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Hardware 2.0: Most used gadgets of 2020

Some of my gadgets have seen a serious workout during 2020.

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

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max


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.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple's AirPods Pro

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 View now at Apple

Tile Pro

Tile Pro 2020 (2-pack)

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

Yubico Yubikey 5

YubiKey 5 NFC

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

Apple MacBook Pro


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

Zendure SuperPort 4

Zendure SuperPort 4

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.

Anker 7-in-1 USB-C hub

Anker 7-in-1 USB-C hub

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.


Ulefone Armor 9

Ulefone Armor 9

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

Zendure SuperTank

Zendure SuperTank

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

RAVPower 252.7Wh Power House

RAVPower 252.7Wh Power House

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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