21st April 2020 Spring into action

It’s time to enjoy the great outdoors. Spring has sprung, which means your customers will be keen to enjoy the great outdoors again. We look at some of the top tech that can add a spring to their step.

When writing about spring, the American novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder said: “Some old-fashioned things, like fresh air and sunshine, are hard to beat.”

It’s difficult to argue with her, but spring is even better if you combine the simple pleasures of nature with the latest tech that’s designed to be used outdoors and when you’re on the move.

After cosying up at home during the winter months, your customers and their families will be looking to make the most of the spring and summer months ahead, so now’s the perfect time to start thinking about stocking some great products that are ideal for the great outdoors.

Favourite sounds

Consumers who are getting away for a spring or summer break will want to be able to listen to their favourite sounds while they’re chilling by the pool, or, if they’re more adventurous types, they might want a soundtrack for when they’re relaxing after a hard day’s hiking in the hills.

Braven’s BRV-Mini (£34.99) offers the best of both worlds – it’s a rugged and robust portable Bluetooth speaker that is completely waterproof – thanks to IPX7 protection – and it even floats.

For a small speaker, it packs a surprisingly powerful punch – 5W output and boosted bass from the integrated passive radiator. Offering 12 hours of playback on a single charge, the BRV-Mini is perfect for a whole day’s worth of activities.

For a more immersive stereo experience, pair two units together. Accessories include a USB-C cable, for replenishing the power, and a lanyard for hanging the speaker. 

Smart speaker

At the more premium end of the market, the Sonos Move (£399) is a durable, battery-powered smart speaker that’s perfect for outdoor and indoor listening.

Designed to be weatherproof and drop-resistant, the durable Move, which has Google Assistant and Alexa built-in, can be controlled by your voice, the Sonos app and Apple AirPlay 2 when used at home, but streaming via Bluetooth is also an option when wi-fi isn’t available – handy if you’re away or offline.

There’s no need to plug Move into the mains – recharging is fast and convenient thanks to the low-profile, indoor charging base (included in the box) for quick power while you listen.

The perfect add-on, the Flexson SM-WM Wall Mount for Sonos Move (£29.99) lets the user easily position their Move smart speaker to the wall.

Suitable for both indoors and out, this precision engineered mount is made of high-grade steel as well as UV resistant silicone rubber.

Great Gameplay on the go

It’s not just music that can be enjoyed by your customers when they’re out and about – for gamers on the go, the Nintendo Switch Lite (£199.99) is the ideal console. Compact and lightweight, it supports all Nintendo Switch software that can be played in handheld mode.

This means it’s great for people who have lots of opportunities to play outside, but also for anyone who wants to play online or on local wireless multiplayer with friends or family who already own a flagship Nintendo Switch console. Up to eight consoles can be linked for multiplayer mode.

The Nintendo Switch Lite comes in three colours: yellow – very apt for spring – grey, and turquoise. With integrated controllers, the Switch Lite is the perfect travel companion for anyone looking to take their gaming on the go. As a dedicated handheld gaming device, the console does not support output to a TV.

For those customers who are after a super-slim, robust, yet lightweight, laptop for work or pleasure, Extertis has the answer – the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 from Lenovo.

Lightweight laptop

It’s only 14.99mm thick and weighs 1.09kg. With an impressive battery life of up to 18.3 hours and a Rapid Charge function for when you need more juice, it’s a perfect travelling companion if you’re on the road.

Driven by 8th Gen Intel Core processors and with up to 16GB memory, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 is a powerful piece of kit. It’s also designed to work in extreme conditions and has undergone rigorous testing to ensure it’s up to the job.

For anyone using their precious gadgets while on the move, then solid and reliable protection is a must. Gear4’s Oxford Eco black, folio-style case for the iPhone 11 Pro (£34.99) can withstand drops of up to 13 feet (four metres). It’s built from materials including polycarbonate, TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and shock-absorbent D3O, which means it’s slim and lightweight and will provide some serious protection. Not only that, but it’s also environmentally friendly, as it’s made with recycled plastic from water bottles, meaning it’s not just protecting your phone, it’s also looking after the planet. How’s that for added peace of mind?

What’s a better indicator that someone is ‘on the go’ than a backpack? For those Apple users who need to protect a larger portable device, the Targus Groove X Compact 15in backpack could be just their bag.

Suitable for carrying any Macbooks up to 15in, it features a paddled cradle, a dedicated iPad pocket with velvet, anti-scratching lining and even a built-in mobile charging compartment for power bank storage – everything you need.

The backpack has a water-resistant finish and is available in a variety of colours and styles. It’s smart and stylish – an essential fashion item for the spring season, but also perfect for all year round.

Spring is here, and consumers will be excited to say goodbye to the winter and get out in the good weather again. That makes superb tech products that enhance the outdoors experience absolutely ripe for impulse buys. So, get your customers buying new spring tech today!

Contact Exertis today to find out more about the best outdoor tech products.

Share it with: