Accessories We Can’t Live WithoutPosted April 24, 2014 | Tips and Trends from the Experts
To accessorize or not to accessorize? For many of us, when it comes to accessorizing smartphones and tablets, the answer to this question is a resounding yes. Of course we’re going to accessorize! For most of us, smartphones and tablets now revolve around everything we do—from managing email and calendars to navigation and exercising. As a result, we’re into sleeves, stands, stylus keychains, and custom tablet cases to name just a few. As with everything in life, these accessories have pros and cons depending on their intended use.
Some microfiber and neoprene phone cases might be able to hold your glasses in addition to your phone, but aren’t water resistant. And, if you drop your phone, a soft shell case may not prevent its screen from shattering. Plastic or polyurethane cases, on the other hand, provide protection, yet add bulk and weight. In these instances it’s beneficial to have both. Get a customized soft phone case for your customers’ day-to-day tasks, and a hard smartphone case for their time spent in the kayak or gym, where the chance of damage is greater
For tablet cases and accessories, silicone and other gel-like covers can stretch to conform to the tablet’s shape. They’re also easy to clean and provide shock absorption. But they don’t protect the screen itself; that’s where tablet sleeves come in. Closed on three sides with a zipper on the fourth side, tablet sleeves are often made of neoprene exteriors and flannel interiors, protecting both tablet and screen from bumps, scratches, and drops.
After safeguarding your smartphone or tablet, it’s time to augment it. Custom Bluetooth speakers are a wonderful add-on for either device, and make an incredible brand statement for your organization. But before you buy a speaker dock to plug into or portable speakers to wirelessly connect to, what features should you look for? Even though technical specifications are sometimes puzzling, they’re actually a really great place to start. To help demystify your quest for audio quality, here are three essentials to pay attention to in tech specs.
What is the speaker’s impedance? And what does impedance mean? Measured in ohms, impedance indicates how much strain a speaker places on an amplifier. Generally the lower the speaker’s impedance, the more strain. 4-ohm speakers, for instance, have low impedance and might result in poor tone and weak output. Therefore, it’s a good idea to match the impedance ratings of speakers and amps.
What is the speaker’s wattage? An amp’s output is measured in watts. Speakers can only handle a maximum number of watts before incurring damage. Thus, make sure that your amp doesn’t put out more audio oomph than you speakers can cope with.
What is the speaker’s frequency response? Measured in hertz (Hz), these numbers reveal how wide a selection of sounds—from low bass to high treble—the speaker can reproduce. The frequency response includes a plus/minus deviation. For example, the frequency response of 40Hz – 20kHz +/- 3dB has a deviation of plus or minus 3 decibels. Perhaps surprisingly, the lower this number is, the better the speaker’s sound quality.
Deciding on an appropriate promotional product for your organization is often a challenge, but given the increased connectivity that we (and indeed, all of our customers) enjoy on a daily basis, a smartphone or tablet accessory can be the right fit for many organizations.