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Hardware 2.0: Most used gadgets of 2020

Some of my gadgets have seen a serious workout during 2020.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

I posted my "Best of the best gadgets of 2020" a few weeks ago, but I've been asked numerous times for a listing of my most used gadgets of the year.

OK, but I warn you, there are a few Apple products on it.

I'm going to break this list into a few handy categories

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Everyday pocket carry

I keep it in a GEAR4 D3O Platoon case. There's a small scratch on the screen, but other than that, it's been a solid, reliable unit.

They look a bit rough (because they've fallen on the floor many times) but they're nice and comfortable, and don't have a stupid LED on them.

I have the AirPods Pro case in a Spigen Rugged case to protect it from pocket abuse.

One of these lives on my keys. I have several others on different gadgets.

I've secured every account I can with my Yubikey. There's one on my keys, and I have several others about the place.

On my desk

My daily driver. Has seen many hours of use, and been very reliable. Can't see myself going back to a Windows laptop.

This has become my desktop charger of choice, keeping my desk a little less cluttered than it might be if I had four chargers plugged in.

Lives on my desk but also comes with me on adventures. The hub comes with a single 4K USB-C to HDMI, a 100W Power Delivery USB-C port, a USB-C data port, microSD/SD card reader slots, and two USB 3.0 ports.


I use the thermal camera on this all the time. A great tool, and also a good Android 10 smartphone.

If I wasn't an iPhone user, this would be my daily driver.

On the move

A chunky power bank. Bit big for pocket carry, but I usually have it in my gear backpack. 

When I need to take AC out and about, this is the power station of choice that I've been using for most of 2020. Large enough to give me a good amount of power, but small enough to not be a burden.

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