15 Cool Keyboards in 2019

15 Cool Keyboards in 2019

Many computers today already have their built-in keyboards which can truly elevate the whole typing experience as one punches or swipes across the screen. But the tactile experience as well as the visual and auditory sensations provided by a good keyboard can never be replaced by digital versions. As such, if you’re looking for really cool keyboards, you’ve come to the right place as we’re here to share with you 15 cool keyboards in 2019.

15 Seriously Cool Keyboards

MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech

For the modern-day office worker or even road warrior, wireless connectivity is a must. That’s why one of the best input devices that you can ever get, especially if you’re the type of person who makes his or her home an extension of the office, is the MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. What’s really amazing about this combination is that you don’t need two separate 2.4 GHz wireless nano receivers for both input devices. Both of these can already be connected to your computer using a single receiver slotted into a single USB port. This means you’ll still have plenty of USB ports to use for your other peripherals. You won’t be bored while working either, as the MK270 has already integrated a variety of hot keys into its slim chassis. There are buttons to instantly access the internet as well as your emails. You don’t need to fumble through the different menus in your desktop as everything is already made accessible with a touch of a button. Even your music and video files can be opened and managed with the hot keys of the MK270. It comes as an easy plug-and-play device so it can run even on legacy operating systems like Windows XP as well as the newer versions of Windows 10. While it is wireless, it is not Bluetooth compatible however.

What We Like about It – The MK270 has the right combination of slim profile, wireless connectivity, ease of operation, and multifunctionality that everyone can truly appreciate. It’s no surprise that it gains more than 8,500 strongly positive comments.

Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard by Emarth

Video gamers need to have the best experience whenever they sit in front of their computers and play their favorite games. If you can get all the different controls of a gaming joystick or controller pad into the computer peripheral, then it would really be a fantastic gadget. Such is what the Emarth Mechanical Feel Wired Gaming Keyboard promises. This computer peripheral has integrated quite a few gaming controls into its ergonomically designed chassis. For example, the 4 directional joystick buttons in control pads are now conveniently integrated into the Earth. It allows for the simultaneous pressing of up to 19 keys without conflict. The Emarth also has a fully changeable LED color backlighting. And get this, the Emarth also comes with a variety of brightness and breathing modes to complement the colorful backlighting, giving any gamer a superb gaming experience. The keys are built on suspension mechanisms with a concave cap and clear tones to provide a superb tactile and auditory experience. The spacebar has been duly strengthened since this is one of the keys that are often abused by serious PC gamers. It’s also plug-and-play but, unlike the MK270, its backward compatibility extends well into Windows ME. We are not really sure if it can be used on legacy devices running on older systems, though.

What We Like about It – The backlighting and sound effects plus the ergonomic design of the Emarth are amazing. With the strengthening of the keys, this is great for avid gamers.

SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard with Adjustable Backlight by AULA

Futuristic and space age are what can be said about the AULA SI-859 Backlit Gaming Keyboard. The ergonomic and stylish board design reminds you of the sleek curves of a Lamborghini or even the ROG series of gaming laptops like those from Asus and Dell. The characters in each of the keys have been laser carved to make sure it won’t wear off or peal so you’ll get the same quality of characters every time. The laser carved characters also provide a wonderful backlighting effect which is made possible by its intelligent controls. The backlight of the SI-859 can be changed in 3 different colors, each of which has 4 different modes to provide a really cool gaming experience. While the SI-859 does not have the joystick control keys such as those found on the Emarth, it does makes up for this with its super strengthened spacebar to give you superb durability over long hours of gaming abuse. The Windows key can be easily toggled into either the locked or unlocked position so you’ll have greater freedom over your game. With a superbly futuristic profile and an excellent backlighting effect, the SI-859 is a great bargain especially if you’re on the lookout for excellent keyboards for sale.

What We Like about It – The SI-859’s sleek design is what we really fell in love with the first time. The cool colors of its backlight are also remarkable.

STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard by Corsair

One major drawback of using keyboards for gaming is the incidence of ghosting which typically occurs if you need to press several keys all at once to effect a particular action in the game. For instance, you may need to press A, W, S, and D all at once to produce an effect. Unfortunately, many keyboards won’t be able to read all of these keys at once so some of these keys may be missing in the resulting process. As such, the effect might be different from the one desired. This is effectively addressed by the Corsair STRAFE Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with its anti-ghosting technology. This helps ensure that all of your keystrokes will be registered in the board to give you one seamless and truly immersive gaming experience. The STRAFE also comes with a unique USB pass-through port so all of your USB-enabled peripherals such as mouse and headset adapter, among others, will not be in the way to an immersive playtime. One amazing thing about the STRAFE is that you can program the keys to fit your personal preferences. If you don’t like using the usual AWSD format, then you can easily assign a different set of keys that works best for you. Each key is contoured and textured to provide an amazing grip as well as enhanced tactile sensations. The dynamic backlighting is also remarkable, although you’re stuck with a red color. There are also a row of multimedia controls for ease of access.

What We Like about It – The STRAFE may not have a very futuristic design but its functionality more than makes up for it.

K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard by Logitech

Don’t you just wish your computer had a larger screen, say a 50+ inch vivid LED? Well, if you have a Smart TV or if you can connect your TV to your computer, then it is at all possible. But how do you control it, you ask? With Logitech’s K400 Plus Wireless Touch Keyboard, of course. Capable of wirelessly connecting to your device up to 10 meters away, the K400 wireless keyboard offers seamless and highly responsive connection enabling you to watch your favorite videos on YouTube or Netflix, stay in touch with your friends on social media networks, browse through the gazillions of web pages, stream music, and many others. Technically, what you can do on your computer you can now do it while sitting conveniently in your couch 33 feet away. Built with a 3.5 inch touchpad that is a hallmark of all laptops, navigating through the various menu interfaces on your computer-connected TV is now super easy. The touchpad also comes with the signature two buttons which effectively takes the place of the mouse. Control buttons and hot keys are laid out in the K400’s chassis for effortless access. Hot keys no longer require any configuration as they function right from the box. Worried about the longevity of its battery? Fear not; the next time you’ll be replacing it will be 18 months from the first time you’ve used it.

