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Advice that’s been making rounds in the tech community for a little while now is, move your OS to a solid state drive. Used properly, an SSD gives you boot times in single digit seconds and any programs you keep on it are going to start up faster than you can actually click on the icon. Now, Western Digital is bringing that speed to portable storage with a solid state version of their excellent My Passport series. The drive comes in 3 sizes—256GB, 512GB, and 1TB—to suit your needs. For us, it’s 1TB because it’s never a bad idea to have free space on your drive. Every storage size is built to reach transfer speeds of up to 515MB/s, so theoretically you could transfer a full TB in about 4 hours. For other drives, you could be looking at days. No matter what, this drive is going to be faster than the external storage you currently have, but we should mention that to take full advantage of the drive’s capabilities, you’ll need USB Type-C. It’s a rarer connection, but if this is where the future’s heading, expect it to become much more common.

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In short, this is a key-shaped multi-tool built of stainless steel that has all of the tools you need for everyday repairs for everything from light switches to bicycles. Bit driver. Protractor. Metric and Imperial rulers. Imperial and Metric closed wrenches. Bottle Opener. File. Scoring tip. Wire bender and bike spoke key. Wire stripper. Screwdrivers. 1/4 hex driver pocket. So you might need to throw in some hex bits for specific projects, but otherwise, the Geekey has you covered for almost all of your everyday repair needs. As if that wasn’t enough, the hexogon can also serve as a smoking bowl, with the shaft of the key hollowed out to serve as a pipe.