Whether you’re working from home and need the right tools to make your workspace feel more like an office, or you’re looking to elevate your modern office to become more productive and better connected lets look at tech tools and tips to boost your productivity.
Start your year off right with our selection of brilliant, super-useful tech gadgets and tricks to help boost your productivity, and reduce your day-to-day stress, woosah! That’s more like it. Let’s get stuck into some innovative tech extras and tips to take your efficiency to the next level in 2021.
PD Pioneer 20000mAh 80W AC portable laptop charger
Keeping your devices topped up and ready to go has undoubtedly gotten more manageable with the dawn of portable power banks. However, what happens when you also need to power a laptop, portable monitor or even a small TV when there’s no power outlet insight? Well, not all heroes wear capes – some manufacturers have started adding AC outlets to their portable batteries to allow you to charge or power almost any device, whether it connects via USB or a plug.
For those looking for a portable laptop charger that won’t disrupt the finances, RavPower is your best bet. The company’s PD Pioneer 20000 is cost-effective and can charge all devices as it features a USB-C port, a USB-A port and a three-prong AC wall socket – did something say connection party?
The PD Pioneer 20000 is a compact portable laptop charger with a short recharge time containing a 20,000mAh battery capable of delivering 74Wh of power. Larger in size than most power banks, the device easily slips into a backpack side pocket as it is 2.7 inches wide and 5.8 inches long. You won’t want to be hauling the PD Pioneer 20000 around for too long though, as it weighs 660g. In addition to one USB-C to USB-C cable, RAVPower also throws in carrier pouch complete with pockets to protect your new portable lifesaver on the go.
With conference calls becoming an even more popular staple in modern business today, the need for reliable hardware support is growing equally. The OfficeCore M2 is the latest release from Chinese company EMeet and looks to provide a smart and stylish way to make sure your calls go down smoothly.
The device has 360-degree voice recognition due to several embedded microphones, having a range of up to 26 feet away, and supporting calls with up to 12 people on without interference. The device can also link to mobile smart assistants to enable superior communication, with Siri, Cortana and Google Now all supported via Bluetooth.
The biggest drawcard of the OfficeCore M2 is its portability – equipped with a 2500mAh battery which will last through even the lengthiest of conference calls. The device can quickly be picked up and carried around in a messenger bag or backpack. It’s not the cheapest speakerphone on the market today, but if mobility is your thing, this is for you!
The world is going cashless – more consumers are ditching cash for contactless and digital payments, and businesses need to adapt. Square has been one of the most exciting payments companies around for some time now and is finally available in the UK.
The product acts as a mobile POS system allowing customers to seamlessly transact using a contactless card, mobile or wearable device. Predominantly targeted at small businesses, the Square Reader is slim and compact, easily fitting in the palm of your hand.
The £39 reader weighs in at just 56g, making it ideal for handheld use. It can also be easily attached to a till or counter using an additional £19 dock— both ways offering a truly mobile setup.
Get sign up approval for Squares in under an hour. Eliminate the headache of setting up a new payments platform, with their software system offering a POS service as well as in-depth analytics. The tool is an invaluable asset to any small business looking to grow or expand or become more mobile.
Good ol’ human invention
Gadgets aside, one of the best recommendations we have for 2021 is to get yourself a virtual marketing assistant. This could be the ace up your sleeve if you are looking for flexible marketing solutions for business growth as a start-up, small business or entrepreneur. As we know, marketing is essential for any business’s success, and as it’s a field of speciality that is continually evolving, why not rely on an affordable expert to develop your next mastermind strategy?
To recap, we advise focusing on a few key things to drive efficiency this year. Firstly, use technology to your advantage – as tech capabilities reach new heights, be sure to make use of their advances to simplify your own life and give yourself some extra time to breathe. Secondly, procure reliable tech such as our suggestions – don’t get left hanging with lousy gear. Lastly, invest in people – a virtual additional to your marketing team could have you conquering the battlefield of business in 2021.