Do you aspire to make music, shoot videos or perhaps even stream your everyday life? Well, you're not alone. According to the latest research from analyst firm Futuresource, two in five people around the world are content creators. And more than half (59%) of these creative individuals spend over three hours a week making content.
Unsurprisingly, tech firms are focusing on these individuals with products that claim to streamline and improve their creative processes. But while it's easy for manufacturers to market gadgets for the budding content creator, not every product is as good as advertised. If you're in the mood to showcase your ideas to the world, here are five useful (and tested) gadgets that will encourage your creativity, not hinder it with technical issues and bugs.
Creative Live! Mic M3
Whether you're doing a podcast or making a video, the Creative Live! Mic M3 will capture your voice clearly in high-resolution studio quality while reducing ambient noise. Bonus: It also comes in handy during Zoom meetings. More importantly, it costs just S$89 to make you sound like a professional.
DJI OM 5
Many of us create content with our smartphone camera, which is why models with good cameras are highly prized. But sometimes, you need that extra versatility and stability that a smartphone gimbal like the DJI OM 5 (S$219) can offer. It keeps your videos steady, extends your reach, and folds neatly for easy carrying. In addition, the DJI Mimo app also offers useful tutorials and tips to help novices shoot better videos.
Razer Kiyo X
We all want to look our best in our videos — unless you're deliberately going for a lo-fi kind of vibe, your laptop webcam isn't going to cut it. That's where the Razer Kiyo X (S$119) comes in. Stick it on top of a monitor, laptop or tripod, plug it in a USB port, and you're all set. It shoots at up to 1080p at 30fps and is compatible with popular streaming software like OBS and Xsplit.
WD Black SN750 SE
Making videos is time consuming, but you can reduce the amount of time spent twiddling your thumbs and waiting for things to happen by boosting the speed of your computer. One of the more significant upgrades you can make is to upgrade the storage to a fast SSD like the relatively affordable WD Black SN750 SE ($140 for 1TB). Sure, it's far from the speediest SSD you can buy, but it is a massive improvement over a normal hard drive.
Flujo CH-62 Signature Pro 7-in-1 Multi-function Adapter
A content creator will typically use several gadgets such as a smartphone, computer, and camera. Thus, it's worth investing in an all-in-one hub like the Flujo CH-62 Signature Pro 7-in-1 Multi-function Adapter. The Flujo offers plenty of ports, including HDMI, USB-A and both SD and microSD card slots. There's even a slot for an M.2 SSD like the WD Black SN750 SE in case you wish to use the SSD as an external drive.
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