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10 Essential Tech Products That Are Always a Good Investment

10 Essential Tech Products That Are Always a Good Investment

Gadgets have become an essential part of our busy lives. And just like everything else, those get outdated and need to be upgraded. But whether those upgrades are necessary is a little subjective. Sometimes they’re worth it. But mostly, you don’t actually need it and it’s a waste of money. So, instead of spending big bucks on gadgets you might not use or which can easily be replaced in the future, save your money for these truly essential tech products. They’ll last a long time and are worth every penny.

1. A good smartphone

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    A smartphone is very essential nowadays. Gone are the days when a phone was meant only for calling and texting. Yes, every few months a new iteration of the previous model comes on the market, but don’t be tempted to buy every upgrade. Make a list of all the features you require, stick to your budget, and you will probably find the perfect smartphone for you.

    2. A laptop

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      You can find a variety of models at a variety of prices. It’s portable and very important to conduct day-to-day businesses. Invest money in a good laptop according to your usage, and you won’t regret it.

      3. Headphones

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        You think that you don’t need a quality pair of headphones until you use one. Then you can never go back to the cheap ones. A must-have item to put on your list.

        4. Mechanical keyboard

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          Yes, we have super-thin membrane keyboards, touch keyboard, and so on. But a quality mechanical keyboard (one which has separate switches for every key) is definitely more durable, easier to use, and will make you commit less typing mistakes. And though the technology is old, it’s a product which is going to last a lifetime.

          5. A portable charger for your smartphone

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            You never know when your smartphone might run out batteries and you have to make that urgent call. Your phone is on all day long, after all!

            6. USB 3.0 Cable

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              They cost a little bit more but are totally worth it. They can transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps, which is roughly more than 10 times faster than USB 2.0.

              7. An external hard disk drive

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                It’s very important to save your data. Especially when the capacity of your computer is not high. Drives range from 250 MB to 6 TB! Get a good one in your budget.

                8. A DSLR Camera

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                  You might feel that the camera in your smartphone is more than sufficient to take nice pictures but you will be surprised when you start using a DSLR with a real lens. The pictures are way better and you will not look back.

                  9. Portable Wi-Fi Router

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                    This will ensure that you can connect to internet anytime, anywhere from your phone/tablet/laptop. It’s essential for those who need to be connected to the net everyday. Be it for business or personal uses, investing in a router will be very helpful to you in the long run.

                    10. A good quality bag

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                      Last, and maybe most important of all, is a good quality bag. It might not be a gadget but it will definitely help you carry your other gadgets around safely. Invest in a waterproof, durable bag which can easily carry your laptop and other gadgets without any issues. It will definitely last for a very long time.

                      Featured photo credit: Jesse Schexnayder via flickr.com

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                      8 Replacements for Google Notebook

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                      Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

                      1. Zoho Notebook
                        If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
                      2. Evernote
                        The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
                      3. Net Notes
                        If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
                      4. i-Lighter
                        You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
                      5. Clipmarks
                        For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
                      6. UberNote
                        If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
                      7. iLeonardo
                        iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
                      8. Zotero
                        Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

                      I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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                      In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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