10 Must-have devices for creatives of every kind

Being a creative in 2019 means working with tech. Whether you’re a photographer, a designer, a musician, or some other kind of artist, these must-have devices should improve your workflow.

10 Must-have devices for creatives of every kind
  • How can technology help me as a creative? While hard drives provide a solid backup of your work, precision displays and custom editing controls can open up creative possibilities.
  • What new forms of creativity has tech introduced? Sculpture with 3D printing, automated drawing, carving with CNC routing, digital painting, and more.
  • What are the latest must-have devices for creatives? Keep reading to explore our top 10!

Technology and creativity have always been intertwined. Now more than ever, artists are using technology to unlock new ideas. No matter what your chosen medium might be, these must-have devices will enhance your creative workflow.

Loupedeck+ Versatile Photo Editing Console

Any photographer will love Loupedeck+. This versatile console offers a range of physical controls that sync perfectly with the editing tools in Lightroom and Aurora HDR. It’s like a mixing desk for images.

Price: $267.81 USD

LaCie Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

When you’re out in the field, LaCie’s rugged hard drives allow you to backup your photos. The outer case provides great protection, keeping the internal drive safe from rain, dust and physical trauma.

Price: $79.99 USD

Blackmagic eGPU Pro External Graphics Processor

For animators and video editors, Blackmagic’s external GPU is the ultimate upgrade. This thing can lay down 94 billion textured pixels per second, and make DaVinci Resolve run 22 times faster.

Price: $1,199 USD

Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet

For graphic designers and illustrators, the Intuous Pro is a must-have device. This expansive graphics pad works with the Pro Pen 2 to provide precise control, with pressure sensitivity and natural tilt support.

Price: $379.95 USD

Dell Canvas 27 Creative Digital Workspace

Want to see what you’re drawing? You need the Dell Canvas. This incredible display lies horizontally on your desk, providing the perfect surface for digital artistry.

Price: $1,699 USD

Nix Mini Color Sensor

This pocket-sized device allows designers and illustrators to capture color from the real world. The sensor works on most surfaces, and you get the results in seconds.

Price: $99 USD

Hexbot Versatile Desktop Robot Arm

For those of us who lack pen skills, Hexbot offers a different way to produce art. This robotic arm can draw, engrave and 3D-print on your behalf, down to the nearest 0.05mm.

Price: $349 USD

Roland R-07 High Resolution Audio Recorder

From podcasting to live music, the Roland R-07 helps you record audio at the best possible quality. Through one-touch controls you can change the custom sample rate, record mode, limiter, low cut, and input level.

Price: $229.99 USD

Roland VR-1HD AV Streaming Mixer

If you often work with sound and vision, Roland’s VR-1HD mixer will make life easier. This device lets you mix live video from three sources, while the Auto Mixing feature works to balance multiple audio inputs.

Price: $1,495 USD

Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Laptop Dock

Finding the ports on your laptop to connect all of these devices can be a challenge. Elgato’s laptop dock solves the problem, with three USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and Audio In/Out.

Price: $249.99 USD

Must-have devices for creatives

What are the must-have devices in your creative workflow? What is the new tech you lust over? Join the conversation in the comments!

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Meet Mark Myerson

Mark is best known for writing about apps, but he also loves the tactile, hardware side of technology. Being a professional photographer, he's pretty handy with a camera, and he's a self-confessed tweetaholic.

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