Mobile Edge Gift Guide for Gamers, Students, Business Professionals, and Road Warriors on Your List

Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers, Students, Businesses and more

December has arrived and, chances are, you’re already deep into holiday shopping (or about to be) for those special someones in your life.

According to Fortune.com, Christmas sales are expected to be strong this year, rising 3.6% to $655.8 billion, with online business rising as much as 10%. That’s good news for retailers of all shapes and sizes, as was the fact that more than 75% of US consumers spent the same or more on Black Friday and the following weekend this year than they did in 2015.

That said, historically, some 20% of consumers only begin their Holiday shopping in December, while many others are far from done as the last month of the year debuts.

Where do you fall on this holiday shopping timeline?

For all you procrastinators out there, Mobile Edge has put together a quick guide to some of the products you can find in our online store for the gamers, students, business professionals, and road warriors in your circle of friends and family.

What’s on your gamer’s must have list? Certainly, the newest in titles—from the latest Call of Duty, Skyrim, or Uncharted iterations—to the long-awaited release of the PlayStation 4 Pro Console. Similarly, the high school or college student on your list likely has some obvious needs, ranging from the latest tablet or laptop to headphones, space organizers, and more. Ditto for the road warrior or frequent flyer who must take his or her mobile office and sundry supplies and accessories on the road day-in-and-day out.

But what are you to do if you’re not sure what items and gear your loved one already has, or if your budget just won’t allow you to go all in for a pricey game, console, or some other electronic device? Rest easy. Mobile Edge has a number of solutions designed to meet your various needs and budget:

1. Mobile Edge’s new Professional Backpack and Rolling Case combination provides a great option for packing your essential electronics and other personal items in one convenient mobile-friendly unit—and our SlipSuit Sleeves can lighten the load carrying your laptop to meetings.

2. Alienware Vindicator Backpacks (including the new Alienware Vindicator Backpack 2.0), available from Mobile Edge, are designed to fit modern laptops, tablets, and gaming accessories, with style, durability, and protection—everything gamers need to go mobile with confidence.

3. Let’s not forget Alienware gear and apparel (jackets, polos, tees, and hats) designed so gamers can stay home or step out in style.

4. For the security of non-cash items (i.e. credit and debit cards) invest in an RFID wallet, such as the Sentry Credit Card and Sentry Passport Wallets.

5. Users can click and scroll in style with the Mobile Edge 7-button Wireless Optical Mouse. It’s a great ergonomic solution as well as a must-have for browsing, gaming, and productivity demands for accuracy and speed.

6. The Razer Tactical Gaming Backpack (15″) and Razer Tactical Pro Gaming Backpack (17″) are designed to take a beating and stand up to rigorous use by serious gamers who want carry their gear in comfort and style, while keeping it protected and safe from the elements.

7. Our Ecollection line of environmentally-friendly cases are the perfect gift for eco-conscious friends and family members. A casual, lightweight alternative to the traditional briefcase, the ECO Briefcase packs a lot of style and function into a minimal carbon footprint, while still protecting your laptop and other gear.

8. Fresh, sassy designs make our Maddie Powers Collection for Men and Women stand apart from everyday laptop cases by blending the glamour of yesterday’s Hollywood starlets and sports icons with today’s mobile lifestyle. Laptop bags have never looked this good!

9. Our ScanFast™ Collection features checkpoint friendly laptop cases sure to be a hit with frequent travelers who want to speed through airport security checkpoints quickly. These bags exceed TSA guidelines for checkpoint friendly carry-on luggage.

10. You can also give your student, gamer, or business professional peace of mind with an immediate back-up battery power supply such as UrgentPower USB Battery Chargers.

11. For the iPad or tablet owner on your list, check out our line of accessories, ranging from cases and stands, to chargers and styluses.

12. For Ultrabook or Chromebook users, Mobile Edge offers cases designed to carry your computer essentials and also travel fast and light, without any unnecessary bulk. The unique design even lets you work right out of the case, perfect for those quick moments at the airport or between calls.

13. Mobile Edge’s wide range of accessories—from power supplies, chargers, and cases, to notebook locks, security wallets, and storage cases—make perfect complements to your loved one’s game console, laptop, tablet, and other electronic gear. Better yet, these accessories make great small gifts and stocking stuffers.

Happy holidays . . . and happy shopping from Mobile Edge!

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Make Your Holidays More Memorable

Holiday Memories with Mobile Edge

No matter what our circumstance, we can all find something for which we can be thankful— any time of the year, but especially now, during the holidays.

