2015 #Techsgiving at CDW

1 year ago
Eric Vanderburg

CDW asked me what my must-have products were for #Techsgiving sweeps and I have to say the choice was rather easy. These five products are my choice for the person who likes to work smart and play hard at home and on the go.  Vote for your favorite #techsgiving package here for a chance to win the package or other prizes.

Dell Laptop

 

 

 

 

 

This set begins with a laptop that knows no borders. Dell’s new XPS 13” 9343 laptop features the amazing infinity display that will make you feel like what you see on your computer is part of the world around you. Not only is this display thin and almost borderless, it is also a QHD+ with a resolution of 3200×1800 with touchscreen capability to boot. The rest of the machine is no slouch either. It features an i7 processor, 8GB of memory and a 256GB solid state drive so you can work like a champ and its 802.11ac WIFI will keep you connected at to WIFI easily and reliably.

QNAP

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second item is the QNAP TS-653 Pro NAS server. This beast of a NAS has so many uses that even the most tech savvy of you will be hard pressed to utilize them all. It comes without drives but it has six drive bays so my next choice is six 3TB Western Digital WD30EFRX 6Gb/s SATA WDHDDdrives. This should be plenty of space for most of you so I would recommend you configure the drives in a RAID 5 with one hot spare. This means that you would have 4 drives for data, one for parity and one that would automatically be swapped in if a single drive fails. Even with that configuration, you would have 12TB of space. For those of you who need more, simply drop the hot spare and you will have 15TB.

Your QNAP is not just a storage device. You can connect it directly to your TV to display videos and images or play music. The popular XBMC/Kodi media center can be installed directly on it as well as other application such as Chrome. You can also use it as a DLNA player to stream content to network devices such as AV receivers, computers and smart televisions. The QNAP has a variety of apps that can be installed on it. My favorites include the backup station that can operate as a Mac OS time machine and a backup device for Linux and Windows machines. You can also connect it to cloud storage such as Dropbox to backup that data. Additional features include a VPN server, antivirus software, web server, FTP server and much more.

Now that you have a powerful computing device you can take anywhere and a storage device to hold all your digital content and make it available to you, you might wonder what else you would need.

4k TV

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, the laptop screen is great for lying on the couch, traveling and so much more, but sometimes you want a larger than life experience. Just plug the laptop into a 4k display and you’ll be able to do even more. The Samsung UN40JU6400F is a 40 inch 4k display that really shines. It has so many pixels that you can display six, non-overlapping windows on this 4k display and redefine the meaning of multitasking. This unit has 4 HDMI connections so you can connect that QNAP to it as well, but, even if you don’t, this TV is equipped with a wide variety of smart features including Netflix, Youtube, Hulu plus and web browsing.

Keyboard

The last item on my list is probably the best keyboard I have ever used. The Logitech G710+ is a mechanical keyboard that provides the perfect level of responsiveness, feedback, and speed. It is built for gamers but I use it for writing and have found that I can type noticeably faster with it. Logitech’s software can analyze how you type to show you which keys you utilize the most. The programmable keys can be used for games or you can program macros to perform common computer tasks. Such macros have the potential to save you a lot of time. You will also love the backlit display that can be adjusted or even turned off so that it provides the right amount of light for use. In the end, this is a polished, well-built keyboard with enough features for gamers and power users alike.

So, if you are like me and you want to work hard and play hard, grab a few of these great products for #Techsgiving. The only problem you’ll have is determining what is work and what is play.