5 tech gadgets I never leave home without (and they make great gifts)

Apple, Apricorn, KeySmart, Rolling Square, YubiKey.

I get to work with and review many gadgets over the course of a year. Some good (this is what you can read), many completely forgettable (you can’t hear about this).

But many people are interested in the technology that I use in my daily life invaluable.

i’m leaving me iPhone 14 Pro Max and me apple watch ultra from this list. These are the techniques I use the most by far, but they are pretty tedious.

So this is the other one I use. Most of what I’m listing here is platform agnostic, but if something is particularly Apple-centric, I’ll suggest alternatives.

Also: These are the 5 must-have devices for work travel right now

So let’s empty our pockets and take a quick look at the gadgets that have been most useful to me in 2022.

Yubikey 5 NFC

Yubikey 5 NFC

finger key

If you’re not using hardware two-factor authentication (also known as multi-factor authentication or two-step verification), you should. Her USB-A + NFC security key replaces the online service sending her SMS messages and authenticates her identity.

I keep a USB-A to USB-C adapter handy so I can connect this to my modern device. With both USB-C and NFC, this key works with a wide variety of devices, from iPhones to Androids to Windows and Mac systems.

Also: Using the wrong USB-C cable can damage your tech

This key can be used with hundreds of online services, from Facebook, Google, Twitter, to more specific services like Coinbase, Salesforce and Login.gov.your finger key It can also be used to secure password storage services such as Bitwarden, Password Safe, and LastPass.

I strongly recommend it.

Apple AirTags

apple air tag


I have these in everything from keys, luggage, laptop bags, e-bikes, and even cars.

They take all the stress out of misplacing things. I forgot what it’s like to lose your keys or wonder where your luggage went.

Also: 5 Ways AirTags Help You Beyond Tracking Your Keys

to install air tag My key has key smart air Owner.

Perfect for anyone with an iPhone!

i used to be massive tile I am a fan and have recommended it to friends who still use Android (actually I still use a lot of tiles but have been phasing them out over time).

KeySmart Multi-Tool 5-in-1

KeySmart Multi-Tool 5-in-1

KeySmart Multi-Tool 5-in-1.

key smart

I’ve had this on my keys for a few months and love it. This is a small slab of stainless steel with a Phillips screwdriver, box cutter, ruler, pry bar, and flat-blade screwdriver.

when combined with KeySmart Nano Scissorsit’s a great, lightweight combination of tools that you can keep on your keyring.

Rolling Square inCharge 6-in-1 Cable

Rolling Square inCharge 6-in-1 Cable

Rolling Square inCharge 6-in-1 cable.

rolling square

this is A small cable that has it all As for the connector. I don’t rely on this for regular charging, but it’s a perfect backup cable in case you misplace the one you need. Includes:

  • USB-C
  • Lightning from USB
  • USB to microUSB
  • USB-C to USB-C
  • USB-C to Lightning
  • USB-C to microUSB

Apricone Aegis Secure Key 3 NXC

Apricone Aegis Secure Key 3 NXC

Apricone Aegis Secure Key 3 NXC.


Nothing gives you more peace of mind than having a copy of your most important data with you at all times. Even better is to encrypt it so that it can be accessed, but not by anyone else.

This provides just that.Very high level of security, yet easy and convenient USB flash drive.

Also: best usb flash drive

This flash drive may seem like overkill, but it takes the normal USB flash drive concept and elevates it to James Bond status.

No one got the data you have on this.

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