COMPUTERS do not look like they used to, so it’s only fitting that computer accessories have evolved too.
From enormous amounts of storage you can slip into a pocket to plug-and-play devices that let you charge and connect your gadgets to a desktop computer, we have identified five of the best.
Samsung Portable SSD T1 500GB
Samsung / 4.5/5 / $429 / harveynorman.com.au
THIS gadget is smaller than a business card and as light as two packs of gum but holds more than 250 hours of video, 125,000 songs, or 100,000 photos. The SSD T1, named for the solid state drive inside, feels unrealistic but plug it into a USB 3.0 port and it will transfer data at speeds of up to 450MB/s, moving substantial video files with unexpected speed. The 7.1mm-thin device can also be password-protected and is available in a 1TB capacity. Users must carry its USB 3.0 Micro cord and install software to access files, but this speedy, stylish storage impresses.
Seagate / 3.5/5 / $189 / seagate.com
This 500GB external hard drive is so slim they put the measurement in the name. With a 7mm-thick profile and an industrial design, it would be easy to think someone has removed its outer layer. It comes with a braided USB 3.0 cable to avoid twists and, as the thinnest portable drive in the Seagate range, its small enough to fit in a hip pocket. It is compatible with Windows and Mac systems and is powered through the USB port so you don’t need to lug around a separate power cable.
Moshi iLynx 3.0
Moshi / 4/5 / $100 / moshi.com
THERE’S more to this four-port USB hub than meets the eye. For a start, the Moshi iLynx offers souped-up USB 3.0 data transfer speeds up to 5 Gbps from all four ports. Second, it is bus-powered so you do not need to connect a separate power cable. Third, if you do connect a power cable, it can charge up to four USB devices, including power-hungry tablets, making it an able travel accessory. The combination makes this aluminium box even more useful than you’d expect, even if its USB cable cannot be removed for a sleeker profile.
Logitech MX Master
Logitech / 4/5 / $149.95 / logitech.com
A basic mouse will let you get around a computer. A better mouse will let you navigate more effectively. Logitech’s new flagship mouse is a cleverly designed unit that is ergonomic, versatile and packed with features to make computing easier. You can pair it with three devices (Mac and Windows), and switch from one to another with a button press. The Darkfield Laser works on any surface, and it’s rechargeable through Micro USB. All buttons are customisable and the scroll button for your thumb lets you go side to side. A USB Bluetooth receiver is included.
D-Link DWR-922 Router
D-Link / 4/5 / $249.95 / dlink.com.au
Need to set up a temporary wi-fi hotspot, want to connect to mobile networks at home, or would you like to take your own router when you go overseas to avoid slow and expensive hotel offerings? There are a lot of possible uses for this router with a SIM card slot. It comes with a Globalgig SIM that has a range of available plans that will connect to the internet in more than 80 countries. You can also use it with a wired broadband connection, plus it has a port dedicated to voice-over-IP calls. Its versatility makes it stand out in a sea of routers.