  • We live in arguably the greatest country in the history of the world, warts and all.
  • We enjoy more freedoms and personal choice in our daily lives than practically any other place on Earth.
  • We live at a time when technology is making life easier than ever.
  • Medicine is extending lifespans and enhancing our quality of life in later years.
  • From the office to the home front, people are more mobile and more connected than ever before, which means we get to work with and visit friends and family more frequently and conveniently than ever before.

With all of this (and more) to be thankful for, what’s left to make this holiday season more memorable?

Holiday traditions root us in family customs. They are a link to the past, to all that was and is comfortable and good in our lives—things such as always going to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving dinner, gathering around the television for marathon sessions of football, celebrating Hanukah by enjoying traditional latkes and playing with dreidels, and trimming the Christmas tree and singing Christmas carols. Traditions are reassuring to us—they are like a warm and fuzzy blanket on a cold night.

But to make a holiday more memorable—to make this year’s gathering more memorable than last—sometimes you have to switch things up. If you do the same thing every year, annual get-togethers tend to blend into one another, losing distinction.

  • Consider alternating where you celebrate Thanksgiving dinner every year: one year, Grandma’s house, the next your parents, and so on. Try it. New settings lead to new experiences.
  • Switch up Holiday foods. Sure, you need to have the old favorites that everyone has enjoyed for years, but don’t be shy about introducing something new every now and then. Ideas for holiday recipes abound online.
  • Rather than hunkering down for an afternoon/evening of football after the Turkey has been demolished or the holiday gifts have been opened, try going out for a walk in your neighborhood. Who knows who you’ll run into? Better yet, volunteer to do something in your community, such as in your local church or homeless shelter. Getting out and getting the blood circulating is a great way to overcome sluggishness brought on by overindulgence.
  • Tell family stories around the dinner table or in the family room. With multiple generations under one roof and in one room, holiday gatherings are a great way for the older generation to pass on family stories to their children and grandchildren. Consider recording the speaker. You and the rest of the family will surely treasure being able to hear him or her for years to come, even after the speaker is gone.
  • Give your holiday gift-giving a theme. This year, it could be “retro,” next year it could be “high tech,” and the next “tropical.” You get the idea, and you might be pleasantly surprised that such an approach actually makes gift selection easier!

What ways can you think of making your holidays more memorable? How have you made your annual holidays unforgettable?

Share your thoughts here.

And for those who can’t quite escape the office or other commitments over the holidays, rest assured that you can take it with you: Mobile Edge makes virtual commuting and communications connectivity easier than ever with products such as our Razer Tactical Bags, SmartPack Backpacks, or our business professionals collection. Each offers durability, style, and optimal storage for a wide range of devices and user needs.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Ten Table Talk Topics for the Holidays

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What do you talk about around the holidays? Do you talk about taboo topics such as religion and politics that’ll get you into trouble, or tried and true subject matter such as the weather and the score of the football game? Ho-hum.

This holiday season, consider these 10 table talk topics to get the conversation started and focused on thoughtful subjects designed to steer clear of pitfalls and social taboos:

1. If you were a character in your favorite TV show who would you be . . . and why?

2. Who is your hero—from real life or fiction—and why? How are you like him or her in everyday life?

3. If you were marooned on a desert island and could have three comfort items, what would they be and why?

4. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be? What is it about this place that appeals to you most?

5. If you could choose to have a super power, what super power would you choose?

6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? From whom did you receive it, and how has this advice affected your life?

7. If someone gave you $10,000 right now, how would you spend it? Why?

8. What’s your best talent? What talent do you wish you had? Why?

9. What three qualities do you respect most in other people and why?

10. What kind of games do you like best? Why do you like this type of gaming?

Whether you’re on holiday with friends or family, don’t let typical table talk bring down your holiday cheer—either because of things spoken that are best left unsaid, or from the lack of a spark for conversation ideas. And for those quiet moments, between holiday meals and revelry, don’t fret that you can’t take your mobile office, communications connectivity, or even your gaming devices with you. Mobile Edge makes it possible with products such as our Razer Tactical Bags, SmartPack Backpacks, or our business professionals collection. Each offers durability, style, and optimal storage for a wide range of devices and user needs.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Your Office: It’s Easier than Ever to Take It with You this Holiday Season

Even if you’re not going “over the river and through the wood to grandmother’s house” this holiday season, chances are you’re going somewhere—off on a tropical vacation, to your parents place back east (or north or south or west) for a holiday gathering, or to the next city or state over to meet up with friends and family for some holiday cheer or shopping. And chances are you’re not sweating packing up your clothes and shoes and toiletries or other sundries for your trip, whether it’s just an overnight jaunt or something longer, or even gifts and other goodies for those you’re visiting. You’ve no doubt got a suitcase or two for all of that, and it’s something you’ve done time and time again.

