TOOL TIME

Maxim - - CONTENTS - By ERIK SOFGE

GO-TO GEAR EN­GI­NEERED TO EN­HANCE PRO­DUC­TIV­ITY

THE KEY TO LIFE IS SIM­PLE: WORK FASTER, PLAY MORE. ANY GAD­GET THAT DOESN’T AD­VANCE THIS NOBLE QUEST HAS NO BUSI­NESS IN YOUR BRIEF­CASE. HERE, A FEW THAT DO.

I

MIGHT MAKES WRITE

E-mail may begin the deal, but pens still sign the dot­ted line. Th­ese three writ­ing tools make the case for cur­sive:

(From left) The Mon­teverde One Touch Tool Pen gets work done. In ad­di­tion to its smooth, re­li­able ball­point, it houses nine dif­fer­ent in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing a touch­screen sty­lus and dou­ble-sided screw­driver (flat and Phillips). Kitchen sink sold separately. From $30; mon­teverde­pens.com Never again let a latte spill ruin a bil­lion-dollar brain­storm. (Hate when that hap­pens.) In ad­di­tion to scrib­bling like a stan­dard ball­point, the Live­scribe 3 Pro Edi­tion pairs with an iphone or ipad via Blue­tooth and flings your bril­liant ideas to the cloud. It even records au­dio. $200; store.live­scribe.com

The new alu­minum, wood-ac­cented hard­top from ac­claimed Fer­rari de­sign firm Pin­in­fa­rina never needs a fill-up: In­stead of stan­dard ink, the For­ever Pin­in­fa­rina Cam­biano uses a metal-al­loy tip that gal­va­nizes any pa­per it touches. $119; yafa.com

II

AL­WAYS BE JUIC­ING

We’ve all been there: squat­ting by a stray Star­bucks out­let to suckle a few more drops of charge. No more. Slim as a smart­phone, the eas­ily stow­able 10.4-ounce Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 dual-de­vice bat­tery re­fu­els tablets once or most phones more than twice. $90; ianker.com

III

BE YOUR OWN HOTSPOT

The prom­ise of sta­ble, go-any­where wire­less In­ter­net ac­cess typ­i­cally re­quires a monthly data con­tract. The Karma Go is free of such Faus­tian deals. You buy it out­right and pay in ad­vance for data that never ex­pires ($ 14 per GB). $149; yourkarma.com

IV

NEVER LOSE ANY­THING

What good is hav­ing a mess of gear if you’re al­ways mis­plac­ing it? The Nokia Trea­sure Tag Mini is here to help. Synced with your phone and se­cured to a bag, the de­vice plots its lo­ca­tion on an app and pings you when it’s out of range. The Tag lasts six months on a sin­gle bat­tery and saves hours of wan­der­ing the air­port like a lu­natic. $17; mi­crosoft.com

V

POWER UP YOUR PHONE

It takes a lot for an app to score prime home-screen place­ment. But Ex­pen­sify ( from $5 a month), which or­ga­nizes trip ex­pen­di­tures by cap­tur­ing re­ceipts and miles trav­eled, makes the cut. So do Time­ful ( free), a cal­en­dar app that syncs with your sched­ule and sug­gests ways to up ef­fi­ciency, and Tur­boscan ($ 3), which cap­tures images as pdfs.

VI

STREAM YOUR DECK

Plug the Air­tame into any TV’S or pro­jec­tor’s HDMI port to beam what­ever is cur­rently on the screen of your phone, tablet, or com­puter. Set­ting up a Pow­er­point—or show­ing ev­ery­one that in­cred­i­ble gallery on Maxim.com —is as easy as stream­ing House of Cards. $149; air­tame.com

VII

COM­BINE YOUR CA­BLES

Never dig through a nest of cords again. This Brun­ton Power Knife’s Swiss Army ap­proach to ca­bles has Ap­ple (30-pin and Light­ning) and mi­cro-usb con­nec­tors on one side and a stan­dard USB on the other for sim­ple sync­ing and re­fu­el­ing. $25; brun­ton.com

VIII

GET KEYED UP

Near-full-size keys and a built-in stand make the Zagg Pocket ideal for get­ting to work on a big phone or a small tablet; the Blue­tooth board’s fold­able de­sign makes it easy to stash when the job is done. $70; zagg.com

IX

TUR­BOCHARGE YOUR TABLET

Google’s Nexus 9 is a pro­cess­ing pow­er­house, the first to fea­ture both a 64-bit CPU and a 64-bit OS (the new­est, most sta­ble it­er­a­tion of An­droid). Ideal for jump­ing from Excel to Skype with­out a hint of lag. From $399; play.google.com

X

DITCH THE DRIVE

With no mov­ing parts and up to a ter­abyte of mem­ory, the ul­tra­com­pact Sam­sung SSD T1 is the ideal way to take your work on the road—or steal the se­crets of an un­friendly for­eign prin­ci­pal­ity, should the op­por­tu­nity present it­self. From $180; sam­sung.com

XI

USE A HACK-PROOF WAL­LET

Know this: Armies of thieves would like noth­ing bet­ter than to steal your iden­tity and de­stroy your life. Thwart their best ef­forts with Wocket Smart Wal­let, which com­bines your cards into a sin­gle de­vice ac­ces­si­ble via voice or PIN. $150; wock­et­wal­let.com

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