April 3, 2012 7:09 pm

Business traveller: What tech to take

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How to lighten the technology load

The profusion of tablets and smartphones has many road warriors hoping they can slim down their travel tech.


Can I get away with just a tablet?
“A tablet may limit your functionality,” says Terrance Whitehead, a personal technology concierge. If it is a very short trip, a phone or tablet may suffice, he says, but for longer journeys you may need a laptop.

“Tablets will have cloud access and you can do presentations on them, but they have limited document creation possibilities.”


Are ultrabooks a good bet?
Ultrabooks such as the MacBook Air, Asus Zenbook or the Samsung Series 9 are highly portable and usually have solid state drives, so the battery life is better. “You can boost battery life by dimming the screen and turning off the WiFi,” says Mr Whitehead.

For those who prioritise battery life over processor speed, netbooks remain an option.


What about leisure use?
For small amounts of music (and perhaps even films), a smartphone is sufficient. But for listening to music during a workout, you want something small with a clip.

The current iPod Nano looks great, but its touchscreen has been criticised as tricky to use during exercise.

The less pretty Sansa Clip Zip, which has physical buttons, is widely reckoned to be both usable and great value.


Any accessories I need?
“I’d recommend a rechargeable battery booster,” says Mr Whitehead. “If you’re using rental cars take an FM transmitter or cable, so you can listen to your own music.

“If you’re staying in hotels, a travel power strip may save you unplugging all the lamps.”

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