Gadgets :: August 28, 2019

by Gregg Ellman

You might not think of changing your office chair’s wheels but after you hear about Stealtho high-tech elastic polyurethane wheels, you’ll think about bringing your chair into the pits for a beneficial wheel change.

These wheels slide and glide just like rollerblade wheels, in a smooth and silent manner. On top of the smooth ride, they pose no threat of damaging hardwood floors since the elastic polyurethane wheels won’t scratch anything. Once installed you’ll be able to get rid of the ugly protective office chair mat, which is also a magnet for trapping dirt on its backside.

Stealtho states the wheels can withstand up to 660-pounds without damaging floors or carpets. And for any wheel junkies, ABEC9 bearings are built into the wheels, which are the same used in most expensive skateboards.

Most every standard office chair has wheels that just snap out with a little pull. Turn your chair on its side and give it a try. Once the old wheels are out, the replacements press right in.

The smooth-rolling wheels also roll right over cables and if they get even as little as 15 minutes of daylight or 1.5 hours of room light, they will glow in the dark.

The Stealtho wheels will fit standard office chairs, which have the universal grip ring stem. $39.99 for a set of 5 

We all need USB gadgets; in fact many of us just can’t get enough and Plugable Technologies has some great choices for using in your work or play time.

If I had to choose three words to describe Plugable’s folding Bluetooth keyboard ($54.95)  I’d say “simple, cool and useful.”

I’ve used other folding portable keyboards, which worked well but the keys weren’t always comfortable to type with. Using this Plugable’s keyboard was comfortable and I can see it being durable for long-time use.

When it’s open, you get a laptop layout of keys with six full rows including specific keys to support Apple iOS, Android and Windows functionality. I used it with iOS on my iPad and adjusting volume, copy/paste and all the basic essentials worked great.

The full-size wireless tri-fold keyboard has stainless steal hinges and is a perfect travel companion for working remotely or doing some surfing in front of your TV.  Any location you chose, it’s a great device and comes with a protective leather-like case, which converts into a handsfree smartphone and tablet stand.

When opened, the keyboard measures 11.5-by-4.6-by-0.5-inches and also comes with a micro USB cable for charging or using as a direct wired keyboard into your device’s USB port.  A charge will keep the keyboard running for weeks.

The Plugable USB 3.0 7-port hub ($28.95) is compact and portable for making sure all your USB devices are connected and charging.

If your device is USB, it will work since the USB 3.0 hub is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices. Using it is simple: just plug the included USB cable into an open port on your computer and from there it’s plug and play.

One features I instantly liked is that all the ports are on one side with the power and connections USB cable on the other. Other simple devices have ports on multiple sides, which causes cable confusion on my desk. 

Included in the ports are 2 BC 1.2 fast charger ports (ports 1 and 7 on each end) to use with your own charging cables.

The Plugable site lists compatibility with most Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, Mac OS X, Linux (kernels 3.0 and later), and Unix systems. They also list the hub to support USB 3.0 transfer rates up to 5Gbps (640MBps).

A 36W power adapter is included. 

Posted by at August 28, 2019
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