What We Like about It – The superb wireless connectivity of the K400 is amazing. The addition of a touchpad is an awesome feature that laptop and netbook users will find very useful.

Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo by HAVIT

Need a more colorful backlight for your gaming keyboard? How about HAVIT’s Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo? Unlike the other computer peripherals we featured in this list, the HAVIT Rainbow comes with a variety of colors that illuminate the keys of this input device. It should be noted that only the base of the keys are illuminated so if you’re expecting the characters to light up as well, then you’re in for a surprise. Nevertheless, controlling the rainbow effects is also possible as you can choose from three different modes: breath, medium, and high. The HAVIT Rainbow also boasts of 19 non-conflict keys. The usual WASD layout can also be changed depending on your preference. Even the Windows hotkey can be disabled so that you’re not going to accidentally activate it during gameplay. The accompanying mouse also has a well-integrated backlight mechanism that you can change its breathing light. The mouse itself can be used to control the DPI settings of your computer from a low 800 DPI to a high 2400 DPI. With backwards compatibility up to Windows XP as well as the Mac OS, the HAVIT Rainbow is a great gear to include in any computer gameplay.

What We Like about It – The backlit keyboard and mouse combo is great as one amazingly complements the other. We just wished it were wireless, though.

BlueFinger Adjustable Crack Backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad by BlueFinger

If you’re the kind of gamer who likes sparks in every keystroke, then the BlueFinger Adjustable Crack backlit LED Gaming Keyboard with Mouse Pad is an excellent choice. The description says the backlighting effects are a lot similar to a cracked surface. However, a closer inspection reveals that it actually depends on the color of the backlight. If it’s blue or purple, the pattern actually resembles more of a multi-forked lightning while the red backlight reminds you more of the cracks in a lava rock with the bright red molten lava being revealed in the spaces. Regardless, the BlueFinger is one fashionable keyboard that you can easily change the color of its backlight. A press of the Function key in combination with other keys can help you toggle between the different backlight colors as well as adjust the brightness of the light. Additionally, pressing on the Fn key plus the keys P and S will activate the 3-color breath mode. If you prefer a single color breath, then the key to press is Fn + PB. The point is the BlueFinger is not just a cool-looking device. It’s also highly functional giving you 19 non-conflict keys for more aggressive gaming.

What We Like about It – The fashionable patterns are amazing. The material used in its construction allows for a softer tactile experience.

Amazon Basics Wired Keyboard by Amazon Basics

There’s no denying that not everyone needs really fancy and cool keyboards. As long as you can do what you’re supposed to do and perform it well, then you’re good. But if you can add other functionalities without impacting the price, then we’d say go for it. The Wired Keyboard of AmazonBasics is a good keyboard that is made even more appealing by its low price. The keys are almost flushed into the board to achieve a very low profile giving you comfortable and quiet typing experience. Hotkeys are also well-thought of as there are keys specifically for opening or accessing some of the more common tasks that we perform everyday such as managing our media files, accessing files and folders on My Computer, as well as many others. AmazonBasics says the product works well as a plug and play device for Windows 2000 up to Windows 7. Unfortunately, there are no indications whether it will work with a Windows 8 or even a Windows 10 computer.

What We Like about It – For its price, it’s amazing to see Amazon packing some of the features that you’ll only see in more expensive brands. What’s really superb is its super quiet operation.

Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard by TeckNet

Serious gamers often spend countless hours in front of their computers without getting a break. They’d eat, drink, and even eliminate right there and then. You’ll never know when you’ll be slipping your glass of juice or can of soda on your peripherals. That’s why it’s best to get the fully water-resistant Gryphon LED Illuminated Programmable Gaming Keyboard. Not only will it protect your gear against spills, the Gryphon also has a very futuristic and awesome design that it makes for a great companion of other game gears. It features 3 fully adjustable LED backlighting complete with adjustable brightness to customize your gaming experience. What’s amazing about the Gryphon is that you can program up to 10 different keys that will simplify all of your redundant keystrokes which is a lot similar to the creation of macros in your computer. So, instead of striking several keys to perform a particular action, you only need to press a single dedicated key that you can program. This works well with its anti-ghosting feature. There are also multimedia controls; 12 of them, actually, so you’ll have absolute control of your gameplay all within Gryphon.

What We Like about It – The water-resistant and programmable properties of the Gryphon make it a great gaming keyboard. Add the stylish design and you’ve got for yourself a winner.

4000 Natural Ergonomic Keyboard for Business by Microsoft

If you’re typing 8 hours a day for 5 days a week, chances are you’ll have a variety of painful syndromes not only in your fingers but also in your wrist. To help avoid this problem, you can use the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 for Business. This USB keyboard has a very unique ergonomic design that lets your forearm, wrist, and hands to rest comfortably while you’re doing your job. Its palm rest is well cushioned to add to the comfort and relieve pressure off bony prominences. The 4000 also comes with all of your favorite buttons on a Windows 7 taskbar so there’s no need to navigate to your computer screen to activate these features.

What We Like about It – The ergonomic design is outstanding. Obviously, close to 6,000 positively happy customers agree.

K360 Wireless USB Keyboard by Logitech

Designed for the employee with no space to spare in his or her work desk, the K360 Wireless USB keyboard is a fantastic solution. With a very slim and small profile, the K360 is perfect for work areas that don’t have the luxury of space. There are also 12 hotkeys that give you instant access to the most commonly used programs in your desktop including the internet and emails. There are no complicated installations; it’s a simple plug and play. The battery on the wireless receiver should last up to 3 years, giving it superb longevity.

What We Like about It – It’s a space-saver. The features of the K360 don’t disappoint as well.

