These days its impossible to travel and not be connected. Ok well… it’s possible, but who wants to? All our gear and gadgets keep us connected to love ones, help us keep in touch with new friends we meet on the road, provides valuable maps and GPS, and helps us plan and organize all our adventures. Who doesn’t love that?
As a blogger, I always travel with my computer – a mac book pro. And even though the mac book pro is sleek and light weight for a laptop, it is still pretty weighty when we are trying to travel with carry on only. But I have a really hard time switching to a tablet. Now I would never be able to abandon my laptop for longer trips. We absolutely require the processing power of the mac for editing and storing photos. But on short, carry on only trips, it would be nice to ditch the laptop every once in a while.
The thing I hate most about tablets is the touch screen. I hate having to zoom in just to press the right button (and then end up pushing the one right below or above it anyway), and I hate typing anything longer than a text message on a touch screen keyboard. So the first thing I tried was a blue tooth keyboard. My logitech blue tooth keyboard certainly fixed that whole typing on a tablet dilemma that I had. I can even type up blog posts on the tablet. But as soon as I have to click any buttons, my impossible fingers get in the way and end up messing up everything.
So then I decided to try the Asus Transformer Pad. This is a tablet with an attachable keyboard. All you have to do is click the keyboard into place and it is fully functional. If you don’t want the keyboard, just un-click it and go. But the best part is not that the keyboard is attachable, its that is has a mouse track pad. My clumsy fingers no longer get in the way, and no more fingerprints on the screen. Its like having a tiny, light weight laptop. And what is even better, it even has a USB port…. the one thing that other tablets lack. I must say, I was pretty impressed by the Asus Transformer.
But if you are not a blogger, or maybe you have more agile fingers, then maybe you don’t something as full on as the Asus Transformer. Maybe you just need something small to keep you connected, or to keep the kids busy on car/ train/ boat/ plane rides. We also tested the Asus MeMo Pad, which is a very small version of a tablet. It’s a great gadget to keep the kids busy. For us it kept Jacob busy and kept his sticky little fingers off our mobile phones. Jake got his Dora and mom and dad got to keep their phones saliva free. Win win.
You can check out the full range of Asus products here.