With its long airport lines, endless string of hotel rooms, and fat-saturated meals, work travel is hardly glamorous. So why not give the road warrior in your life something to ease the many miles they’ll rack up in 2014. Here are a few ideas to help you out if you need some inspiration.
1. Timbuk2 Hudson Laptop Briefcase
This bag is functional and durable, made of water-resistant waxed canvas with leather trim. It has a rugged, distressed look that gives it some character. One side opens fully, like a briefcase, and has padded pockets for a laptop and/or tablet.
The HalfPack RT also has a rugged outback appeal and offers a little more versatility because it can function as a backpack as well as a briefcase or messenger bag. A zippered pouch provides easy accessibility to a laptop and/or tablet during TSA security screening. The bag also has pockets and pouches sized to hold everything from pens and USB thumb drives to your laptop power cord and sunglasses.
Your road warrior is probably carrying an external USB hard drive or two with them already, so why would they want a WD MyCloud drive? Well, because the WD MyCloud creates a personal cloud enabling them to store 2TB, 3TB, or even 4TB of data without the security concerns or ongoing expense of a cloud storage service.
This NAS connects to the Internet enabling you to access photos, music, and other data on the drive from virtually anywhere. There are apps for Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, and Android, and the WD MyCloud mobile app can also transfer files to and from cloud services such as Dropbox.
One thing you can’t escape when you leave town are the meetings. No matter where you may be, there are still conference calls and video conferencing sessions to join, which generally means using a smartphone or tablet while sitting in a hotel room somewhere.
The Logitech p710e Mobile Speakerphone is an ideal gift idea for the road warrior who has to participate frequently in such meetings. It is compact and rechargeable, and it has a slot designed to comfortably and securely hold virtually any smartphone or tablet.
The unit can be paired with more than one mobile device, and it connects almost instantly when a paired Bluetooth device is within range. The sound quality — both inbound and outbound—is very good. It also fills in quite nicely for playing music from your smartphone, or watching a Netflix movie on your tablet while you’re on the road.
No matter how much mobile device vendors continue to squeeze more battery life into gadgets, your devices always seem to run out of power when you need them most. The Super Magicstick is small enough to fit in a pocket or purse, and it weighs a mere 80 grams. It has a USB port that can be used to attach a charging cable for virtually any mobile device to refuel on the go, and it comes in an array of colors.
Tony is principal analyst with the Bradley Strategy Group, providing analysis and insight on tech trends. He is a prolific writer on a range of technology topics, has authored a number of books, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.