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Like many PC manufacturers, HP has been a company more known for its reliability as an office hardware supplier than anything else. This makes sense given that enterprise-grade printers and IT-friendly desktops have long been its stock and trade. But this line of thinking does HP some level of injustice.
HP has a wide range of consumer gadgets, accessories, and, yes, computers and printers, that are some of the best on the market. But even going beyond the computers, there’s a lot you didn’t know you could get from a brand that probably resents a bunch of children’s books about wizards for stealing its initials. So here are 10 things you didn’t know HP sold and why you should consider picking them up sooner rather than later.
1. HP Prelude Pro Recycled Backpack
This 4.8-star rated bag was designed with sustainability in mind, made up of a recycled fabric that has a water-resistant coating to ensure your tech stays safe. There’s still plenty of space and padding for anything you need to carry around, including a 15.6-inch diagonal padded compartment for your laptop. Its minimalist design makes it easy to coordinate with most of your outfits, while the padded shoulder straps ensure you stay comfortable while commuting.
2. HP Rechargable USI Pen
A good stylus goes a long way if you have a tablet, 2-in-1, or a PC with a capacitive screen. Using a mouse for any type of precision movement is an exercise in frustration and futility, and advances in stylus technology have made them much more than just a pen for your device. This USB-rechargeable pen is praised by reviewers for its smooth, accurate, and responsive motion, lightweight, comfortable grip, and solid value.
3. Nest Learning Thermostat
The Nest Learning Thermostat is arguably the best-selling smart thermostat on the market, so it's no surprise that HP added it to its inventory. This gadget learns and adapts to your schedule and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to save you money. Its sleek, circular design is also a welcome addition to any smart-home loving abode.
4. Bose SoundLink Micro
A bluetooth speaker is an extravagance that many people could benefit from. Your phone’s speakers can only get so loud and the audio quality isn’t great, and adding a smart listening device to your life just so you can listen to louder music doesn’t seem like a worthwhile trade. The Bose Soundlink Micro is that will give you an enhanced listening experience and waterproof exterior all wrapped in a convenient size, making it perfect to throw in your bag for a beach day, hike, or pool party.
5. Kasa Smart Plugs
Another useful addition to your smart home comes from the Kasa Smart line. Its smart plugs make it easy to turn things on or off using just your voice. You can choose from the standard model to control your lamps, fans, and more, or nab an outdoor version ideal for your patio lighting. And thanks to the Kasa app, you can manage all of your smart plugs in one spot to keep track of all your connected devices.
6. Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II
This might be cheating because HP doesn’t manufacture this product. That said, HP sells the Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II and Bose has built its reputation on making great headphones. We tested and loved this pair of headphones, finding that they were high-quality and effective for calls, meetings, and music.
These are true wireless headphones, meaning you don’t have to fumble around with a headphone jack or an adapter. The over-the-ear build is already great for blocking out sound, and the noise cancellation technology will help you further block out the world. Please keep in mind that using that feature will lower the battery life, so set your expectations accordingly and don’t blame Bose when you need to recharge.
7. Philips Hue LED Light Bulb
Why settle for boring white light bulbs when you can opt for something more colorful? Thanks to the Philips Hue smart bulbs—one of our favorites on the market—you can set each bulb to display one of 16 million colors. The bulbs can be controlled via the Philips Hue app or with your voice through smart assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant.
8. Gunnar Optiks Blue Light Blocking Gaming and Computer Eyewear
We are all likely staring at a screen for too long every day, which is why it's a good idea to invest in some blue-light blocking glasses like the Gunnar Optiks. No frills can be found here. The frames look like the same generic style that’s made Warby Parker popular; the tint in the lenses being the only real difference. If you’re going to be on a computer and what not, please use the Gunnar Optiks to protect your eye health. And plus, blocking out the blue light from your screens can even help you sleep better.
9. HP Tango X with Charcoal Linen Cover
The HP Tango X printer averages a 4.3-star rating—and after testing it for ourselves, we know exactly why.
First, it has an easy setup. Requiring only a Wi-fi connection and a device with the HP smart app, this printer is much easier to install and configure than the vast majority of its competitors out there. It can print documents and photos, bringing greater functionality than the standard at-home printer. And because it’s a smart device, it’s even voice-activated so you don’t even have to fumble with your computer or an app to print something.
10. OMEN Blast Headset
Gamers might not think of HP as their first stop for gaming accessories, but that all should change since the tech giant acquired HyperX. Not only that, its Omen line even features some of the more well-regarded gaming laptops and pre-built PCs out there, in addition to accessories. Take this 4.5-star rated gaming headset, for instance. It's got 7.1 surround sound and a retractable noise cancelling mic, meaning they're great for both work and play. One shopper writes, "This is the headset to buy period. If you want every sound to be heard, the Omen blast is all you need."
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