We’re always on the lookout for new gadgets and devices to improve our quality of life and productivity during all of the business traveling we do. If you spend a good amount of time on the road or in the air, then you’re surely familiar with the hurdles that come from trying to maintain a steady workflow in less than ideal environments and under challenging circumstances. Your business won’t wait, so why not find ways to make handling it easier on the go?
4 business gadgets we use to get the job done, no matter where we travel:
- Skyroam Solis – $149.99
- The perpetual pursuit of mobile data is a struggle that all business travelers have to overcome to stay connected on the road. Previously our options were limited to getting new plans and sim cards wherever we went or being forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees and hoping to have service. That’s all changed now with the introduction of Skyroam Solis and similar devices.
- Simply pay for the device and have one-touch access to unlimited on-the-go data for 24 hours at a low set rate. No sim cards, no plans, and access to fast and reliable service in 130 countries creates the most simple mobile wifi hotspot that we’ve seen yet. It even doubles as a mobile charging station and allows you to connect up to five devices to the wifi network.
- Steno SR – $199-289
- If we’re being honest, carrying around a microphone that covers our mouth created more than a bit of hesitation at first glance. That being said, after researching and trying the device for ourselves, it’s a no-brainer for anyone that frequents busy airports, trains, or other forms of public transportation.
- The ability to have crystal clear calls or voice recordings without having to worry about strangers overhearing sensitive information or disrupting the communication is a real life-saver. Sure, it may look a little strange, but the small form-factor makes it perfect for traveling and the first-rate performance make it well worth the price.
- Digital Paper – $599-699
- There have been several laptops, tablets, and phones that offer a stylus and the ability to write on the screen over the years. The problem we found is that most of these devices just leave way too much to be desired when it comes to actually using them. Sony’s Digital Paper is the first of these devices that we feel actually delivers and justifies both the price tag and a spot in our carry-on bag.
- The device syncs easily to transfer your notes onto a computer, offers an exceptionally low level of eye strain compared to laptops or other tablets, and the battery life can last up to three weeks on a single charge. This is the first product that we’d honestly consider a digital notebook and the functionality over-delivers compared to the competition.
- Sienna Vela On-The-Go – $49.99
- One of most annoying things about traveling for business is trying to keep your shirts and pants wrinkle-free. We all develop our own little tricks to try to overcome this hurdle, but the Sienna Vela steamer is by far one of the best options we’ve found for quickly touching up our business attire and getting rid of pesky wrinkles before an important meeting.
- The best part is that it only takes thirty seconds to be ready to go and offers a much quicker and cheaper alternative than trying to visit the dry cleaners after a long flight so that you can spend more time focusing on what matters the most.