The Best (and Most Fun) in Portable Tech for the Freelancer

With so many people working as freelancers nowadays, dividing their time between working from home and on location, it's always good to come properly equipped without lugging around unnecessary weight. Of course portability and function are at the top of the list, but there's also some room for some devices to add an element of fun during and after the work day...

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Microsoft Surface: I'm already an Apple iPad user who discovered portable productivity after purchasing a wireless keyboard. I got my iPad before the Microsoft Surface was released, but if I was shopping today, I'd consider the Surface. Equipped with a full version of Windows 8, the Surface Pro could be an extremely portable and powerful laptop alternative.

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HDMI Pocket Projector: This portable projector is proof to the old saying, "big things come in small packages". With a compact digital projector presentations or movies can be shared at sizes that dwarf a traditional monitor, making it easy to share visuals with a larger group. This HDMI Pocket Projector connects to most devices via HDMI cable and works up to 2 hours with a single charge. Note that it requires Apple Digital AV adapter to connect Apple products.

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Unplug Bluetooth Speakers: These days Buetooth connectivity is high on my priority list when it comes to speakers because I usually stream my music versus having a music library downloaded onto my computer or phone. Westinghouse Digital's Unplug Bluetooth sound system works for both work and play, offering a noise canceling microphone built to aid during hands-free calls.

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Little Printer: I sometimes like to give my eyes a rest from all the screens I stare at throughout the day: computer, TV, or smartphone. The Little Printer offers a completely unnecessary, but undeniably cute way to wirelessly connect to the web so you can print out things like headlines and task lists for reading later when the last thing you want to stare at is another scren. The mobile app lets you print directly from a smart phone too.

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Doxie One Scanner: Doxie One is a portable scanner that isn't connected to a computer. Instead, all the scans are saved onto an SD card. You can then download your scan via the SD card or a USB cable to wherever you need it, whether it's your PC or smartphone. It also comes in a variety of fun colors - always a bonus for me.

(Images: 1. Microsoft Surface, Microsoft Surface Facebook Page, 2. All other images as credited above)

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