Working in the corporate sector brings us in contact with several personality types, and some of the most interesting ones happen to belong to the person that signs our checks. Let’s talk about the executive who doesn’t know a set of composite cables from a component set. But shopping for the not-so-tech-savvy boss is actually easier than one might think. As the office collection continues to be passed around, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a list of the 10 best, easy-to-use gadgets available this holiday season. —Branden J. Peters
Your boss uses his or her smartphone to check work-related emails and accept phone calls, right? But, like the rest of us, your boss also uses it for entertainment purposes. However, those shotty smartphone speakers don’t always make for great-quality experience. Enter Panasonic’s latest Bluetooth speaker system. Its eco-friendly, uses minimum power and produces full digital clear sound.
Available in black and white, DoubleUp allows users to simultaneously charge two devices expediently via 2.1 amp USB ports. It is ideal for an executive who uses his or her phone and tablet a lot, or the power couple that doesn’t like to share devices. The LED indicators are easy to see and read green when a unit is fully charged. It doesn’t get much more foolproof than that.
Giving screen protectors as a gift may seem silly but Commando protectors don’t provide the average protection. Using material that is an offshoot of urethane film that was developed by the US military, LifeWorks claims the screen can withstand extreme abuse without damaging the phone. The super screens are available for the iPad 2, 3 and 4, as well as the iPad Mini, iPhone 4, 4s and 5.
Executives are always on the go, traveling from place to place. As anyone who has stayed in a hotel knows, the television viewing choices are limited. SlingBox allows you to bring you’re at-home television options with you and watch via tablet, laptop or smartphone, so your favorite show or sporting event is never missed—all in 1080p resolution. The setup is fairly simple; any tech novice can take a stab at it.
Canon’s PowerShot series has been a mainstay for the company for years. As it expands, there’s something for new-to-seasoned photogs. The ELPH 530 HS is stylish and trendy yet not over the top. The built in Wi-Fi prevents the user from having to search for cables to download images. Not to mention, photos and videos can be shared just about anywhere.
Hooking up a projection system can be a daunting task for a tech newbie, but 3M’s Projector Sleeve alleviates any issues. Simply snap the slim sleeve onto an iPhone and, voilá, instant projection. Not only can it be used to project photos and videos (think: YouTube, Netflix) up to 60″, it is also ideal for group meetings.
Everyone with an office job uses a computer fairly regularly. Most units are rather mundane, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Impecca’s Bamboo keyboards and mice are not only eco-friendly; they are rather stylish in design. Hand-carved from 100% natural biodegradable bamboo material, both accessories are compatible with Mac OS and Windows. They come in a variety of colors to fit any office decor.
With so hundreds of documents stored on our computers, backing up data is essential. There are several external drives on the market, but very few are as simple to use as Seagate’s Backup Plus. Using the Seagate Dashboard, users can share photos and videos on Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. The drive automatically backs up photos shared via Facebook and Flickr. Backup Plus can also be used interchangeably on Mac or PC without reformatting.
Your boss may not want or need a tablet, but that doesn’t mean they should be left out of the portable revolution. Billed as the world’s most advanced e-reader, Paperwhite has the best light of any of its competitors, making it easy to read at night and the touch screen is a step above its predecessor. Couple that with Amazon’s extensive library and you have a great gift.
Sol Republic is a company of music lovers that make headphones for, well, music lovers. Not only are their headphones more reasonably priced than comparable brands (Ahem! Beats by Dre), they are far more durable. The headband can be bent at all kinds of angles without breaking and the V12 speakers produce a rich sound. This gift will have your boss thanking you for making his/her commute easier.