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Thankfully, there are plenty of good tech gifts for lawyers this season. Here's our top six picks, all of which are extremely useful and some of which are even pretty affordable.
We've been obsessed with this presentation software ever since we covered it in our "7 PowerPoint alternatives" post. Prezi is presentations with animation, letting you zoom in, pan, and swoop between slides. It's a bit gimmicky, but it's much more cinematic than the regular PDF, helps when mapping out approaches to a case or complex ideas, and is a great tool for lawyers who regularly present to colleagues and clients. Prezi costs between $5 and $13.25 a month, depending on your plan.
2. Encrypted Flash Drives
Flash drives are great for porting documents between devices. (No need to worry about the cloud, or slow uploads, when you've got everything on a flash drive.) There also great for storing sensitive documents you don't want to store on web-connected computer. But, should your drive fall into the wrong hands, you're S.O.L. Encrypted flash drive help keep your documents extra safe. Some of the best, like the Kanguru Defender and Kingston Data Traveler, start at just over $50.
3. Microsoft Surface Pro 4
It's not just a tablet, not just a laptop, but a pretty solid blend of both. If you want to write that memo from the back of a car or review case files in a coffee shop, Surface is your best bet. It's more portable and affordable than your typical laptop, but comes with a keyboard and decent-sized screen that make it almost as functional as a PC. It's available for about $900 and up, but make sure you get the keyboard cover add-on for an extra $130 or so.
4. A Mobile Desktop
Forget the tablet, you can take your whole computer with you everywhere with a mobile desktop. The Kangaroo PC (you can hop around with it, get it?) from InFocus is about the size of a smartphone. Keep it in your pocket and plug it in to any screen and keyboard and voila, your whole Windows 10 desktop is right there. Unlike other products, the Kangaroo is battery powered, so you'll have about four hours of cord-free usage. It probably won't replace your computer altogether, but for $99, it's a pretty amazing gadget to have on hand.
5. Solar Chargers
Speaking of mobile, if you're going to be moving around with your devices, you're going to need to keep them charged. Dragging a power cord everywhere can be impractical, so consider a solar charger. They're not pretty, but they can save you in a pinch. The RAVPower and Anker solar chargers can recharge phones and tablets pretty quickly and are both around $40 on Amazon.
6. A Really Good Printer
We've yet to see an attorney fully embrace the paperless office, which means that every lawyer still needs a good printer. What makes a printer good? Speed, largely. Something that can spit out page after page of court filings, draft documents, and legal records in seconds. Even better if it's wireless. Canon's wireless Pixma gets the job done for just $70, but you can go high end with an $800 HP Laserjet or $1,500 Xerox Phaser. There's plenty of good options in between, too.