An awful lot of tech passes through the PC Doc HQ over the course of a month. Some awesome, some that never gets mentioned.
Here are three of the best bits of tech gadgetry and gear that I purchased during the past 30 days, all of which cost under $50.
YubiKey 4 is a USB device that you use in combination with your username/password to prove your identity. With a simple touch, YubiKey 4 protects access to computers, networks, and online services. Keep one on your keychain with your house keys, and a second backup key in a safe place at home.
This is an awesome tool, and one that makes it a snap to use two-factor authentication. It comes in especially handy when setting up a new PC, and it's far quicker and more convenient than using an authenticator app or juggling text message codes.
Sugru Moldable Glue
Not heard of Sugru? It's a moldable adhesive made of polysiloxane (silicone caulk) and talc. It sets into a durable, waterproof silicone rubber in about 24 hours, and it's stable between -50°C (-58°F) to +180°C (356°F). It's also UV-resistant and electrically insulating (up to 24 volts and under 1 amp).
I go through a lot of this stuff so I buy the 8-pack that retails for around $20.
Think of it as the one of the three essentials of a repair toolkit, along with crazy glue and duct tape!
Price: $20 for an 8-pack
iFixit's Smartphone Repair Kit
The perfect kit for fixing modern smartphones and tablets . It's small and very compact, but comprehensive enough to cope with a lot of device repairs.
The Smartphone Repair Kit contains:
- Anti-Static Project Tray
- Suction Cup
- Sim Eject Tool
- Plastic Opening Tool
- ESD Tweezers
- Opening Pick
- Aluminum Screwdriver handle
- T4 Driver Bit
- T5 Driver Bit
- T6 Driver Bit
- iPhone P2 Pentalobe Driver Bit
- Phillips #00 Driver Bit
- Phillips #000 Driver Bit
- 1.5mm Flathead Driver Bit
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