4 Professional Soft Tactile MX Brown Mechanical Keyboard by Das Keyboard

Whether for work or for play, the Das Keyboard 4 Professional is simply amazing. It has gold contact-Cherry MX mechanical key switches which give you a superb tactile sensation. What makes it superb for both gaming and work applications is its N-Key Rollover which is a significant step against ghosting. This simply means that you’ll have seamless control of the keyboard regardless of how many keys you press at the same time. The top panel is made of anodized aluminum giving you excellent durability. Hotkeys also adorn the face of the Das complete with an instant sleep function. It also has an oversized volume control knob which makes it a lot easier to manage your audio.

What We Like about It – The use of NKRO is astounding. The minimalist design is also remarkable.

VM01 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard with Brown Switches by Velocifire

It’s a cross between an excellent gaming keyboard and a multifunctional office input device. That’s how the Velocifire VM01 is aptly described. It’s got wonderful backlighting that can be managed in various modes. It has mechanism brown switches that are designed to give an entirely different tactile experience. What the Velocifire is particularly famous for is its 104-key anti-ghosting functionality. There are also 12 hotkeys for various multimedia applications.

What We Like about It – The Velocifire is excellent for people who would like to add a little spice to their work. The anti-ghosting functionality is simply astounding.

MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo by Logitech

With an ergonomic wave design that aims to put all the keys within easy reach, the MK550 Wave Wireless Keyboard is perfect for the office worker of today. All the essential functions are neatly arranged on the wide body of the Wave. The cushioned palm rests also help prevent soreness in the hands while providing optimum comfort. The laser mouse is dutifully contoured to fit well in your hands.

What We Like about It – It’s a combo from Logitech. Quality is never a question as shown by its close to 5,000 satisfied keyboardists.

MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo by Logitech 

Almost similar to the MK550 but with a slightly smaller palm rest and more streamlined chassis, the MK710 Desktop Wireless Keyboard/Mouse Combo is nonetheless a cool input device to have. It has all the features that all Logitech products are known for including easy-to-access hotkeys. It also features hyper-fast scrolling as well as an LCD dashboard to keep you heads up with the status of your device.

What We Like about It – The comfortable positioning of the keys is noteworthy. Plus, it’s from Logitech, too.

How We Chose the Fabulous Keyboards in Our List

As there are literally thousands of input devices in the market we had to streamline the list first. We only included those with at least 4 star ratings in their customer reviews. However, even after doing this, we still ended with a few hundreds. It was a tough task going through each one of these, so we focused on what other consumers think about the keyboards that they have already bought. Since these products already have no less than 4 stars, we considered the negatives and determined if these are legitimate concerns. If it’s a design flaw, then we scrapped it. If not, we still gave it the benefit of the doubt.

Depending on the type of keyboard, we examined the features that will make the experience of using the input device truly worthwhile. For instance, keyboards for gamers usually come with backlights. There are also multimedia input devices. We had to examine these features carefully and try to analyze the benefits that they will bring to anyone who uses these computer input devices.

We also considered the company that made the device. There are well-established companies that provide excellent feature-packed keyboards at a reasonable price. There are also certain brands that really command a high price. We had to factor all of these in our evaluation.

Features to Look for in a Gaming Keyboard

If you’re wondering how to buy a gaming keyboard, we’ve prepared this short list of the features that you may want to look for. For some, these may not look essential but they can definitely improve your gaming experience. Before we proceed with the list, understand that it’s a lot better to buy a mechanical keyboard for gaming purposes rather than other types of keys. So here are the features you can look for:

  • Macro functions – Some computer game actions require a combination of keys. Rather than pressing all of these, you can program one particular key as the trigger for the action.
  • Digital displays – Some devices come with touchscreens and LCD trackpads that can elevate the whole gameplay experience.
  • Backlighting – You don’t play a game in a bright room. You play in a darkened environment. However, doing so will make hitting the correct keys particularly difficult. As such, keyboard illumination is very important.
  • Multimedia function – Volume and zoom controls are just two of the most common multimedia functions you’ll see in these computer peripherals. If it has a dedicated key to connect you instantly to your social media account, then that’s good.
  • Gaming mode – While playing, you don’t need the context menus or even Windows to keep on popping up, disturbing your concentration.
  • Extra keys – If there are additional keys you can program, then buy the keyboard.

The Bottom Line

These amazing input devices are meant to provide you with a totally different experience. This 2019 don’t be content on what you have for work or play; get any of these 15 cool keyboards and lead a much more productive life.

15 Cool Lamps for Your Home in 2019

15 Cool Lamps for Your Home in 2019

The beauty of our homes is actually the result of a variety of factors. For the most part, the overall design can be enhanced by the correct choice of furniture as well as trimmings and fixtures. Unfortunately, if people just won’t see these simply because of the wrong choice of lighting, then even the most expensive and most luxurious piece of furniture will look like a piece of junk. That’s why you really have to look at our 15 cool lamps for your home in 2019. Whether it is for your living room, your bedroom, your kitchen, or any other part of your home, your property’s natural beauty will shine.

15 Seriously Cool Lamps For Your Home

Himalayan Glow Hand Carved Natural Crystal Himalayan Salt Lamp by WBM LLC

There’s one really good reason why the Himalayan Glow is such a huge hit among homeowners and interior decorators as well as office executives alike, garnering a whopping 11,000 rave reviews in the process. These cool table lamps combine the health-giving properties of an ionizer with the cool lighting effects of lava glow. It’s like having a piece of bright orange lava rock right in your bedroom or even in your office. The large Himalayan rock salt, mined and hand carved from Pakistan, provides a healthier, breathable air as it is known to deodorize and cleanse the air around us by attracting moisture in the air which, unfortunately, is often filled with dust particles and other airborne substances that can wreak havoc in our lungs if not removed. That’s why a Himalayan salt lamp is one of the really healthier lamps we can ever buy today. It can also help reduce the symptoms of asthma and allergies, helps alleviate coughing, boosts our energy levels, provides for a more restful sleep, and neutralizes electromagnetic radiation which can cause chronic fatigue syndrome and decreased immune responses. Studies have also revealed that Himalayan salt lamps may help in improving overall mood, focus, and concentration. Some also claim it’s able to manage seasonal affective disorders while also reducing the amount or level of static electricity in the ambient air. The neem wood base also provides an eco-friendly aspect to the Himalayan Glow Lamp, giving it superb termite-resistance as well as unparalleled durability. Once lit, the Himalayan Glow emits an amber color that can really soothe and calm the senses. You’ll have the relaxing effects of being in a spa. All you need now is an aromatherapy diffuser and you’re all set to have a really relaxing atmosphere right in your room. You can also fine-tune the brightness levels of the Himalayan Glow with its built-in dimmer controls. With all these benefits, it’s hard to imagine passing up on this opportunity to get one for your own home or even your office.