But modern life is full of all sorts of untested territory, presenting us with new challenges around every corner. Many of us will be travelling on or around the holidays, but we won’t be leaving the office behind. Even better, we won’t have to.

According to Judith Bowman, writing for the Huffington Post, only about 2% of the US workforce (about 2.9 million employees) telecommuted at some point in 2010. In 2016, according to Forrester Research, that number sits at a robust as 63 million workers, or greater than 60% of the workforce! Add to that a new forecast from International Data Corporation that anticipates mobile workers will make up nearly three quarters (72.3%) of the total U.S. workforce, and it’s clear to see that the concept of a static, centralized office is going the way of print newspapers and the evening news.

Technology is what’s made it possible for the US workforce to become more mobile and less constrained to traditional office settings—that and congested highways making for tough commutes, worker expectations of greater flexibility, and the ever-expanding global marketplace, which makes it nearly impossible for a centralized office to service clientele that’s scattered around the country and/or the world.

With this uptick in mobility, there are also greater demands for workers to become more organized. No longer can you just show up for work, expecting all your office equipment and supplies to be at your fingertips. Nowadays it’s up to you to bring it with you.

1. Laptops, Tablets, and Smartphones

2. Wireless mouse/keypads

3. Chargers and Cords

4. Headphones for entertainment and for taking calls

5. USB drives

6. Power inverters & backup power supplies

7. Cables and connectors

8. Portable printers and scanners

9. Pens, paper, and files, etc.

If it all sounds like a bit much to keep corralled with a modicum of organization, you might be right—but long-time road warriors and mobile office gurus know what it takes to deploy their  mobile offices so that everything they need has a purpose, a place, and is accessible when they need it.

Products such as Mobile Edge’s Razer Tactical Bags, SmartPack Backpacks, or our business professionals collection offer durability, style, and optimal storage for a wide range of devices and user needs.

You can go even further with Mobile Edge’s new Professional Backpack and Rolling Case combination which provides a great option for packing your essential electronics and other personal items in one convenient mobile-friendly unit.

Will you telecommute this holiday season? Do you plan to now or in the future? Share your holiday office travel tips and ideas here with your fellow business travelers.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty, and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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10 Life Hacks for the Fall & Winter Holidays

Unbelievably, summer is long over and we’re already nearing the end of October, which means the fall and winter holidays are fast approaching. While we can certainly debate whether it’s actually “the most wonderful time of the year,” I think we can all agree it’s one of the busiest times of the year.

When you factor in shorter days, additional social commitments, increased spending on treats, food, drink, and gifts, plus the complexities of relationships together with our regular work and personal routines, it can all get to be a bit much.

First up, of course, is Halloween. Typically a holiday for the young ones who go in search of candy and other goodies door-to-door, it’s become more popular with adults in recent years, and it’s now one of the USA’s most celebrated and commercialized holidays. Moms, Dads, and other adults of all ages aren’t content to stay at home and simply pass out candy on Halloween night anymore. Instead, they’re putting on own costumes and going out—to parties, to scary movies, to local “haunted” venues, or  just to stroll the neighborhood and people/ghoul watch.

Luckily, we get nearly a month’s respite before the next major holiday, Thanksgiving. Commonly associated with copious amounts of food and overindulgence, not to mention a time to give thanks and be grateful for what we have, it’s also become synonymous with shopping, great deals, and . . . did I mention shopping? Of course, this leads us right into the next major holidays, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years, and various other year-end celebrations. While each is a time for people, family, and reflection, each is also a time for gift giving, more food, more drink, and more social interaction—all of which come with their own do’s and don’ts.

In future blogs, I will get into more about these holidays as they near. In the meantime, however, let’s take a look at a list of Fall & Winter Holiday Life Hacks designed to keep you on track through the new year:

1. Get plenty of rest and stay rested. You may be tempted to try to do it all, but you’ll really just end up wearing yourself down. One or two late nights won’t do you in, but a never-ending slew of them just might.

2. Stick to your regular routines as much as possible. If you’re a student, go to class as you normally do. If you’re a business traveler or work for a living, stick to your daily work schedule. Familiarity and routine will make it easier for you to avoid distractions during the holidays and remain productive.

