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Ten Best Technology Buys

At SLOAN! Magazine we have tried and tested a wide selection of technology gadgets, devices and accessories which has left the office looking like the shop floor of a large electronic retailer. Our dedication has paid off and we are pleased to bring you our choice of the ten best technology buys this month.

1. Gtech AirRam

The Gtech AirRam cordless vacuum cleaner has enough battery life to do almost 40 minutes of cleaning on a single 4 hour charge. Dust is stored in convenient bales which means there is no dust cloud when emptying. It is light and easy to manoeuvre with a low profile which makes cleaning under furniture simple and fast. We found that by turning the handle to the left or right before lowering it allows the machine to be practically flat against the floor making it even easier to right underneath beds, tables and other furniture. It lacks powerful suction though so although it’s great for day-to-day cleaning, we would not recommend it for a deep clean. The new Gtech Multi is the perfect companion to the AirRam and is ideal for small cleaning jobs around the home and also helps valet your car. We found the grip gets uncomfortable after prolonged use and its not powerful enough to pick up everything but it is ideal for dusting and doing stairs.

2. NAVIGON

NAVIGON turns your iPhone or iPad into a fully functional mobile navigation system for use in the car, on your bike and even on foot. The maps are stored on the device so you do not need to be attached to the internet to use them which can be very useful in some circumstances. It has a simple, intuitive design so is very user friendly. We liked the versatility of using it in both portrait and landscape format 
and the intelligent address entry which makes finding your route hassle-free.

3. Lantronix xPrintServer Cloud Print & Office Edition

xPrintServer Office Edition allows you to print directly from your iPhone or iPad to virtually any printer which is especially useful for those who have older printers. Set up is very simple and only requires an Ethernet cable and no network changes or software installation are required. We noticed that printing can be slower than using the existing connections. xPrintServer Cloud Print Edition is an easy-to-use, affordable ‘plug-and-print’ solution for Google Cloud Print™ enabled devices, allowing mobile printing from Chromebook™ computers, Android™ phones and tablets. We liked how easy it was to set up and use and is a great way to integrate Google Cloud Print on your printers.

4. Q-BOPZ

Q-BOPZ is a small, high-performance wireless Bluetooth speaker with colourful water-resistant silicon coating. The long-life rechargeable battery gives up to 7 hours of playback which is fantastic. It is extremely portable as it is small and can be taken anywhere. The suction-cup base can be attached to the back of your phone or tablet as a stand, or fixed to any suitable surface up to 10 metres away from the device. We love the vibrant range of colours available and the crisp sound quality in addition to the funky design which makes the Q-BOPZ look as good as it sounds.

5. SteelSeries Stratus

This wireless gaming controller takes the world of mobile gaming to a whole new level by allowing you to use the classic console control schemes we have known and loved for years when gaming on your Apple iOS device.It hasd analog sticks and shoulder buttons which makes it different from any other controller currently on the market. We loved the precision control that was achieved from the pressure sensitive buttons on the controller. We also liked how good it feels in the hands when using it and the smart cover which protects the buttons when you’re on the move.

6. Eye-Fi

The Eye-Fi Mobi SD memory card is the ideal solution you’ve been looking for to transfer photos from your camera to your phone. It is really easy to use and we love how simple it is to set up and how quick the transfers take. We think it is a great way to overcome the problems created by poor image quality on your smartphone camera and it is a brilliant add-on which we highly recommend.

7. Booq Glass+

This screen protector surpasses its plastic rivals by offering a tempered glass screen protector which not only protects your screen but gives you a totally clear display and feels just as smooth as the actual screen of your phone. Because it is made of glass it is easier to apply, will never peel and lasts much longer than the cheaper alternatives. The thin case covers the back and sides of your phone and fits seamlessly with the glass screen protector which keeps your smartphone looking super smart. The Glass+ case is available for the iPhone 5/5S/5C and Galaxy S4. We think it is a must-have for anyone who wants ultimate protection without compromising stylish design.

8. Leef Bridge 3.0

The Leef Bridge 3.0 is a quick and easy way to move files between your phone, tablet and computer without the hassle of cables, Wi-Fi, data connectivity or cloud services. The full-size USB 3.0 connector and microUSB 2.0 connector access the same memory so you can move files between any compatible device up to 10 times faster than any other USB device which is a great bonus. The only downside is that Leef currently do not support iPhones so it is not a universal solution to data storage issues.

9. Tech21 Impact Shield

This screen protector claims to reduce the force of impact by 80%. Although we didn’t want to test this out physically, the science behind thi product is impressive. A hard top layer spreads the force of impact. The second layer is the most interesting as it consists of the BASF polymer also found in bulletproof glass. The third soft layer dampens the energy of impact and absorbs it. There is also an innovative self-healing anti-scratch surface which has perfect optical clarity. Although we prefer the Booq Glass+, this is our second favourite screen protector at the moment.

10. Fellowes Cross-Cut Shredder

Security is more important than ever when it comes to destroying sensitive documents so a cross cut shredder is a must. We were very impressed by the Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Cross-Cut Shredder. It is able to shred up to 14 sheets in one go and powers through tough jobs whilst being 100% jam proof. It operates quietly which is great in a shared environment and can shred continously for up to 12 minutes which is perfect for bulk shredding needs. It’s super safe too as it stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening.

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