The gear gods have heard the pleas of digital nomads — these ultra-light laptops and keyboards will help you stay super-productive even when you’re on the move
For traveling light
Some magazines are actually heavier than this baby — weighing as little as 768g, the fifth-gen Microsoft Surface Pro (US$999), with a 12.3-inch screen, is becoming the standard business travel accessory. It has a battery life of 13.5 hours, so even if you’re in transit for most of the day, you don’t need to panic for a power source. microsoft.com
For jotting down notes on the fly
Sure, it’s useful for watching Netflix during the long wait at airports, but make your Apple iPad work harder and fit it with a Logitech Slim Folio (US$100) keyboard case. At its simplest it’s a protective cover, but inside is a Bluetooth keyboard (with iOS shortcut keys) that’s comfortable to type on for hours. logitech.com
For sending your input from your beachside cabana
Need to add a tweak or two while you’re out of the office? This nifty device can make all that drama-free. With a 13.3-inch touchscreen, the 550g Onyx Boox Max2 (US$800) with stylus is great for annotating
Word or PDF files. Battery life is up to four weeks. onyx-international.com
Blogging for work?
Need to update a travel blog or keep a diary while, say, hiking? Skip lugging extra gear and maximize your phone instead. The Kanex MultiSync Foldable Travel Keyboard (US$50) is an ingenious foldable Bluetooth device that’s ergonomically designed in a V-shape. It’s a feather-light 173g with a battery life of many weeks on a single charge. kanex.com
For sealing the deal
If a laptop is your weapon of choice for work trips, there are few readier for the road than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (US$2,042). Though it weighs only 1.13kg, this matte black Windows 10 gadget packs in a 14-inch display, a keyboard built around a TrackPoint (a nub that acts as a pointing device) and can keep going for 15 hours. lenovo.com
This article first appeared in the December 2018 issue of Smile magazine.