Some people pack an everyday carry to get to the office — but why not carry the office with you? Just as the best camera is the one you will carry, the best work space for some is wherever they can dump their backpack and get to work. Luckily, as one of the myriad benefits of living in a connected world, you aren’t alone in wanting to work remotely and thus there is a cottage industry built around allowing you to do just that.
Lap Desk Hybrid
Let’s work big to small. The bag you choose will depend on whether you will need it to double as a work surface or not. If you are looking for a hybrid lap desk and messenger bag, try the Prop ‘n Go Tote Multi-Angle Lap Desk. It has fourteen different adjustable angles ranging from 9 degrees to 75 degrees that will hold your laptop or table at an angle for easy viewing. It comes with a built-in shoulder strap for carrying like a messenger bag, and fits most tablets and smaller laptops. It measures 11″ x 16″ x 2″ deep and weighs a little under a pound, so it won’t add unnecessary weight and bulk to your kit.
Good All Around Bag
The Victorinox Lexicon Professional Lasalle is a smaller briefcase-type bag, with similar looks to the Victorinox Architecture Dunant. It is made of the same ballistic nylon as much of the Victorinox line, and is designed to hold a laptop up to 13″ in diameter. Reviewers note its meticulous build quality, plethora of pockets, and leather finishes. The impact zones, complete with extra padding and more rigidity, help ensure your gear makes it to and from work (or on and off the plane) without being the worse for wear.
Battery life on modern devices is really a marvel of engineering, but most devices aren’t going to make it through an intense 8-plus hour day of work (this is even more true if your work involves graphic work). Rather than carry a dozen different wal-warts for each of your devices, reduce your clutter and carry one hub for all of your devices that charge via USB. The Sabrent 4-Port USB 3.0 Hub contains individual power switches to turn on or off the charging of each of your devices and supports transfer speeds up to 5 GBPS (USB 3.0 standard) which will come in handy if one of your devices is an external drive.
Additionally, consider carrying a multifunction USB cable. While it may not be the best bet when you aren’t on the road, and you’d prefer single purpose-built cables for each of your devices, throwing a lightweight multifunction cable in your back is virtually guaranteed to pay off (for you or one of your fellow coffee shop patrons). The is a simple way to have a charging option for your iPhone, Android device, and any micro or mini USB charging accessories.
Pointing and Clicking
Trackpads have come a long way, but they are still all compromises in favor of mobility and simplicity over function — they’ve evolved from unusable to marginally less unusable. For getting a lot done in a short amount of time, you still can’t beat the humble, noble, steadfast mouse. In terms of bang for your buck, you will not be able to do much better for productivity than the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse. It runs for up to 40 days on a single charge, does not rely on Bluetooth, and can easily be switched between up to three devices. The secret weapon of the Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse is the improved laser sensor which permits the mouse to track on literally any surface — even clear glass.
Hunting and Pecking
Laptop keyboards aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. If you aren’t a fan of your words per minute on your laptop and are looking for something portable and cheap, consider the . They are ridiculously inexpensive, only a little garish, and are backlit. Additionally, as it uses Bluetooth, it can be used with your laptop, smartphone or tablet. It is thin and light, measuring just 9.3″ x 5.3″ x 0.24″ and weighing 0.37 lbs, so its a no-brainer if you want a little bit more room for your fingers.