Logitech UE Mobile Boombox
The built-in sound on all those new Notes, Nexus and mini iPads, that no doubt are getting a bit of finger time now as post-Xmas ennui drifts in, could do with an ear-up. This is where a wireless speaker like Logitech’s neat Mobile Boombox comes in. It pairs with your media player via Bluetooth and pumps out a lot better sound, thanks to two integrated full-range speakers.Logitech UE Mobile Boombox, €99.95, from apple stores and some electronics shops
Columbia Lay D Down jacket
I’ve had a little criticism that the gadgets here are often bloke-centric. Not that I’m for a moment acknowledging that, but here’s a great piece of women’s cosy kit for skiing or wintery walks.
The jacket features Columbia’s Omni-Heat and Omni-Shield clothing technology. The heat-reflective lining is said to keep in 20 per cent more heat.
The Lay D Down Jacket has toasty 80 per cent duck down/20 per cent feather, inside a waterproof, breathable shell.
Columbia Lay D Down Jacket, €200, from 53 Degrees North and Great Outdoors
Keyguard Digital Safe
Popular in many parts of the world, the key safe – a secure key holder – hasn’t really caught on here yet. Given the amount of travelling we do however, perhaps it’s worth considering. It gives you the flexibility of allowing temporary or emergency access to a set of keys, whilst keeping them safe, so to speak.
This one from a local supplier has a 12 character keypad with more than 4,000 possible combinations . Keyguard Digital Safe, €65 from keysafes.ie