Aluratek Blog

  • Sweet Valentine's Savings


    Valentine’s Day is next Saturday! Whether this is your first Valentine’s Day together or your 30th, make this day truly special with a gift that your one and only will absolutely love! For this month, Aluratek would like to present , "Sweet Valentine's Savings". We have carefully selected a collection of special deals that include ear buds, Bluetooth tablet stands, digital photo frames, and more! Skip the flowers and chocolate this year and get that special someone a gift that they’ll cherish for years to come!

    Better hurry if you want your order to arrive on time! This promotion will extend through February 14, 2015! Happy shopping!

    Which product would your significant other would appreciate from our list ? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Excessive Heat Can Harm Your Laptop

    Slim USB Laptop Cooling Pad

    We all know that excessive heat harms the performance of any electronic device. Aluratek has a great solution to protect and extend the life of your laptop with our new Slim USB Laptop Cooling Pads.

    Slim USB Laptop Cooling Pad - features

    This cooling pad provides a constant even flow of cool air to keep your system from overheating. The laptop cooling pad supports MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Chromebook, Ultrabook, netbooks and all laptops up to 17 inches.

    The cooling pad is designed to be slim and lightweight while keeping its durability. You will love the blue LEDs that illuminate the entire surface of the cooling pad. The angled surface creates an ideal viewing and ergonomic typing angle. Connect the pad to your laptop with the attached USB cable which includes a USB host port so you don't lose a USB port on your laptop. The cooling pad is USB bus powered with low power consumption so no need for an external power adapter. The USB cable tucks neatly underneath the pad for easy portability.

    Slim USB Laptop Cooling Pad - lifestyle

    Whether you're at home, school, or work, the Slim USB Laptop Cooling Pad will provide your laptop with the airflow needed to keep your system running at its best.

    Do you think our Laptop Cooling Pads can work for you? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Super Bowl - Tech Ideas

    New England Patriots VS. Seattle Seahawks. Who are you rooting for? The Super Bowl is already here! Did you know last year's Super Bowl surpassed the previous year's game, and became the most watched television program of all time with an audience of 111.5 million viewers? So imagine how many football AND non-football fans will be tuning in this year! Especially with all the talk about how New England cheated, it's probably going to be a big turn out.

    I'm especially excited for the Super Bowl commercials. Many big name brands are dishing out millions of dollars just to get their 30 second spotlight on the biggest platform in America. It's actually so expensive to buy a Super Bowl ad that many other companies will be relying on the internet to help. For example, Newcastle Ale couldn't afford a ad so they relied on YouTube to start a campaign going where the proceeds goes towards buying a commercial. The previous years, Pepsi has really brought their A game with their half-time show. Who can forget Beyonce's fierce performance 2 years ago, and an impressive smooth Bruno Mars charming the stage last year. As you know, Katy Perry will be doing her thing at this year's Super Bowl Halftime Show, and it will most likely be a huge digital production along with awesome special effects. How exciting!

    Where are you watching the Super Bowl? People love to open up their house to host the game. I love how party hosts get creative with the whole thing. From food to ummm...what else? Yeah food is pretty significant at a Super Bowl party. Other than watching the game, having a plate of good grub is what makes Super Bowl Sunday that much more enjoyable! What more do you need?! If you need to spark some creativity for your own party, and since we are a tech company, here are a couple digital friends that can help make your day easier and fun:

    - Pinterest!!! Pinterest is my best friend when you need to collect ideas for any event! From weddings to birthdays to SUPER BOWL PARTIES! That's right! Just type in "Super Bowl food" and be prepared to get awesome ideas for your party.

    NFL Homegating app. This app has a countdown to kick-off and also includes recipes to choose from!

    - Drink Fly / Saucey / Drizly: Depending where you live, these 3 apps can deliver you beers, spirits, wine in less than an hour! How convenient!

    Alcahoot: This little handy gadget gets plugged into your phone and acts as its own breathalyzer. By reading the palm of your hand, it can monitor your blood alcohol level and even hail a taxi for you. We know alcohol is a big part of watching the Super Bowl and how much it can effect people (especially if you're a die-hard fan and your team is losing), so Alcahoot is very functional for those moments.

