WiFi HiFi Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Gifts for Entrepreneurs, Business Professionals, and Road Warriors

Christine Persaud

Published: 11/15/2019 09:50:02 AM EST in Electronics

WiFi HiFi Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Gifts for Entrepreneurs, Business Professionals, and Road Warriors

We're back with the WiFi HiFi holiday gift guides! Each week, we'll release new themed gift guides, chocked-full of great tech gift ideas for different people on your list. This week, we're looking at great gifts for entrepreneurs and other business-minded individuals.

HP Elite Dragonfly Convertible PC

The HP Elite Dragonfly is a sub one-kilogram ultralight premium convertible PC with a 13" screen, up to 24.5-hour battery life, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and optional gigabit-class 4G LTE. Precision crafted from CNC-machined Magnesium for durability, the backlist keyboard has been redesigned to be ultra-quiet, while there's also a lightweight touchpad. The screen-to-body ratio is almost 86%, and the convertible easily transforms from PC to tablet. Featuring ocean bound plastics in the speaker enclosure components and keyboard key caps, it comes pre-installed with the HP WorkWell personal well-being software that coaches you to take breaks and provides productivity tips to help workers find a healthy work-life balance. Starts at US$1,549. Hp.ca

BenQ InstaShow WDC10 Wireless Presentation System

Simplify presentations for new or existing clients, potential investors, or your internal team with this system that lets you simply push a button to share 1,080p content to up to 16 laptops so everyone can follow along. This eliminates the need for attendees to download an app in order to share the screen. It wirelessly connects each computer to a central display or projector without driver installation or compatibility with any OS or hardware platform. Any participant can take control of the meeting and share content with the group. Set-up and connection are fast and simple: plug the button into the user's HDMI or USB-C port and tap it. It is compatible with all mobile devices and operating systems and works with any display with an HDMI port. It also supports up to four different split screens. The WDC20, to be released in Q4, adds 4K support. US$999 Benq.com

Shure MV88+ Video Kit

For small business owners and sole proprietors looking to promote their businesses through videos, or create their own podcasts and/or vidcasts, this kit is a great way to help them get started. It includes a portable microphone and accessory kit for capturing high-quality audio for video recordings using mobile devices while on-the-go. As an expansion of Shure's Motiv line-up, the MV88+ kit also includes a Manfrotto PIXI tripod, phone clamp, and mount, along with iOS and USB-C cables; and has a headphone jack. Built on the success and classic design of the MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone, it's designed for podcasters, videographers, content creators, field recordists, and musicians looking to record immersive, high-quality audio. Use it for standalone audio capture, replacing the need to carry a portable audio recorder. MAP $329 Shure.com

SureCall Fusion2Go Max Multi-User Vehicle Booster

For the businessperson who's often on the road, making important calls and connecting to their office from mobile devices, this booster can help make connectivity more reliable when passing through rural areas, common dead zones, or spots when coverage is spotty. It incorporates the company's patented Extended Range Technology (ERT), which improves data speeds while boasting increased operational reach between vehicles and cellular towers. ERT taps into the signal closer to its source, which improves the signal quality and allows for faster downlink/download speeds. With double the uplink power over other models, you can travel farther away from cell towers without losing signal. Compatible with all devices and data carriers in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, it supports up to five devices on the same network, increasing speed and reliability for voice, text, and 4G LTE data. It is easy to install using a magnetic mount that eliminates the need for tools, software, or service fees. US$499 Surecall.com

Rocketbook Fusion Reusable Notebook

With this high-tech notebook, you can jot down notes and use the Rocketbook app to scan and transcribe your handwriting, and save content to a cloud service like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Box, iCloud, Slack, or e-mail, then erase and use the page again. It has 42 pages with templates like a weekly planner, monthly calendar, task list, OKR goals, and ideas list, as well as dot grid and lined pages. Using Rocketbook's patented reusable Everlast technology and Fusion's synthetic paper, you can write with a Pilot FriXion pen, marker, or highlighter. Seven symbols at the bottom of each page act as the magic "buttons:" assign each icon to the cloud destination of your choice, mark that icon on your page, and the Rocketbook app automatically files your notes to the right place. $48 in executive size, or $50 in letter size; comes with a Pilot FriXion pen and microfiber cloth. Getrocketbook.com

