Paraphrasing Dean Martin: It’s a wireless world; we’re all just livin’ in it. The plugs and cords of outrageous fortune no longer tether us to walls and trip us in our travels from one room to the next, and I’m going to go on record as believing that it’s a better world because of it.
The next step, of course, would be for our miraculous wireless devices to shed their reliance on batteries, but I’ll take what I can get in the here and now — because it’s more than a simple step in the right direction from the technology that I knew growing up!
Living in a smart home with my devices interconnected and controlled remotely by the power of a hub like Staples Connect, casually changing my environment with a simple tap of a tablet screen from anywhere of my choosing, is the proper way to embrace the 21st century. Here are a few ways that Staples helps transform today into the future that we’ve always wanted.
With just one hub and one app for your PC, smartphone, or tablet, Staples Connect aims to make your home or office smarter without making you feel stupid. With its help, you can lock and unlock doors, dim or brighten a room, raise or lower blinds, change the color of your lights, adjust room temperature, and monitor what’s going on from afar.
D-Link, Honeywell, First Alert, Ecolink, Schlage, Yale, Aeotec, Doorbot, Philips, and Lutron are just a few of the brand names currently on board with Staples Connect, with more sure to follow.
Staples Connect is available from Staples starting at $79.99 for the hub.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Ready to dive into the world of tablets to see what all the hype is about, but you’re hesitant to give up entirely on laptops because they’re what you’ve been using for ages? You’re not alone. The nice thing about the Windows-equipped Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is that it gives you both the touchscreen simplicity of a tablet and the option to add a keyboard if you’re dubious about the functionality of a purely touchscreen device to suit your needs.
It’s thin and lightweight, but uncompromising when it comes to performance with its fourth generation Intel Core i3 processor. Its 12″ full HD screen is easy on the eyes, its Dolby-enhanced speakers are easy on the ears, and its battery longevity of up to nine hours is nothing to sneeze at.
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is available from Staples for $799.
Asus 10″ Android Transformer Pad Tablet
Also a bit of a laptop/tablet hybrid for those not yet ready to commit to a wholly new portable format, the Asus 10″ Android Transformer Pad Tablet comes complete with a keyboard that detaches when you want to turn it into a full tablet, and displays at a resolution of 1280 x 800.
It may not have the heavy processing power or overall specs to bill itself as a true laptop replacement like the Surface Pro, but its very reasonable price tag makes it an attractive, fun machine for simple, everyday tasks.
This little guy runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and weighs in at about two and a half pounds.
Asus 10″ Android Transformer Pad Tablet is available from Staples for $299.99.
Asus 8″ Android 16 GB Memo Pad Tablet
Let’s say you’re prepared to give up on the laptop entirely and you’re ready to move on to pure tablet freedom — either as a leap of faith or a graduation from the hybrid style. Good for you! You’ve got lots of options these days.
The Asus 8″ Android 16 GB Memo Pad Tablet is an inexpensive way to take off the training wheels and see if you’re truly able to leave behind the shackles of the keyboard world. It’s a comfortable middle ground in size between your average smartphone and the larger, heavier tablets with which you might be familiar.
Like its bigger Transformer Pad Tablet cousin, this tablet weighs a little less than a pound, runs on Android 4.4 KitKat, and its screen displays in 1280 x 800 resolution.
Asus 8″ Android 16 GB Memo Pad Tablet is available from Staples for $169.99.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ Bronze Tablet
Moving on up, if you’ve got a bigger budget to afford your foray into the tablet experience, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ Bronze Tablet is a mighty fine selection. Its 8.4″ Super AMOLED display and 16 GB onboard memory with an Exynos 5 Octa (1.9 GHz Quad Core + 1.3 GHz Quad Core) processor mean you get to see things other people wouldn’t believe.
It also calls Android 4.4 KitKat its operating system of choice, and it weighs about one pound.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ Bronze Tablet is available from Staples for $399.99.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5″ Bronze Tablet
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5″ Bronze Tablet is the bigger sibling of the 8.4″ version mentioned. Its features are otherwise identical, but it’ll set you back just an extra hundred bucks if the bigger screen — and the addition of a few ounces to its weight — appeal to you more.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5″ Bronze Tablet is available from Staples for $499.99.