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5 Gadgets You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Gadgets have taken over our lives, but sometimes we don’t know we need certain gadgets until we need them.

For example, my computer has 5.1 surround speakers, which are fantastic for music and movie watching while sitting at the computer. But if I have guests, it’s a bit hard to hear the music from my computer room while in the living room. So a portable Bluetooth / WiFi soundbar would easily solve my problem, right?

In this article, we’re going to keep it simple, and look at 4 modern gadgets that are really useful in everyday circumstances.

Wireless Poker controller

This one might be weird, but it’s for the Poker lovers out there who love playing online casino games like Casumo casino while traveling.

This is a literal gamepad for Poker players that is both wired (USB) and wireless compatible, and can be used in your favorite online poker games, as the buttons on the gamepad are specific to actions you would make during a regular Poker game.

It’s a bit pricey at $79.99, but it’s something to consider if you have a nice win bonus.

Phone camera lens adapter

If you love taking photos on your phone, but wished you could get results comparable to high-quality DSLR cameras, you need a phone camera lens adapter.

They sound gimmicky but actually work great. While phone cameras are always increasing their megapixels, and we now have impressive 108-megapixel technology in flagship phones from Samsung and Xiaomi.

A great photo is not only about megapixels however, and that’s why professional photographers have a wide array of lens types at their disposal.

Cell phone lens attachments let you take great photos comparable to what you’d get from DSLR cameras with different lens types. So you can attach a wide-angle lens to your phone for better panoramic nature shots, or a telephoto lens for clear, vivid magnification while birdwatching.

Some great phone lens makers are ExoLens, Sony, Bitplay, and Olloclip.

Directional microphone for conferences and streamers

 

A huge majority of the workforce is now working remotely due to the global pandemic measures, and that means people are video conferencing with co-workers in meetings almost every day.

A headset can be a bit tacky and makes you look like a call center agent, and telling your co-workers “Wait, I can’t find my headset” is a pretty embarrassing moment.

What you need is a directional microphone, typically used by podcast hosts and YouTube streamers. The microphone sits on your desk, and you just aim it towards yourself.

High-quality directional microphones offer significant useful advantages over plain old USB microphones that dangle over your laptop, such as much clearer audio quality and reduced background noise, so you don’t need to turn off your room fan during a business meeting.

Some great directional microphone brands are:

  • Blue Yeti
  • Shure
  • Audio-Technica
  • Samson

Bluetooth and USB compatible soundbar

Soundbars are becoming increasingly popular for people that want cinematic-quality sound in a small, portable package, especially for watching Netflix on your laptop or smartphone.

While soundbars are traditionally thought of enhancements for poor quality TV speakers, the ones that are Bluetooth, USB and WiFi compatible are perfect for your smartphone and laptop.

For example, imagine you’re hosting a small get-together party with some friends in your home, but the party has moved to the kitchen, and your entertainment system is in the living room. A good quality soundbar will solve the problem, whether you use it to stream Bluetooth audio from your phone, or a playlist over WiFi from your laptop.

Some great soundbar brands to investigate:

  • Sonos Arc
  • Vizio
  • Yamaha
  • Sennheiser

USB car fast charger

USB car chargers are nothing new, but they all aren’t made equally. Some USB car chargers will keep your phone just barely alive, but more modern USB car chargers offer fast charge technology so that your phone will actually charge while you’re driving, and not just stay alive with a trickle of current.

Another thing is that even while cars are coming equipped with built-in USB ports for playing music from your phone, they typically only output around 5 watts, which again just barely keeps your phone alive. Using Google Maps and Spotify at the same time is going to drain a bit of your battery even while plugged into your built-in USB car charger.

 A dedicated car USB charger will actually get the job done, and if you spend around $20, you can expect features like 2 USB ports and fast-charging technology for modern phones.

Some great USB car charger brands:

  • Nekteck
  • Anker
  • ZMI

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