Dell Latitude 7424 Rugged Extreme Laptop

For the road warrior or those who work outdoors or in rough conditions, this laptop might be a great gift that they can confidently take with them on job sites while leaving their more delicate, primary laptop at home or back at the office. It is easy to view both indoors or outdoors using a 1000-Nit Full HD display with improved colour gamut and glove-touch capability. Dual hot-swap batteries let it run for more than 14 hours. Connectivity includes Cat16 4G/LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, as well as USB Type-C, with ports covered by latched doors. Keyboards are sealed and RGB backlit. Webcams feature physical privacy shutters. It is certified to MIL-STD-810 and IEC ingress protection standards. Add the optional Blu-ray burner for external data backup. Processor options include Intel 8th-Generation quad-core CPUs and AMD RX discrete graphics chips, backed by up to 32GB of DDR4 working memory, and up to 4TB of SSD storage. US$3,500 Dell.ca

Samsung Space Monitor

A great gift idea for the person just starting out with a home-based business who has a desk with limited space, this sleek monitor comes on a clamp-based stand with an adjustable hinge so it can be pushed back to sit flush against the wall when you aren't using it and need more desk space, or while you watch videos, then pull it out when you're ready to get to work. Cables are hidden discreetly in the base, so it's a totally clean set-up. It comes in a 27" size, and up to full 4K resolution. Displaysolutions.samsung.com

Plugable The Cube USB-C Docking Station

This USB-C docking station is compatible with Mac and Windows laptops and tablets with Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C ports. It has an HDMI and USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet. Suitable for travel, quick set-up at conferences, or easy connectivity in a meeting room, you can connect a single 4K HDMI display, peripherals like a keyboard and mouse, and a wired gigabit Ethernet connection, all through a single USB-C cable. The HDMI port is powered through USB-C Alternate Mode (Alt Mode). Because The Cube is self-powered to function with or without its power brick, it will not charge a laptop, and is not for laptops like the 12" MacBook that only have a single USB-C port for both power and peripherals. US$80 Plugable.com

Apple iPhone 11 Smartphone

The Apple iPhone 11 boasts dual cameras and Night Mode for photos. Powered by the A13 Bionic chip with up to 20% faster CPU and GPU, it is rated IP68 for water resistance up to two metres for up to 30 minutes. With a 6.1-inch all-screen Liquid Retina display with wide colour support and True Tone for a more natural viewing experience, you can interact with apps using Haptic Touch in iOS 13, which provides app shortcuts for everyday tasks from the Home screen. The Ultra Wide and Wide cameras capture four times more scene and support 4K video with extended dynamic range. Dark Mode offers a more private way to sign into apps and websites, and a new Maps experience. Purple, green, yellow, black, white, and PRODUCT(RED)); 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities; starts at $979. Apple.ca

Satechi Type-C Dual Multimedia Adapter

This is Satechi's most powerful USB-C adapter to date, offering an all-in-one solution for modern desktop set-ups. The device employs a patent-pending dual-connector design that can expand a computer's two USB-C ports into a variety of other useful ports, including a 4K HDMI port at 60Hz, a 4K HDMI port at 30Hz, USB-C PD charging, Gigabit Ethernet, microSD card reader, and USB 3.0 ports, without the need for additional adapters. It includes two 4K HDMI ports allowing you to enjoy a 4K display extended across two monitors. Housed in durable aluminum construction, the plug and play adapter is compatible with the 2019/2018 MacBook Pro, 2018 MacBook Air, and 2018 Mac Mini. Silver or space gray, US$110. Satechi.net

