The internet is today’s proving ground for everyone from creatives to entrepreneurs to academics. And in order to make your mark and stand out from the crowd, you’ll need the right set of tools. Whether you’re a budding Snapchat superstar, or looking to dominate the startup scene, you want gear that works well and looks great. Here are our seven essentials for winning the web.
1. iPhone 6S Rose Gold 64 GB
Surprise, surprise: Apple is still far and away the leader in the never-ending smartphone race. With the launch of the 6S, the tech giant blew us all away with the new features on both the hardware and software side. With pressure sensitivity on the touch screen and the ability to shoot video in 4K, this is the only choice for today’s power user. Colour choice is obviously open to preference, but the rose gold is a confident move.
2. HP Dreamcolour Monitor
While most of us are hammering away on laptops, having a home base workstation is essential. And if you’re going to dominate the web, it’s gotta be premium. HP’s Dreamcolour series is the go-to monitor for professionals. With unrivaled resolution and image quality (topping out at over one billion — with a B — display colours), the Dreamcolour has the potential to change the way you work. For visual creatives, a big monitor is your best friend — forget hunching over your miniscule laptop screen, upgrade to a Dreamcolour and never look back.
3. Bang & Olufsen H6
For getting in the work zone, a sturdy pair of headphones is essential. Not only do the Bang & Olufsen H6s offer superior sound quality with inline remote and microphone, they exude confidence and style. Crafted with lambskin leather and lightweight aluminum, the Danish audiomakers spared no detail with these headphones. Designed for longlasting comfort, this is one pair of headphones you won’t mind wearing all day.
4. Wacom Intuos Pro Large
While Apple’s forthcoming iPad Pro is sure to inject some serious competition into the market for drawing pads, the current leader is undoubtedly the Wacom Intuos Pro. A trusty tool for designers, illustrators, photographers, and fast-moving creatives, this pad offers an alternative to the old keyboard-and-mouse routine. With 2,048 levels of pen sensitivity, this tool offers one of the most realistic drawing experiences. We opted for the larger size as it best accommodates working on multiple displays.
5. Mophie Spacestation 64GB
There’s no worse feeling than a low battery when you’re far from home, with lots of emails to send and content to post. While the mobile power station market has exploded in response to our reliance on smartphones, Mophie offers something a little extra. The Spacestation not only pumps out 2.4 amps of power with 6,000 mAh capacity (good for an extra 30-odd hours of iPhone time), it also backs up your files on the go. Best of all, the device prioritizes charging. So if your battery is low and back-up is not essential, it will charge your device first before the drive uses any power.
6. AT&T Unite Pro
It often seems like the time you most need internet access is when it’s nowhere to be found. Tethering your device to a phone has its limitations for both speed and reliability (not to mention the cost), so pick up an AT&T Unite Pro. Built for hardened road warriors, this powerful mobile hotspot can connect up to 15 devices so your entire team can online wherever you are.
7. Incase Icon
Dominating the internet takes more than just a savvy head for the web — it takes a lot of gear. So to be as mobile as possible, you’ll need a pack that keeps your tools safe, organized, and looks good along the way. Incase has a knack for masking technical features and multiple pockets in sleek, minimalist design. Their award-winning Icon pack features a 15.6-inch laptop compartment as well as various internal pockets and compartments for tablets, chargers, headphones, and other essentials. Best of all, from the outside the pack has a clean, organized look that’s professional but decidedly cool.