PARTIES ON THE GO: X-MINI CLEAR
The next time you’re on a beach holiday, connect this compact audio system to your smartphone via Bluetooth to turn it into a modern boom box. It produces crisp, clean mid and high frequencies – translating to clear sounds that aren’t drowned out by bass beats. And if you like thumping dance music, its 70mm subwoofer produces a bass performance that won’t disappoint. The X-mini Clear can also be used as a speakerphone for noise-free conference calls. Plus, its battery doubles up as a smartphone charger.
SAFEGUARD YOUR SMARTPHONE: DUET BY PROTAG
Avoid misplacing your smartphone while travelling, with this tiny tracking tag (works with iOS and Android). Set up the Protag app, which can track up to 10 tags, and link the tag to your smartphone via Bluetooth. Alarms will sound on both the smartphone and the tag the moment they are more than 10m apart. Duet can track your device up to a distance of 30m. And it works both ways – attach a tag to your wallet or keys and the Protag app on your smartphone can help locate it.
QUALITY SOUND: CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER E5
Watching movies in a moving vehicle can be a pain, with external noises muffling the film’s dialogue. Enter the Sound Blaster E5, a portable audiophile-grade Digital Analog Converter and amplifier that’s powerful enough to drive studio-quality headphones. Connect it to your smart device or laptop via analog cable, USB or Bluetooth for true-to-original audio reproduction – so you won’t lose the plot. It even has a built-in stereo microphone with noise-cancelling features, allowing you to make crystal-clear calls.
FUN PHOTOS: PROLINK PCL3000 3-IN-1 CAMERA LENS
If you’re not one to splurge on a complicated camera, take mobile photography to the next level with this lens kit. It features three interchangeable lenses – fisheye, wide-angle and macro – for creating fun effects. The wide-angle lens, for instance, is great for capturing scenic landscapes, while the macro lens lets you capture smaller images – like close-up shots of flora and fauna – in greater detail. Simply affix the appropriate lens to your smartphone camera and shoot away.
FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT: TOUCHJET TOUCHPICO
This pocket-sized Wi-Fi enabled Android projector turns any flat surface into an 80-inch touchscreen – perfect for entertaining restless kids, or giving business presentations. Install and run apps from the Google Play Store using the TouchPico itself, or wirelessly stream content from your smartphone to the device. It comes with a stylus too, for interacting with the projected screen. Project movies, multiplayer games, skype chats or even exercise videos onto the wall of your hotel room.
Words by Zachary Chan, SilverKris