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The 8 gadgets I at all times tackle work journeys



What's in SJVN's Laptop Bag

What’s in SJVN’s Laptop computer Bag


It is 2023, and it seems to be like I will be again to 100-thousand miles a 12 months of enterprise journey once more. 

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As I put together for a 12 months full of a number of journeys to Seattle, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Chicago, Spain, NYC, Monterey, and San Francisco, it is time once more to go over the gear I will be taking up the journey. 

My record is restricted for me, however anybody who spends plenty of time on the highway might discover it helpful.

 Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-3H) 

Acer Chromebook Spin 514


I am a Chromebook consumer for a lot of causes. First, ChromeOS and Linux, my favourite desktop working system, go collectively nicely. Certainly, it is trivial to put in Linux on any Chromebook

Second, even when one thing goes haywire with my Chromebook, or even when I depart it in a cab by chance, so what? I simply purchase one other Chromebook, and I am again to work in ten minutes. 

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Lastly, even if you’re a Home windows consumer, you have at all times been simply in a position to make use of Microsoft — previously Workplace — 365 functions on a Chromebook. Going ahead, you’ll set up Microsoft 365 and OneDrive as Progressive Net Apps in your Chromebook. Chromebooks are at this time’s do-everything laptops.

As for my latest Chromebook, I am going with the high-performance Acer Chromebook Spin 514 convertible. This pill/laptop computer is powered by new AMD Ryzen 5000 C-series processors primarily based on AMD Zen 3 structure and Radeon graphics. 

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The Spin 514 has a 14-inch 1080p touchscreen, AMD’s Ryzen 3 5125C, 8GBs of dual-channel LPDDR4X RAM, and 128GBs of NVMe SSD storage. It weighs 3.3 kilos and has a battery lifetime of simply over 10 hours. For networking, it helps Wi-Fi 6. Put this all collectively, and also you get a system that is an excellent step quicker than its 2022 ancestors. 

It additionally consists of two USB-C ports, one among which you should use to energy it. The Spin 514 additionally comes with a left-side USB-A port, and a headphone jack. You can even get it with an HDMI port. For a webcam, it features a high-quality HD1080p cam with a privateness shutter and a Gorilla Glass-covered trackpad. 

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This isn’t an inexpensive Chromebook. It is a critical enterprise Chromebook. Certainly it comes with enterprise Chrome Enterprise already put in and able to combine together with your Google-based workplace. The worth tag displays that. The Spin 514 lists for $579.99. You possibly can, in fact, get it for much less. 

StarTech USB-C Docking Station, Multi-Monitor HDMI/DP/USB-C Video Output

Startech Docking Station


There’s just one factor incorrect with my new Acer. It is the identical factor that is incorrect with all Chromebooks: They by no means have sufficient ports. Now for most individuals, that is not a giant deal anymore. However, should you’ve bought plenty of peripherals to hook up, resembling one totally different projector after one other, you want ports. Specifically, you want all of the graphic ports — HDMI 2.0b, DisplayPort 1.4, and USB-C video — you may get. That is the place StarTech’s Chromebook-certified docking station is available in. 

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With all these video outputs, it could actually help triple 4K 30Hz shows or a single 5K 60Hz monitor. With the precise cables, I will by no means have to fret about an incompatible monitor once more — until I discover somebody nonetheless utilizing VGA, and that is why I carry HDMI adapters.  

It additionally consists of 7 USB ports and extra: 

  • A pair of USB-A 10Gbps 
  • 1x USB-A 10Gbps w/BC 1.2 charging 
  • 1x USB-C 10Gbps
  • 2 USB-A 480Mbps 
  • 1x USB-C shared 10Gbps & DP Alt Mode video 
  • 60W Energy Supply
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • a 3.5mm headset/audio port.

Whereas that is critical IT-grade {hardware}, you possibly can nonetheless purchase this Docking Station from Amazon for round $250 on the time of writing and straight from StarTech for an inventory value of $330.99. 

Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder



Most of what I am recommending is model new, however my Olympus DS-30 Digital Voice Recorder is an vintage by techno requirements. Mine is over a decade previous, and you may nonetheless purchase new ones at this time. Amazon will promote you one for $329. DS-30s are additionally accessible on eBay for an excellent deal much less. You can even buy a refurbished unit from Amazon for $199

Now, it’s possible you’ll ask, “Why the heck would you purchase one among these when you should use any telephone for recording?” Straightforward. Its audio recording high quality is best than any telephone I’ve ever used. With its high-sensitivity microphone and over 60 hours of recording time, it is nice for whenever you want a high-quality copy of a lecture, depositions, shopper interviews, or a dialog. 