3. Plan your social activities as much as possible. While we all like to be spontaneous, planning your holiday social calendar can help you avoid feeling as though you’re being pulled in 10 different directions. Plus, you’re less likely to miss seeing/visiting someone accidently.

4. Batch up your shopping trips, either online or in-store. Whether you’re buying Halloween candy, Thanksgiving trimmings, or holiday gifts, it’s often more efficient and less costly to make fewer trips for more items than it is to suffer through the slow “drip-drip” of picking up things here, there, and everywhere.

5. Don’t spread yourself too thin. Sometimes, you just have to say “no.” You can’t be in more than two places at once, nor can you be all things to all people. If someone wants you to attend their Halloween party but you’re already committed, maybe you can see them at Thanksgiving or New Year’s (or the other way around).

6. Exercise restraint. Just because there seems to be a bottomless bowl of candy in front of you, or an open bar, doesn’t mean you have to partake to the extreme. You (and probably those around you) will be happy you did, especially the day after.

7. Take time for the little things. Enjoying the holidays isn’t always about parties and lights and excess food and drink. Often times the quiet moments are what count most: walks with a loved one, a chance meeting with a friend, making a gift for someone special, or simply taking time to reflect on the year that’s passed and the one to come.

8. Don’t go it alone. Not everyone has a big family or an impressive roster of friends. If you’re alone or feeling lonely, or you’re new to your town or city, don’t be shy—join in! Office parties, community events, and volunteer opportunities are great ways to get out, meet people, and contribute.

9. Find balance. Sometimes people have a tendency to be all play and no work during the holidays, letting their job responsibilities fall by the wayside in favor of merrymaking. Likewise, some people can be too much work and too little play. As is the case all the year through, the best solution is to find a balance that works for you and your loved ones.

1o. Keep moving when the weather gets tough and the days grow short. If you lead a mobile lifestyle, the fall and winter months are bound to drag you down. When it’s dark outside, it’s tough for students to get up for those early morning classes or for busy travelers to gear up for pre-dawn flights. It’s even tougher after a long school day or workday to get motivated for a dinner, networking event, or study session when darkness descends in the early evening.

Granted, Mobile Edge can’t do anything about the weather or the length of day, but we can make it easier for you to get from place to place with your gear. Our laptop cases, backpacks, bags, and our new Professional Rolling Laptop Case and matching Professional Backpack were designed for busy travelers, corporate road warriors, students, gamers, and other people on-the-go . . . and they might be just what you need to stay on track this holiday season.

What tips do you have for making it through the fall and winter holidays in one piece? What lessons learned can you share?

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Take a Load Off with Mobile Edge’s New Professional Rolling Laptop Case

Professional Rolling Bag and Backpack - Mobile EdgeAvailable now, Mobile Edge’s new Professional Rolling Laptop Case promises to become the “go-to” case for travelers and corporate road warriors, ideal for daily commutes or overnight trips for people on-the-go.

“We wanted to offer a way for our customers to transport their digital devices, files, and accessories while giving their backs and shoulders a rest,” explains Mobile Edge President and CEO G. David Cartwright. “We wanted something stylish and highly functional, and that was built to the exacting standards our customers expect.”

The Professional Roller features an adjustable compartment to fit laptops from 13″ to 17.3″, a five-stage telescoping handle, free-rolling in-line skate wheels for stability, and ample dedicated storage to fit files, pens, phones, tablets, business cards, keys, cables, and even a change of clothes and other personal items. The Professional Roller is consistent with the major airline carry-on dimensions and fits in overhead bins.

Constructed of durable ballistic nylon, the Professional Roller is weather and impact resistant, ensuring that expensive hardware, irreplaceable data, and personal items are well-protected, well-organized, and easy to access when needed.

The Professional Roller also provides great versatility. Use it to wheel your laptop, files, and accessories to cross-town meetings through cavernous parking garages, crowded sidewalks and across busy streets, or combine it with Mobile Edge’s matching Professional Backpack (which fits securely atop the rolling case using a built-in trolley strap) and you can transport your entire mobile office plus clothes and more through even the busiest airports for overnight or short-term business trips.

The Professional Roller offers advantages for students as well. In addition to laptops and other devices, it can accommodate textbooks, notebooks, and even snacks and personal items. Pair it with the Professional Backpack, and it’s not difficult to imagine students using the Professional Roller “system” to organize and cart all of their computer and school-related materials down lengthy corridors or cross-campus, saving wear and tear on their backs and shoulders.

