The NCRA Technology Committee is here to help you get through Black Friday with their recommendations on products matched with Black Friday sales.
“The Black Friday sales offer us the opportunity to find products that will really help us, so if you are in the market, be sure to check out the sales for what you need,” says Suzanne Trimble, RPR, CRR, of Orlando, Fla., and chair of the Technology Committee whose members compiled this list. “And if you are not sure what to pick up, we are sharing our recommendations – things we have bought and loved.”
Let’s get to the picks!
The Elgato facecam: A webcam with professional optics so you look professional in remote.
INIU portable charger: This is one of the fastest portable chargers I have had.
Amazon: Fastest Portable Charger
Adjustable laptop stand: This stand is fully adjustable, so no matter how you need to adjust your monitors or keyboards, you will be ready to go.
Amazon: Portable laptop stand
ASUS ZenScreen 15.6” 1080P Portable USB Monitor: If you need a new monitor for your kit, this one is lightweight, has an anti-glare surface, and comes with a three-year warranty.
Amazon: Portable USB Monitor
B&H Photo.com: “As a business owner, I always keep a list of what needs to be purchased, both a rolling list of when computers or cameras might be coming to the end of their life and need to be replaced, and when there are new advancements, how to incorporate them into our work kits,” says Tech Committee member Andrea Kreutz, CLVS, an agency owner in Des Moines, Iowa. “And I like to check out B&H during the end of the year for all the big purchases, but also the little incidentals. I never know until the day of what is going to be a good deal until the website shows me.”
Bose headphones: CART captioner and court reporter Alan Peacock, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, of Mobile, Ala., a member of the Tech Committee recommends the Bose QuietComfort 45 Wireless Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headphones. “These are my favorite headphones for captioning!” he says.
CART captioner and court reporter Teresa Russ, CRI, of Bellflower, Calif., agrees with Peacock’s recommendation for Bose headphones. Her preferred model is the Bose 700.
Best Buy: Bose 700
Amazon: Bose 700
HP Laptop: Russ also recommends the HP Stream 14″ Laptop with the Intel Celeron N4020 Processor.
Soundance Laptop Stand: Another option for a laptop stand is the SOUNDANCE Laptop Stand.
Debbie Kriegshauser, FAPR, RMR, CRR, CRC, CLVS, an official court reporter in Texas and member of the Tech Committee, has a number of items on her list to share:
iOttie Auto-Clamping Car Mount for your auto’s CD slot & air vent 7.5W – iPhone 10W – Android: If you are back to traveling back and forth in your car and want to make the most of your time, you need something that supports hands-free phone usage.
Amazon: iOttie Auto Sense Qi Wireless Car Charger + Extra Mounting Base – Automatic Clamping Wireless Charging CD & Air Vent Phone Mount for Google Pixel, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Huawei, LG, & Smartphones : Everything Else
Logitech BRIO 4K Pro Webcam and pair it with the Magnus BHSP-04 stand for better eye level positioning for your webcam.
Amazon: Logitech Brio 4K Webcam Ultra HD with Microphone [Latest Version] for Desktop with Tripod & Universal Mount – Logitech Webcam USB Computer Camera – Ultra Pro Wide Angle Webcam (Brio 4K) (Black) : Electronics
B&H photovideo: Magnus BHSP-04 tripod stand | B&H Photo Video (bhphotovideo.com)
USB Hub: Get a charging hub for “connecting USBs when laptops don’t provide the necessary USB ports you need,” says Kriegshauser. “They are also referred to as USB-C hubs,” she notes. Here is one she found:
Air tags: A final note from Kriegshauser: “The Tile air tags and 5- or 10-port USB hubs make great stocking stuffers! Search for ‘Tiles’ or ‘air tags’ that you place inside your travel bags, video bags, court reporting bags, child’s backpack, that enable tracing in the event of lost luggage or stolen bags.”
Amazon: (2-pack) Tile Mate 2-Pack. Bluetooth Tracker, Keys Finder and Item Locator for Keys, Bags and More; Up to 250 ft. Range. Water-Resistant. Phone Finder. iOS and Android Compatible. : Everything Else
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