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The best gift for travel technicians to give in 2019



Not all of us travel often with camping / hiking backpacks like these happy stock photo travelers - fortunately we have some recommendations on technology tailored to be on the road.
ENLARGE / Not all of us travel often with camping / hiking backpacks like these happy stock photo travelers – fortunately we have some recommendations on technology tailored to be on the road.

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Traveling can be a fun, enlightening experience, but packing for your trips is often stressful. Everything you choose to take with you on your excursions must have a purpose, as unnecessary items do not belong in anyone's cramped suitcase. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, it can be difficult to decide which technical pieces deserve to be included and which ones you just think would be useful.

It can also be difficult to find gadgets that are suitable for travel – devices that work even more efficiently when you are not in your normal environment. To combat this, Ars has selected some of the best travel tech gifts that will be solid additions to anyone's suitcase. All of the articles below we have personally tested or reviewed, so we are sure to say that none of these devices will disappear, abandoned at the bottom of your suitcase.

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Dell XPS 13

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ENLARGE / Dell Portable XPS 13.

Valentina Palladino

Dell has created and redesigned the XPS 13 to be one of the most travel-friendly laptops you can get. Weighing 2.7 kilos and measuring 11.6 mm thick, it is impressively thin considering how much power it has built into the chassis. The 2019 model with ninth-gen Intel processors is our current favorite Windows ultrabook, and Dell has recently updated the machine to include 10-gene Intel processors. No matter what model you get, you get a Windows laptop that doesn't jeopardize performance while being slim and attractive.

That said, the latest XPS 13 offers many improvements over last year's model. First and foremost, the webcam has been moved to the top of the screen rather than sitting on the bottom as it has done for so many years. This makes the webcam much more functional, and Dell did not sacrifice screen space to make it happen. You can get the screen in a 1080p panel, but there is also a 4K panel option. In terms of ports, you get three USB-C ports (two of which are Thunderbolt 3) in addition to a headphone jack, a microSD card slot and a lock compartment.

While we wish the XPS 13 had an IR camera for face detection, it has a fingerprint reader embedded in the switch, so you get quick biometric login from it. We also estimate that the 4K model can last 13 hours on a single charge (according to our tests), and you can configure the XPS 13 to have up to 21 hours of battery life.

Dell gives you many configuration options on the XPS 13, making it a great choice for anyone who really wants to customize their laptop. The only bad part is that the base model starts with 4 GB RAM (the next step up is 8 GB RAM, and we recommend that most have that amount of memory in their primary machine). No matter how you configure it, the XPS 13 is a solid laptop that will be a workhorse no matter where you are.

For those who want a machine that is a little more flexible (plus a slimmer and lighter one), think of Microsoft Surface Pro. Last year's Surface Pro 6 is our current favorite removable Windows solution and you can still find powerful configurations of this device at a great price. Those who want the latest and greatest (plus a new added USB-C port) should consider Surface Pro 7.

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Dell XPS 13

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Logitech MX Master Anywhere 2s

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ENLARGE / Logitechs MX Master Anywhere 2s mouse.

Valentina Palladino

Travel-friendly mice are a dozen to a dozen, but Logitech's MX Master Anywhere 2s puts some of the best features of a desktop mouse in a travel size. This mouse is noticeably smaller than other Logitech mice, and although it may take some getting used to, it is the perfect mouse to live in your backpack, work or suitcase.

Its 4000 dpi Darkfield sensor helps it detect on almost any surface, including glass, so you can use it wherever you are. It has a rechargeable battery that will last up to 70 days on a single charge, and it is charged with a microUSB port. It works with macOS and Windows devices, as well as iPadOS and Linux, and you can connect this mouse with up to three devices at once and switch between them with just a push of a button. Like most Logitech accessories, the MX Master Anywhere 2s connects to a PC via Bluetooth or a USB receiver.

In addition to customizable pointers and scrolling speeds, you can also customize the five buttons on the MX Master Anywhere 2s. This is one of the features I love in Logitech's main mice, and I'm glad the company created a travel mouse that works almost exactly like the one you can use every day on your main desktop. MX Master Anywhere 2s can be your main mouse if you prefer smaller mice, but it's really hard to beat as a travel mouse – especially at a good price of $ 54.99.

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Logitech MX Master Anywhere 2s

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Anchor PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

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ENLARGE / Anchors PowerCore 10000 PD Redux portable battery next to a Google Pixel 3a.

Jeff Dunn

There are countless power banks that can effectively keep devices charged while on the go, but for an explicit portable alternative, we like Anker's PowerCore 10000 PD Redux. The main reason for this is size: at seven grams and 106 × 52.3 × 25.5 mm, PowerCore is particularly small and easy enough to fit into many pants pockets, let alone a handbag or suitcase, without being too intrusive. The whole thing is stable, with rounded edges that subtly make the battery more comfortable to hold and stick on your person.

In addition, it contains a USB-C Power Delivery (PD) port that recharges at 18W, which is powerful enough to load most new smartphones at maximum speed. (It's not really fast to charge higher end tablets like the iPad Pro at maximum speeds, but it will still speed up the process to some extent.) There's a 12W USB-A port too, which is handy if you have several units have low power. Since the battery is maximum at 18W output, it is best suited for smartphone charging above all else.

The PowerCore has a capacity of 10,000 mAh (36Wh), which is enough to get about two full charges from an iPhone 11. A quartet of LEDs lets you know how much of the capacity is left at a certain time, and the battery itself can be charged at 18W with a USB-C PD wall charger, so it does not take long to fully recover. We haven't had any clues about reliability issues after months of use, and Anker generally has a strong reputation in this market, but the unit is covered by an 18-month warranty if something goes wrong. At $ 46, it's not the cheapest power bank in its class, but it comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, and we think its mix of enough power and true portability is worth it.

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Anchor PowerCore 10000 PD Redux

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