Square Terminal

For someone starting a new business selling goals from their home, a small shop, events, pop-up locations, and trade shows, this portable, all-in-one payments device will allow them to accept all forms of payments and print or e-mail receipts. With a battery that lasts all day, and both Wi-Fi or Ethernet Internet connections, sellers can take payments both at a counter in a store as well as beyond a countertop, during events sales, for example, or pop-up shops. Sellers pay 2.65% for every tap, insert, or swipe credit card payment and $0.10 for every debit payment. To help smaller sellers, Square is offering zero-interest financing plans so businesses have the option to pay for Square Terminal in monthly installments. Square offers data security, dispute management, and fraud prevention included in the flat rates. Sellers also receive 24/7 phone support and a one-year warranty and can try Square Terminal for 30 days before deciding to purchase the device for permanent use. $299 Squareup.com

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6

This tablet has a 10.5" Super AMOLED screen, four speakers featuring sound by AKG and Dolby Atmos, 8MP front-facing and dual 13/5MP rear-facing cameras. With a 64-bit octa-core chip, and 128 and 256GB options (microSD up to 1TB supported), the 7,040mAh battery is rated for up to 15 hours of video playback. Use the Bluetooth-connected S Pen that recharges wirelessly on back of the tablet. New S Pen Air actions allow you to control the tablet with hand gestures to pause a video, take a group photo, and control slide presentations. Convert handwritten Samsung Notes to digital text, and export to formats such as Microsoft Word. A new version of DeX launches using a new function key on the Book Cover Keyboard. It also has an on-screen fingerprint scanner and Samsung Knox security. MSRP starts at $899 Samsung.ca

Square Reader

For someone looking for a more affordable solution for selling goods, this reader accepts payment by credit cards as well as chip and PIN debit cards. The small, square-shaped reader allows for accepting contactless payments from cards and smartphones with a mobile pay app and loaded card via a simple tap the device, or chip cards by inserting the card into the side of the reader and entering the four-digit PIN. Merchants pay 2.65% per major credit card transaction and $0.10 per Interac chip and PIN or tap payment, and funds are deposited into your account by the next business day. It works with any debit transaction under $100 using tap, and those over $100 via chip and PIN. As a back-up, the device also includes Square Reader for magstripe: plug it into your device to swipe credit cards that aren't contactless or chip and PIN. The device connected to a compatible Apple or Android mobile device, like a smartphone or tablet, via Bluetooth LE. Boot up the free Square point-of-sale app, and you're off to the races. It's powered by a battery that can last all day and works with a Dock for convenient desktop charging. $59 Squareup.com

Austere III Series Clean and Protect Screen Cleaner

A great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift for someone at the office, this cleaner comes packaged in a luxurious box and beautiful 200mL spray bottle. It consists of a mild cleaning solution that is anti-bacterial, static-free, scent-free, chemical free, and allergen-free. It comes out via an easy-trigger pump sprayer with an aDesign applicator that sprays the unscented fine-mist evenly and is designed to prevent screen streaks and fingerprints. Included in the box is a double-sided cleaning and polishing cloth for cleaning a variety of electronic device screens, including TVs, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. $25 Austere.com

TripDongle Personal Driving Assistant

You might not get this in time for the holiday season, but it's a great gift for a business person that can help them track, share, and use trip data to presumably save time and money. It plugs into a vehicle's USB port or power socket and can share data via a smatphone app. TripDongle powers up as soon as the car is turned on, and connects to the app using Bluetooth Low Energy. It can log trips, lets you visualize driving history, and captures and organizes the information into easily readable charts and graphs that can help when keeping a record of your work trips for income tax purposes. Perfect for those who are self-employed, working part-time for ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, or who use a personal vehicle for work as well, it can help you more easily prepare tax deduction reports. It can also provide an ETA to others, which is great for parents who want to use it with their kids, and for splitting costs when carpooling. It can also remember where a car is parked and shows how far away it is and can navigate you back if you can't find it in a busy parking lot. You can also set a parking expiration timer and the app will alert you when you need to top up the meter. Plus, the unit has three USB charging ports, including two regular and one USB-C, so you can still recharge devices while it's plugged in. US$19 once it becomes available. Tripdongle.com

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