We’re living in the Information Age, Computer Age, Digital Age—whatever you want to call it—when technology is not only prevalent, but is integrated into nearly every aspect of our lives. Some might say technology isn’t always a good thing and some might argue that we use it too much, but hey, I’m totally OK if I never have to use a paper map ever again. Am I right? But honestly, technology and the gadgets that we use on a daily basis can be very helpful, for the most part. I bet there are some products out there that you don’t have and didn’t even realize could be so useful. I’m talking about products for under $20 dollars that can save you space, time and your sanity.
Here are 5 accessories under $20 that you didn’t know you were missing:
Believe it or not, even before Pokemon Go people had phones dying from overuse (or general use) and could benefit from a power bank. It wasn’t until this nostalgic game-craze that these incredibly convenient accessories started getting their due credit and the attention they deserve. Honestly, I didn’t even realize what I was missing before I had my own; I would just constantly have days of frustration or being unsatisfied from either having a dead phone or from trying not to use it just to save some battery life. Those days are finally over (thank goodness). Power banks are super convenient. They’re generally pretty small (usually the size of your hand), not too heavy and will typically fully charge a device at least once. Always needing more battery power? Want to be a hero and save the day? Having an extra battery will ensure you’re always prepared and give you the chance to think of other, less annoying things. Want to know more about how power banks can become your new favorite accessory? Check this out!
Thinking about getting a new laptop or tablet? If you do, it’ll most likely support a completely new USB called Type-C. There are many products available now or coming out that require a USB Type-C for input or charging, like the Google’s Chromebook Pixel, Apple’s 2015 MacBook, Nokia’s N1 and many current smartphones. Chances are you probably already have one. But why would you need a Type-C USB hub, you ask? Let’s say you have a new laptop with only a USB Type-C port (like the new MacBook), but a camera, flash drive and printer that all use the old USB 3.1. Don’t panic, the solution is simple; all you’d need is just one Type-C USB hub, like the one in the picture. Problem solved! Of course this is just one example. There are other hubs that have more than one kind of input (Ethernet, HDMI, USB 2.0), which can also be very useful. Point is, don’t let products supporting the new Type-C stop you from using your older devices. Get a Type-C hub that will fit your needs.
This is another one of those accessories that you didn’t realize you were missing until you finally have one, and then you can’t live without it. Do you currently have one of those ugly and bulky extension cords or surge protectors at your desk? Not only do they take up space and look terrible, but they’re usually out of reach and way under your desk so that you don’t have a clutter of cords all in your space. Try to tell me this isn’t you, I dare you. Desktop chargers are great, because they look nice, save space and are conveniently on your desk for easy access. Need I say more? Here you go. You’re welcome.
HDDs or Flash Drives
Who’s still living without an external hard drive? Well, I was, until I needed one because my MacBook just decided to run out of space all of a sudden. Don’t wait until this happens to you. It’s incredibly frustrating to be working on a project only to find out that you can’t save your work because you don’t have any space on your computer. I mean, I do have A LOT of pictures, but not nearly enough to fill up a computer, yet somehow it happened anyway. I’m sure everyone is already aware that Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and flash drives are especially useful to store backups and bulks of data, but I can’t stress how important it is to have extra storage before you need it. Don’t wait until something happens to your device and you lose all of your information. HDDs made by trusted brands can be a bit expensive, but you can get reliable 32GB flash drives for under $20 and still have ample storage.
It’s (quite literally) music to my ears. This one may not save on space or time, but it might just do wonders for your sanity! Whether it’s music, talk-radio, or podcasts that you enjoy listening to; Bluetooth speakers are awesome and not as expensive as you might think. Most Bluetooth speakers aren’t very big either, so they’re easy to take with you to the beach, to a party–to a beach party, hey!–or anywhere, really. Speaking of beach parties, many Bluetooth speakers are also waterproof. And who doesn’t like to sing in the shower? Have I proven my point yet? If you want the best for less, check out these top 10.