One of the common issues faced by users is lack of space to place all their gadgets. Thankfully brands have taken notice and launched compact devices across categories.
Price: Rs 5,999
This is the world’s smallest inkjet all-in-one printer. Weighing just 2.3kg, it is almost half the size in comparison with other available all-in-one printers. Even though it is compact in size, the Ink Advantage 3700 can print up to 15 A4 size colour pages per minute and scan at up to 1200 dpi resolution. It also has built-in WiFi to print wirelessly from smartphone/tablet.
Pocket Portable Pico Projector
Price: Rs 5,000 onwards
Pocket projectors are great for use in confined spaces. They can project image as large as 100-inches and do not require a lot of area to be placed. Most entry level pico projectors offer a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels or 800 x 480 pixels — this will not give you the best clarity, but will get the job done in a small size room. Features vary depending on the brand you choose — you can get options of built-in battery, HDMI, MHL port, built-in speaker, WiFi, USB port etc.
Price: Rs 37,000
ZenScreen is a sleek and portable 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) monitor from Asus. It is 8mm slim, weighs 780 grams and comes with a foldable smart case that converts into a stand for it. For connectivity, it only has a single USB Type-c port and can be connected with any device with a type-c port — there is even support for connection via a USB type-A port via additional drivers. You can place it vertically or horizontally depending on requirements (it has auto-screen rotation).
Price: Rs 7,299
Stick PC are available from iBall, Lenovo and even directly from Intel in India. They are direct HDMI dongles with basic hardware (Atom processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage) and preloaded Windows OS — ideal for users who want an occasional basic PC but do not want to invest in a large CPU/monitor. The stick PC can be connected to any TV/monitor via HDMI and it has built-in WiFi to connect to the Internet. There is also a full-size USB port to connect dongle for wireless mouse and keyboard as well as microSD card slot for storage expansion.
Amazon Fire TV Stick
Price: Rs 3,999 onwards
The Fire Stick is an HDMI dongle style media streaming stick. It can be plugged to any screen (TV/monitor) with HDMI port – you just need to connect it to WiFi and it offers the user access to various streaming services including Amazon prime, HotStar, Netflix etc. There is a remote control included with voice control for ease of usage. This one device offers access to thousands of movies, TV series and other online content (some service require a paid subscription).
Mi Router 3c
Price: Rs 1,199
The recently launched WiFi router from Xiaomi has a tapered design which makes it sleek compared to routers we have seen from other brands up till now. The router has 4 antennas to provide superior range and 64MB RAM — this enables you to connect up to 64 devices simultaneously. The router supports WiFi n and comes with two Ethernet ports to connect devices via wire if required. You can setup and control the router easily via the Mi Home app.
Price: Rs 1,399 onwards
Wireless speakers have shrunk in size — you can get Bluetooth speakers that fit on the palm of your hand and still deliver great audio. There are plethora of options available today to choose from and some of them are even rugged (shockproof and waterproof). Almost all Bluetooth speakers have built-in battery that will last several hours. In addition, some speakers come with built-in microphones to receive voice calls while some even come with LED lighting.