Little handy helpers
Jennifer Dudley- Nicholson and Rod Chester try out some small but useful devices
WI- FI AUDIO EXTENDER D- LINK
dlink. com. au/ harverynorman.com.au
THIS tiny device can perform two big jobs: turn any speaker into a wireless streamer, and extend your wi- fi network by 100m. The “wall wart” design allows it to plug straight into a power point and users can connect it to a home network with its one button or a free phone app. To stream music to any speaker, you just plug it into the base of this device with a standard audio cable.
2TB BACKUP PLUS SLIM SEAGATE
seagate. com. au
WHEN you go shopping for portable hard drives, it’s easy just to look at price and storage capacity when choosing one small box instead of another. The Backup Plus seeks to stand out on both appearance and features. With looks, it has a brushed metallic cover with a choice of colours. With features, it has a USB 3.0 connection, works with Windows and Macs and has up to 220MB/ s transfer speeds. One of the key attractions is that you can schedule a backup from your social networks, such as Facebook and Flickr, and your smartphone and tablet.
METALLIC LIGHTNING CABLE BELKIN
FROM $ 29.95
belkin. com. au
PERSONALISING your charging cables might seem over the top, but it is a handy way of
keeping track of the collection of cords in your home. These new metallic Lightning cables in Belkin’s Mixit range give personalisation a twist, with gold, silver and grey cables to match the colour of your iPhone. The cables, which come in 15cm and 1.2m lengths, are covered in woven metallic thread. They are stiffer than Apple cables, which reduces the chance of getting them tangled.
DUO MICRO USB 2.0 + USB 3.0 TOSHIBA
FROM $ 35
THIS handy dual- ended fl ash drive makes it a one- step process to transfer information between a computer ( Mac or PC) and an Android or Windows smartphone or tablet with a Micro SD port. The drive comes in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB models and has the option of password protection when you plug it into a PC. It’s a tool for transferring data from one device to another, so you can use both ends simultaneously. However, the Micro SD end may not fi t into devices with tight port locations.