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12 Essential Road Warrior Hacks to Improve Life on the Go

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Travelling for work—whether you’re employed by someone else or work for yourself—can be both exciting and stressful. The excitement comes from getting to see and experience new places. The stress comes from being on the road and away from family, friends, and home on a regular basis.

Finding ways to reduce that stress are critical for a road warrior’s enjoyment of his or her life on the go . . . and here are 12 life hacks designed to do just that:

1. Due diligence of the hotel/area you’re visiting. One of the first orders of business is to do due diligence of the area you’ll be visiting. This includes everything from where you’ll be meeting clients or customers, area hotels, nearby airports (if you’ll be flying), rental car options, and proximity to area dining and shopping. You’ll want to look into things such as internet connectivity, cell phone coverage (especially if travelling internationally), or whether your hotel offers laundry service (if you’re going to be staying a while), a microwave or fridge, and even a hair dryer. You’ll also want to check on the weather forecast for the area, or at least general climate data if it’s a region you’re not very familiar with. Is it hot or cold, rainy or dry?

2. Pack Wisely. Simply don’t bring what you don’t need. Your due diligence on an area will help inform what you’ll need to pack. If the weather promises to be hot, you can leave your jacket at home. If you’re in for a cold stretch, you probably don’t need to pack a week’s worth of shorts. Knowing what the hotel has to offer will help you determine what toiletries to bring, especially shampoo, conditioner, and hair dryer (and if you must bring a hair dryer, get a small, travel version). You’ll also want to consider whether you will be dining casually or formally (or both), how many pairs of shoes to bring, and how the amount of ”stuff” you bring gets impacted by checked baggage allowances/charges if you happen to be flying. Mobile Edge’s new Professional Backpack and Rolling Case combination provides a great option for packing your essential electronics and other personal items in one convenient mobile-friendly unit. And our SlipSuit Sleeves can lighten the load carrying your laptop to meetings.

3. Don’t leave home with a half-charged smartphone or tablet. Chances are you’ll regret it. You can avoid any such scenario by plugging in and charging your smartphone, tablet, laptop, portable chargers, digital cameras, etc. the day or night before you’re going to leave. Ensure easy retrieval and packing of your devices the day of your trip by designating an area of your home/office where you always charge them. You can also give yourself peace of mind with an immediate back-up battery power supply such as UrgentPower USB Battery Chargers.

4. Keep an eye on Prescription refills. Running out of prescription medicine while you’re away from home can be harrowing experience. Not only are you faced with missing doses of important medication, but the stresses of finding a pharmacy and coordinating refills with your doctor’s office can be significant. Always check your prescription bottles before and after every trip.

5. Do Your Banking online. There’s nothing more hassling than trying to remember when a bill is due and coordinating its payment with your travel schedule. Calendar when your routine bills are due, and to the extent possible register with various vendors, suppliers, utilities, and service providers to pay your bills online any time of day, no matter where you are (all you need is an Internet connection). Also keep in mind that most banks and credit unions allow you to make electronic deposits of check payments with your smartphone or tablet—which is extremely helpful for payments you may receive while on the road.

6. Managing your USPS mail. If you’re going to be away for two weeks or more at a single address for the duration of your stay, consider forwarding your mail to this location so you don’t miss important bills, payments, or communications. If you’re going to be away for shorter periods, have a friend or family member check on your mail every few days so he/she can flag anything urgent.

7. Bring a cash stash. Most of us like to use plastic on the road. It’s less bulky and, let’s face it, easier to swipe a card than to count out bills. But what happens if your card gets declined or there’s a glitch? Stash some cash in your wallet, purse, or travel bag as a contingency for those times plastic just won’t cut it . . . and be sure to include some small bills to tip sky cabs, hotel clerks, and housekeeping staff. For the security of your non-cash (i.e. credit and debit cards) invest in an RFID wallet, such as the Sentry Credit Card and Sentry Passport Wallets.

8. Bring copies of important documents/ID cards such as your health insurance card, AAA membership, and proof of automobile insurance if you plan to rent a car. While you hope to not need these cards while travelling, you just never know when you might need them.

9. Keep Track of those receipts. Chances are a good portion of your expenses while on the road are either reimbursable by your employer or tax deductible. If so, keeping track of receipts so you don’t miss anything is a vital skill. When possible, ask hotels to provide you with electronic receipts. That way you’ll have the necessary documentation emailed to you upon departure. If electronic receipts aren’t possible, designate a folder or pocket in your carry-on or laptop case for storing and organizing all trip receipts so you can retrieve them when you need to.

