Technology is everywhere and, for many of us, an integral part of our day to day lives. It can both
inspire you and make life easier. For those reasons, we want to share with you some of our favorite accessories and cool gadgets for men.
Now, the mention of gadgets might remind some of you of poorly-made novelty items that are more trouble than they’re worth, but we assure you that our goal is to present useful, quality products that will serve you well in case you decide to purchase any one of them. So, let’s begin.
The iClever keyboard is the perfect travel companion for those that need a keyboard to pair with their iOS, Android or Windows device through Bluetooth. This slim accessory comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, a range of 33 ft, and is nested inside an aircraft-grade aluminum case that folds into itself and fits into your pocket. Connect it to your tablet or phone, and hammer out those emails, proposals, or a quick draft for your latest blog piece instead of torturing your thumbs with a touchscreen keypad.
E-readers have been around for more than a few years now, but the IPX8 rated Waterproof Kindle Paperwhite from Amazon is our favorite by far. It’s notable as being the lightest and thinnest Kindle Paperwhite in the series, and its glare-free screen in combination with a waterproof design makes it a an excellent choice for reading outdoors and at the beach. Even better, it supports Audible and Bluetooth headphones or speakers, so you can now use it to listen to audiobooks besides reading.
The Nbryte Tablift stand is a great little accessory for those of you that like to take tablets or e-readers to bed with you and can’t be bothered to hold them up all the time with your hands. It works well with uneven surfaces thanks to its flexible leg design and accommodates many different tablets, including larger smartphones. However, make sure to check the maximum supported size and thickness a device can be before purchasing this accessory.
While we’re on the subject of stands, let us introduce this adjustable cell phone stand from Lamicall. It’s an accessory for your desk and is useful when you want to Facetime, watch movies, charge your phone or just use it without having to hold it with your hands. It’s made from aluminum, comes with smooth edges and rubber resting pads, and is lightweight. Regarding size compatibility, it can fit smartphones and other devices that are between 4 to 8 inches and is also a good option for the Nintendo Switch.
If you have a bunch of devices like a tablet, phone, and e-reader, then the smart charging station dock and organizer from Simicore is going to make your life much easier. With it, you can place up to four of your devices in one neatly organized spot and charge them quickly with 2.4A ports all at the same time without tripping over cables.
Charging your devices while at home is not something you think about twice, but what about charging them when you’re on the go? That’s where the ZMI USB PD backup battery & hub comes in. This 14.29-ounce power bank has enough juice to charge most 13-inch laptops once over and enough power to recharge your smartphone five or more times. Besides the USB-C port, it comes with two standard USB-A inputs for charging or for use as a USB hub. It’s among the top 10 must-have gadgets for us.
You don’t have to keep your shower singing sessions strictly acapella any more thanks to the OontZ splash-proof Bluetooth speaker. This thing comes with a range of up to 100 feet, a battery life of up to 14 hours, and it works with many different devices including smartphones, computers, laptops, etc. Just keep in mind that the IPX5 splash-proof rating advises strongly against full or partial submersion.
Having just a button separating you from a great cup of Java is what the Nespresso Pixie offers. It’s a programmable espresso maker that makes espresso, coffee, lattes and cappuccinos with a one-touch button. As a gift to all customers, this cool gadget comes with a 14 capsule kit that offers a wide range of distinct aromas and flavor profiles.
When you still want a good cup of coffee but don’t have the convenience of electricity, the AeroPress Portable Coffee Maker saves the day. This simple backpacking and camping gadget makes use of total immersion and hand pressure to push water through a filter with ground beans and provide you with a flavorful cup of coffee.
A staple of many modern outdoorsmen, the Mini Water Filtration System from Sawyer is the ideal way to make sure you always have water that’s safe to drink. It can attach to standard disposable water bottles and various hydration packs, but you can also use the supplied straw to drink directly from a source. The filter inside is good for up to 100,000 gallons and removes 99.99% of everything that can make you sick.
Continuing with the outdoor theme, we present one of the most popular and versatile backpacking stoves, the MSR WhisperLite International Multifuel. You can use it with white gas, kerosene, and even unleaded gasoline pumped at a typical gas station, so there’s no chance you’ll run out of a source of fuel. It’s also compact and folds to fit most MSR pots.
Precise up to 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg), and with a limit of 110 lb (50kg), the Tarriss Jetsetter digital scale lets you know exactly how much your luggage weighs and helps you avoid additional fees at the airport, but can also serve a wide variety of other weighing purposes. It takes replaceable batteries, has a tare function, and an easy to read LCD display.
Whether you’re lazy or have pets that shed non-stop, the iRobot Roomba 980 is going to save you a lot of time and effort. It came out on top in our recent test of the Best Robot Vacuum Cleaner in 2018 thanks to its incredible features. But if you’re not thrilled with the price tag, check out our article for more affordable products.
If there’s one tech gadget that every driver should have it’s a dash cam, and the Garmin Dash Cam 55 offers the best value. This is a tiny device that won’t obstruct but will produce detailed, high-contrast images that will capture road signs, stop lights, and license plates with ease. Having GPS-enabled incident detection, it saves footage on impact so that you can later see where and when the collision took place, but it also offers voice control. For similar products, check out our look at the Best Dash Cam of 2018.
The GoPro Hero7 Black is the latest model in a long line of world-renowned action cameras, and as such comes with a somewhat hefty price-tag, but also a lot of features. Besides the ability to film 4K video in 60fps, it’s rugged and waterproof up to 33 ft and has gimbal-like stabilization software, and you can use it to live stream and control it with your voice through 16 different commands. Moreover, it has the ability to create time-lapses, do 8x slow-mos, and comes with a touch-screen as well as many different accessories that add to its versatility.
Drones are perhaps the coolest tech gadget money can buy. They can be used for urban exploration, stunning vacation shots, racing, and a whole host of different sports such as mountain biking. For many people, the DJI Mavic Air is the best value drone out there with its 4K and 30fps camera and three-axis gimbal, long range, ample battery life, and gesture recognition. To top things off, it’s also foldable and compact and has a range of up to 6,500 ft.
If you want to get into 3D printing for under $200, then the Select Mini V2 from Monoprice is a great choice. This compact 3D printer comes assembled and calibrated with pre-loaded models and works with virtually any type of filament. It’s an affordable gadget with which you can create all sorts of accessories and parts for your action camera or drone, but your imagination is the only limit here.
With so many devices in every home requiring a fast and reliable internet connection, having a wireless network that can meet your needs is paramount. So, if you’d like to fill a large home with a strong Wi-Fi signal, and make the process as easy as possible, take a look at the Netgear Orbi, a whole home meshs system. And if you’re considering to upgrade the router combo that came from your internet service provider, we’ve reviewed some of the Top 10 Best Wireless Routers to Buy in 2018.
Any man worth his salt keeps his lawn in pristine condition, and the 21-inch cordless electric mover from Greenworks is our favorite tool for the job. It’s quieter than gas-powered models, doesn’t spew out noxious gasses, and has a runtime of up to 60 minutes. For a full review, and a look at other similar mowers, see our article about the Best Cordless Electric Lawn Mowers.
If all this reading has made you hungry, we’ve got the perfect thing to finish our list of accessories and cool gadgets for men. This three piece set consist of heat-resistant barbecue gloves, an all-important instant-read digital thermometer to make sure you don’t overcook your steaks, and a pair of Wolverine-like claws to help you shred meat quickly and easily for your pulled pork sandwiches.