Some technology can be expensive, and yet if you search thoroughly you’ll find really useful items that don’t cost very much, especially in support of your already existing expensive gadget. Not all branded tech has quality, and in fact, some of the very little known brands have innovations that are truly needed but won’t send your wallet flying. The products shown here have tremendous value especially in support of your other devices and gadgets.
Anker Ultra Slim 4-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub ($9.99 – Amazon)
If you use a lot of accessories then you’ll probably run out of USB ports even if you’re using a desktop or laptop, with newer models having fewer USB ports to begin with. If you don’t want to go all out and get an expensive dock for your computer, this 4-port USB hub will be more than enough for you. This hub features USB 3.0 ports, which are significantly faster than older USB 2.0 ports. You’ll notice that difference the most if you connect an external hard drive to this hub for backups.
Anker 24W Dual USB Car Charger PowerDrive 2 ($8.99 – Amazon)
Since Apple removed its headphone jack on the iPhone 7, this multi-port car charger is a must-have for those with vehicles. It’s great if you want to charge multiple devices at once or to keep your phone and Bluetooth audio adapter charged. That way you can listen to music through your car’s stereo, and make sure your iPhone has enough energy to get to your next destination.
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Lumsing 20W 2-Port 5V Universal USB Wall Charger Hub with Foldable Plug ($4.99 – Amazon)
You can now stop arguing with roommates or family members about who gets to charge their phone next. Save yourself the aggravation and pick up one of these power adapters. Two people can charge their devices at once, and at 20W this adapter can charge your devices faster than your standard brand chargers. If you want to grab this adapter for those busy business trips, it has a foldable plug to keep it from getting damaged.
Targus Trax Sleeve for Laptops Up to 15.6 inches ($4.99 – Amazon)
If you need some additional protection when carrying your laptop around in a backpack or messenger bag, the easiest way to do that is put it in a sleeve. This thick sleeve from Targus also comes with a zipper up front to hold your laptop’s charger, and possibly even an external battery pack.
Lamicall S1 Phone or Tablet Stand ($9.98 – Amazon)
If you keep your phone or tablet sitting on your desk, then invest in a stand. Since most of us keep their phones or tablets handy nearby while using a PC, this stand will really come in handy. It also keeps your devices in one spot and since you’re more likely to keep a charging cable nearby so you’ll always have a full charge and this stand even has a hole you can thread a cable through to encourage that.