Geeky Gadgets

What's on your list of must-haves?

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  • Mar 8, 2016
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UP Mini 3D Printer

We’ve rounded up the latest, greatest and most cutting-edge products that not only make you cooler but also make life simpler, better and easier!

UP Mini 3D Printer

3D printing at home

Arriving on the heels of the flagship UP Plus 3D Printer, the UP Mini 3D Printer lets you create designs in your favourite 3D CAD programs, scan existing objects with a 3D scanner, download from thousands of shared models on  and then simply click print to bring your creations to life! Based on the simplicity of a traditional inkjet printer, with a snap-in printer head, slide-in build table and clip-in consumable roll, the UP Mini 3D Printer is not only easy to use but boasts excellent print quality too.  

With its enclosed steel construction, double linear bearings on each axis and a temperature stabilizing build chamber, this little beauty has a build footprint of 120x120x120 millimetres. A print speed of nine minutes per cubic centimetre means that you can turn your big ideas into three-dimensional ABS plastic reality in no time at all. And, because of its open design, you’re not locked into using expensive consumables.

We’ve rounded up the latest, greatest and most cutting-edge products that not only make you cooler but also make life simpler, better and easier!

Price: R10 995

Yoga 3 Pro

A laptop that literally bends over backwards for you

The latest laptop in Lenovo’s intelligent Yoga range, the Yoga 3 Pro, isn’t just versatile, but it’s also a sleek and stylish multimode device that adapts to you. Exceptionally thin and light, the Yoga 3 Pro’s groundbreaking watchband-inspired hinge (crafted from 813 individual pieces of aluminium and steel) means you can use it in four ways: laptop, stand, tent and tablet.

Besides its incredible multimode flexibility, it’s lightweight too (only 1.19 kilograms). And, with up to nine hours of battery life, it’s the perfect PC for those on the go.

Price: R23 999.90 /


Gives you full social media bragging rights

With social media being an integral tool for businesses, Flapit has found a way to display your online stats in offline environments. Why is this important? Because two-thirds of customers say, they trust a business with a social media following more.

With a design based on split-flap clocks of the '60s, Flapit tracks and displays your social media stats (follows, likes and subscriptions) in real time. Flapit’s website controls the counter. All you need to do is connect Flapit to the same network as your phone or computer. Perfect for start-ups and small businesses, Flapit not only shows your customers that you’re a business they can trust, but it encourages them to connect and interact with your business on all of your social media channels too.

Price: R5 995 excluding VAT (SA Distributors)

iPad Pro

The biggest and best there is

The most powerful IOS device Apple has ever made, the new iPad Pro is bigger and better than its predecessors. Users are even calling it a Mega Tablet. Although it’s almost the size of a 13-inch laptop, the iPad Pro boasts the highest resolution retina display that Apple has ever produced for a mobile device. It has killer graphics performance too, as well as three times the acoustic output, which makes it great for watching movies or playing games. Don’t be fooled though, it’s also a serious business tool. The new IOS multitasking features have been specifically designed to improve workflow.

Then there are the accessories. Besides the new smart keyboard, the iPad Pro comes with an Apple Pencil, which you can use to handwrite notes. The tiny tip sensors are so precise that the Apple Pencil can predict the position, pressure, angle and orientation of your handwriting.

iPad Pro:

Price: R17 999

Apple Pencil:

Price: R2 129

The DeskStand

Get up, stand up

Okay, this isn’t a gadget, but it should be on your list of geek must-haves. In terms of health, sitting is the new smoking, which is why you need the DeskStand. It doesn’t just get you on your feet, but it helps to improve your posture and strengthen your back muscles too, while allowing you to stay focused for longer. It’s even endorsed by chiropractors. Flat packed for easy assembly and shipping, the DeskStand is fully adjustable.

Price: R1 945 (free shipping in South Africa)


Surf at your desk

Instead of just standing at your desk, why not surf through your workday? The clever Level by FluidStance elicits subtle, constant movement below your feet to increase your range of motion and heart rate. Designed to enable three-dimensional movements that are comparable to walking, the Level is the new age antidote to a sedentary workforce.

Price: From $289 - $489

Evernote Moleskine Smart Notebook

Save your handwritten notes in the cloud

Now you can save your scribbled notes in the cloud, with the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine. Featuring unique page styles with dotted lines to ensure a clean image, Moleskine uses Evernote's Page Camera feature to capture the pages of your notebook with your smartphone or tablet. And, to make life even easier, Moleskine Smart Stickers are searchable tags that make it effortless to organize your ideas and keep your digital and analogue workspaces synced.

Price: From R70 - R455

The Nitecore T360 Headlamp

Lighting your way

The Nitecore T360 is a versatile USB rechargeable headlamp that rotates 360°. It shines at 45 lumens meaning you can see and be seen for as much as 30 metres in line of sight. It lasts up to 21 hours on a single charge and can clip onto a belt, hat or backpack while hiking. It can also be used while running or be strapped to a climbing helmet. It is also the perfect braai accessory!

Price: R395