Whether it's a brief hop or a long haul, you can travel in style
Every family has one member who's always on the road, either for business or personal travel. Whether it's your college-age kid backpacking around Europe, or your on-the-go brother who jet-sets to meetings around the globe. For the MacNN family, that guy is -- me. There's always a certain amount of tech we just have to bring along -- the trick is getting it all in there, yet keeping it light enough to not be a burden. In this Gift Guide, we'll take a look at some of my road-tested travel gear.
Silly name, seriously stylish backpack.
It's that time of year again -- it's time for high school and college kids alike to think about how they're going to carry supplies to and from classes. Even if you're not a college or high school student, backpacks are still convenient to carry all your things from place to place. After all, most of us carry multiple forms of tech every day, so why not make it a little easier? If you're not the type to leave the house without carrying at least a phone, tablet, or computer, read on for our check-out of the Newt 15 laptop backpack by Ogio.
Full-featured laptop backpack by Booq fits 17-inch PC, MacBook Pro
Booq has announced the release of its newest laptop backpack offering this week: the Cobra pack. Comprised of a 1680 denier ballistic nylon exterior with a water-repellent coating, items within the pack are protected from weather conditions, and its quilted inner lining prevents damage during transport. The bag's main compartment features two open pockets and a slip pocket that offers easy access to something like a magazine or book while travelling. Its zippered mesh window pocket keeps passports, tickets and important items accessible, and its separate zippered padded laptop compartment can accommodate a 15- to 17-inch laptop. A second zippered back pocket can hold a tablet.
Booq Bags' new tech accessory backpack now available
Booq Bags' latest backpack, the Boa flow graphite has been released, designed to fit up to a 17-inch Mac or PC laptop as well as a variety of other tech fundamentals. Aimed at commuting professionals, the backpack features many pockets, in addition to a malleable interior with a collapsible main frame that allows the user to adapt the bag to accommodate what is needed. Its headphone strap separates headphones away from being mixed into other objects that could compromise them, and a hidden hip pocket is included that can conceal a phone and cash. Priced at $225, the Boa flow graphite can be purchased online.
Bag packs 6000mAh charge
Many companies currently offer battery packs and various accessories to keep smartphones and other gadgets charged when away from an outlet. Powerbag has taken this concept to the extreme, with products such as the Business Class Pack. The company aims to offer well-rounded backpacks and messenger bags that protect gear and keep batteries full at the same time. In our full review, we take a look at the Business Class Pack's worthiness as a charging station and a backpack.
Smartphone holder on shoulder strap, more
Accessory maker Booq has added the Cobra Pack to their Cobra line of briefcases and other bags for tech devices and accessories. Sporting a main compartment with document pockets, flap-covered and accessory pockets and a fold-down camera and accessory compartment -- along with several stretchable pockets on the outside -- the pack also has dedicated compartments for a laptop, an iPad or e-reader and exterior smartphone pocket on the strap.
Variety of styles, colors for 11" and 13" models
MacBook and iPad bag maker STM are quick on the uptake, following rapidly on the heels of Apple's revamping of the MacBook Air with new jackets, bags and backpacks which will hold the 11- and 13-inch models -- or other machines of a similar size -- that include extras like iPhone pockets and iPad slip compartments.
Messenger and backpack options available
Notebook protective gear maker STM Bags are introducing two new bags, the Jet backpack and the Vertical messenger bag that offer room for a mobile office-full of of digital electronics, including a nylex-coated pocket inside each for the iPad right alongside laptops, cell phones, cords and other accoutrements.
Pack includes build-in rain cover and organizers
RadTech on Tuesday announced that the STM Convoy notebook backpack has begun shipping. Although the bag mimics the appearance of a typical canvas backpack, a concealed notebook compartment is designed to accommodate devices with screen sizes up to 15 inches. When traveling in rain or snow, users can deploy the built-in rain cover for extra protection.
Python blur backpack for creative professionals
Booq has introduced its latest backpack designed for creative professionals, the Python blur. The backpack features a ballistic nylon exterior with water resistant coating, as well as semi-rigid EVA foam for added impact protection. Itís designed to fit everything from an SLR camera with lenses, to a laptop, headphones, or various accessories. The camera and accessory compartment come padded for safety, and the collapsible internal divider can be folded down for optimum space.