Essential Tech Gadgets for Every Traveller

The tech you need for wherever life takes you
The tech you need for wherever life takes you | © Bambi Corro / Unsplash

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Whether you’re headed to the beach or jetting off on a city escape, these must-have gadgets will help you get the most out of your next adventure.

A stylish travel bag that recharges your phone, laptop and tablet on the go

One of the biggest frustrations when travelling is keeping your devices charged while you’re on the move. Enter the HP Powerup Backpack – an intelligent travel bag with a built-in battery capable of charging your laptop, tablet and smartphone, wherever you are.

Stylishly designed and beautifully functional, the Powerup Backpack provides a full charge to most HP laptops, and charges a tablet up to three times and a smartphone up to 10 times.
Made of water-resistant, durable material, the Powerup Backpack has reinforced handles and straps, built-in technology that monitors and keeps the battery from overheating, and plastic-coated internal slits allowing for inter-pocket cable routing, eliminating messy cord tangles.

The main backpack compartment is roomy enough to store anything you might need for a day trip and includes a dedicated tablet pocket, organisation compartments and a keyring. A separate back pocket houses up to a 17” laptop, while the battery pack (with two USB ports and an out for laptop charging) is built into the front pocket.

Power priority mode allows you to control the order in which your devices charge, and the bag itself comes bundled with a HP laptop charging cord (including alternative tips for a range of HP laptop compatibility) and two micro USB cords. Apple iPhones through the 6 Plus and iPad can be charged but cables are not included.

Charging three devices with the Powerup Backpack

A tiny, totable speaker that brings your music along for the ride

Travel, like life itself, is elevated by great music. The ultra-portable HP Mini Bluetooth Speaker 300 comes attached to a carabiner, meaning you can clip it onto your bag and take your music anywhere. A long-lasting battery ensures your tunes will stay with you, while a water-resistant design protects the tech against splashes – perfect for when you’re on the beach, at the dock or relaxing by the pool.

Take your music wherever you go

A feather-light two-in-one laptop/tablet

Built for life on the go, the two-in-one 13” HP Spectre x360 has all of the utility of a standard laptop with the flexibility and intimate usability of a tablet. With a starting price of under £2,000 ($2,369), the Spectre is an exceedingly premium and adaptable system for a surprisingly reasonable price.

Just 13.6mm (0.5in) wide and weighing only 1.262kg (2.8lb), the Spectre x360 13” boasts an Intel Core i7 CPU, a 4K touchscreen display and the world’s longest battery life in a quad-core convertible.

Use it as an on-the-go entertainment hub, a video chat portal when talking to friends back home, or get creative with 4K video editing, a stylus for note-taking and drawing that feels as natural as pen on paper, and advanced photo editing, which is great for freelance creatives and Instagram influencers.

HP Spectre x360

A phone-size portable photo printer that goes anywhere

Create your own postcards, print personalised travel mementos and instantly make time with friends more memorable with the HP Sprocket Photo Printer.

The size of a mobile phone, the portable printer lets you print 5cm x 7.6cm (2in x 3in) snapshots or stickers of your favourite travel memories from your smartphone or tablet as easily as you post them.

Simply turn on Bluetooth to instantly connect the device with any iPhone (iOS 8 and above) or Android phone (running 4.4 above), customise your photos with text, borders or emojis with the HP Sprocket app, and print unique souvenirs you’ll be able to treasure even after your battery dies. Twenty-sheet refill packs of sticky-backed paper only cost £10 ($13), while a chic gold Sprocket Wallet Case helps protect your device and keeps it on hand when you’re on the move.

Sprocket Photo Printer
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