Technology today is inescapable. We all have some type of device that we use for business, entertainment, or the family, and there are countless add-ons available to help enhance their performance and functionality.
A quick look at any retailer will find you so many of these companion devices that it can be overwhelming. That brings up the obvious question: What do you really need for your device?
While we all have special circumstances that might make a particular add-on especially important for us, the fact is that there are some basic things we’ll all need. Let’s look at some of them:
Video and audio capabilities are a very important feature of most devices today. With unlimited data plans and free wifi everywhere you go, we are doing more and more with the multimedia capabilities of our devices. We can listen to music, video chat with friends anywhere in the world, or simply enjoy a funny cat video, all from almost anywhere we go.
Of course, good etiquette dictates that there are many situations where we don’t want our music or video chats playing out loud, so it’s important to have high-quality headphones and headsets to maintain privacy and good manners. These tools can help you stay productive, connected, or just entertained with a minimal disruption to those around you.
Our tech gear is not cheap, and the fact that it’s so mobile makes it obvious that we need to be sure to protect it in every way possible. Concrete, rainfall, and extreme temperatures are the mortal enemies of our high-dollar technology. The results of a damaged device can be huge; not only will you be stuck paying for it, but it could potentially ruin an important event.
For example, what do you do when you’re using an unprotected tablet in the classroom and you drop it? The lesson–and possibly the day–can be just as ruined as the device itself. Your next step after buying a device should always be buying some protection for it.
This one almost goes without saying, doesn’t it? But since there are some innovative new ways to maintain power, we’ll address it anyway.
It seems that we’re always chasing that elusive charge light on the screen, desperate for a power source to keep us functional. And while all devices come with an AC charger, there are some options for more flexibility. You can purchase portable packs that will recharge the device without any other source, and you’ll always want a mobile charger. Careful battery management helps as well.
And don’t forget to be creative about plug-in points! When all the outlets are occupied, remember that most TVs and computer monitors feature USB ports that can give you the needed juice without an actual wall outlet. Just make sure that you’re choosing a safe place to connect.
The more we do with our devices, the more important it is to have those vital accessories. They can provide protection, functionality, and reliability that will allow you to accomplish whatever goals you have in mind, whether it be business or pleasure.