Right gizmos at the right time

Here is a list of the Top 5 gadgets that will prepare you for whatever the new year has in store

The pandemic may have set back the year in many ways, but the gears of the tech-verse have been moving ahead quietly, with gadgets taking up more and more space in the daily life of urban Nepalis.

All it takes is the right gizmo at the right time for us to forget that we ever lived with tiny inconveniences and administered most tasks manually.

From fancy disinfectants to air filters, gadgets become a way to improve health and quality of life, and these items are all available in Nepal. Investing in a WiFi range extender makes life easier, while gadgets like the ring light and pocket printers are not just trendy, but a bang for the rupee.

Godrej Viroshield 4.0

Living in a time where health precaution is a priority, there could not be a more relevant device: Godrej Viroshield 4.0 is a disinfecting device that claims to destroy 99% viruses in 2 to 6 minutes through UV-C rays.

An Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) lab tested and certified product, its 4 UV bulbs carry out UVC sterilisation—a widely used method of dry killing pathogens—on products ranging from masks and gloves to groceries, parcels, toys, and documents. Medicines, batteries and power banks cannot be de-germed.

With a capacity of up to 30 litres, Viroshield can be used to disinfect multiple items at once, saving time and energy, and is perfect inside home entrances, in the lobby, or the first room that you enter when you get home.

Price: NPR 21,790 18,790

Where to buy: www.cgdigital.com.np

Bbluv HEPA Air Purifier

If you are asthmatic or allergic to dust, pollen, pet dander, smoke, mould, mites, or bacteria, this air scrubber is your ally. If you are also extra sensitive to odours from pets or smoke, this may prove to be a smart purchase. The Bbluv 3-in-1 HEPA Air Purifier uses triple air purification with activated carbon and ionising technology to remove 99.7% of harmful allergens and pollutants. The device sits on a table and works quietly by itself, making it easy to leave in the kids’ bedroom or play room, so it does not disturb them while they sleep or study.

With a simple intuitive touch control panel with 2 speeds of air purifying intensity and a coloured LED indicator, its levels can be adjusted to accommodate your need. The HEPA Purifier filters all particles larger than 0.3 microns, and comes with an air filter that lasts 12 months. It is quick and easy to install and replace. You can order a new air filter from multiple e-commerce websites in Nepal.

Price: NPR 7,090

Where to buy: www.gajabko.com

Portable Rechargeable Selfie Ring Light

For those who do not want to experiment and spend a couple thousand rupees on a 2m tall ring light with a tripod, here is a mini-version. During the lockdown we realised that camera ring lights are not just for onscreen celebrities, but could come in handy when shooting a new TikTok video, or during online office presentations. They up your image quality and make you look that much better.

The tiny gadget comes with 1 selfie light and a USB cord to connect to your phone for a recharge. The clamping thickness of up to 15mm allows the ring light to be easily attached to most cell phone models. With 1.5 hours of charge time, it gives 2 hours of usage. The LED is bright enough for your selfie needs and has three levels of brightness, adjustable to different lighting conditions. This one is for the Tik-Tokers, the Instagram artists and selfie-savvy Gen Z or millennial consumers.

Price: NPR 799 449

Where to buy: www.bestdealsnepal.com.np

Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6120

A WiFi range extender, does exactly what its names suggests: It extends the range of your Internet connectivity at home so that you can access your favourite streams from any corner of your home or join a Zoom call without having to move around, trying to get better reception. Netgear WiFi Range Extender EX6120 does just this alongside offering outstanding features and efficiency.

The AC dual band WiFi device covers a range of 111m2 and lets 20 devices to be connected at one time. It can repeat up to 1200 Mbps Internet speed and its FastLane technology makes it an optimum choice for users who stream HD content and play video games online.

The compact form factor hardly takes up space and plugs in neatly in a wall socket. It works with any wireless router, gateway or cable modem, of any brand, as well as any up-to-date Internet browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, MS Edge). Netgear also offers 1 fast Ethernet port for maximum speed in wired devices such as a computer, video game console or a smart TV.

Price: NPR 10,900 6,200

Where to buy: www.sastodeal.com

Huawei Portable Photo Printer (Pocket Printer)

While the sharing of digital images via social media platforms is all the rage, nothing beats the feel of there being a printed image that captures a cherished memory. The Huawei Portable Photo Printer enables you to bring to life your smartphone photographs through beautiful 50x76mm prints. The printer conveniently slips into your pocket and all you need to do is take it out, connect it to your smart device via Bluetooth and press print to turn your images into mementos.

Lightweight and compact, this brilliant little gadget uses inkless printing technology with a resolution of 313x490dpi, print speed of about 1 minute and comes with 10 sticky photo papers that you can keep replenishing. Whether you are traveling, getting together with friends and family or simply wish to gift someone a beautiful photograph, the Huawei Portable Photo Printer is just the thing to carry around and spread joy.

Price: NPR 19,999 9,989

Where to buy: www.daraz.com.np

Saniaa Shah