A list of five gadgets that every home must have and one should invest in even though they might not seem important at first.
All of us own the standard gadgets – phones, tablets, laptops, cameras and TVs. ET’s Karan Bajaj lists the devices that you should invest in even though they might not seem important at first.
Amazon Fire TV Stick: Rs 3,999
Most of us are stuck with DTH with the repeated movies and re-runs of old TV shows. The Fire TV stick opens up new avenues of entertainment on your TV by providing you access to the vast content available on the Internet.
Plus, Amazon has its own original content that you can watch along with the latest movies and TV shows that don’t even reach Indian DTH channels. In addition, you can install other apps such as Netflix and Hotstar to view their exclusive content on your TV directly.
Once you get the Amazon Fire TV Stick, you will just not feel the need to watch regular TV channels.
Surge Protector Power strip: Rs 499 onwards
Plugging your gadgets directly to a wall outlet makes them vulnerable to damage via short circuit or voltage fluctuations. A power strip with surge protection to connect your devices is recommended.
There are a number of brands selling power strips, but make sure you choose one with surge protection.
We recommend the Essential series from Belkin as they use heavy duty cable with AC-power grounding and have 1 nano second response time for shielding your connected devices.
Air Purifier: Rs 9,999 onwards
Have you noticed how often you and people around you fall sick or suffer from cold and cough nowadays?
One of the main reasons for this is the air pollution and you wont realize how bad it is till you get an air purifier.
Run an air purifier in your room and within a day you will feel the difference in the air quality.
There are options available from different brands such as Xiaomi, Sharp, Philips, Panasonic, Kent, Havells, Honeywell, Moonbow, Blueair, Livpure and so on across price ranges. Make sure you get one suitable for your room size by going through the specifications.
Wifi Repeater: Rs 999 onwards
The home WiFi router is one of those devices that is hardly thought about after the initial setup. Broadband providers in India usually only care about providing a connection and not suggesting where the router should be placed ideally for best signal coverage.
Most people prefer to place the router in a home corner to avoid cable clutter due to which there are zones in the house where WiFi signal is poor or just doesn’t reach.
With a WiFi repeater placed centrally in your home, you can solve this signal issue easily. There are WiFi repeaters available from various brands and setting them up is simple using app or web interface.
Multi-port charging dock: Rs 699 onwards
In a standard household there are at least 4-5 smartphones, tablets and smartwatches that require charging.
You can either run around changing one device with another with the same charger or get smart and invest in a multi-port charging dock. Portronics has a 6-port charging dock which works well for basic devices.
If you want a charger with fast charging support and multiple ports, check out the USB Charging station hubs from Mivi or Aukey (Rs 1,999 onwards).
Using these you can charge multiple devices simultaneously with minimal cable clutter.