Learning shouldn’t be complicated with the help of technology gadgets like these.
This year has been one of uncertainty and as students return to school, there are more questions than there are answers about safety, class structure, and learning opportunities. This guide is meant to provide options for tech products that might make learning a bit easier this school year.
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage)
The incredibly thin and light MacBook Air features a Retina display with True Tone technology, Magic Keyboard, processors with up to twice the performance, faster graphics, Touch ID, and all-day battery life.
JABRA ELITE 75T TRUE WIRELESS EARBUDS
The Jabra Elite 75t True Wireless Earbuds feature a smaller and more compact design that is optimal for comfort and a secure fit. The battery life is 7.5 hours, which is extended to 28 hours of use with the charging case. It has premium sound and four-microphone technology for crystal-clear calling experiences.
TARGUS CITYLITE PRO SLIM BRIEFCASE
The CityLite Pro Slim Briefcase is designed to fit laptops up to 15 inches in size. It’s ‘streamlined’ to provide space for the essential everyday items you must carry throughout your day. There is a large quick-access zippered front pocket along with dual interior compartments for organizing files and folders. The messenger-style bag also features a trolley pass-through luggage strap and metal hardware with soft-touch zipper pulls. The handles are structured to be ergonomic and the heathered material used to wrap the case resists fading, stains, and wetness.
EMBER CERAMIC APP ENABLED MUG
The Ember Ceramic Mug is a connected device that remotely adjusts to keep your beverage at your ideal temperature. The app allows you to select a personalized LED color and gives you the ability to choose and save your presets for different types of drinks. The mug ships with a charging coaster. It weighs approximately 0.75 pounds and is rated IPX7 (fully submersible underwater). The mug is not dishwasher or microwave safe and must be hand washed carefully. It will regulate a drink’s temperature between 120-145º.
SANDISK EXTREME PRO PORTABLE SSD
The SanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD is designed to leverage SanDisk’s in-house NVMe technology so that users have the fastest speeds possible (up to 1050 MB/s). The case is rugged (made with an aluminum body covered in silicon rubber) and protects its contents no matter where it goes. The SanDisk Pro Extreme has an IP55 rating for water and dust resistance and is shock-resistant up to 1500G. The SSD comes in three different capacities — 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB — and it’s compatible with Mac or PC computers.
BRAVEN BRV-MINI RUGGED PORTABLE SPEAKER
The BRV-MINI is a can-shaped rugged, portable speaker that produces an amazing sound. It is Braven’s smallest speaker to date. The ‘small but mighty’ speaker boasts a 12-hour playtime and is totally waterproof (rated IPX7). It features wireless pairing — meaning you can daisy chain two units together — and provides room-filling acoustics with 5W output and boosted bass from the integrated passive radiator. The speaker uses USB-C for charging and can also act as a speakerphone.
MOPHIE POWERSTATION WIRELESS XL
The Powerstation Wireless XL has a capacity of 10,000mAh. It is designed as a wireless portable battery and provides up to 18W of power delivery using the USB-C and Lightning ports. The Lightning port is actually an input/output port so it can be used to recharge the battery. In addition to charging devices wirelessly, the Powerstation can also be recharged on a wireless charger. The Powerstation is compatible with Qi wireless charging standards and will work with a variety of products including AirPods, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs, iPhone XR, and iPhone X. The Powerstation supports pass-through charging, too.
HYPERDRIVE DUO 7-IN-2 USB-C HUB
This new HyperDrive includes the same wide variety of expansion ports as the original model. In total there are 7 ports to use for connection to your laptop. Those ports include two (2) USB-A, one (1) SD card slot, one (1) Micro SD card slot, one (1) HDMI, and two (2) USB-C ports (one capable of Thunderbolt 3 with 100W power delivery). These are the same ports that were included in the original HyperDrive, but the HDMI connection now supports 4K 60Hz HDMI.
WACOM ONE CREATIVE PEN DISPLAY
The Wacom One is a large format tablet that features a 13.3” screen. It has the ability to connect to most computers (Mac or PC) and even some Android tablets and smartphones. The digital pen makes it possible to have the ‘real’ feel of writing when making edits, drawing, or annotating on documents. The Wacom One “feels like pen and paper and works like magic.” There is no need for batteries with the Wacom pen and the natural surface friction/minimal reflection screen makes it feel like you are writing on paper and not glass.
JOBY BEAMO PORTABLE LED LIGHT
The Beamo lights are compact and rugged so they can be used at any time, anywhere you might be. They are travel-friendly and waterproof (up to 30 meters). The lights have the capabilities of dimming or stepping down brightness 5 steps. Beamo also has a Strobo feature for creating different effects. The light has two cold shoe mounts built onto the body so it can easily be used with other accessories and the universal tripod mount makes it possible to use with a variety of stands and tripods including GorillaPods. The lights can also work with the myJoby app (for iOS and Android users) so that you can set the perfect brightness and create scenes with your favorite settings.