I want it did not document solely the WMA format, however I can dwell with that. It additionally wants a particular USB cable to obtain right into a PC, however, once more, it is not a giant deal. I additionally recognize that it is powered by triple-A batteries. If you happen to rely on getting the spoken phrase proper, the Olympus DS-30 is for you.

 Habitat 360 Electrical USB



I carry plenty of electrical gear with me, and meaning I used to want plenty of energy strips. I nonetheless carry one old-style strip simply in case, however what I actually depend on as of late is the Habitat 360 Electrical with 4 USB ports.

With its 6-foot size, I can attain just about any outlet. On the identical time, the spherical braided twine would not fray or tear. With its 4 USB ports and 4.8-amps, I can cost 4 USB-C-powered gadgets with out hassle. And, for $24.99 from Amazon, it is inexpensive. 

Any telephone with Google Fi 

Google Fi


The telephone within the prime photograph is my Samsung Galaxy S22, however I am not right here to speak to you concerning the S22, besides to say it is a good telephone, and I like to recommend it. However, what I am actually right here to inform you about is Google Fi.

I do plenty of worldwide journey, and if there’s one factor I do know, it is that almost all American carriers cost excessive charges exterior of the States. That is the place Google Fi can prevent some critical coin. 

Google Fi has two plans: In Canada, the US, and Mexico, Google Fi has two worthwhile plans. The most affordable is its Versatile plan with its low value of $20 a month. It offers you limitless calls and texts and 5G information at $10 a Gigabyte, however solely in Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. 

  • The Merely Limitless Plan begins at $50/month for a single consumer. It consists of limitless texting and limitless calling within the States. It additionally comes with 35GBs of high-speed information monthly. Speeds decelerate, nonetheless, after you employ 35GBs. It comes with 5GBs of hotspot-tethered information. It additionally consists of free worldwide calling from the U.S. to 50 nations; different requires 20 cents per minute; free Wi-Fi calling worldwide; and limitless information within the US, Canada, and Mexico.

  • The Limitless Plus Plan begins at $65/month for a single consumer. It consists of limitless texting, limitless calling within the States, and 50GBs of high-speed information monthly when touring internationally. Speeds decelerate after 50GBs. It comes with limitless hotspot-tethered information. It additionally consists of free worldwide calling from the U.S. to 50 nations; different requires 20 cents per minute; free Wi-Fi calling worldwide; and limitless information within the US, Canada, and Mexico.

That also seems like a good amount of cash, particularly should you’re not utilizing it as your major service. For instance, Verizon is the perfect service for the place I dwell in Asheville, NC. However, Google Fi is a winner for worldwide hassle since you solely pay for it when wanted. 

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As an alternative of paying for Verizon and Google Fi for 12 months of the 12 months, I solely pay for Fi once I use it. I can do this as a result of Google lets me pause my Fi service for as much as three months. And, you are able to do that time and again till you are heading in another country and wish it on once more. If I want it again earlier for an sudden journey, I log again in by way of the web site or the smartphone app — and ta-da! — it is again on.

I am unable to suggest it extremely sufficient for anybody who travels exterior the nation so much.

Sony WH-1000XM5 wi-fi headphones 


Picture: Sony

If you are going to fly, you should have noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones. And, everybody agrees that the perfect of the perfect as of late is the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wi-fi. I am nonetheless utilizing an older wired Sony mannequin, however when it lastly offers up the ghost, I will be switching to the WH-1000XM5. Presently, Amazon is providing this mannequin for $398.

It is value each penny. 

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite


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Now, my work colleague in journey, Jason Cipriani, likes to hold an Apple iPad Mini with him. And, if I wanted to take a pill with me, I would get one too. I want I may wholeheartedly suggest an Android pill, however I am unable to. In any case, my Chromebook Spin 514 doubles as a pill, so I do not want a devoted pill. Nevertheless, I learn so much, so once I’m on the highway, I take an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite with me.

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I exploit the 8GB mannequin with its 6.8″ show and adjustable gentle. I may purchase one with extra storage, however ebooks are small, and my complete Amazon library is barely a click on away. I may, in fact, get an Amazon Kindle pill. They’re superb, however they don’t seem to be nice. And, what I actually love about Paperwhite is the battery lasts for days and days. Attempt that with every other pill! For readers, it is value each penny of its $139.99 value.

Google Titan Safety Key

Google Titan Security Keys

Just like the Yubikey household, my Google Titan Safety Key offers top-of-the-line two-factor authentication (2FA) for any pc. Ed Bott and I could disagree so much on Home windows vs. Linux, however we each agree: 2FA gadgets are a should should you care about safety. The Titan Safety key goes for $30. 



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