Set up, back up & power up before you head out!
Whether you’re a seasoned business traveller or preparing for the annual family holiday away, the right technology can take away some of the travel stress and make your trip more efficient and enjoyable. Computer Mania shares some useful tips to set up, back up and power up for your upcoming journey.
Step one is to ensure you have the right technology, with an emphasis on portability. A laptop is definitely worth considering. It’s the easiest method of staying in touch, backing up photos, watching a movie or catching up on your admin. If you are carrying it around, you want it light and compact. Don’t skimp on the amount of storage you have. 128Gb is the minimum, and more is much better. All those travel photos and downloaded movies take up more space than you think!
The battery also needs to last if you are planning a long trip. Four hours is the minimum, 6+ is much better. Make sure you invest in a protective sleeve or bag to prevent scratches and to cushion against minor bumps on the journey.
If you need something smaller, lighter and cheaper, consider a tablet. It’s perfect for reading, surfing, emails, social media and watching movies. It will keep children entertained over long trips in the backseat or on the plane. Again, choose one with plenty of storage, either built-in or via microSD card, and don’t forget - it also has a camera for those holiday snaps.
Whatever your device, a good investment is a pair of Bluetooth headphones. You can then watch your movie or listen to your latest tunes on your own device without annoying the other passengers or fighting over choices with your family.
Don’t risk losing all your precious digital memories. In case your computer gets damaged or stolen, it's vital to safely store your important files where it can be accessed easily. An external hard drive allows you to easily back up files or transfer bulk files to another computer. Why not save all your favourite movies as portable movie library for your holiday entertainment?
USB flash drives are ultra-portable for carrying files on the move, transferring data between computers and other devices, or for safe file storage. They connect quickly to any USB port and require no additional power source. Typical capacities range from 8GB to 128GB. Both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 are available, with the latter offering faster speeds.
A MicroSD card is also useful, especially for transferring your video clips and photos from your smartphone or camera to your computer. You can save your files, take the card out and transfer them to your computer. Portable smartphone backup technology is now available that allows you to backup and charge in one operation. It simplifies the setup of new smartphones, transfers your photos, videos, music, contacts, and documents simply with a few clicks.
The one gadget you most likely will not leave at home is your smartphone. Keeping it powered up on long journeys can be an issue, especially if you are relying on it for your navigation or communication. You may also want to avoid your children’s onboard entertainment running out of battery. An external power bank provides the solution for all your travel power needs with many options available. If you're going to be driving for much of your journey, also consider a car charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter port.
Computer Mania stocks a wide selection of tried and tested products to get you tech ready for your journey. Their technical specialists can answer all your questions and assist you to find the best solution for your requirements. Shop in store. Or online at www.computermania.co.za.