10 Coolest Tech Gadgets to Seal the Deal
3. Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover ($99)
The iPad might be the portable sales tool of the moment, but it has a serious drawback: the unit simply does not stand up to abuse. You absolutely must put your magical new sales tablet in some sort of protective case. Most cases are aimed back at the fan boys and kiddy wannabes, though, so finding the right cover that commands professional respect takes a surprising amount of digging.
Of the zillions of covers out there, I am impressed by the Ultrathin Keyboard Cover from Logitech(LOGI) . I liked the elegant aluminum construction and crafty clip-on keyboard that offers several display and typing options. The keyboard, while no substitute for a real laptop -- yes friends, you will need the MacBook Air for that -- can work in a pinch. Overall, Logitech has done a good job aiming this cover at the professional set.
The Ultrathin is just the right tablet cover for the right sales pro.
4. Compass Mobile Stand ($40)
As powerful a sales tool as the iPad -- or any tablet PC -- is, you will still need a helping hand. Why? Handling these, large flat computers is almost always a two-hands affair. And in selling, we are all mimes. We need both hands.
So anything that frees up one's mitts elegantly is worth the bet. I have been impressed with what Leigh Ann and Andrew Green -- the founders of Apple peripheral company Twelve South -- have done with their Compass mobile stand. The elegant foldable tripod pops out three legs to form a simple, yet stable presentation display. Besides being well-designed and durable, it can help turn any space into a presentation space. And it does it all for $40.
Dollar for dollar, this is the tablet presentation tool of the moment.