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Tools of the Trade: August 2022

By Michael Castelluccio
August 1, 2022

1. SAMSUNG M7 SMART MONITOR

The Samsung M7 Smart Monitor is a 32″ monitor with Microsoft Office 365 already installed for work without a computer attached or with your laptop or PC connected. It’s also a smart TV with the same Tizen system found on all Samsung smart TVs for all your streaming services, including Netflix, YouTube, HBO Max, and Apple TV. The number of ways to connect your devices include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a USB-C port for screen mirroring and 65W charging power for your laptop. Other connections include three USB-A inputs and two HDMI. If you want to connect and work from your phone, the M7 supports Samsung’s DeX and Apple’s AirPlay2 to run your Android and iPhone apps. The monitor has a remote control with a microphone that takes voice commands. With it, you can switch between apps and control video play with the Voice Assistant. The 32″ 4K screen displays in a 16:9 ratio with four times the pixels of full HD and an eye-saver mode that adjusts blue light. Speakers are built in, so you won’t be plugging additional devices on your desktop. The stand is aluminum, and the M7 weighs about 14 lbs. overall. www.samsung.com

 

 

2. INSTAX MINI EVO

Fujifilm’s new Instax Mini Evo is an instant camera with many options for taking, storing, sharing, and printing your photos. It’s like a traditional Polaroid, but it doesn’t automatically begin printing as you take the picture. You choose which images are best for printing after reviewing your photos on the full-color LCD screen on the back that doubles as a viewfinder when taking pictures. You’ll get 10 prints on each film pack. You can store your digital photos on the internal camera memory (up to 45 photos) or put in a microSD memory card and keep up to 850 images on a 1GB card. And you can transfer those images over to an Evo app on your phone, or transfer an image taken on your phone over to your camera and print it. The specs on this camera are impressive. www.fujifilm.com/us/en/consumer/instax/cameras

 

3. ONYX BOOX POKE4 LITE

E-readers are perfect for summer. You can carry hundreds of books and a connection to your local library’s collection of digital works on a pocket-size device that weighs ounces. Unlike tablet and phone screens that struggle in sunlight, ePaper was made for bright direct lighting, and the charge that sustains the onboard lighting for night reading can last for weeks. The new Boox Poke4 Lite from Onyx runs the Android 11 operating system so you can download the Kindle app for your Amazon books, or the Nook, Kobo, or Google Play Book apps if you use those booksellers. Virtually all the classics of Western literature and many world favorites are free from sites like Project Gutenberg. With the Android browser, you also have the internet and can take along or create new Word docs if you like. shop.boox.com

 

4. INIU PORTABLE CHARGER

INIU’s PowerPaw Slim 10,000mAh portable charger is the thinnest in its class at only 0.5″, and it weighs 6.9 oz. The 2022 version has two USB-A ports and a USB-C that’s both input and output capable, so you can charge three devices at once. The day’s worth of charging capacity is sufficient to charge an iPhone 8 3.6 times, a Samsung S8 2.3 times, or an iPad Air once. It will also work with smaller devices like AirPods, Bluetooth headphones, fitness trackers, and smartwatches. There’s also a built-in flashlight. iniushop.com/collections/power

 

Michael Castelluccio has been the technology editor for Strategic Finance for 26 years. His SF TechNotes blog is in its 23rd year. You can contact Mike at mcastelluccio@imanet.org.


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