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December 16, 2012

Tech accessories make great gifts

NORMAN — Just because someone has cool tech doesn’t mean that’s the end of the story. The next step is to accessorize that cool tech with useful add-ons that can bring new functionality and protection. There’s nothing wrong with sometimes adding silly bling, either.

Protection may be the first and most useful tech add-on in town. Whether it’s a laptop or smartphone, most of our favorite tech devices are not built to ruggedized military standards; in fact, they’re pretty fragile. If you’ve ever made a multi-hundred dollar mistake by crushing your laptop or phone, you know what I mean. Good tech devices need good cases.

Laptop cases need not be the giant, clunky suitcases that were popular 10 years ago. Take a look at popular tech website Newegg.com and you’ll see what I mean. Search for “laptop cases” and you’ll find everything from ultra-rugged hard shell cases by Pelican, to lightweight laptop “sleeves.” Padded laptop backpacks are also popular, especially with students.

Cases for tablet computers and cell phones are made by so many manufacturers that it’s hard to know ahead of time which products are good and which are junk. A rep from Trident Cases (tridentcase.com) dropped off some samples at the Transcript offices, and I can testify to the quality of their construction, especially the iPhone cases.

Trident Cases also has the distinction of actually manufacturing some of their products in the United States, a rarity in our “everything-is-made-in-China” age. I would have also been able to assess one of their iPad cases, had some unscrupulous ne’er-do-well Transcript employee not pilfered it from the box of samples before I arrived (oh, OK, I guess you can leave out that sentence, but, really!!!).

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