The last quarter of the year has seen a string of tech launches in every department, from phones to laptops and earbuds. Needless to say, there’s a new toy in store for everyone of all backgrounds and levels of expertise.
It may be tough to keep up with all the launches at the rate they’re coming, so we’ve taken it upon ourselves to round up all the latest gadgets fit for creative individuals. Whether you’re a designer, musician, writer, content creator or multi-hyphenate, here are the tools to consider investing in to meet your artistic needs.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Versatility is arguably one of the most important factors of a gadget for creatives. Often times, you’re caught between emails from clients, messages from your team, updates on social media and actually getting work done. With the large screen and multi-active window feature on the Z Fold 2, multi-tasking is made more seamless than ever before. Users can access all their frequent apps at one go without missing out on anything, and rest assured in terms of storage space with 256GB to go around. W samsung.com
1MORE True Wireless ColorBuds
Some creatives can only “get into the zone” with either complete silence or a specific playlist in the background (yours truly included). That’s where a good pair of wireless earphones comes in handy. New-to-Malaysia premium audio company 1MORE offers just the right fit in the 1MORE ColorBuds True Wireless In-ear Headphones. Featuring a comfortable, ergonomic in-ear design with full-range balanced armature, they’re made to fit like a glove and sound like a dream – or cancel out the noise. They’re fitted with 4 microphones to seamlessly answer calls with a few taps on your buds and boast up to 5 hours of battery life or 22 hours with the portable charging case. The 4 unique colourways and pocket-friendly case are bonuses! W lazada.com.my
Apple iPad Pro and Apple Pencil
Tablets are particularly nifty for designers, illustrators and visual creators. The 2020 iPad Pro is a strong contender in this category for its advanced laptop-like capabilities. Equipped with the A12Z Bionic chip and 8-core graphics processor, the iPad Pro is easily capable of handling 4k video editing, 3D design and Adobe Creative Cloud software. When coupled with the Apple Pencil, the possibilities for drawing, colouring, note-taking, crafting out storyboards or moodboards and more are infinitely more convenient and seamless. W apple.com
DJI Pocket 2
While smartphone cameras are becoming so advanced that they’ve replaced the need for cameras in some cases, there’s nothing like having a gimbal for super steady, clear shoots. The new DJI Pocket 2, which succeeds the popular Osmo Pocket, comes in a sleek design with significant performance upgrades to deliver even better photography and videography. It features a large 1/1.7” image sensor, a cinematic 20mm f/1.8 lens, 4K recording at 60fps and 100Mbps, as well as a host of cool functions including timelapse, hyperlapse, slow motion, panoramas and livestreaming to Facebook and YouTube, to meet a variety of needs. All this in a compact, pocket-friendly design that’s effortless to use. W dji.com
HP ENVY x360
For those who can’t live without a laptop but would appreciate portability and flexibility, meet the HP ENVY x360. Boasting the latest multi-core AMD Ryzen 4000 Series processors coupled with multi-threading processing and Vega graphics, the laptop is built to endure intensive multimedia tasks. The multi-touch enabled display with edge-to-edge Corning® Gorilla® Glass NBT™ offers vivid graphics powered by Radeon, ensuring seamless, accurate and precise creation. The HP Stylus Pen is optional accessory to improve latency and pixel sensitivity detail too. W hp.com
Being the social media generation that we are today, photography is a useful skill for anyone, not just creatives. With that said, this probably puts more pressure on creatives to produce higher quality content, which requires better camera equipment. The Sony A7C serves well for the intermediate user as a 24.2MP full frame compact camera with 30 times the sensor size of a smartphone, promising rich details and greater depth. It has a 693-point autofocus system to improve focus even on fast-moving subjects, and supports slow- and fast-motion videography too. Not to mention, there’s a comprehensive lens selection to extend your kit, so you can hone your photography skills further. W sony.com.my