10. Bring some form of entertainment to pass the time on a plane, in an airport, or in the hotel room after a long day on the road. Smartphones and tablets routinely give you access to your music library, and you can watch movies and videos—and even log in to your Netflix account while you’re on the go.

11. Limit restaurant dining if/when you can. Most hotels offer rooms with refrigerators, microwaves, and coffee makers, which means you can escape the never-ending parade of cafes, diners, and restaurants. Sure, it’s fun to eat out once and a while, but any road warrior will tell you that restaurant fatigue is real. Stop by a local market or Trader Joes or Whole Foods and get some good eats for your hotel room, including bottled water, juice, and various healthy snacks. Your palette, stomach, and waistline will appreciate it.

12. Maintain normal routines. If you work out at home, work out on the road. If you go to bed and rise at certain hours each day, do the same when you’re on the go. If you eat and snack healthy at home, there’s no reason to switch things up when you’re away.

What tips do you have for your road warrior brethren? What lessons learned have you discovered through your own experiences? Share them here.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction

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Mobile Office Musts

Mobile Office Must - TipsSo you’re headed on a business trip in a few days. Whether it’s a one-day car ride halfway across the state, or a three-day junket cross-country by plane, you’re probably giving some thought right now to getting your mobile office organized.

What should you bring? What’s a must have versus a nice to have (after all, there’s only so much you can squeeze into your business briefcase)? What can’t you do without, and what can you leave behind?

If you’re a mobile office veteran, chances are you’ve become quite good at knowing what to bring based on where you’re going and who you’re meeting with. Then again, reminders never hurt. Here’s my Top Ten list of “Mobile Office Musts”—those things you absolutely, positively, don’t want to be without:

1. Your laptop or tablet. This item should be self-evident. Without a laptop or tablet, you’re not going to be very productive now, are you? If you use a desktop in the office, be sure to sync files, especially if you’re going to need to access them while offline (such as in an airplane).

2. Wireless mouse/keypad. I don’t know many people who actually like their laptop track pad, except in those instances where they can’t use a regular mouse. If you haven’t already, invest in a wireless mouse for an instant productivity bounce. Better yet, invest in a wireless keyboard. You’ll appreciate the feel of a real keyboard vs your laptop’s keyboard.

3. Chargers/Cords for your Laptop, Tablet, Smartphone. Don’t commit the ultimate mobile office faux pas and leave your laptop power cord behind. Your batteries will only last so long. The same goes for your tablet, smartphone, and other accessories. It’s lots of cords, but you’d be nowhere fast without them.

4. Headphones. The advantages to bringing headphones are two-fold. Playing tunes or watching an in-flight program is a great way to pass time in the air. Earbuds with a built-in mic are a great for taking calls on your smartphone without having to deal with annoying background noise.

5. USB Drive. If you don’t have cloud storage (such as Google Drive, iDrive, and Dropbox) or a backup service such as carbonite, you should. If you don’t or aren’t able to get online, back up essential data and make it portable by using a USB flash drive. Many affordable models make 128GB of storage instantly available. All you need is a USB drive on your laptop.

6. Power inverter. This handy device is a necessity for long road trips when you won’t be able to get to an AC power supply conveniently. Power inverters come in many shapes, sizes, and voltages, but their main purpose is evident—to turn your car’s 12V DC supply into household current so you can plug your laptop charging cord in and other similar devices.

7. Portable Backup Charger. When you’re on the go and beyond the reach of the electrical grid, a backup charger is a necessity for keeping your smartphone or tablet powered up and connected. Countless models abound to meet various needs, price points, and devices.

8. Ethernet Cable. Wi-Fi may be ubiquitous, but sometimes the unthinkable happens—you can’t find a Wi-Fi signal, your wireless adapter fails, or you simply need to plug-in to get a better connection. A 3- or 6-foot Ethernet cable can be just the peace of mind you need.

9. Periphery devices. Need to print documents while you’re on the go, but toting your Officejet is out of the question? There are many mobile printers available that can go on the road with you when you do. Ditto for portable scanners, especially if you need to scan receipts for expense reports or other documents on-the-fly.

