- USB-C Portable Docks. This is an unsung hero of efficiency, whether your laptop is at your desk or on the go. The trend to mobile work stations and the new, slimmer, and light-weight laptops have changed the way we plug in. It just isn’t feasible anymore to unplug bunches of cords or connect to a traditional docking station every time you need to get up and move.
The USB-C is a new, powerful port on most laptops, and a USB-C portable dock allows you to plug in power, HDMI, and multiple USB items into one hub, all easily connected through a single, small port on your PC. Quick and simple, the best news is the price. These ports are available from a variety of sellers starting at $50.
- Wireless Display Adapters. The last thing you want before a roomful of attendees arrive to hear your presentation is to discover your computer is not compatible with the presentation set-up! Finally, you can say goodbye to fumbling with HDMI, VGA, or DisplayPort cords.
With a Wireless Display (WiDi) adapter plugged into your conference room screen, presenters can connect wirelessly to display the latest sales figures, training presentation, or development timeline. Not only do these devices make connections easy, but they clean up the conference room and reduce frantic calls to IT. They are also available on the low-end of the range from $30.
- Video Doorbells. Today’s sad reality is that security concerns top the priority list for any modern office. Most facilities require a keycard or other secure entry, but the weakness in security remains handling visitors. While locking the door is a good start, someone still must open the door to find out who’s there. Security can be easily breached.
Heavily marketed as a residential device, the video doorbell also has a place in commercial office spaces. With a video doorbell, anyone connected to the doorbell’s wireless signal can screen visitors before facing them in person.
- Portable Power Banks. These devices are not new, but their capabilities have recently expanded. In the world of remote work and mobile employees, such a device should be considered standard equipment. The new portable banks carry enough charge and enough USB outputs to charge 3 phones from dead to full all at the same time, without the power bank needing a recharge.
Ranging in size from small, about the size of a roll of nickels, to larger, about the size of the XL cell phones, the power banks easily support the mobile worker. Priced affordably and according to the size, options exist to fit employee’s needs and employer’s budgets.
Big Impact For Small Price
Any of these technologies exist as a small enough line item for a successful business to weather, but the power of their potential to change your business into a streamlined, safe, and modern company is huge.