    Counting the days until kick-off! :)

    How are you going to make your Super Bowl experience digital? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!


  • Exciting News!

    Aluratek was launched back in 2006, and just like every company starting out there is always that fear of the unknown, and hope that the business will do well and flourish. That was Aluratek and it has been quite an adventure. Now here we are in the year of 2015 and still going strong! There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the success of your hard work, and we at Aluratek couldn't be more proud!

    Well, we have some good news to share. We are extremely ecstatic to announce that Aluratek is expanding! Woo-hoo (fist pump)!! Our 2nd branch and new office is located in Youngstown, Ohio. The sales team is already to go! They are moving fast to get awesome new products your way, so stay tuned!

    Thank you to all our faithful customers for helping us get here!

    OhioOffice Ohio office!

    Let us know what you think about our expansion! Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • Docking Station Improves Productivity

    USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station - front

    Perhaps for one of your New Year's resolutions you decided to be more productive and efficient at home or the office. But just how do you do this? Well, if you have not found the right solution we would like to suggest our new USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station.

    Just what is a docking station and how can it help me? Often times, laptops, ultrabooks and macbooks lack enough ports for connectivity. The USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station is a simple, space-saving way to turn one USB port into six USB connections making your laptop the ultimate desktop workstation by giving you access to all of your USB peripherals, dual video ports and an Ethernet network connection

    to increase user productivity in your home of office. Enjoy SuperSpeed USB 3.0 data transmission up to 5 Gbps between USB peripherals. In addition, the docking station is equipped with dual video outputs so you can connect your laptop to two monitors and an Ethernet port for direct connection to wired networks.

    USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station - extended mode USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station - extended mode
    USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station - mirror mode USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station - mirror mode


    HD Dual Display Support

    The USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station is equipped with dual 1080p HD video outputs (HDMI and DVI) so you can mirror your primary screen or extend your desktop to view data across multiple screens or with display continuity. The video ports deliver HD video up to 2048 x 1152 resolution. Multi-task more effectively without overlapping windows.

    USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station - back

    Complete Workstation

    Creating a personalized workstation has never been easier. The USB 3.0 Dual Display Docking Station includes four USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports for connecting USB peripherals such as external hard drives, printers, mice, keyboards and more. Connect speakers, headphones or a microphone to the audio in/out ports and connect to the internet via the Gigabit Ethernet port.

    What do you think of our new docking station? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

  • My First CES Experience!

    CES. WAS. AWESOME!!! Wow. It was quite amazing what I was able to see and I feel quite lucky to be able to be apart of it all! I wasn't too sure what to expect at CES. All I knew was that it was going to be a big show with big name companies showing off what they got. It was way more then that! There were small booths to gigantic ones that displayed their latest products! From power banks to self vacuums to remote controlled drones to even cars, CES had it all. I was there for only one day, so I had to squeeze in almost everything with just the few hours I had.

    image Excited about our road trip to Vegaaaas....except the sleepyhead in the back. What a party pooper! ;)
    image_1 Kind of hard to see what's going on because of the net, but there was a pretty cool performance with the use of drones!


    image_5 I really liked how Polaroid focused on a lot of creative street art.


    IMG_2503 Have you guys heard of Changhong?! I never did, but they sell TV's and they were nice ones too! Look at their exhibit! SO beautiful!
    IMG_2504 This is Intel's exhibit. Very futuristic!


    image_7 Sony's exhibit.
    IMG_2508 Wish we had some more pictures of Samsung's booth! Everything was super clean and they displayed really cool products including a huge CURVED flat screen tv.
    IMG_2512 I think of all the exhibits, LG had to be my favorite. They really "up'd" their game this year. What I really liked about their show was that a lot of their products displayed things you can use in your everyday life. Ex: vacuums, kitchenware, wrist watch...etc
    IMG_2514 I liked Marley. They sell speakers and headphones, and they had live performances so that was pretty fun.
    IMG_2513 I loved their booth! It had a earthy feel to it.
    IMG_2515 sick car, bro!
    IMG_2516 motorcycle / car hybrid?
    This was really awesome! It's called 'The Beam'.  It allows users to interact with remote locations by combining video and audio with the freedom of motion to move around freely. This was really awesome! It's called 'The Beam'. It allows users to interact with remote locations by combining video and audio with the freedom of motion to move around. We were so impressed until we saw.....
    the MONSTER version!! Holy moly. the MONSTER version!! Holy moly.
    Fun photobooth for iHeartRadio! Fun photobooth for iHeartRadio!



