With Christmas on it’s way, we look at our top 8 gadgets we think every IT Contractor needs the Christmas.
- Tablet computer
There are so many to pick from – iPad, Surface, Kindle, Note, Pad – spoilt for choice. Tablet computers are a must for those looking to work in a dynamic way.
They are a lightweight option that you can easily fit it into your day-to-day life as a contractor. They can easily be slipped into a bag or briefcase and won’t weigh you down like previous bulky heavy laptops.
With the ability to store files with online storage files with online storage such as the Cloud, OneDrive or Dropbox, and you’re able to sync all your apps across multiple devices – it’s even easier to manage your schedule and work remotely.
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- GoPro Hero5 Black 4k Ultra HD – priced £349
IMAGE: GoPro http://shop.gopro.com/cameras/hero5-black/CHDHX-501-master.html
- Fitness Wearable Technology
With a busy work life, it can be difficult to stay active. With, what seems to be, the invasion of fitness wearables – you can monitor almost anything.
These devices can let you count steps, calories, workout minutes and more. Some have a vibrating reminder to tell you to move when you’ve been inactive for too long. They can also keep you connected with notifications for email, text, calls and more.
- ZutaLabs Pocket Printer – available for special pre-order price $299.00. Looking to be released in Q1 2017
This portable printer (at just 10.2 cm in diameter) moves across a sheet lying flat on a table and prints out the document. You can connect from your Mac, PC, iOS or Android using Wi-Fi and print on all sizes of paper. The battery lasts long enough for one hour of printing and is rechargeable via micro USB.
IMAGE: ZUTA LABS
- Parrot MKi9200 Bluetooth Car Kit – price £229
For contractors that are always on the move and never out of their car, this hands-free system that combines music and phone tools is for you. It’s compatible with all music sources – be it iPhone, Android, USB drive or via Bluetooth. It has user voice recognition, so that you can stay safe and not take your eyes off the road.
IMAGE: Parrot https://www.parrot.com/uk/car-kits/parrot-mki9200#parrot-mki9200-details
- Garmin DriveAssist 50LMT-D – priced £279
Another device perfect for the contractor on the move. The DriveAssist 50LMT-D incorporates a 1080p dash cam with the usual sat-nav features. It includes a smartphone companion app, hands-free calling support, detailed graphics and lane change notifications.
If your car insurance company provides discounts for having a dash cam, you could potentially even save money on your premiums too.
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- Virtual Reality Goggles – PS4 Virtual Reality (pictured) price £349.95
All contractors need to “switch off” from the day job. After a long day, there would be nothing better than getting away from it all. Unfortunately, booking an immediate flight to another country isn’t really a viable option. But with virtual reality goggles, you can absorb yourself in a different location without leaving the house.
IMAGE: PS4 Virtual Reality Goggles http://www.techradar.com/news/wearables/the-best-vr-headsets-2015-1292087
- RIF6 Cube – priced £299
This tiny projector is made for contractor movie-fanatics on the go. Measured at 2-inches cubed, designed for mobile devices, it can project a vivid 120-inch image onto any surface. Don’t expect to be watching Lord of the Rings through it, it has a battery life of 90 minutes.
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What tech items are on your Christmas list this year? Let us know via Twitter @supercontractUK
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