10. Pens, paper, and files. We haven’t gone 100% digital yet. It’s always a good idea to have some of the “old fashioned” tools of the trade on hand such as pens, a writing tablet (I prefer the bright yellow, 8-1/2 x 11 writing tablets myself—they’re hard to miss!), and even some paper files and folders that you might need for your trip. Often, I’ll print out important items such as contact information, reservations, directions, etc., and bring them along with me just in case I can’t access them on my phone, tablet, or laptop when I need them.

Last but certainly not least, you need a way to organize your mobile office so that everything you need has a place and is accessible when you need it. Products such as Mobile Edge’s Razer Tactical Bags, SmartPack Backpacks, or our business professionals collection offer durability, style, and optimal storage for a wide range of devices and user needs.

What indispensable items do you include in your mobile office? Share your ideas with your fellow business travelers.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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8 Ways to Survive the Airport Gauntlet

A trip to the airport...

A trip to the airport has never been on my top ten list of favorite things to do. Sure, you’re probably off to some exotic location or family-friendly venue for vacation, or you’re heading out to make the business deal of a lifetime—all good things. But getting to and through the airport with your sanity and your baggage intact can often times be quite a chore.

Here are a few tips for both travel veterans and newbies alike:

1. Give yourself plenty of time. The days of rushing the gate with 15 minutes to spare before boarding your flight are gone. Increased security, screening checkpoints, and the mere “process” of checking bags, getting boarding passes, and moving through an airport require extra time. How much is enough? Most advise arriving two hours before your flight. In some airports, that can be too much time, in others, not enough. Get to know the airport you’re about to depart from by checking out traveler reviews for a sense of how quickly or slowly a particular airport handles passengers.

2. If you travel more than once in a great while, enroll in a frequent flyer or rewards program. You’ll earn benefits that can lead to free flights for you or a loved one down the road, as well as little extras such as free drink coupons, free checked bags, etc., that can take a lot of the headache and hassle out of air travel. Consider enrolling in rewards programs for two different airlines to ensure you have rewards options with carriers for those hard to get to places.

3. Plan ahead. Does the airport offer curbside check-in of bags? If so, you might save yourself valuable minutes and frustration by dropping your bags with a skycap. Travelling heavy? Weight your bag (or bags) at home. Most airlines have a 50-pound limit. While some might fudge that limit a little bit, don’t count on it. It’s no fun to re-pack your bags under the watchful eyes of disgruntled fellow passengers awaiting their turn. And by all means, print your boarding passes before you get to the airport. Many hotels offer this as a free courtesy, or you can print at home. Better yet, save some paper by using the airline’s app on your smart phone to display your boarding pass.

4. To TSA or not TSA? Ever wonder what it feels like to be one of those people that get to cut way ahead in line at the security checkpoint? It’s not such a crazy notion. For less than $100 for a five-year period, you can get TSA pre-checked (provided, of course, you pass the security screening). Even if you fly just 3 or 4 times a year, it’s probably worth it if you value your time and your blood pressure. Most major airports have TSA offices in them, and the interview is relatively painless. Often, you get your TSA credentials within a week or so of the interview.

5. Be ready. Don’t be one of those people that slows the whole security line down because you’re not ready. You will have to show your license and your boarding pass. Have them out and ready, not stored in some rabbit-hole of a pocket in your carry-on. Don’t wear shoes that require 5 minutes to lace off and lace back on. If you’re not TSA pre-checked, you will have to remove them! Ditto for belts and jackets. Go light or don’t wear a belt or jacket at all. Have your 3 ounces or less of liquids easily accessible (i.e. a Ziploc!) so the screeners can inspect them as needed, and by all means don’t forget to remove your laptop from its bag. One way you can help ease your time through security is with Mobile Edge’s ScanFast™ Collection of checkpoint friendly laptop cases, designed especially to speed you through airport security checkpoints.

6. Don’t wait until the last minute to find your gate. First, determine which gate you’re departing from. Second, make sure that gate isn’t on the other side of the airport or in a different terminal altogether. Some airports are big—small city big—so moving from Gate A-5 to Gate C-22 might not be the leisurely 5 minute walk you’re expecting. It’s always a good rule of thumb to locate your gate and then look for dining and drink opportunities around your gate area as time allows. One way to make your way through the airport with ease and in style is with Mobile Edge’s new Professional Rolling Laptop Case and matching Professional Backpack, each of which was designed for busy travelers, corporate road warriors, and people on-the-go.