What We Like about It – With the health-giving benefits of the Himalayan Glow Lamp together with is excellent sturdy design and styling and thousands of rave reviews, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.

Table and Bedside Touch Sensor Lamp with Dimmable Warm Light and Color Changing RGB by AUKEY

Today’s contemporary lamps make full use of LED technology to provide a dazzling spectacle. The AUKEY Table and Bedside Touch Sensor Lamp is one such lamp. Each of these cool table lamps is built with 256 LED bulbs that changes in colors with each touch. Tapping on it to emit a brighter white light can provide you with enough illumination to read your favorite pocket book before going to bed. Touching it to produce a dimmer or cooler hue is perfect for setting the toned-down mood for going to sleep. Tapping the base also allows you to adjust the brightness levels of the LED lights from a bright daytime white light to soft and cool illumination. If you don’t like constantly touching the AUKEY’s light controls, you can simply set it on auto-cycle and it will give you the best light show ever. The power to control the AUKEY is literally in your hands.

What We Like about It – The elegant look of the AUKEY complements the functionality of its design. The range of colors of light it emits should give you fantastic options for any situation.

Dimmable LED Desk Lamp by LAMPAT

Office tables as well as work desks need to have the correct lighting so that your eyes will not get strained in the process especially when working at night. However, using the light in your room can somehow disturb the sleep of others. As such, you’ll need cool table lamps such as the LAMPAT Dimmable LED Desk Lamp. You’ll be surprised at the warm reception of this particular lighting device as more than 3,000 very satisfied customers have provided testimonies to its effectiveness and usefulness. Perhaps what really sold the LAMPAT to these people is the fact that the LED light fixtures inside the slim design of the LAMPAT is guaranteed to last 25 years. However, this is only under normal use. If you’re going to use it 24/7, then it may be shorter than 25. The LAMPAT’s brightness can be adjusted in 5 levels and comes with 4 different modes of lighting. At any rate, you’ll be glad you’ve got plenty of options to make your work a lot easier.

What We Like about It – The minimalist design of the LAMPAT should make for a very elegant space-saving lighting fixture for your desk.

NOT Floor Uplight Lamp by Ikea

If you need unusual floor lamps, maybe you’d like to consider the NOT Floor Uplight Lamp from Ikea? Unlike the usual lamps that are oriented downwards from their recessed fixtures on the ceiling, the NOT is pointing upwards, beaming its light towards the ceiling and effectively diffusing the even distribution of light. Standing close to 6 feet tall at 69 inches, the NOT is an excellent addition to your ordinary living room lighting by also providing an aesthetic look because of its minimalist design. Cleaning the lamp is made easy using dust cloth.

What We Like about It – The NOT won’t take much of your floor space. And since it’s highly mobile, you can provide the kind of illumination that you require in any part of your home.

LT1025-BLK Modern Genuine Leather Table Lamp by Elegant Designs

If you’ve got a home that designed or styled with geometric shapes, you’ll find the boxy appearance of the Elegant Designs modern lamps particularly pleasing, especially its LT1025 Modern Genuine Leather Table Lamp. These cool table lamps have a boxy lamp shade made of high quality fabrics that is able to diffuse the light coming from the bulb in the center fixture. Supporting the fabric shade is a wooden base frame that has been elegantly covered in genuine leader. The combination of wood, leather, and fabric gives the Elegant Designs a really posh appearance that can add pizzazz and style to any room. Use these as bedroom lamps or as light fixtures in any of your rooms.

What We Like about It – It’s fashionable, looks sophisticated, and oozing with elegance. There clearly is no way you’re not going to draw admiration from your friends when they do visit your home.

LED Gooseneck Table and Desk Lamp with Touch Control by TaoTronics

Don’t strain your eyes whenever you have to work at night. Flickering lights can severely affect your eyesight as the constant changing intensity of light can damage the photosensitive receptor cells in the eyes. What you’ll need is a non-flickering light that will help rest your eyes while allowing you to work during the night. The TaoTronnics Gooseneck cool table lamps provide non-flickering and ghost-free illumination to help prevent eye fatigue. You can even control the level of brightness in 7 different settings. This gives you optimum control on how you would like to illuminate your work area. Since it has a gooseneck design, you can be sure that you can reposition the fixture any which way you like. The LED bulbs also help you save at least 75 percent from your existing energy consumption, making it the ideal work light during nighttimeendeavors.

What We Like about It – The ghost-free and flicker-free design of the TaoTronics is one of the reasons why these modern lamps are favored by close to 2,000 consumers. It’s simple yet very elegant and highly functional, too. Best of all, it’s gentle on the eyes.

Color Changing Aurora Projection LED Night Light Lamp with Speaker by SOAIY

The Aurora Borealis and Australis are two natural spectral light phenomenon that has fascinated the world since ancient times. While there have been legends, stories, and myths as to why these phenomenon occur, no one is questioning their implications. For many, it’s a very spectacular show that can be both mesmerizing and magical. Now, kids will have their very own Aurora right in the comfort of their own bedrooms with the Color Changing Aurora Projection LED Night Lamp. These colorful bedroom lamps provide a dazzling display of soft colors being projected into the bedroom ceiling, providing a calming and soothing effect which gives children the feeling of sleeping under the stars. The SOAIY creation also comes with an integrated speaker which you can use to connect to your music player or even mobile device to add your kid’s favorite lullabies, soothing songs, and relaxing melodies to help him or her fall asleep much faster. If you’re worried you’ll be incurring hefty energy bills afterwards, the SOAIY comes with an automatic shut-off feature, allowing it to turn itself off after an hour. What more can you ask for?

