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Work from Home – Gift Guide

Stephen Watson
March 25, 2020

With so many of us having to work from home now due to the coronavirus lockdown some of you might not be prepared to work from home here are some gadgets that might make working from home just a little easier.

AVITA LIBER 14” Windows Notebook-  With four designs available, the AVITA LIBER is both sleek and striking and allows users to express their individuality with an on-trend and fashionable option to suit all. Not only visually pleasing, the AVITA LIBER is made for the best work and entertainment experience. Using the latest 8th generation Intel® Core™ i3-8130U 2.2GHz/3.4GHz processor with high-performance speed, the notebook is ideal for day to day computing tasks as well as more complicated operations. Featuring 4GB RAM along with 128GB SSD internal memory (MicroSD card slot supporting up to an additional 128GB) and Windows 10 Home, there is plenty of processing power and memory for work or study. The 14” crystal clear screen has TFT and IPS display technologies as well as 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution.  The laptops 5mm slim design and just 1.46kg weight makes it easy to fit in a bag to use when out and about and a great travel partner. The LIBER is also equipped with the Windows Hello biometrics-based technology that allows users to authenticate secure access and sign in to the device using just a fingerprint.

AVITA LIBER 14” Windows Notebook- Available from £469.99 (Was £529.99) from StudioeBuyerand JD Williams

Targus Ergo M-Pro laptop stand- The Ergo M-Pro Notebook Stand is a compact, thin and lightweight ergonomic notebook stand. It has multiple tilt positions to hold the notebook in a vertical position and allows the device’s screen to be used as the display at a suitable eye level. The Ergo M-Pro Notebook Stand also incorporates a document holder, allowing you to read or have your notes handily in front of you. When not in use, the Ergo M-Pro Notebook Stand will collapse into a relatively flat product, which can then be packed away easily. It’s compatible with all PC and Mac notebooks up to 17″ and must be used in conjunction with a separate keyboard.

Targus Ergo M-Pro Laptop Stand available for £84.99 from Targus.com 

Targus Slim USB keyboard- This Slim Internet Multimedia USB Keyboard offers: 11 internet hot keys, 4 multimedia hot keys (Play/Pause, Previous Track, Next Track, Stop) and mute key. USB interface offers hot-swap and plug and play functionality for ease of use. The design helps reduce finger fatigue, and tension on the wrist/arm caused by traditional keyboards. It also takes up less desktop space for seamless desktop replacement for notebook PC users.

Targus Slim USB keyboard available for £18.74 from Targus.com 

INVISIBLE SHIELD – This screen protector is an anti-microbial infused glass that reduces 99.99 per cent of harmful bacteria on your device.  So if you are like me and having to use your mobile more then you currently do for work this is a must. The Invisible Shield comes with a lifetime warranty. It also comes with Nano- Memory Technology to heal your phone from minor scratches.

The Invisible Shield is available for most smartphones to get yours from Amazon from £14 depending on your phone.

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NUKI – The Nuki Smart Lock and Opener can simply be retrofitted on your lock. The Opener turns intercoms into smart entry systems allowing it to trigger the door buzzer when activated. For both the Nuki and Opener users can open their door remotely through the app, or via the fob as they walk up to the door, therefore not needing to touch doors with your hands – https://nuki.io/en/ 

Available from £259 from Nuki.io 

Ted Baker wireless desktop charger- Part of Ted’s Connected collection, the wireless desktop charger has been crafted from luxury Italian leather and brushed aluminium, adding sophistication to any room. Simply place your phone on the charger for rapid wireless charging. Able to charge phones up to twice as fast as regular charging pads, working from home is a doddle and looks pretty sleek – even if you’re in pyjamas!

Available for £29.95, proporta.co.uk

Jabra Elite 85h – Over-Head Headphones-Are the kids driving you mad while you are trying to work well then get a pair of Jabra Elite 85h they have voice assistant and great battery life and the ANC is also very good? Music-wise these will keep you entertained with Jabra award-winning sound. Check out our review.

