More than any other laptop PC, the Ultrabook™ was made for mobility. Its slim profile, light carrying weight, long battery life and fast sleep/resume capabilities are perfectly suited to travellers.
And that’s as it should be, because you don’t always want to leave your laptop sitting at the hotel room. From meetings with clients to email sessions at the cafe, your Ultrabook can go everywhere you do.
Here are four top tips for travels with your Ultrabook.
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1. Update and backup before you go
The day before your trip, check for updates to the Windows OS and your key software – these can be quite large, and you don’t want them chugging away while you’re on a slow wi-fi connection at the airport lounge or a hotel.
Likewise, if you use online or ‘cloud’ backup software, run that backup session over your fast home or office network.
2. Charge up at the airport
Make the most of your Ultrabook’s extended battery life on your flight by charging it up in the airport lounge before you board the plane.
That way you’ll have plenty of juice to plough through your work, catch up on email or just enjoy your own in-flight movies, and still have enough left in the tank to jump online at the other end of your trip.
If your journey involves making a stopover at another airport, be sure to pack a universal AC adaptor so you can plug your Ultrabook into whatever type of power socket may be in use.
3. Be security-minded
Most Ultrabooks come with a bevy of software to help protect your data. This can include fingerprint or facial recognition for logging onto your Ultrabook, data encryption software and Intel’s own enhanced Anti-Theft Technology software.
If you’re not already using these tools on a day-to-day basis, get familiar with them and start using them before your trip in case your Ultrabook is lost or stolen.
4. Get connected
Every Ultrabook can tap into the fastest wi-fi hotspots in airport lounges, hotels and cafes.
But if you don’t want to rely on finding a handy hotspot, consider adding a prepaid 3G or 4G USB modem to your travel kit.
You can buy one from whatever country you’re visiting - they usually come with a serve of data to get you started - or bring your own USB modem and slip in a prepaid data SIM card.
The BYO approach works best if you typically visit several countries, but be sure to check that the modem isn’t locked to any specific network.
On top of the ability to be connected anywhere and any time during your travels, a prepaid 3G or 4G USB modem can sometimes be faster and more cost-effective than paying for a hotel’s wi-fi service!
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