What We Like about It – The combination of lights and sounds make the SOAIY a great sleep companion for kids as well as for adults who may have difficulty falling asleep.

Natural Air Purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp with Salt Chunks, Bulb, and Dimmer Control by WBM LLC

If you loved the Himalayan Glow Lamp but would prefer having several chunks of Himalayan rock salt rather than one solid block, then the Natural Air Purifying Himalayan Salt Lamp is for you. Made with several pieces of Pakistan-mined and hand-carved Himalayan rock salt chunks, this WBM product is one of the best contemporary lamps you can ever find, especially if you are concerned about the air quality in your home. Himalayan rock salt is well-regarded for its hygroscopic properties which effectively draws moisture from the air. What we don’t know is that this air is often filled with particulate matter – allergens, dust, mites, spores, smoke, and other airborne substances – that we inhale through our lungs. These can lead to health problems such as the exacerbation of asthma symptoms and the lowering of the immune system functioning, among others. With the ionizing and air purifying effects of the Himalayan Salt Lamp, you can now lead a much healthier life. Actually, not only you, but everyone else in your household. The Himalayan Salt Lamp is contained in a round basket with a choice of bamboo, wood, or metal as its primary material. Whatever basket type you choose, once the 25-watt bulb is powered on, you can now enjoy the warm, calming glow of these wonderful natural rocks. You can also adjust the level of illumination to achieve the desired effect.

What We Like about It – It’s healthy. It’s stylish. And it’s energy efficient. With these qualities, the Himalayan Salt Lamp truly deserves a place in our list of cool lamps.

PacMan Ghost Light USB Powered Multi-colored Lamp by Paladone Products

Can you remember our favorite video game, PacMan? Can you recall the PacMan Ghost that drains the energy off PacMan itself? Well, now imagine a 10.5 inches tall PacMan Ghost made of high quality materials giving you 16 different colors of illumination. When you plug it into your computer using a micro USB cable, it will flash and change its colors in response to the rhythm of the music. Just look at the PacMan Ghost as a cool dancing, party light.

What We Like about It – It’s got a design that is as iconic as PacMan itself. The party mode is also superb. Now, you can have your own dance lights in your bedroom.

Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp with Dimmer, Auto-Timer, and Touch-Sensitive Controls by TaoTronics

With close to 5,000 very satisfied and super happy customers, there’s no doubt the TaoTronicsElune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp is one of the best modern lamps we have. For one, each segment of the Elune can be rotated and adjusted to give you absolute control of the area of illumination. This is in addition to its 5-level dimmer settings. The Elune also has 4 different modes to allow for instant access to the correct illumination. There are modes for sleeping, studying, reading, and even relaxation, each with a different level of brightness and color temperature to provide you with the best effects. The base of the Elune also features a USB port which can double as a charging port for your USB enabled devices. It also has a 60-minute timer so it automatically shuts itself off. All of these features are marvelously integrated into a sleek and ultra-slim design that is never going to waste any of your precious desktop space.

What We Like about It – It’s got a minimalist design with an easy user interface. The addition of 4 lighting modes in an easy access panel is also commendable. Plus, we’re not going to argue with almost 5,000 customers raving about it.

Wright Real Wood Tall Floor Lamp by Adesso

Made of handsomely-crafted black walnut wood giving it an elegance you’ll never see elsewhere, the Wright Real Wood Tall Floor Lamp is ideal for families who are looking for a wonderful addition to their living room that can also double as a display furniture. The Wright is one of the modern floor lamps that never fails to elicit oohs and ahhs from people who see it. The lamp shade of the Wright is made of a combination of polyester and cotton allowing for softer illumination. If you’ve got a living room with wood accents, then this one’s for you.

What We Like about It – The open box design of the Wright allows for superb versatility in terms of its use. The wooden frame is an elegant masterpiece in itself.

Plug-in LED Night Light Lamp with Dusk to Dawn Sensor by SYCEES

If you’re looking for really cool lights for any room, be it your bathroom, your living room, your kitchen, or even your hallway, then the SYCEES Plug-in LED Night Light is the one to get. As long as you have an electrical outlet, you can simply plug this device in. There’s no need to worry about switching it on because it has a fully automated dusk to dawn sensor. Once dusk sets, it automatically illuminates giving you just the right levels of brightness. By dawn, it shuts itself off. It’s so compact that it won’t even block the other outlet on your wall. It’s the perfect solution for illuminating certain areas of your home without much of a thought and with superb energy efficiency.

What We Like about It – The SYCEES is one unique solution for modern homes. It’s as simple as plug and forget and you don’t even have to worry about electric bills later on.

1362 LED Solar Powered Motion Sensor Décor Lamp by Perfectday

If you need a really intelligent lighting system for certain areas of your home, then you need the Perfectday Solar Powered Motion Sensor Décor Lamp. These contemporary lamps are built with passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors that automatically activate the Perfectday if it detects movement within 10 to 26 feet. If there are no additional movements within 10 seconds after the initial detection, the system will turn off the light. This is perfect for illuminating the backyard as it can be charged using its photovoltaic sensors. Charging time usually takes around 7 hours. It is built with excellent heat-proofing and weather-resistance so you can be confident it will be able to withstand the harsh elements. The Perfectday can be set in three different modes such as strong and long light, dim light, and strong light modes.

What We Like about It – Built to intuitively turn itself on whenever it detects movement, the Perfectday is the perfect illuminating tool for modern homes that are tech-savvy and who demand energy efficiency.

