Do you fly frequently for work or travel regularly between a few branch offices? Between the jetlag and the rush between appointments, it's easy to get flustered by a less than stellar set of peripherals. While better gadgets won't necessarily help you complete your work faster, they can make the journey a far more comfortable and less frustrating proposition.
We've put together a list of some of the best gadgets a traveling executive may want to bring on the road.
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The LOK-IT is an encrypted flash drive that offers hardware authentication that renders it impervious to key loggers or other spyware. The secret passkey must first be keyed into the built-in number pad before plugging the LOK-IT into a USB slot, where it appears as a normal storage volume. Unplugging it automatically locks it, which is as fool-proof as you can get. Moreover, the LOK-IT is platform-independent and will work on any operating system and even office appliances such as scanners, projectors, and other mobile devices with USB OTG.
LOK-IT product page
Feel bad over your growing pile of battery-guzzling peripherals that requires the purchase of new alkaline batteries every couple of months? You may want to consider a switch to a rechargeable option in the form of Sanyo's eneloop rechargeable batteries. Unlike standard nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, which have a self-discharge rate of up to 30 percent per month, the eneloop has a long storage life and will hold its charge for up to three years. Moreover, it can be recharged up to 1,500 times to literally save hundreds of dollars over its lifetime.
Sanyo eneloop product page
The Jawbone JamBox is a portable wireless speaker that produces unbelievably loud, high-quality sound for its diminutive size. Powered by sophisticated acoustic drivers, the speaker works great in a sales presentation and holds sufficient charge for up to 10 hours of continuous music playback. In addition, a built-in microphone allows the JamBox to be used as part of a conference call conducted via a mobile phone or a computer. The JamBox also works with applications such as Skype and Google Talk and is available in a number of attractive colors and designs.