07. 21. 2008
Summer essentials - for your electronics
You packed the sunscreen and a trashy beach read, and are now looking in dismay at your tangle of electronics. Here are a few handy devices designed for travel to lighten your load. The ComboSaver, an easy-to-use combination lock from Kensington, has a low-profile design and self-coiling cable for easy travel. The cable, which anchors your laptop securely so it doesn't walk away, extends from 3-in to 6-ft and fits into the security slot found in 99 percent of notebook computers. $18.95 at Amazon.
You're renting a car? The LiquidAUX Bluetooth Car Kit, also by Kensington, takes up almost no room in your luggage and enables you to listen to your tunes through the car stereo and enjoy legal, hands-free talking. Two features to love: built-in microphone with advanced noise/echo canceling filter for clear conversations; and 2.4GHz wireless remote control lets you play/pause, skip tracks or answer calls on your phone. $74.99 at Amazon.
What else? You'll probably need extra power, so don't forget the Mini Battery Pack and Charger for the iPhone and iPod, which we already reviewed. Extends play time for up to 30 hours of music, 6 hours of video, or 3 hours of talk. $43.95 at Amazon.
And for hotel rooms (why are there never enough free outlets in hotel rooms?), the brand new Portable Power Outlet simultaneously powers and charges up to five mobile devices, including your notebook, mobile phone, PDA, iPod - just about all your essentials - from one portable wall outlet. Weighs only 7.1oz and the low-profile makes it a perfect fit for your laptop bag. $25 at Amazon.
Just toss in your new iPhone 3G (not literally) and you're good to go.