Top accessories to make designers’ lives easier

Top accessories to make designers’ lives easier

Chances are, you already know the basic rules of creative productivity in the workplace – keep a tidy workspace, and always have the tools you need available. But what gear should you look at to stay as productive as possible?

Designers often rely on a fair few bits of kit to make their day to day lives easier, and this is something we know all about. Having dished out great accessories from leading vendors for over 25 years now, we know exactly how to help creatives do what they do best. We try our wide range of accessories ourselves, so you can rest assured you’re picking up something that’s reliable and beneficial.

Below, we’ve put together our top five recommended accessories that we think will give your creative workflow a boost…

Satechi USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Pro 4K HDMI Hub

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As much as we love the latest MacBook Pro models (they’re great for all kinds of design work!), you might find yourself stuck for ports every now and again. That means you’ll have to root around for the right adaptor to make sure you can use all of your essential accessories at once.

Luckily, there’s a way to combine all of those adaptors into one. The Satechi USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Pro is a slimline hub that clips onto the side of your MacBook Pro, utilising its two USB-C ports. In return, it provides you with an HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card slot and a MicroSD card slot. It even has a pass-through power USB-C port, so you can still charge your device while benefiting from all the additional ports. And the hub is even colour matched to your MacBook Pro, in case you’re fussy about that sort of thing.

Our Product Manager, Taylor, says…

“The Satechi hub is a great companion for a designer’s MacBook Pro (it matches!), and ensures you’ll always have access to the ports you need. So no more picking and choosing which devices to use or charge while you’re hard at work in the studio or on the move!”

Shop now – £66.66 (£79.99 inc VAT)

STM Kings 15 inch / 22L Luxury Laptop Backpack

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Out and about and need to do some design work on the go? We reckon the STM Kings Luxury Laptop Backpack will suit you just right. Store your laptop, Wacom tablet, pens, pads, phone, chargers and documents, as well as anything else you might want or need to cart around – the STM Kings backpack can hold it all.

It also comes with a handy CableReady system, allowing you to route a charging cable through the backpack without getting knotted up – especially useful if your battery is running low and you need it fully charged for when you arrive at the studio. It even comes with ‘The Stash’, a small zippered bag that’s really useful for organising your batteries, cables, pens and other bits and bobs.

Taylor says…

“You can’t go wrong with an STM Kings laptop backpack. Not only is it easy on the eyes and comfortable to carry, it has enough space and built-in compartments to carry everything a designer could need while on the move.”

Shop now – £99.96 (£119.95 inc VAT)

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD

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Fed up of fighting through a forest of cables in order to get to your desk? Is it becoming a distraction to your creativity? The Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock is capable of running dual 4K displays, and allows you to connect up to eight (yes, eight!) different devices through a single Thunderbolt connection – perfect for all your charging and accessory needs. Tidy workspace, tidy mind!

Taylor says…

“This Belkin Thunderbolt 3 dock is perfect for making sure all your productivity needs are met, without compromising your desk space with loads of wires and cables. Designers will also find the ability to connect dual 4K displays especially useful, providing plenty of screen real estate.”

Shop now – £313.49 (£376.19 inc VAT)

Griffin Notebook Elevator Stand

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The Griffin Notebook Elevator Stand not only raises your MacBook up to a more comfortable height (important if you’re going to be staring hard at your screen all day), but it also frees up some desk space so you’ve got more room to create with your Wacom tablet and sketchpad, as well as area for your new dock, headphones and three cups of tea that have all gone cold…

Taylor says…

“We’ve got these all over our office – we couldn’t do without them! Not only do they make it easier to look at your laptop screen for long periods of time, but they give you more room to work while at your desk.”

Shop now – £29 (£34.80 inc VAT)

Logitech Slim Combo Case for iPad Pro 10.5″

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If you’re using iPad Pro for design work, particularly while you’re on the move, this Slim Combo Case from Logitech is ideal. It’s versatile and multipurpose, and helps transform your iPad Pro experience into something more closely resembling a laptop, so it’s perfect for all the email sending and admin work that’s part and parcel of design workflows. The case’s Smart Connector pairs with and powers the keyboard, and provides four distinct modes: typing, viewing, FaceTime and reading. It also features full-size backlit keys and a built-in Apple Pencil holder.

Taylor says…

“iPad Pro is often the tablet of choice for designers, and this Logitech case helps add a dash of productivity to mobile creative workflows by providing a keyboard that can be used to make writing emails, briefs, feedback and more so much easier.”

Shop now – £99 (£118.80 inc VAT)

For more information, get in touch with the team by calling 03332 409 306 or emailing sales@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Free Wacom accessory pack with every MobileStudio Pro or Cintiq Pro!

