Tech Watch – Nomad Mini-Chargers

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While actual gaming and gaming-related topics are usually my main focus, it’s interesting to do something slightly different for a change. So, today’s little write-up is about a small piece of tech I received in the mail recently that goes by the name Nomad. As the name might lead you to believe, it’s something portable and versatile, but what exactly is a Nomad?

The Nomad product line, which officially launched on June 20, is a series of small, portable, easy-to-use USB charge devices that will work with most smart devices. These come in the shapes of a key, a card, and even a carabiner; all devices that can fit on a keychain, in your pocket, or even in your wallet, and fold out as you wish, serving as a quick way to charge almost any device that has an available USB port.

This is a very interesting concept, and it seems quite useful, but to me there’s one inherent flaw that should be taken into consideration: you may not always have a USB port available to use! True, most modern cars come with a USB port, and many people have a laptop or work computer with one, so this would work for them. But, insofar as charging on the go with no USB port around? I guess you’re out of luck! Still, it’s a handy device that takes up no space, and if your smartphone is dying at the office and you don’t have an extra charger around, or maybe you’re at a friend’s place and they don’t have a matching charger, charging your device will be quick and easy!

It’s pretty cool, if you ask me. From my experience with it, I think it’s useful, though I find the asking price (around $39.99 USD) to be a little steep for the target consumer.

Score: B-

Functional, portable, and chic, but a bit pricey with a few usage limits.

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