Lit­tle handy helpers

Jennifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son and Rod Ch­ester try out some small but use­ful de­vices

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

WI- FI AU­DIO EXTENDER D- LINK

$ 79.95

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

$ 249

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

my­toshiba.com.au

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.

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