The airplane – the second home of businessmen and travelers. Of course, it doesn’t feel like home when you have a suitcase that weighs about half of what you do ready to crush you when it comes tumbling out of the overhead compartment. Heavy burdens are the mortal enemies of the mobile – this holiday season, give them the gift of lightness and flexibility. The next time they take off to lands unknown, they’ll have a little extra appreciation for your gift-giving prowess. Look below for the top gifts this year for travelers and businessmen.
The fewer devices the better for those on the move. That’s why this year, the hot gifts for travelers and businessmen are hands down going to be the hybrids. One such hybrid is the Lenovo ThinkPad Twist, which can transform from laptop to tablet to presentation stand in no time flat. The monitor can be twisted around 360 degrees and folded back 360 degrees, making it arguably the most flexible of the Windows 8 hybrids hitting the market this year. It features a 12.5” IPS display, a 3rd generation Intel core processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and seven hours of battery life. All of that is crammed into a $746.10 asking price. Whether it’s for quarterly report presentations or showing off pictures from the latest excursion, this one is sure to be a hit this holiday season.
This pocket-sized companion should be welcomed warmly by those who don’t exactly get the warm and fuzzies when they think about transporting tangled up cords everywhere, then having to dig them out. The Scosche MMUSBR SleekSYNC Charge and Sync Cable for Micro and Mini USB Devices is tiny, and houses a retractable USB cord that has extensions for both Micro USB and Mini USB ports. It can be brought out to charge or sync a device, then slipped away again with no effort, and no tangles. With a $15.46 price tag on Amazon, gifting it won’t cut too deeply into your holiday budget, either. The cable can also be found at AT&T stores.
Big sound comes in a small package with the Jabra Solemate Bluetooth Portable Speaker. This oddly distinctive Bluetooth speaker – with a ridged rubber underside and back loop that makes it look a little less speaker and a little more sneaker – sounds much bigger than it is. Being tiny and lightweight, it’s naturally the best friend of the those on the road, but it has a little more to offer. The included sound bag can enclose the speaker completely, allowing sound to pass through while keeping the Solemate clean – perfect for those trips to far-off beaches. The Jabra Solemate can stomp its way under your tree and into the hands of a lucky someone for about $200 off Amazon.
Are regular Beats a little too hip for your grown-up, professional businessman? The good Doctor has a solution – the Beats Executive Over-Ear Headphones. These headphones are a little more upscale in appearance, featuring an aluminum body and a black and silver color scheme. They also feature top-of-the-line noise cancellation – a victory for all businessmen over their eternal nemesis, the screaming child on the airplane. The Beats Executive Over-Ear Headphones carry a $300 price tag on Amazon.
This one is a little more than your average external hard drive. This external from Seagate packs in 500 GB of storage, and while the USB 3.0 connectivity is nice, the real star is its Wi-Fi functionality. Whether you have a traveler set to relax in a hostel somewhere or a businessman needing to get to work in the local Starbucks, this external is bound to come in handy. It can be accessed by any device with Wi-Fi capabilities – tablets, smartphones, and PCs alike – with no wires. Actually, it can be accessed by three devices at once, and can stream different files – including movies – to each device. This Seagate GoFlex Satellite external hard drive is flying off Amazon for about $166.
Remember when I said that the eternal nemesis of the businessman is the screaming child on the airplane? Let’s add another nemesis – the smartphone battery. Smartphones keep getting better and better, but they can never seem to last through the whole day. That’s where battery packs like the Proporta USB TurboCharger 7000 come in. This one features retractable cords that can hook up to a 30-pin connector device, a Micro USB device, or a Mini USB device. The 7000 in the name refers to its 7000 mAh battery, which is powerful enough to charge multiple devices completely. An LED indicator tells you how much juice is left in the pack. That’s two nemeses down for the businessman – this is starting to look like a pretty good holiday season. The Proporta USB TurboCharger 7000 External Battery Pack is selling on Amazon now for about $75.
Books are great and all, but frequent travelers know that in the age of eReaders, a nice 6”-7” eInk screen beats lugging around a bunch of heavy books any day. That’s why the Sony Reader could be a winner this holiday season. It’s an affordable eReader with easy-on-the-eyes eInk and access to the improving Sony Reader Store. It’s a light, simple device that does what’s asked of it, and nothing more – perfect for the bookworm who doesn’t need any frills. And, if your traveler ever decides to come back and settle down for a while, they’ll be happy to know that the Sony Reader makes it very easy to check out eBooks for free from participating local libraries – they can start browsing with just a touch of the Public Library button. The Sony Reader comes in at a modest $130.