    Here we are getting ready to stuff our faces at the Bellagio buffet! Yum! Here we are getting ready to stuff our faces at the Bellagio buffet! Yum!
    Grabbed some Shake Shack before departing back to California! Grabbed some Shake Shack before departing back to California!
    Until next time CES! (Party pooper #2 in the back) Until next time CES! (Party pooper #2 in the back)

  • 2015 International CES


    If you’re obsessed and excited about the future of technology then this week is for you! Starting this Tuesday to Friday, the industry’s biggest and most important tech companies in the world are showing off their latest and best products in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES is one of the biggest platforms to showcase your products to get noticed and attract attention. Big name companies such as Samsung, LG, Ford motor, Sony, and Intel will be present.

    Our sales team will be taking off tomorrow morning, and the creative department will be taking off on Wednesday. We are very excited to see what the show has in store for everyone. This will be my first CES show ever and I am ecstatic! I’m mostly excited about seeing the presentations on 3D Printing, Digital Imaging, and Sports Tech.

    It’s not too late to register, so if you’re interested you should definitely sign up today and explore amazing products that are defining the future of the tech world.

    What would you like to see at the 2015 International CES show? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below

  • Techy New Year's Resolutions!

    It’s that time of year again where we take out a piece of paper and pen and jot down our New Year’s resolution. The most common resolutions listed are losing weight, quit smoking, and saving money. These are universal commitments that are timeless, but what about habits that we all struggle with today? Technology has always been meant to make our lives easier, and while it’s obviously known that electronics have enhanced our day-to-day lives, you can’t push away the reality of our anti-social behavior that has been greatly affected.


    So add some tech resolutions to your list for the New Year!

    No Smartphones While Grubbing

    While I am SOMETIMES guilty of this….I think it would be nice to start a meal without taking a picture of my food and then sharing it on Instagram. Almost everywhere you go to eat you will find at least one guest leaning over their table trying to get that perfect photo of their meal. It’s pretty funny when you’re the one watching!

    Check this BuzzFeed post on people who take pictures of their food! 

    A big pet peeve of mine is actually when I’m having lunch or dinner with someone and it’s practically pointless because I might as well be having dinner with their phones. Texting, checking social media, emails…all that can wait people! Just eat your food and share that moment with your friend. Whenever my husband and I go out to eat, we stack both our phones and place it at the end of the table, and whoever touches it first has to do something embarrassing. It works because we never lay a finger on it. In a time where we all feel stretched thin and barely have a moment to enjoy someone else’s company, setting the phone down at mealtimes assures that you and company will be able to bond more. Just put your phone down. Simple!

    Don’t Drive Distracted!

    Yesterday morning as I was driving to church, I picked up my phone and was looking through my iTunes to change songs. Meanwhile, I heard a loud honk. I looked to my right and there was an old lady staring me down, and as she was honking at me she was yelling “GET OFF THE PHONE!! STOP TEXTING!!!” She was super angry! I wasn’t even texting! My normal self would’ve ignored her, or probably tell her to back off, but I knew she was right. It didn’t matter if I was texting or not.  It was the fact that I had my phone in my hand that was a distraction. It could not only endanger my life, but others as well. Put the phone down, and keep your eyes up folks!


    Make sure to back up your files and then back those files up! There’s no such thing as being too safe! Oh man, there were so many incidents where my hard drive would crash and I would regret not backing it up! Once a month, make a copy of your external drive just to be safe. Also another way to back up (if you have a Mac) would be to set up Time Machine to back up your files daily.

    I will add all of these to my New Year's resolution! Will you? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below

  • Happy Holidays From Aluratek!

