BELKIN $ 49.95 www. belkin. com. au www. harveynorman. com. au THIS handy device has become the first thing
Rod Chester and Alex Kidman look at some handy technology to take with you when you’re on the road
Plug in to travel tech
TREK TRAVEL ROUTER & RANGE EXTENDER
Netgear $ 69 netgear. com. au THIS travel router will answer the prayers of many who have suffered pathetically slow hotel wi- fi. It has flip- out power prongs so you don’t need to carry another power adaptor, plus you can charge your devices from its USB port. It has a built- in antenna and lets you turn a single- wired network connection in your hotel room into your personal wi- fi network for all of your devices. It lets you power it off your laptop ( using micro USB) to turn a public hotspot into your own protected and private network.
Livescribe $ 199.95 livescribe. com
LIVESCRIBE’S latest intelligent pen does what its previous pen offerings have done. It records audio and matches it up, pen stroke for pen stroke, with whatever you write on specialised pads of paper. It’s neat technology for anyone who needs to take notes because you can easily skip to the important bits of a conversation. The Smartpen 3 brings something new to the drawing board. Where previous pens had microphones and storage on- board, the Smartpen 3 pairs with an iPhone and uses its storage and microphone instead. When it works it can be very good, but there are some limitations. Because it’s based around your iPhone, if the app crashes it can take recordings with it, which is annoying.
LG $ 149 www. lge. com. au WHEN you’re on the go, a wireless mouse makes a lot of sense, but what if you have information to scan? This is where LG’s Mouse Scanner comes in. It’s a wireless mouse in its basic colourful form, but plug in a USB cable and install its software and the base of this mouse will scan anything underneath it, as well as save it as an image or text file via optical character recognition. At the price it’s a specialised mouse, but if you need on- the- go scanning, it works well enough.
TRAVEL SURGE PROTECTOR
we pack when heading overseas ( after the passport). It has five interchangeable plugs, and with two power outlets plus two 1.5 Amp USB charging ports, it will handle all your charging needs. The only thing to note is that, like any charging device or power adaptor, the placement of power points in some hotel rooms can make using a large adaptor like this difficult.
1TB WIRELESS PLUS
Seagate $ 239 www. seagate. com www. harveynorman. com. au IF YOU’RE always on the move and using a range of devices, one of the challenges you face is having all of your files and media with you. With 1TB of storage, you can load up the Seagate drive with all the movies and music you want. It’s easy enough to set up as it broadcasts a WI- FI signal you connect to using an iOS or Android device and, unlike relying on cloud services, you don’t need an internet connection to access your files.