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Christmas Gift Guide 2022 | The Tech Guru
Tech is a big part of our lives these days, and it’s not going anywhere! Tech is a crucial part of carry, and there are excellent options for EDC that make a world of difference. Perhaps your sibling or relative is the person who always gets asked about what phone, laptop, or camera to buy? These tech toys will keep them at the top of their game. Welcome to the Christmas Gift Guide 2022 – Tech Guru.
It’s important to be able to carry tech comfortably. While laptops, tablets and cameras are getting lighter and more nimble, they are still sizable hunks of metal and circuitry that need to be looked after the right way. The Bellroy Venture backpack is one of the revelations of the year and is designed to keep the contents well looked after, whether that’s on an everyday commute or an exciting expedition. At 22L, it’s the Goldilocks size for most people, with a 16L padded laptop sleeve and clever pocketing keeping everything inside easily accessible. Made from a durable and weather resistant 100% recycled polyester, it’s a bag for the future.
Airpods are rather ubiquitous now, and you’ll see them almost everywhere you look! However, their biggest enemy is the slippery shiny case that they come in! Bellroy has remedied this with the Pod Jacket Pro, which not only protects them, but looks classy doing it. High quality leather wraps the case to protect them from scratches and drops, while the included lanyard means that they can be attached to a wrist, bag or belt. This is one of those items that they didn’t know they needed until they have it!
The best tech is organised tech, and the beauty of a good tech pouch is that it can bounce from one bag to another, whatever the situation. The Peak Design Tech Pouch was a game changer when it first launched, and continues to be one of the best tech pouches money can buy. Ingenious internal pocketing allows the storage to concertina and maximise available space. This also means an incredibly user friendly experience where all contents are easily viewable and accessible. There is a slot for every cable and dongle here, with a variety of zippered, stretch mesh, and slip pockets. All wrapped up with a weather resistant X-Pac exterior and grab handles on all four sides for easy grab and go!
Slings are well suited to tech, they’re nimble, provide quick access, and the vertical orientation lends itself well to the form factor of a vast majority of tech goods. The Alpaka Bravo Sling Max is a happy home for any mixture of laptops, tablets, headphones, game consoles, cameras, and the like. A tidy package of VX42 X Pac, this is well protected from the elements and features AquaGuard zippers too. The padded shoulder strap is easily adjusted to become a handle so that the sling can be used like a briefcase or attache. A quick access front pocket is ideal for phones, earbuds, and a power bank, while the main compartment can hold up to a 14″ laptop. This nifty sling also has charging pass through, to keep everyone powered up!
This little tool is a trusty companion that should live in every tech bag. Including three bits (Phillips No. 2, Torx T6, and Wiha Slotted 4.5) this can help in any situation. Whether tightening a tripod, unscrewing a laptop, or just a bit of quick DIY, the river cache is a sleek way to stay ready for those little moments. In True James Brand style, the design is impeccable, and the manufacturing too. The aluminium enclosure is subtle and strong, while the magnetic bit attachment keeps everything locked in place when in use. The perfect pocket companion.
It’s almost impossible to get through a day without charging a device anymore. Now with the available options on the market, people needn’t be stuck to their desk or a wall outlet. At just under 1lb, this power bank can do it all. Three modes of charging (USB-A, USB-C, and Qi Wireless) will work for almost any phone or device, while the 20,000MAH is enough to charge even the biggest smartphones or tablets multiple times. The best feature? 18w charging through the USB-C and USB-A ports that can get a device up and running again in minutes. Rugged architecture protects from drops and spills, while and LED charger keeps the user notified of battery level. Pair it with one of Otterbox’s premium pro cables and the world is their oyster!