Free Wacom accessory pack with every MobileStudio Pro or Cintiq Pro!

Wacom users who pick up a selected tablet between now and the end of December will get a soft case, pack of pen nibs and SmudgeGuard for free! All you need to do is purchase a qualifying product, and we’ll take care of the rest…

Qualifying Wacom tablets

This promotion is open to all customers who purchase one of the below tablets between 1st September 2017 and 31st December 2017:

Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 (i5 128 GB)
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 (i7 256GB)
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13 (i7 512GB)
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 (i5 256GB)
Wacom MobileStudio Pro 16 (i7 512GB)

Wacom Cintiq Pro 13” (DTH-1320-UK)
Wacom Cintiq Pro 16” (DTH-1620-UK)

What do you get?

With the purchase of a Wacom MobileStudio Pro 13”/16” or a Wacom Cintiq Pro 13”/16”, you will receive a Wacom accessories pack, which includes:

– A Wacom soft case in medium or large
– A pack of Wacom pen nibs
– A SmudgeGuard

Please be aware that, depending on stock levels with Wacom, you may not receive your accessory kit straight away.

How to claim

All you need to do to take advantage of this promotion is purchase one of the above Wacom MobileStudio Pro or Cintiq Pro models, and we’ll do the rest! The promotion is on now and runs until 31st December, while stocks last.

Want to find out more about our Wacom offering? Visit our online store, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and gossip, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or like us on Facebook.

 

Our top 5 weird and wonderful accessories for iPhone and iPad

Our top 5 weird and wonderful accessories for iPhone and iPad

Working with accessories for iPhone, iPad and Mac, every now and again we come across something a little out of the ordinary. Whether you’re doodling on your iPad or aspiring to make the perfect piña colada, there’s a way to make it that bit more interesting. Here are our current top 5…

1. Native Union Retro POP Handset

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The iPhone is sleek, stylish and slim enough to slip in your pocket. So why not add a giant handset to your shiny new smartphone and make all your hipster friends jealous? With the Native Union POP Handset, you can do just that.

Compatible with any device with a 3.5mm jack, the POP Handset comes in a variety of flashy colours, in soft-touch casing. Plug it into your iPhone, iPad or MacBook, adjust your beehive hairdo, and use the one-button pick-up/hang-up functionality to call your friends. And if you think that the POP Handset is just a bit of light-hearted whimsy, you’d be wrong. The POP promises to eliminate up to 99% of the radiation absorbed compared to direct use of your mobile phone!

2. Griffin KaZoo Monkey Stylus

gc38003_kazoostylus_1_1The KaZoo Stylus promises that you can write, sketch, tap and play ‘like a happy animal’ on your touchscreen. Clearly designed for children, but appealing to more than one adult in the Jigsaw24 office, this high-sensitivity stylus is moulded so it’s easy to grip – and also, it’s shaped like a monkey. Perfect for writing, drawing and gaming apps, the KaZoo Stylus won’t scratch or smudge your touchscreen device. Compatible with both iPhone and iPad, use the stylus with any app for great control.

3. Griffin KaZoo Panda iPad mini case

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Everyone loves going to the zoo. Not everyone loves their stylish iPad looking like a panda bum, but we are not everyone. Behold, another brilliant offering from Griffin’s KaZoo range: the Panda iPad mini case.

Made of a durable but soft silicone, the case is shaped to hold your iPad mini at the perfect angle for typing or drawing when you lay it flat. Or, if you’re watching videos, the case creature’s feet keep it sturdily upright on your desk or table. The feet are hollowed out, creating storage space that’s the perfect size to hold your new KaZoo Stylus.

4. Perfect Drink Cocktail Maker

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Looking for something a little more grown-up? Regularly exasperated by people pouring an extra half-milliletre of gin in your martini? The Perfect Drink Cocktail Maker is the solution. May you never need to throw a perfectly good cocktail down the drain again. Hook up your iOS device to the specially designed smart scale and included free app to follow real-time instructions as you create the perfect cocktail. Choose your serving size and start pouring – the app tells you the optimum moment to stop.

5. ReTrak Animalz Headphones

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There’s more than one pair of these bad boys floating around the office. The ReTrak Animalz range is designed for little ears (or just immature ears), with an adjustable headband and volume limiting technology. Lightweight, with a built-in retractable cable to avoid tangling, the headphones are available in Bunny, Monkey, Bear, Dog and – my personal favourite – Shark.

Want to know more about any of our weird and wonderful accessories for iPhone and iPad? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook