• Jun

    8 Computer Travel Tips


    When you’re on the road, small issues can become big – fast, especially if you’re using a laptop. Here are a few things I recommend having to make sure you’re not caught short.

    First off, make sure you have a durable travel case or a good backpack. While I like a laptop case, it can sometimes be challenging in airports. Also, the sliding handles can easily become damaged or broken, as I found out the hard way. If you don’t have much gear, I recommend a sturdy backpack. The one I use is by Case Logic and it’s big enough to store a 17″ wide-screen.

    USB hard drives are another issue. Being a fan of redundancy, I have three. Two of them are Western Digital drives that can store 250 GB and will run from a USB connection. I also have a one terabyte drive and that one needs its own power source.

    One issue with laptops is not having enough USB ports, in which case I recommend buying a USB docks or tree with multiple ports.

    As for a mouse, I tend to like a WIFI mouse but the battery life sucks, so it’s a tradeoff between that and a corded version. I also recommend a mouse pad for consistency. Sometimes table tops can be rough, which plays hell with the tracking of your device.

    While many laptops come with a webcam, sometimes the quality is less than desirable, as it is on my Toshiba (which I only found out after the fact). When I did, I went out and bought a Logitech 9000. It’s an awesome little camera with great video quality and decent sound. I recommend that you check it out.

    Flash drives are really handy and can store a lot of data. One caution: If you use them in a cyber cafe’, expect virus problems so scan them immediately after use.

    If you use a GPS, make sure it has good map coverage for the country you want to visit. As a case in point, my Tom Tom had really poor coverage in Mexico. My iphone was better, but not so easy to use. My current phone, a Samsung, has a good GPS, but again, it’s not easy to use and requires a mount to make it effective. A plugin charger is also a good idea.

    For headsets, I recommend USB for the most part. Audio jacks do the trick in many cases, but if you want to make recordings, that can wreak havoc with some laptops.

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    © Nathan Segal 2013.

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