Iâ€™m always tinkering with my travel bag to find just the right mix of computer technology and carrying convenience.
Most recently Iâ€™ve been carrying a Yoga 2 Pro, an Asus VivoTab 8, and a Samsung Galaxy S5. The Yoga 2 Pro serves as my primary machine for pretty much everything. The VivoTab 8 is an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet with Wacom digitizer, i.e. pen support. I use it to take notes, mark up PDFs, etc. I find that itâ€™s just â€œokayâ€. The 8-inch screen is too small at times, and lately the digitizer has been finicky; a known issue with this tablet. The S5 goes everywhere I do. I use it for the obvious things â€“ calls, text messages, emails, etc â€“ as well as to play games, listen to music, take photos, check my social media feeds, and so on.
Iâ€™m changing things up a little this trip. My loadout for ASHP Midyear will include:
- Yoga 2 Pro â€“ This is my primary workhorse. Itâ€™s a great machine and meets almost all my computing needs. I will be using it to compose blog posts and manage photos and videos that I capture while walking around the exhibit hall.
- Surface Pro 3 â€“ New this year, the SP3 will likely go with me everywhere I go while Iâ€™m at Midyear. Itâ€™s small and light enough that I can carry it around, it offers great pen support for note taking, and still has plenty of horsepower for when I need more than a tablet. I thought about leaving the Y2P at home and taking only the SP3, but Iâ€™ve never traveled without a â€œreal laptopâ€. Iâ€™ll see how things go during Midyear. If things work out then Iâ€™ll leave the Y2P at home next time. Can the SP3 really replace my laptop? I donâ€™t know, letâ€™s find out.
- Galaxy S5 â€“ As mentioned above, this is my primary mobile device. Iâ€™ll be using it to handle my calendar, make calls, send texts, read and respond to emails, etc. I will also be using it to take photos and videos when possible. I thought about taking my Sony Handycam for video, but decided against it for two reasons. First, itâ€™s another piece of hardware to carry around. Second, I donâ€™t know if vendors will allow me to walk around shooting video of everything they demo. For those that allow me to take video, Iâ€™ll have my S5.
In addition to the three machines above, Iâ€™ll also be carrying various cables, adapters, and external chargers for my smartphone.
And there you have it, my ASHP Midyear 2014 technology loadout.