A new year means a new slew of cool new tech devices. For many attorneys, though, new legal gadgets usually amount to larger binder clips and a photocopier/fax combo.
But fear not tech-savvy lawyers, FindLaw is here to help.
Legal gadgets need not be boring. These days there are all kinds of tech goodies that can make reaching your billable hours a little easier to endure.
So if you're in the market for some new tech, you can't go wrong with the following five must-have legal gadgets.
Legal Gadget No. 1. Wacom Bamboo Tablets
Plug this tablet into any desktop computer and you've got a fast new way to review those briefs and interrogatories. The Wacom Bamboo Tablet utilizes a stylus, but fingers work just as well, too.
Users can write, draw, or diagram anything onto any document or picture. In this brave new world of e-discovery, being able to annotate something quickly and share it with your partners is a godsend. Especially when you can do so without printing out a tree worth a paper.
Legal Gadget No. 2. Microsoft Wireless Notebook Presenter 8000 Mouse
Many attorneys despise PowerPoint presentations. They can be nerve-racking, especially if you forget your laser pointer. This mouse has one built in. It can also act as a remote control for your laptop so you can flip through slides sans the tethering. While it doesn't have the most attractive design in the world, it's small enough to carry with you.
Legal Gadget No. 3. Vivitek D511 Digital Projector
It's not the newest or fanciest-looking projector out there, but the Vivitek D511 is one of the brightest for its value. The unit clocks in at 2,600 lumens, which is tough to find under $600. No one will have to strain their eyes looking at a presentation on this projector.
Legal Gadget No. 4. BUSlink Cipher Shield External Hard Drive
Securing client data can be a tricky for anyone who is less than tech savvy. Take the worry out of the equation with this external hard drive from BUSlink. It encrypts data, which can then only be unlocked with a special key.
Legal Gadget No. 5. Westone 4 Earbuds
Even lawyers need to relax between depositions. For some of the crispest audio outside of lugging around a giant DJ headset, try these buds from Westone. They are quite pricey, retailing at $449. But what are you billing all these hours for anyway? You should reward yourself for not punching a hole in the wall after that thousandth motion to compel.
- ABA Techshow Speakers Share Top Mush-Have Gadgets (ABA Journal)
- Is It Time to Buy a New Ultrathin Laptop for Your Practice? (FindLaw's Technologist)
- The iPad 2: Is it Right for Your Practice? (FindLaw's Technologist)