The Jabra Elite 85h comes in black, blue and white and costs £199 from Amazon 

Libratone TRACK Air+ – These ANC earbuds are a great option for when you are working from home. They are perfect to drown out the kids or your next-door neighbours who decide to start that DIY Project. 

The Libratone Track Air+ costs £159 from Amazon 

Adonit Note Stylus tablet pen – The new Adonit Note provides precision writing, drawing and navigation with reduced delay, making it an ideal stylus for both business and creative projects. Along with boasting the most useful features, Note’s aluminium body gives you the security from that “I’m going to break it” feeling.- Compatibility: iPad Air (3rd Generation), iPad mini (5th Generation), iPad (6th Generation), iPad Pro (3rd Generation, 11″& 12.9″)

Available for £37.99 via Amazon

Libratone ZIPP 2 & ZIPP MINI 2 – Allow you to use a smart speaker to make conference calls and catching up with family as a group easier. Also good for elderly relatives as you can set up the AVS for them and then they can just ask Alexa to call who they need to speak to.  Alexa also has lots of easter eggs/ways to entertain the kids.

The Libratone ZIPP 2 costs £240 & ZIPP MINI 2

JBL PULSE 4 Bluetooth Speaker- The JBL Pulse 4 is the perfect speaker for when you’re stuck inside. Its 360-degree LED light show ensures kids will be entertained all day long by the ever-changing display. Delivering the JBL signature sound in a 360-degree direction means wherever the speaker is, high-quality music will always be heard. A single charge will give you up to 12 hours of listening time. Lastly, its ingenious waterproof design in three feet of water means the speaker is perfect for bath times and summer fun.

JBL PULSE 4 costs £199.99 from the JBL.COM 

Airthings Wave Mini Air Quality Monitor – The Airthings Wave Mini is an easy setup, wirelessly connected and battery-operated device that effectively monitors indoor air quality, with no installation required. Built-in TVOC sensors successfully measure toxins and chemicals in the air that can negatively impact your health, in addition to the room temperature and humidity. As conditions can vary drastically from room to room, the Wave Mini is the perfect device to reach optimum comfort and health in every space in your home in the most cost-effective way. Users can easily access and understand the dashboard’s visual indicator with traffic light colour coding, or can alternatively view the insights overtime on the free Wave Mini mobile app.

Airthings Wave Mini Air Quality Monitor –  £79 (Available for £69.50 from Amazon)

 

Cygnett Prime Wireless Desk Charger Premium – The Prime Wireless Charging Stand delivers 10-watts for faster charging than standard 5-watt chargers, and offers optimal wireless charging for iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, Samsung, LG, Sony and other Qi-enabled devices. Simply place your smartphone on the Prime Wireless Charging Stand and the 10W fast charging technology will do the rest. The Prime Wireless not only delivers top-speed wireless charging to your smartphone; it’s designed to compliment your décor. Finally, a wireless charger that understands the value of design, as much as performance. Available in Black or White.

Cygnett Prime Wireless Desk Charger Premium available for £44.95 via Cygnett.com  

Cygnett 20,000mAh USB-C Power Bank in Black or Teal- The Cygnett ChargeUp Pro 20k is the most advanced power bank we have ever developed, featuring Power Delivery (PD) technology. With a 63W total output and a 45W USB-C port, the ChargeUp Pro can now support charging the latest USB-C laptops, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices. Including Qualcomm (QC 3.0) technology allowing up to 75% faster charging than a standard 5W USB output. The 20,000mAh capacity gives you the ability to charge your smartphone up to 10 times, a tablet 2 times, or a laptop up to one full charge. The Cygnett ChargeUp Pro 20K USB-C Portable Power Bank, available in Black and Teal, provides power at your fingertips for when you need it the most.

