Y Magazine

Office gadgets

Technology is designed to save us time and some gadgets really come into their own in the workplace. Matthew Herbst brings you some of his favourites

 



LOCKED CLOUD

The Transporter Sync Private Cloud works just like the file sharing service Dropbox, but with a greater capacity at a fraction of the cost. A huge plus is that it is 100 per cent private, meaning that your files are completely safe and free from hackers. You can automatically sync anything you choose between your computers and privately share and collaborate on entire collections of files with anyone you want. There is no limit on file size, quantity, or the number of people you share with. Available at amazon.com from RO61.90.

 

SMART DOCK

If you’re looking for an elegant desktop charging solution for an Apple Watch, make sure you check out DOCK for Apple Watch Marble Edition. It features a brushed metal rotating arm that lets you comfortably navigate the watch face as it charges. Available at nativeunion.com from RO45.50.

 

PAPER SAVER

This in-office paper recycling machine may be a stretch beyond the average household budget, but it’s great for eco-conscious companies that use a lot of paper. Epson has recently developed the PaperLab, which takes waste paper and is able to pump out perfectly white sheets of recycled paper within minutes. Choose your preferred thickness and density and the system will produce around 14 A4 sheets of paper per minute, or 6,720 sheets in an eight-hour working day, as well as A3. The PaperLab will be available in most regions in late 2016 at an assumed cost of around RO27,402. Keep up to date with developments at global.epson.com

 

FREEHAND

Are you an artist who misses being able to draw freehand in an increasingly digital world? If so, you’ll want to investigate the Ugee 19-inch Graphics Drawing Pen Tablet Monitor, which easily lets you see what you’re drawing. Its interactive display is connected to a desktop computer or laptop, meaning you can see your art come to life and easily correct any mistakes. Available at amazon.com from RO165.48.

 

SUPER ZOOM

Pack those spectacles away because the future of digital magnification is finally here. The Electronic Digital Video Magnifier from ViSee allows you to magnify and enlarge information of any TV screen or monitor by up to 32 times. Just manoeuvre the mouse over the text you want to read and it will be enlarged on the screen. Zoom in to amazon.com and pick one up from RO30.78.

 

New: Microsoft Surface Pro 4

The new Surface Pro 4 offers the versatility of a laptop and tablet and weighs just 784g. It has a 12.3-inch PixelSense display with high contrast and low glare and can easily switch functions from laptop to tablet with a multi-position kickstand and keyboard. The device comes with a 6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processor and sports a battery life of up to nine hours. Available at amazon.com from RO345.

 

Editor’s Pick: FINGER PRINT

 

If you work in a secure office block like Team Y does, then chances are that you have to carry an entry card around. You may also misplace it often. However, if your company is able to invest in uGuardian –an easy biometric fingerprint lock – carrying and losing cards will soon be a thing of the past. With a touch of your fingertips, you’ll be able to gain entry easily. It’s also very useful for your home if losing keys is a common occurrence. Available at amazon.com from RO103.50.

 

App of the Week: Citrix Podio

Masses of documents, emails, presentations and information flying through cyberspace can be a hazard in the business world, but Podio is a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page. Brought to you by the same people responsible for GoToMeeting, Podio allows your team to communicate, organise, track and get work done all in one place. This cloud platform is accessible from anywhere with an internet connection. Podio Lite supports up to five employees and is free, while Podio Teams offers more features and costs RO3.50 per employee per month. Available at podio.com