TL-TREE 134-WH Three Light Tree Lamp by Boston Harbor

Looking for unusual floor lamps? The Boston Harbor TL-TREE is one unique floor lamp that features three completely movable spotlights. Pivot each of the spotlight up to 45 degrees to illuminate a certain part of your room. Rotate the spotlights up to 350 degrees in relation to one another to achieve a more dramatic effect in your lighting. You’ll only have to buy three bulbs for the set and you’re done.

What We Like about It – It only takes a very small amount of space in your room. The mobility of the spotlights can give you the kind of lighting effects you’re after.

Holmo 46-inch Floor Lamp by Ikea 

When it comes to contemporary lamps, we believe the Holmo can rightfully be called one of the best. Its design is just like the sky lanterns that the Chinese are known for. The 46-inch tall Holmo provides a soft glow to any room, thanks to the grainy surface of the rice paper that wraps its tubular lamp shade. The circular ribs provide a beautiful contrast to the soft glow from the inside. This makes for a wonderful artwork while also providing the aesthetics and gentle illumination to any room.

What We Like about It – The use of rice paper is exceptional as it provides a certain glow that is unlike any other. There’s also a certain elegance to the overall design of the Holmo that is perfect for homes that require such character in their rooms.

How We Chose the Cool Lamps in Our List

Picking the coolest and most amazing light fixtures to brighten up our homes and emphasize those areas that we are most proud of requires, first and foremost, an understanding of aesthetics as applied in lighting. While we deemed these lighting fixtures to be really cool, we know that you may not entirely agree with us. It is for this reason that we had to get the support of consumers who were kind enough to leave rave reviews about these products. At least, we’re not the only ones saying that our selection is indeed beautiful and cool.

Next, since we’re talking about lighting fixtures, it’s important that these will not significantly increase your power consumption. Energy efficiency should always be a quality of good modern lamps. Electrical safety was also considered. You don’t want your home to be illuminated beautifully only to risk residential fires. All of the electrical components of these contemporary lamps must be tested and have been certified to be safe by appropriate government regulatory agencies and third party international organizations.

Any built-in controls like dimmers and other features such as music players and wireless connectivity, if any, were carefully evaluated for their ease of operation, the quality of their function, and the overall impact on the lives of members of the household. Surely, these features are not here just for the sake of having something to be printed on the box itself.

Tips to Choosing the Correct Lighting for Your Home

We already shared with you how we chose the cool lamps in this list. But, we’re not actually saying you should do the same. Here are some tips to choosing the right lighting for your home.

  • Always plan your lighting needs, at least 8 weeks before installing them. This gives you plenty of time to study your options as well as control your budget. For instance, you can take this time to really master the art of how to choose the perfect lamp shade for your bedroom or even understand your energy expenditures and how your chosen lighting can impact this.
  • Consider consulting a home lighting specialist to get an idea of the right kinds of lighting that are appropriate for the existing design of your home. They can provide you with the kind of insight that will bring optimum form and function for the type of light fixture that you’ll choose.
  • Understand the characteristics of your ceiling as these are often neglected in the choice of lighting. You’ll have to consider the height, the materials, and the insulation of your ceiling. Additionally, you’ll also take into consideration the height of the surface which will directly receive the light from the ceiling.
  • Go functional. Different lamps and lights have different functions. It’s important to know what you want to illuminate so you’ll have a fair idea of what lighting you’ll need. For instance, if you want reading lights, then go for brighter ones. If you need relaxing lighting, then go for dimmer fixtures.
  • Check the energy efficiency ratings of lighting fixtures, unless, of course, electric bills are not an issue.

The Bottom Line

Our selection of cool contemporary lamps will surely liven up your home as well as safeguard your wellbeing and state of health. Buying any one of these will surely provide an atmosphere that is closer to your liking.

10 Cool USB Drives to Store Your Data in 2019

10 Cool USB Drives to Store Your Data in 2019

Despite the ever-increasing popularity of Cloud storage services that allow us to seamlessly store our data in servers located inside the internet itself so we can access them wherever we may be and at any time of the day, the week, or the year, there are still those among us who prefer storing our precious data on portable physical storage devices. While there are plenty of options from SSD external drives to Secure Digital cards and even TransFlash cards with which we can store our data, nothing can beat the versatility of flash drives. Perhaps this is because almost all of our devices, both desktop and mobile, come with a USB interface allowing for instant communication between devices. As such, for those who would like to have the 10 cool USB drives to store your data in 2019, this is for you.

10 Really Cool USB Drives

SanDisk Ultra Fit USB 3.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk

For road warriors who want a really thumb-sized flash drive to store and secure all of their data, the SanDisk Ultra Fit seems to be a very excellent option. Built to be no larger than the Bluetooth adapter of a wireless mouse, the Ultra Fit is more that capable of living up to its moniker. It can write data up to 15 times the speed of standard USB 2.0 drives allowing you to copy your favorite full-length film in under 30 seconds. For security-conscious individuals, the Ultra Fit provides its own digital security platform, the SanDisk SecureAccess which allows you to create your own private folder fully secure with 128-bit AES encryption. You no longer need to individually apply security password-enabled features in each file that you want to secure. All you need is to drag and drop them into your SecureAccess folder to provide you with instant file and folder security. One of the downsides of having too many files to manage at once is the accidental deletion of certain files. While you can recover these through your Trash Bin in your desktop, a more ingenious solution is SanDisk’s RescuePRO deluxe which gives you the benefit of recovering your lost data. The Ultra Fit comes in 16, 32, 64, and 128 GB capacities giving you superb options for all of your data needs.

What We Like about It – The very low profile of the Ultra Fit plus its excellent data recovery and file security support gives this portable storage device the thumbs-up of close to 3,500 satisfied data warriors.