    Today is an exciting day! We are having our Aluratek Holiday Potluck / White Elephant / Ugly Christmas Sweater contest. Our very own have come up with hilarious, handmade Christmas sweaters that are beautifully hideous while some others “tried” to participate (ahem, Dave!). Either way, everyone looks fabulous today! I’m currently typing this as we wait for our potluck to start. So hungry! Aluratek consists of employees from different cultures so our potlucks have all sorts of dishes, and they are all VERY delicious! And last but not least, we will end our day with a traditional White Elephant exchange! I’m soooo ready to steal, steal, steal presents! Whoever gets mine however…. I don’t know what their reaction will be, but I’m excited to see it (or very nervous)!

    Here are some fun photos that I’ve taken throughout the day!

    image Rockin that Ugly Christmas Sweater like a BOSS!
    image_1 Making Yvette's "christmas sweater" out of wrapping paper!
    image_2 The girls!
    image_3 Our beloved Christmas tree, Dougie.
    image_4 Only half of the food each of us brought for our potluck! Yum!!!
    image_5 Akemi caught red handed stealing food before lunch! Tsk tsk
    image_6 caught red handed again...along with Greg
    image_7 John's ugly christmas sweater that is a tad bit too small on him?
    image_8 Dave's awesome christmas sweater.
    photo 1 LET'S GRUB!
    photo 2 Greg won one of our refurbished products for his white elephant gift! HAHA!! Poor Greggy
    photo 3 John's hilarious white elephant gift!
    photo 4 Best gifts ever??

    T'was a fun and eventful day here at Aluratek. Now we await for the New Year and can't wait to see what's in store for us!

    Aluratek wants to wish you a happy holidays and we all hope you guys share it with all your loved ones!

    Are you excited for Christmas? What is on your Christmas wishlist? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below

  • Keep Your Desk Organized & Productive

    It had been said that cleanliness = productivity. Keeping your desk clean is key to being productive at work. Yet, we’ve all seen it before. The one person in the office who has a zillion sticky notes all over their computer screen, or has cables running all over the place or stacks of paper that seem to have no organization. Well, don’t fall into the same habit. A cluttered desk can lower valuable productivity and cause you to waste time searching for important items.

    Thankfully, Aluratek is here to give you some handy tips for keeping your desk organized.

    Use a filing system – A great habit to start is to file important documents into a system that you’ll be able to easily locate in the future. To begin this process, it’s good to keep blank file folders and a label maker at your desk. This will only take a few minutes to do and could save you hours of playing hide-and-seek in the future.

    Get Rid of Unnecessary Clutter – Do you need all those knickknacks and office accessories laying all over your desk? Unless they serve a purpose, get them off your work surface. You don’t have to go to the extreme of creating a sterile workspace, but if you are not using it, move it off your desk.

    Throw out pens – Ok, well you don’t actually need to trash them, but there’s no need for 20 pens. Remove any uncapped or excess pens; you only need two or three.

    Limit the amount of photo frames – Too many frames can clutter your desk and cause a distraction. A good alternative would be to store all of your photos on one of our Digital Photo Frames. Store thousands of pictures at one time with 512MB  to 4GB of built in memory.

    Don’t eat at your desk – This can be hard at times. We all have busy schedules and finding the time to pause what we’re doing and eat in the break lounge can be nearly impossible. However, eating at your desk makes it easy for breadcrumbs to find their way into your keyboard. Also, it is nice to take a mental break from work. By doing so, you can enjoy a little time away from phone and computer interruptions.

    Eliminate the cords – In this technological society we are living in, many of us have a plethora of electronics on our desk. All of these cables can quickly turn into a tangled mess. Why not clear the clutter with our 10-Port USB 2.0 Hub? Easily connect your printer, scanner, external hard drive, cell phone and more in one device.

    When in Doubt, Throw It Out – You will never need 99% of the papers that you are saving. When in doubt, throw it out. If you truly need a hard copy, make sure you have a filing system in place s o you can locate it later.

    Do you have any tips to share? Visit our FacebookTwitter and Google+ pages to let us know, or leave a comment below!

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