Top 10 Travel Gadgets

Headed for a getaway? Traveling for business, pleasure or both? Whether you’re making your way by plane, train, automobile, or even your own two feet, no trip is complete these days without digital accessories. Here are 25 great sidekicks to help make the journey pain-free

10. MiFi

The Wi-Fi Alliance would have you think you can now connect anywhere and everywhere. It’s not so. Existing wi-fi networks often fail to deliver, which can be especially frustrating when you’re paying ridiculous prices to hotels for access to their networks. Novatel’s MiFi Intelligent Mobile Hotspot takes away your wireless headaches by tapping seamlessly into Sprint’s and Verizon’s vast 3G networks. Pricing varies among service plans, but the 5-GB data plan for $60 a month is your best bet. Like with any new phone, you’ll have to sign a two-year contract, but you’ll never have to go hunting for a hotspot ever again.

9. MacBook

Apple recently updated its baseline 13-in. MacBook with a unibody polycarbonate shell for added strength and style. Inside, an efficient LED-backlit screen helps lift battery life to seven hours and provides instant full-screen brightness the moment you turn it on. The new MacBook is greener than previous models, having eliminated harmful toxins like mercury and now using arsenic-free glass. Among its other consumer-friendly features is a spacious glass trackpad that registers multiple-finger inputs like two-finger swipes (for up or down) and four-finger swipes (to choose among open applications).

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