Cygnett 20,000mAh USB-C Power Bank in Black or Teal-  £119.95 from Cygnett.com 

Cygnett Bluetooth Selfie Stick & Tripod-  Capture your best angle and always be part of the action with the extendable GoStick Bluetooth® Camera Selfie Stick & Tripod. Perfect for setting your phone up for a conference call as part of working from home. This tripod can also mount a GoPro and has a detachable Bluetooth camera control.

Cygnett Bluetooth Selfie Stick & Tripod Available for £29.95 from Cygnett.com 

 

 

Auro – The Personal Training App –  The Auro app is a personal trainer in your ear from London based fitness technology startup, Auro. The app includes motivational audio workouts that are guided by expert trainers and tailored to an individual’s fitness goals and level. Within the app, there are hundreds of world-class workouts and recommendations are provided for suitable classes based on the users own ability. Using the app means that there is no reason to skip a workout anymore as all the classes are on-demand so all that is required is a set of earphones/headphones and a smartphone. Classes can even be downloaded in advance so can still be done when Wi-Fi isn’t available. For an affordable monthly subscription fee, Auro users can have the benefit of a fitness studio or personal trainer at times, locations and a price that is better for them.

The fitness classes available on the Auro app include outdoor running, walking, treadmill, X-trainer, strength training, spin, rowing, yoga and stretching and are curated with a killer playlist but users can also overlay their own music from Spotify if preferred. The personal trainers offer professional fitness advice throughout the class and guide users through their workout to keep motivated and using the right techniques. Using AI based algorithms, Auro analyses multiple input streams to hyper-personalised fitness experiences like a real PT. It also integrates with Apple Watch, Garmin, Myzone and a range of other wearables to provide detailed heart rate based analytics and personalisation. The audio-based style of the app is to encourage users to learn the correct form and technique but afterwards allows users to concentrate fully on the activity without having the distraction to look down or at a screen as they are exercising.

Auro – The Personal Training App – Available from App stores for £11.99 a month of £59.99 annual subscription (Equivalent to 4.99 a month)

Adonit V-Grip – V-Grip is the newest member of Adonit’s Grip series (PhotoGrip Qi was a hit!) and packs features that benefit the casual selfie taker to the professional streamer/photographer. From it’s easy, one-handed (righty or lefty!) operation, extendable selfie stick, cold shoe mount for lights/microphones and more, V-Grip is the compact, light-weight accessory for you that fits right in your pocket. Also, V-Grip’s shutter button is removable, so you can set up your wide-angle shot with family and friends and take the picture from 10 meters away (no more handing your phone to a random stranger to get your shot)!

The Adonit V-Grip costs $34.99 and is available via Amazon

The Ultion SMART Bluetooth model-  Brisant Secure has unveiled one of the most robust smart door locks on the market. The Ultion SMART is a piece of connected hardware homeowners can trust, as the dedicated team at Brisant Secure are door lock security experts first and foremost. Ultion SMART can be operated in a variety of ways; voice controlled with Amazon Alexa or Siri through Apple HomeKit, Bluetooth via an accompanying app, wireless keypad PIN access, or a traditional key. Brisant Secure has partnered with Danalock to create a handsfree operation that provides convenience and peace of mind. Using GPS and Bluetooth, the Ultion SMART can automatically unlock when a trusted user approaches the door. Users can even issue time-limited electronic keys via the Danalock app, perfect for Airbnb hosts, letting in tradespeople, gardeners or dog walkers.

The Ultion SMART Bluetooth model is available to purchase from £229 at Ultion-lock.co.uk 

 

Something for the Kids? 

PEBBLE GEAR – The new kids’ Pebble Gear Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4 tablets launch this Friday. Featuring a long battery life, protective case, 500+ games & apps, it might keep you sane for a bit whilst the kids entertain themselves.

Costing £99 via  https://www.pebble-gear.com

We hope some of these ideas will help you with your working from home in this fight against coronavirus.

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