Transcend StoreJet 25M3 Military Drop Tested USB 3.0 External Hard Drive by Transcend

For those who have a knack for dropping things, whether accidentally or otherwise, the solution is Transcend’sstoreJet 25M3. This one’s been designed and tested to withstand drops with its patented military-grade advanced 3-stage shock resistance and protection system coupled with an anti-shock rubber external casing. With this system, you can be sure that its internal hard drive mechanism stays in place regardless of the force of the impact. But that’s not the only thing that you’ll admire from the StoreJet 25M3. It also features a Quick Reconnect Button for those incidents of accidental removal of the USB cable from your device’s port. In some cases where a USB device malfunctions, we always try to safely remove the device first before we can even attempt to reconnect it. With the Quick Reconnect feature of the StoreJet 25M3, there’s no need to go through that process anymore. Just press the button and it instantly reconnects. It also has an Auto-Backup feature giving you superb security for your files. This requires the Transcend Elite software, though. Adding to file security is a file and folder encryption technology based on a 256-bit AES system. With data transfer speeds rated at 90 MB per second, the StoreJet 25M3 is 3 times faster than standard USB 2.0 models giving you superb control of your data storage needs. Available in 1 or 2 terabyte capacity, the StoreJet 25M3 is the solution for massive data storage requirements.

What We Like about It – The durability and quick reconnection features of the StoreJet 25M3 justify the more than 2,500 super contented customers. Add the security and data management features and you’ve got one of the best USB storage drives this 2019.

Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive USB 3.0 by Seagate

If you’re looking for an external hard drive that you can plug to any USB port and instantly use it without having to install anything else to make it work, then the Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive is just for you. Available in ultra-high capacity systems of 1 to 4 terabytes, the Expansion Portable features a patented SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port that you can instantly connect to any Universal Serial Bus port in your computer that runs on Windows 7 or 8. The interface of the Seagate Expansion is so easy that it’s as simple as drag and drop. There are no complicated processes you’ll need to undertake to move your files from your computer’s hard drive to the Expansion Portable EHD. You can safely organize your files be it media files, projects, or even document files so you can easily access them whenever you need them.

What We Like about It – When it comes to computer hard drives, Seagate is one of the most respected names. You can thus count on its reputation to give you a superb product in the expansion Portable External HD.

Samsung BAR USB 3.0 Flash Drive by Samsung

Want a really sleek-looking thumb drive? Then the Samsung BAR is the answer. Designed to be as sexy and stylish as its other signature electronic items, the Samsung BAR comes in a high quality and super durable metal casing that is as elegant as it is functional. The beautifully curved key ring gives you the physical security you need to keep the BAR with you all the time. The BAR has other features that make it the preferred storage solution of highly active people, especially those who combine work and play like some X-gamer. The Samsung BAR is fully waterproof, giving you the worry-free protection in case you find yourself drenched in the rain or fall into a swimming pool. It’s also shock-proof, protecting the sensitive data management mechanisms inside its sexy metallic body. The Samsung BAR is also magnet proof so you can be sure your data won’t be lost in case you happen to get anywhere near a magnetic field. Even going through airport security and its x-ray system, your data will still be protected because of its superb x-ray protection. Boasting of NAND Flash technology, the Samsung BAR allows you to perform data transfers at lightning speeds. Clearly, the close to 2,000 customers who left very high marks for the BAR saw the true potential of this winner.

What We Like about It – It’s the sleek design of the BAR that we fell in love with first and foremost. The advanced construction giving it superb protection against the elements is also very noteworthy.

SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 USB 2.0 Flash Drive by SanDisk

With almost 15,000 rave reviews, it should not really be surprising to see the SanDisk Cruzer CZ36 to be the bestselling USB flash drive in the world. While it only operates on a USB 2.0 platform, it is still able to provide fast data transfers to its 8 GB to 256 GB capacity variants. The slide-to-open design of the Cruzer CZ36 eliminates the need for a separate cap which can get lost if you’re not really careful about it. And since the USB connectors are all found within the cavity of the Cruzer CZ36, you can feel more secure about its physical integrity than if it were exposed in the outside. Install the signature SanDisk SecureAccess program in your computer and you can easily create a fully protected folder for all of your sensitive files. There’s no need to place a password security feature on each folder or file. Anything and everything that you drag and drop into the SecureAccess-built privacy folder is instantly secured using a 128-bit AES encryption technology. If you want a USB flash drive that’s literally trusted by thousands of consumers worldwide, then the Cruzer CZ36 is the one you definitely have to get.

What We Like about It – With thousands of rave reviews, we’re inclined to admit it’s the best. Sadly, it may not appeal to individuals with USB 3.0 ports. The speed of data transfers is quite fast, nonetheless.

Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Fit by Samsung

Love the sleek design of the Samsung BAR but wished it were smaller? Then the Samsung Fit is the flash drive to get. Technically, it has all the same features as the Samsung BAR. From its superb waterproofing features down to its x-ray protection, magnet proofing, temperature proofing, and excellent shock proofing properties, the Samsung Fit is perfect for individuals who require lightning quick data transfers but in a super compact design. The Fit is almost similar to the SanDisk Ultra Fit, leaving behind a very small signature that you won’t even notice it’s there. Now, for those who may have problems with short-term recall, this may not really be a good idea as its miniscule size can make it quite challenging to locate. However, it does have a hole in which a small ring, loop, or string can be inserted and tied. Another potential issue is that the connectors of the Fit are inherently exposed so you’ll have to make sure never to bring this in areas where there is substantial amount of dirt or dust. It is, nevertheless, a very sophisticated way of storing your precious data.

What We Like about It – With a very small and compact design, the Fit is perfect for those who don’t like bulky storage devices. Its NAND Flash technology also helps ensure faster rates of transfers.

Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 USB 2.0 by Kingston

At first glance, you’ll think the Kingston Digital DataTraveler SE9 is nothing more than a thin strip of metal that has your name engraved on its sleek metallic surface. However, it is this very slim profile that makes the DataTraveler so appealing that customers have been so satisfied about the product that more than 10,000 of them actually left very positive comments and reviews for other potential buyers to consider. The width of the DataTraveler is actually smaller than the width of your little finger and its length is not even half the length of your thumb. Its fully integrated key ring hole makes it highly ideal for attaching to your keychain so it won’t get lost in the process. If there’s one negative about the Kingston DataTraveler, it is its USB 2.0 platform. We’re not really sure how it performs on a 3.0 port. It will still be able to transfer files and folders at an amazing speed but will not be able to fully capitalize on the USB 3.0 architecture of your device. Additionally, it only supports Windows XP, Vista, and 7 as well as Mac. Perhaps, additional software updates can make it work as well in Windows 8 and 10 as well as later versions of the Mac.

What We Like about It – The super slim styling of the DataTraveler is really fantastic. It gives you an impression that it’s not really a data storage device.

SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 USB 2.0 LowProfile Flash Drive by SanDisk

Let’s just say the SanDisk Cruzer Fit CZ33 is the older cousin of the Ultra Fit. It features the same SanDisk SecureAccess program that you can use to provide extra security for your files. It also has a very small profile making it super handy. Unfortunately, unlike the Ultra Fit, the Cruzer Fit runs on USB 2.0 and only comes with a maximum of 64 GB of storage space. Nevertheless, it’s still well-backed by no less than 10,000 positive comments, feedbacks, and reviews. For a USB drive that runs on the 2.0 system, we’d say it’s remarkable.

What We Like about It – It’s perfect for people preferring smaller or tinier storage solutions. The SecureAccess is a welcome addition, too.

Samsung USB 3.0 Flash Drive Duo by Samsung

Majority of the USB flash drives we have today work only on the standard USB port. Regrettably, you will not be able to transfer your files on your mobile devices directly to a flash drive. You’ll need to transfer it first to your computer and then transfer the files to your mobile device using the Micro USB cable that came with your device. Samsung has managed to solve this issue with the Samsung Flash Drive Duo. The Duo already features both the standard USB connectors and another one specifically designed for Micro USB ports like those found in your smartphones and tablets. This way, you can easily manage your files on your mobile devices by storing them on the Duo without the need to first connect through a computer. With the same element-proofing features, NAND Flash technology, and a really sophisticated metallic and super slim design, the Samsung Duo is one of the fastest rising stars in the world of mobile storage solutions.

What We Like about It – Give it a few more months and the Samsung Duo will also gain the worldwide recognition of the other products we have in this list. The dual USB and Micro USB connectivity is simply the best selling point of the Duo.

PNY Turbo USB 3.0 Flash Drive by PNY 

Boasting of a sliding collar design, eliminating the need for a cap, the PNY Turbo USB Flash Drive is one unique-looking storage solution with a fully integrated loop allowing it to be attached to any key chain or any other item. The Turbo is available in 16 to 256 GB capacities so there’s bound to be a solution for your needs. Like all USB 3.0 devices, the PNY Turbo is also backwards compatible allowing you to use it on devices that have USB 2.0 ports.

What We Like about It – It’s the cap-less, sliding collar design that is quite remarkable in the PNY. And we think this is what close to 10,000 customers also think and like about it.

How We Chose the Cool USB Drives in Our List

While we wanted to be as objective as possible in our search for the coolest USB drives that you can use to store your data this 2019, we had to admit that we had to focus more on tech companies that have an unquestionable reputation in the design and production of portable storage devices. You can say it’s like choosing between Microsoft and Apple or Intel and AMD. Whatever you choose, technically, you can rely on these companies to provide you with the kind of product that you expect.

It would be foolhardy for us to make this evaluation by ourselves alone, however. We did look at existing product ratings to help validate our initial assessment. So, we only included products that have at least 4 stars on their ratings. We also looked at the number of positive reviews that the product was able to obtain. If it gained thousands, then it’s more likely to end up in our list than not.

Once all of the shortlisted USB drives have been screened, we then scrutinized their individual features, what makes them really unique. We looked at built-in security features because data security is an overriding concern these days, what with internet hacking, identity theft, and distributed denial of service attacks occurring at a very rapid pace. It was also crucial to look at the backwards compatibility of these devices as not all of us have the luxury of owning the latest devices. Other features were identified and then evaluated for the benefits that they provide.

Lastly, we looked into the style or design of the USB drive. We know that bulky storage devices are a big no-no for many individuals. Today, size does matter. And if we can have a product that allows us to pack 1 terabyte of data in a storage device no larger than the nail on our thumb, then that would really be amazing. Of course, there will always be trade-offs for such a miniscule design. We studied these effects carefully, too.

Choosing the Right Data Storage Solution

Many of the computers we use today come with massive storage capabilities with entry products often starting at 320 to 500 GB of hard disk space. Some can easily run in the terabytes with options for adding some more. While it is quite easy to enumerate the things you need to look for when choosing the right storage device, it all comes down to a few basic things: security, accessibility, and convenience.

When it comes to security, it pays to choose a storage solution that can give you superb encryption. While different types of storage devices offer varying degrees of protection, most experts agree that using a physical storage solution such as flash drives with superior security infrastructure is a lot better than using network accessible storage devices such as Cloud services. This is because of the lower risk of exposure against DDoS or cybercrime threats.

However, when accessibility and convenience are factored in, there are no clear winners. Cloud-based services may come in handy as long as you can connect to the internet. Physical storage solutions will only be effective so long as you are able to keep the integrity of the storage devices. Bulkier external hard drives may not be convenient but they do give you superior latitude when it comes to storage. Super slim, low-profile storage solutions, on the other hand, give you absolute convenience. Unfortunately, because of their small signature, they are more susceptible to being lost.

In deciding which data storage solution to use, it is often a lot better to have both a Cloud-based and a physical storage device, with either solution being the backup of the other. At least, you’ll have better control of your data.

The Bottom Line

If you’re always finding yourself complaining about the scarcity of storage for all of your files, any of our 10 cool USB drives can be the perfect answer. You can be more productive with your data fully organized and well-secured in a storage device that’s well-loved by thousands all over the world.