7. Board as directed, quickly, and orderly. Don’t try to cut the line, even if you have a seat assignment. You’ll not only anger fellow passengers, but you’ll likely slow down the boarding process. Believe it or not, most airlines do have a method to their madness! Once you’re on board, find an overhead bin before your seat or above it to stow your carry on—not after it. Don’t be frantic and rush, but also know that there are dozens of others who want to get on board, too. If you can, tote your carry-on down the aisle in front of you rather than wheeling it. Also, for your allowed “personal item,” truly have a bag that fits under the seat in front of you. And if you plan to listen to music or use your tablet or smartphone in-flight, have headphones out and place them in the back pocket of the seat in front of you to avoid wasted time searching for stuff in flight and disturbing others.

8. Overcome pre-boarding anxiety. Take the time to get an adult beverage (if so inclined), coffee, or some other drink, plus a snack or light meal before boarding. Getting some nosh and a drink with your carry-on in tow is a great way to settle down the pre-flight jitters and fill your belly and your mind with thoughts other than the flight ahead. Besides, airline food and snacks aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. Peanuts, pretzels, anyone? And by all means, go to the bathroom before you board. You don’t want to suffer the misfortune of getting stuck in a ground delay while your bladder is bursting at the seams!

What tips do you have for your fellow travelers? How have you been able to make it through the Airport gauntlet? Share your experiences here.

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. We are known for our innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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Budget and Time-Friendly Tips for Enjoying Your Labor Day Weekend

Budget and Time-Friendly Tips for Enjoying Your Labor Day

Enjoy Your Labor Day!

It may be called “Labor Day,” a day to celebrate American workers and their achievements, but for many the holiday has come to be tantamount to summer’s last hurrah—one last break before regular work and school schedules resume.

What are you doing this year to celebrate Labor Day?

Here are a half-dozen ways to make the most out of summer’s last official holiday without busting your budget or wasting precious time:

1. Take a quick trip to get away overnight or for the weekend. This is a great way to put an extra charge into your mental batteries before a return to school or work. Go with a friend, spouse, or partner. Or if you prefer travelling solo, go it alone. And try to keep your travel time one way under three hours either by plane or car. You don’t want to end up spending an entire day travelling to and fro. Think: cabin on the beach; a fancy suite in a nearby major city, close to restaurants, watering holes, and activities galore; or crashing with a good friend in a neighboring state for the weekend.

2. Family outings and BBQs are almost as synonymous with Labor Day as they are with the Fourth of July. What better way to spend one last long weekend than with family and friends at an outing at your place or theirs? Get some steaks, salads, pasta, adult beverages, and soda pop and you’ve got a party in the making. And if BBQs aren’t your style or preference, pile the family and friends in a few cars and trek to the beach, amusement park, or some other family friendly venue to celebrate the “summer that was.”

3. Go to a movie (or two) with your besties. There must be at least one or two summer blockbusters you missed. Make an event out of catching up on one or more flicks you meant to get to but never did. Grab a matinee, get dinner, and then cap it off with an evening show. You could even have a sleep-in movie marathon at home. Start by making some popcorn and then queuing up parts 1, 2, and 3 of your favorite movie franchise on DVD or stream it to your Smart TV.

4. Take a hike—literally. Many active individuals and families seem to always have plans to go hiking in the summer, but weather, high temps, and busy vacation schedules get in the way. For most, the long Labor Day weekend means cooler temperatures and less hectic schedules, which is a perfect recipe for finally taking that hike (or hikes) to the nearby mountains, valleys, or the desert.

5. Labor Day doesn’t have to be all play; you can do some work at home, too, and feel good about it. Three days might be just what the DIY repairman ordered for you to finally wrap up that summer yard work, repaint the living room, clean out the garage, or complete some other household project that’s been nagging at you.

6. Last, but not least, enjoy a staycation at home. When is the last time you woke up in your own bed with no schedule and no lengthy to-do list? It’s probably been a while. Staycations help you avoid crowds, traffic, and the stresses and expense of travelling to “get away from it all.” Of course, if you’re the type who needs to get away from home to truly disconnect, then a staycation might not be for you. However, if you can unwind at home and bask in familiar, comfortable surroundings without feeling compelled to do anything too strenuous, then a staycation might be just what you need to put your mind and body at ease this Labor Day weekend.

How do you celebrate Labor Day? What ideas do you have for busy individuals, families, and students looking for a little late summer relaxation?

Founded in 2002, Anaheim-based Mobile Edge provides durable and protective laptop cases, messenger bags, backpacks, and more for busy travelers, students, professionals, and gamers. Mobile Edge is known for its innovative and stylish designs, superior-quality, lifetime warranty and commitment to customer satisfaction.

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