Top 10 Gadgets for Men
No.10 – BOSE noise cancelling headphones
We all love our work mates. But sometimes sitting through the fifth recount of how their “super-hot” girlfriend scored “super-awesome” tickets to Friday’s gig isn’t necessarily the best way to finish that mountain of paperwork.
Noise-cancelling headphones are great to tune out all the static and with these ones from BOSE even the loudest of co-workers will be a far away dream.
They’re a tad pricey – but when you think about all the time (and pain) you’ll save not having to listen to the pointless musings of your cubical family they’ll be worth every penny.
No.9 – Wristwatch
You know what they say about a man with a good watch… he always knows the time.
Being punctual is a sought after asset in the upper echelons of business and a great watch can assure you this and much more. TAG Heuer Monaco Vintage is one of the best. It combines style with character and if Leonardo DiCaprio can score hottie model Gisele with one, who knows what could happen, right?
The Monaco was the first-ever square-cased water-resistant watch, and Steve McQueen donned one in the 1970 car-racing classic film, Le Mans.
No.8 – Portable solar charger
Running out of battery is a recipe for disaster under any circumstances.
But if you’re looking to score that big promotion, not being reachable on your mobile is quite possibly one of the biggest mistakes you’ll make.
The Solio portable charger is small, easy to use and best of all the ladies love the fact you’re doing something good for the environment. It works with almost any electrical device including Samsung smartphones, iPhones, Blackberrys, cameras and much more.
No.7 – One Can Fridge
We all know how much of a disaster zone the communal office fridge can be.
It rarely gets cleaned, people bring weird things in for lunch, and sometimes you just don’t want to have to walk all the way to the kitchen to grab a drink. You can fix all of that though by putting one of these babies on your desk.
The One Can Fridge plugs into any USB port, so whether you just want to keep a can of coke chilled or hide away your afternoon snack it’s always rough and ready.
And of course at AM we don’t encourage drinking during work hours – but who says you can’t keep a beer handy for those late nights spent working back, right?
Price: $44.58 (including shipping).
No.6 – The Cubicle Doorbell
There’s no denying it – our desks at work are often a home away from home during the working week.
There’s washing-up lying around, there are papers everywhere and more often than not – a man spends plenty of his hard-earned time there. But one of the things we hate the most here at AM is uninvited visitors – after all, even at work, a man needs his privacy.
The Cubicle Doorbell fixes all of this. It’s a bit of fun – but if you want to erase those unannounced pop-ins then this is just the office toy for you. It even has 12 different choices – Chirping birds, Old car horn, “Ding-Dong” doorbell, Sprong, Fading laser were our favourites.
Price: $36.58 (including shipping).
No.5 – Encrypted USB storage devices
USB storage devices are great. We’ve been saved many a time here at AM with these tiny little godsends.
Have you noticed though how they keep getting smaller and smaller? But did you also know that they now come armed with special encryption software?
If you’ve ever wanted to channel James Bond – then an encrypted USB is probably your best bet.
Security giant Mcafee make the best. They come in 1 GB to 32 GB devices. They incorporate fingerprint identification and password protection, and encrypt data “on-the-fly” – meaning even the most tech-adverse user will be able to use one.
Price: Around $300 (depending on size).
No.4 – Digital pen recorder
Turns out when you’re too hungover to do nothing else but stare blankly at your computer, this pen will do your entire job for you. OK, that might have been a slight exaggeration. But still, a pen that makes a digital copy of anything you write down, records and transcribes conversations and doubles as a translator, calculator and camera is pretty damn amazing.Powered by Samsung, it comes in 1GB and 2GB sizes.
If you aren’t immediately the coolest person in the office once you crack this toy out, then you simply need to find new colleagues.
Price: $169.95 (including shipping).
No.3 – iPod Nano
It would be pretty pointless to have a rocking new pair of noise-cancelling headphones without the music to match, right?
Well don’t be fooled, the new line of iPod nano’s are much more than a simple music box.
It’s everything its big brother was and more. It’s thin, bright, and can hold thousands of songs. Meaning it’s the perfect cure for those relentless excel spreadsheets.
New features also include an in-built video camera, a high-quality microphone, a larger screen and also FM digital radio. Allowing you to film, record, watch and listen to all the latest news you might need to be updated on during the day.
It’s excellent for catching all those sneaky office moments to upload on YouTube… but you didn’t hear that from us.
No.2 – ASUS-Lamborghini-VX3 laptop
There’s not much AM wouldn’t do to own a Lambo. The Italian-made, leather lined, steel box of raw grunt is pretty much every car-loving fanatics dream. Sadly, most of us don’t have a spare $787,240 for a 6.5ltr V12 Lamborghini Murcielago Coupe. But if you are in the market for a new laptop, and feel like spending more money than you should – splash out on this beauty. Standard models come installed with Windows Vista Ultimate, Intel Core2 Duo Processor T9300, a 0.3 Mega Pixel web camera and 4 gigabytes (GB) of DDR2 RAM. But surely the best part is the look on your friend’s faces when you tell them you just bought the newest model Lamborghini.
No.1 – The Samsung OMNIA ICON smartphone
Between SMS, in-built camera’s, GPS, email and music software the modern day man can do almost anything with a smartphone.
The Samsung OMNIA ICON, is AM’s pick for any man who is looking to get the best of both worlds when mixing business with pleasure. Sporting the latest Windows and Office Mobile software, it gives you access to view and edit Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on the run.
It also comes packing a 5 megapixel camera with the ability to shoot and edit pictures and video. It’s massive 3.7in AMOLED touch screen – means it’s battery friendly and much easier to read – and its sleek black body and design mean you’ll always look good taking a call.
But surely one of the best features of the OMNIA ICON is its ‘Smart Reader’ which allows you to scan business cards and other images into documents.