Nail that preso
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If your presentation needs a little more pop, pack a pico projector. The Asus ZenBeam E1 LED projector is pocket-sized but powerful, producing 150 lumens of brightness and five hours of projection perfection from a single charge. It also doubles as a device-charger for other mobile gadgets.
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There's a lot to love about Sony's top-of-the-line noise-cancelling headphones, from the understated design and simple touch interface to the long battery life. But it’s the advanced noise-cancellation technology, which uses mics inside and outside of the cup to tailor the sound that makes the Sony MDR-1000X the ultimate travelling companion. Switch between modes if you need to talk or hear travel updates or traffic without disrupting your playlist.
Get charged up
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Can a portable battery pack be stylish? Belkin’s Mixit Power RockStar certainly is; it comes in four different metallic finishes. The 6600mAh pack can charge two smartphones at once, or one tablet, has multiple cables (Lightning and Micro USB) and a special cable to keep it all together.
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The dual-SIM version of the Mate 9 lets you have your personal phone and still add a business SIM card or even a local SIM from your destination, while the Leica camera on the rear can make for some very sharp travel photos. The battery life is also worth mentioning: a 20-minute charge will last 24 hours.
Stay fighting fit
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Keep an eye on your fitness even when you’re halfway around the world thanks to the Fitbit Charge 2. Get your heart rate, steps and even guided breathing exercises. Plus, the Charge 2 syncs with your phone to get messages and alerts right to your wrist.
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Spotlight is a nifty gadget that, along with some smart software, will take your presentations to the next level. Customise your settings and use the pointer to magnify as well as highlight details, adjust the volume with a wave of your arm and present from as far as 30 metres away from your computer. Get three hours of use with just one minute of charge.
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You might be on the road but that doesn’t mean that your tunes stay at home. The Clip 2 is light and compact, but boasts big sound and a great battery life.
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Bellroy creates beautiful leather goods but the Travel Wallet is a step above. It is big enough to hold cash, tickets, more than 10 cards and your passport, and it comes with a mini pen and a model with RFID protection, helping keep your cards safe from skimming. The regular wallet comes in four different colours while there are three different colours for the RFID version.
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If you need something a little more sophisticated than your smartphone to record notes and presentations, this little gadget is the answer. It has 4GB of storage that can be extended with a microSD card and records in either focus or wide-stereo mode.
Charge and protect
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It’s not exactly sexy, but the Belkin Surgeplus International Travel Surge protector could save your expensive laptop, tablet or phone. It comes with a range of power plugs for use around the world, has two sockets and even two USB charging ports.
Light and easy
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Designed to complement your ultrathin laptop, the Logitech T630 is light and thin with a fast charge battery: one minute of charge will give you an hour of use!
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Pop a slimline Tile Mate on your luggage tag, or a Tile Slim in your bag, and you'll have a Bluetooth connection telling you where your bag is if you’re at the carousel and starting to get a little nervous. To get started, you’ll need to download the app to your smartphone. You can even keep track of other items; attach the Tile Mate to your keys or pop the Tile Slim in your wallet.
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Light and portable, Jabra Rox Wireless Earbuds are a great choice for when you’re out and about and bulky noise-cancelling headphones aren’t practical. The comfy, secure earbuds make them ideal for when you’re exercising while the wireless controls mean you can use them for hands-free calls.
A clever holdall
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You’ll pay a premium for the Waterfield Cargo laptop bag to make it over from the US; it’s worth it. The full-grain leather flap shouts old-school class, but inside the ballistic nylon body, it’s all about high tech, with specialised padded pockets for laptops, tablets and phones. Hey, even the zippers are water-resistant for extra protection.
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Blunt’s XS Metro is a compact but strong umbrella with fibreglass ribs and wind-tunnel testing giving you the confidence it’s not going pop inside out during a storm. The Tile tag sits in a custom pocket and means you’re not losing the brolly anytime soon.
Take a shot
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The Brinno time-lapse camera can be set up to take staggered photos over any period of time in order to create a time-lapse video. Set how frequently you want it to take a shot and it will automatically compile an easy-to-share video from the photos.
The laptop hybrid
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This super-stylish 2-in-1 laptop has been crafted from a single piece of aluminium, making it sturdy but keeping weight to a minimum. High-powered and with a solid battery life, the HP Spectre x2 is a perfect travel companion.
Up Next: 12 Must-Have Travel Gadgets
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Tech items can quickly fill up your suitcase so what are the most useful gadgets to take on your travels? We found 12 must-have gadgets for the intrepid tourist, the business tripper and the frequent flyer.