screen. The Cosmonaut will work on nearly every capacitive touch screen device, including the iPad and iPhone. Designed and manufactured in America.

iGo Portable charger

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Summary

Plug this device into an outlet to charge and when it’s ready you have an instant charge for your USB powered devices.

Details

Two Chargers in One: You can use the iGo charger as a wall charger when you’re near a wall outlet, or use it as a portable battery when you’re away from an outlet with an empty battery. Just connect your device to the iGo charger with a USB cable and press the power button – the internal battery will charge your device without being plugged into the wall. This portable device has the USB charging power to charge even an iPad.

 

Bose AE2i Headphones

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Summary

These Bose around ear headphones have an inline remote control for iPhone/iPod and an inline mic for hands free calling if you do get interrupted.

Details

Bose’s proprietary TriPort acoustic headphone structure gives you tonally balanced audio with deep low notes from around-ear headphones that feel as light as a feather. Acoustic equalisation provides outstanding sound performance by fine-tuning the headphones’ frequency response. Control the volume, track selection and voice applications on selected Apple products, and switch easily between music and calls with the three-button inline remote. Call hands-free on your iPhone with the handy inline microphone and enjoy access to various voice applications, such as Voice Control and VoiceOver. Benefit from an immersive sound experience with soft ear cups that surround your ears for a pleasurable fit. You can safely store and easily transport your headphones thanks to their convenient flat-folding design. An adjustable headband allows length adjustments of up to about 7.5cm. The solid design includes soft cushioning for extra comfort. A detachable cable attaches to only one ear cup, for more freedom of movement and fewer tangles than you’d get from a Y-cable.

 

Grid-It Organizer

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Summary

A personal favorite of mine, this lightweight organizer saves you the hassle of having multiple things floating around in your bag.

Details

Object retention system for gadget organization ideal for iPods, chargers, phones, cables and other digital devices. Versatile organization, endless configurations; designed to hold items firmly in place. Convenient pocket on the back for additional storage. Rubberized woven elastic. Dimentions: 8”H X 12”W X .375”D

 

What kinds of must-have tech gadgets do you have? Can you recommend to other YWB readers things that have helped make your life easier?

Written by Steve

Steve is a freelance web designer, technologist, educator, Adobe Certified Expert and friend from the San Francisco bay area. He is a incessant seeker of knowledge and tirelessly thinks about how he can make things better. You can learn more about him on his website, www.stevedolan.com or by following him on Twitter: @scribblesteve