Improving your Netbook Life

Watch any movie made from about 1990 or older that has a business scene in it and you’ll see men in suits carrying large, rectangular briefcases into large boardrooms for meetings.  Today’s on the go business people, tech savvy entrepreneurs and active lifestyle people are reducing the amount they carry with them, while having more access to cutting edge technology than ever before.  Quietly, the Netbook has become, for lack of a better buzzword, the killer app of 2009.

It seems that every major manufacturer is hopping on the Netbook bandwagon. To get more familiar with what’s out there, read this Netbook Roundup on the four big contenders in the market now.  In a nutshell, Netbooks are meant to fill a void in the market for those users who need more computer power than an iPhone or Blackberry can provide them, but don’t want to lug around a full sized laptop.  While Netbooks are amazingly efficient and powerful for the size, these five accessories will help the transition to a Netbook lifestyle even more enjoyable.

Travel Bag

Travel bagThe Crumpler Breakfast Buffet comes in several different colors, so you won’t be that guy with the boring brown or black briefcase.  Holding up to a 12″ Netbook with enough room to stash some reading material, lunch and power supply it’s the perfect accompaniment for any Netbook.  Unique to the Crumpler line is the brightly colored liners instead of boring colored black.  Not only does this add some splash to the color, it makes finding things in the bottom of the bag that much easier.  A comfortable, padded shoulder strap, 900d water resistant exterior and a ripstop liner ensure this bag outlasts your laptop, maybe even you too!

Control, Share & Sync Securely

KVM SwitchThe IOGEAR USB Laptop KVM Switch featured in the Netbook Roundup is a perfect accessory to enhance your Netbook experience from your desktop computer such as the ability to use a larger keyboard and monitor, access application on the desktop, sync and transfer files in a safe and secure environment.  Super slim by design, an on-screen menu will help you navigate between the two computers seamlessly.

Extra Storage

Western Digital My Passport Essential external hard drive will ensure no file is left behind at the office.  Since one of the compromises in using a Netbook is often a very small hard drive, an external makes taking all your files with you possible.  The My Passport Essential is available in sizes ranging from 250GB to 500GB in a bevy of colors to match or clash your Netbook and is USB powered so you won’t have to take a dedicated power supply.

Printer Friendly

Canon’s BJC-85 Portable Bubble Jet Printer isn’t much bigger than a Netbook coming in just under 12″ wide and weighing a scant 4.5lbs, but it doesn’t sacrifice quality.  When out and about, the need often arrives to print contracts, directions or a bill of sale.  Add the optional battery pack and this printer becomes that much more versatile, eliminating the need to run to a Kinko’s and waste time.


Bluetooth MouseIOGEAR gives your mouse back with their Bluetooth Optical Mini Mouse, a fully featured mouse with great response and sleek looks.  One of the biggest sacrifices in a Netbook is the track pad and click buttons.   A mouse for most users is simply easier to use and allows them to be more productive.  Most all Netbooks natively have Bluetooth, why not take advantage of it.  Best of all, this one requires no batteries, a USB cable is included to re-charge and an on / off switch ensures maximum battery life.

Let It Burn

DVD DriveFill your burning needs with the LG GP08LU10 Slim External Super-Multi DVD Drive.  Offering one of the market’s slimmest 22x DVD+/- burners with LightScribe technology for disc labeling, this ultra-portable burner will allow you to load software and burn music, data and DVD discs from your Netbook, and since most all lack an optical drive.   To complete the package, LG has enabled this device to be USB powered so you don’t have to bring the power cable on the road with you!

Netbooks are here to stay, however most still require some of the full sized counter parts’ components now and again.  These five devices should prepare you for any situation that could come up, improving your newly found Netbook lifestyle.

What devices do you consider “must have” when traveling with your Netbook?

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