There’s no way around it: cords are a bane of modern life. From the snake’s nest behind your TV to the knot of cables spilling off your desk, cords are unsightly things we’ve grown to live with. Thankfully, there’s a better way.
With the rise of portable devices like tablets and smartphones, we’re starting to see a glimmer of light at the end of the cord-cluttered tunnel. Here are five of the best accessories that will help you get the most out of your tablet, but won’t have you tripping over cords while you do.
1. Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard
A tablet’s touchscreen keyboard is fine for searching Google and sending off quick emails. But it’s not so hot when you have to buckle down and write a paper or work on the Great American Novel. That’s where a good Bluetooth keyboard comes in. These devices make typing on a tablet a breeze, with no cords required.
The best one on the market right now is the Logitech Bluetooth Easy-Switch Keyboard. First and foremost, it’s a pleasure to type on, thanks to its high quality aluminum finish and gently incurved keys. Perhaps its biggest selling point is that it can connect to three devices simultaneously, so you can switch between typing on your tablet, phone, and computer with the press of a button. It’s quiet, it’s back-lit, and it’s received spectacular reviews across the board. You can buy the Windows version here and the Mac/iOS version here.
2. Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker
A tablet’s thinness is a major selling point because it makes the device easy to toss in a bag and bring with you wherever you go. One downside is that its speakers are too small to produce rich, high-quality sound. And with all the music and videos available on tablets these days, owning a nice set of Bluetooth speakers is almost a requirement.
When it comes to a wireless speaker for your tablet, you’ll probably want one that’s small enough to bring with you when you leave your house. One of the best in class is the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker. Not only is it the lightest, cheapest, and most portable Bluetooth speaker from Bose — a company that knows a thing or two about speakers — but it comes in a variety of colors. For the perfect mix between size and sound quality, you can’t go wrong with the Bose SoundLink Color. You can buy one right here.
3. Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 External Battery
As liberating as it would be to cut cords out of your life altogether, there’s one time you can’t escape them when using a tablet: charging. But running down your battery doesn’t mean you’ve run out of options. You could plug it into a wall outlet, but that would root your otherwise portable tablet in place while it juices up. A better way to charge your tablet is to use an external battery pack.
One of the best battery packs on the market is the Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4. It’s small and light enough to take with you anywhere you bring your tablet, and it frees you from the tyranny of the wall outlet. It packs enough power to give your tablet a full charge, and it has two USB ports, so you can juice up your phone at the same time. Better yet, it detects what devices you plug into it and delivers as much power as they can handle as quickly as possible. You can buy an Anker 2nd Gen Astro E4 here.
4. Adonit Jot Pro Stylus
An index finger is a fine input device for many applications, but it’s not so hot when you’re using your tablet to draw a picture, take hand-written notes, or fill in a spreadsheet. In those cases, it helps to bring a little precision to your tablet computing. That’s where a stylus comes in.
The Adonit Jot Pro is a fantastic stylus at a very reasonable price. Thanks to its clear disc tip, it’s far more precise than its mushy, rubber-tipped competition. It’s built of aluminum and steel, so it feels great in your hand. Finally, the tip is lightly cushioned to give the impression you’re writing on paper instead of glass. You can buy an Adonit Jot Pro here.
5. Apple TV
If your tablet of choice is an iPad, you might be surprised to learn that you can stream just about anything from your tablet to your television, as long as you have an Apple TV. The best part? No cords or cables required. Apple makes this possible through the AirPlay function built into both devices.
Using an Apple TV is a fantastic way to extend the usefulness of your iPad. You can send movies, TV shows, photos, and music from your tablet to your television so everyone in the room can enjoy them. You can even play iPad games on your TV or bring it to the office and use it to deliver presentations. With the wealth of apps available for iPad, the opportunities are endless. You can buy an Apple TV here.