Whether it’s for bread on the table or pleasure, some of us just can’t close the laptop lid and smell the fresh air. Even when we’re forced to, you know, during festive holidays and such. Those who seem to be constantly-busy might as well level up their workspace. Here are Stuff‘s gift suggestions.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
R38,000 | samsung.com/za
The newest addition to the Fold family makes it easy for us to give it a wholehearted recommendation. Foldable display tech is actually… feasible now. Samsung’s brought a host of productivity features along to make this the perfect companion to a productivity slave. The larger inner display folds out to allow for multiple apps open at any given moment, while S Pen functionality adds useful navigation and input capability.
The tiniest laptop
Set it up like the littlest laptop you’ve ever seen, and you can be the coolest hipster in the coffee shop.
Bendy, still good
The Snapdragon 888 inside this device powers the dual 120Hz dynamic AMOLED displays, helped by 12GB RAM.
Flex mode allows you to snap up to 3 apps into the display. Video-conferencing this way is a breeze.
Satechi USB-C Hybrid Multiport Adapter
from R1,350 | satechi.net
If you bought a notebook in the past few years, there’s a good possibility you’re missing a port or two that you actually need. There’s also a good possibility you’re running low on space, because who isn’t? Enter Satechi’s new USB-C Hybrid Multiport Adapter. It’s a hub that’ll quickly convert your portless, storage-less notebook into a beefy production workhorse.
Microgreen Hydroponic Smart Garden
R1,100 | yuppiechef.co.za
Chances are even your succulents don’t survive when you’re on a deadline for months. This smart hydroponic herb garden takes minimal effort and will produce fresh greens all-year-round. Keep it on your desk as it takes up little space. Keep healthy while on crunch, yeah?
WP Pro Desk Black + Walkingpad A1 Pro
R14,000 | walkingpad.co.za
Why stop at a standing desk? This adjustable desk comes with a companion treadmill which’ll keep you moving while you work. This is especially useful if you can’t find the time to walk outside. Complete with a remote, you control the speed and incline and desk height.
Jumbo Desk Stand
R1,700 | deskstand.co.za
Not ready for a walking desk? Same here. If you want to explore standing at a desk, just opt for a desk stand. Station it on an existing desk and experiment with standing while working. Adjust it down if you’re having a ‘sitting’ day or according to height as needed.
Anker Cable Manager
R711 | pclinkshop.com
We all know a pedantic cable sorter — this’ll spark joy in each of them. This cable manager collects up to five cables, each equipped with a holder that slots into a hub. This hub can be attached to wherever — so cables can be rearranged at will.
LG Tone Free True Wireless Headphone FN6
R3,500 | incredible.co.za
LG still makes good on its audio kit — the ToneFree FN6es come in a nifty UV-steriliser case and holds up to 6 hours of charge at a time. You get decent sound and great active noise cancellation from them. They connect to just about anything too.
Ellies 4-Way 2-Pin Multiplug
R200 | hificorp.co.za
Sure, multiplugs are useful, but almost all our tech relies on two-pin and USB ports. The techie in your life could use something dedicated to those standards. This is a nice stocking-stuffer and allows for up to four two-pinned connections as well as two USBs.
Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8)
from R7,000 | raru.co.za
If you need: a super speedy mesh connection, Wi-Fi 6 support, some fancy security tools to keep your family and data safe online, and easy access through a mobile app, these routers are the go-to. Asus rarely disappoints with its network tech.
Apple iPad Pro (M1)
from R16,700 / istore.co.za
The iPad is leaning towards full notebook power with Apple’s M1 silicon. You get 4K video editing, 3D editing, Apple’s neural engine and image signal processor, — everything a creative worker needs. Opt for a keyboard attachment to squeeze out more functionality.
RS Pro LED Desk Lamp
R4,000 / za.rs-online.com
You can work hard without being in front of a screen. This one’s for all the builders, engineers, and creators you know. This desk lamp’ll illuminate each screw, pin, and soldering head. Provides 21W of light and is fitted with a dimmer.
Targus Citylite Pro Backpack
R2,000 / takealot.com
Perfect for carrying their all-important tech, with some built-in protection. There’s plenty of room on the inside, and, if you’ve got a power bank, there’s a port to pass your USB charger through so you can power your phone on the go.