“Stuff” to Make Your Video/Gaming Life Easier

    Every once in a while we find ourselves buried in “stuff.”

    “Stuff,” loosely defined, consists of items sent to us that we continually set aside, honestly believing we’ll get to them “next week.” Well, “next week” never seems to arrive and the “stuff” is constantly shoved aside allowing us to write about more important things such as toe fungus or animal crackers.

    Today, we remedy that problem.

    The first item is one that should be an essential addition to any car’s emergency kit.

    The Weego Jump Starter 22 ($99.99) is designed to jump start 95 percent of the cars on the road today. This ultra-convenient kit includes battery cables, a built-in 250-lumen flashlight and a mini-USB cable to charge smartphones and other mobile devices.

    The company claims you can get up to a year of standby power from one 2.5-hour charge. Of course, we have no way of proving – – – or disproving – – – that. But, we can say that we were able to jump start several vehicles, charge our phones, etc. and use the flashlight (in constant and SOS mode) without it needing a recharge.

    The flashlight should provide illumination for up to 14 hours before needing a recharge.

    Other key features include:

    • Two extra-wide Smarty Clamps that prevent you from making the disastrous mistake of attaching them to the wrong poles on your battery
    • A Detect-O-Matic USB charger that provides optimum juice to charge your mobile devices
    • It’s water, dust and dirt resistant
    • 1,700 cranking amps and 300 “true” cranking amps are guaranteed, which is enough to start a five-liter gas-powered vehicle or a 2.5-liter diesel engine
    • A lanyard allows you to hang it anywhere to be used as, say, a camping light

    The Snakebyte Charge Tower Pro ($45.95) is a storage solution for any video game or movie enthusiast.

    The one we tested is designed to hold 15 games or movies and charge two Xbox One controllers and two USB devices.

    The charging cradle is removeable, allowing you to give your controllers an extra boost on-the go, which is a nice feature if you need portability.

    Other features include:

    • Two rechargeable 600 mAh batteries
    • An LED charging indicator to let you know when your controllers are ready to use

    The Accell UltraAV Mini Dual Display MST Hub ($79.99) is a great tool for gamers or financial gurus that want to use two monitors to track the action.

    This little powerhouse is designed to attach to any display port equipped mobile device or computer plus a MST hub allows you to connect VGA, HDMI or DVI outputs to almost any monitor.

    Other key features include:

    • It can adapt to any combination of two ports
    • It uses your computer’s USB port for power
    • It can handle high resolution up to 3540 by 2160
    • It’s compatible with Windows or Mac operating systems

    Also from Accell is a USB-C-to-DisplayPort cable ($31.99) that can transmit high definition video from USB-C equipped devices (such as an iPhone) to any DisplayPort equipped monitor.

    We used it to show off pictures and videos stored on our phones so everyone in the room could see them, eliminating the need for them to hunch around a small phone or iPad display.

    This six-foot cable also:

    • Delivers multi-channel audio
    • Supports 4K resolution at 60Hz
    • It has a reversible USB3.1 Type C connector
    • Provide throughput at up to 5.4 gigabytes per channel

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    • Michael L. Berman has more than 40 years' experience writing and editing for The Hartford Courant, The Norwich (CT) Bulletin, The Journal of Commerce and The Middletown (CT) Press. Mike's Techtalk column was syndicated by the Scripps Howard News Service from 1995 to 2000 and appeared as a computer and technology blog on www.shns.com until No. 19, 2013. You can also visit Mike's consumer technology website at www.jocgeek.com.

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