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I am traveling out to NYC for the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ and of course this means its time to try out some new travel bags and load it up with some tech. Find out what I took with me on this trip!
Bluesmart One Smart Carry On - http://amzn.to/2nz219u
TYLT Energi Pro Backpack - http://amzn.to/2mOsz7L
ZAGG Slim Book Keyboard Case - http://amzn.to/2o9jHtS
Nintendo Switch - http://amzn.to/2nz3VH4
Nintendo Switch Stand - http://amzn.to/2nhNFYo
Blue Lola Headphones - http://amzn.to/2ntIwxq
Blue Raspberry USB Microphone (price is $199 not $99 mentioned in the video. Sorry) - http://amzn.to/2nyXT9y
Anker Powercore Turbo - http://amzn.to/2mOvcXa
Nomad Cables - http://amzn.to/2nz0ekE
Nomad Battery Cable - http://amzn.to/2nKG2wM
Nomad Horween Leather Cases - http://bit.ly/2o9eaU4
LG G6 - http://amzn.to/2nz4CAa
Product Red iPhone 7 Plus - http://amzn.to/2ntIOEs
2016 Macbook Pro - http://amzn.to/2nySxuW
iPad Pro 12.9" - http://amzn.to/2nyQrei
Hey guys, Dan here from CLE Tech and this is another episode of What’s In My Bag. In this video were going to take a look at two bags and some key new tech products that I am going to be taking with me on my trip to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Launch Event in NYC.
So the first bag that I wanted to feature is a carry on bag from Bluesmart. This is the Bluesmart One and it's a smart carry on bag with a lot of cool features built right into the bag. For starters, I am fan of this design. The bag is very well built, with strong and premium materials lining the entire inside of the bag and a strong, durable outer shell. There are also plenty of different pockets and compartments available for your packing needs. One thing that I found was that the main compartment was a bit smaller than some other carry ons that I have used in the past but it will most likely fit all things you might need for a weekend trip.
The top of the bag, near the handle, you will find USB in and out ports. The in port being to charge the bag, and the out, of course, being to charge whatever device you might want because this carry on has a built-in 10,000mah battery. Which is pretty crazy. The button next to the ports is what you will need to press in order to connect your bag to your phone by using the Bluesmart app.
The app is where a lot of the main features can be found like being able to lock your luggage so nobody can tamper with your belongings if your bag happens to get lost or stolen. If it does happen to get lost or stolen, there is also a built-in GPS for tracking. If you're like me, and crammed a ton of stuff into the bag and are worried about weight restrictions, the bag also has a built-in scale that will give you an estimate weight of the bag with all of your belongings.
If you're a hardcore traveler, this guy needs to be your carry on asap. The bag is pretty expensive, coming in at $450 but its very well built and easy to carry around. Add the cool features on top of all of this and I find that price tag to be well worth it if you're a frequent flyer.
Now my backpack of choice for this trip is going to be the Tylt Energi Pro and this is for a few different reasons but the main reason being the name. The Energi Pro is equipped with a 20,000 mah battery that's USB C equipped, which is perfect for charging most smartphones and of course my 2016 MacBook Pro. Speaking of the MacBook Pro, the bag can easily fit that and even a tablet in the same compartment with plenty of room to spare. The bag has a ton of different pockets and hidden compartments. The Energy Pro has plenty of room for all of my gear and tech that I will need for this trip.
Speaking of tech, I decided to focus on a few different items that I have recently had the pleasure of testing that were actually a perfect fit for this trip. As I mentioned, the Energi Pro has a perfect compartment for a tablet and specifically, the iPad Pro 12.9 inch model. The reason why I am bringing this big guy is mostly for media consumption on the plane but I put this really nice keyboard case on from Zagg called the Slim Book. Since this iPad is huge, the keyboard is full sized and feels like typing on a traditional keyboard. My speed when typing is super quick and the keys are very comfortable to type on. There are custom keys that lead to specific iPad functions, which is always nice. The Slim Book is very well built and feels very premium. It really does feel like the iPad has turned into a MacBook Pro sometimes. It definitely gets the job done when writing scripts, powering through emails and browsing the web. My one complaint, is the material that the outside of the case is made of. This plastic is VERY prone to fingerprints and is actually kind of hard to wipe clean. Either way, it's not something that would stop me from purchasing this keyboard.
Speaking of inflight entertainment, I am super excited to use the Nintendo Switch on my flight. Now, of course, I will be trying to get through some Zelda but after awhile, it might be a little uncomfortable to hold in my hand during my flight. We all know that the kickstand built into the Switch is practically useless, so I went ahead and picked up the official stand for the switch. It seems to hold up pretty well and gives you a few different angles for viewing. Definitely going to be taking advantage of this during my flight.
Now usually I would bring my Bose QC 35's on a flight but a very special pair of headphones came through the studio recently and I have been wanting to test these guys out for a long time. These are the Lolas from Blue. These are over ear high fidelity headphones that look really cool and retro but offer some really incredible sound. I tried these on at CES and was immedaitely blown away at the audio quality. The earcups do have some swivel to them and are all around very comfortable. I will know more for a full review after some in-depth testing but so far I am very impressed. The one downside for some might be that these are wired headphones but considering that these are hi fidelity and that the Nintendo Switch require headphones to be plugged in, I figured why not take these guys for this trip.
These headphones are actually a perfect pair with my smartphones of choice, more specifically being the LG G6 and its high quality DAC. Along with the LG G6, I am also bringing the new Product Red iPhone 7 Plus. Honestly, I really like traveling with the iPhone and Apple Watch combo. The battery life works really well for trips and I am definitely a fan of this new red color.
Speaking of things that are Red, or Raspberry, or is it Blue? This is the Blue Raspberry USB microphone and I am going to go on record and say that this little guy might be the saving grace for all of my trips. Usually, I bring my Rode USB mic, which is much larger than this Blue Raspberry mic but still pretty portable. The Blue Raspberry takes portability to a whole new level. It's made from great materials, except for the buttons on each side, which is really the only part of this microphone that feels cheap. Of course, you can plug this mic into any computer using the included USB cable or iPad or iPhone using the included lightning cable.
Now obviously, where this mic shines is the quality that this little guy puts out. In fact, all of the audio in the video is from this mic and to be quite honest, I have yet to figure out whether this mic has any difference in quality compared to my other, more studio professional microphone. For $99, the Blue Raspberry is a must buy if you're looking for a good affordable mic.
Now in order to charge up all of this tech, I am going to need some cables and batteries. Really, the battery department is pretty well covered with each bag but I still wanted to bring an external battery and who else but Anker to provide us with this 16000mah battery. This is the PowerCore Turbo and its seemingly a larger battery pack that looks like every other powerbank from Anker. This is true but the interesting part comes with how you charge said powerbank. A battery of this size will generally require a lot of time to recharge but the PowerCore Turbo lives up to it's name and can be fully charged in around an hour and a half. This is done through the port in your car and is 10x faster than charging it in a standard outlet. So this guy is definitely travel ready, especially when you're on a long road trip.
Of course, you're going to need cables for these trips and Nomad has a few GREAT options for your iPhone and Android devices. These three cables are all made from heavy ballistic nylon materials and are incredibly strong. There are a few different options when it comes to these cables too that can come in handy. Of course you have a standard rugged lightning cable, a USB C, Micro, and Lightning cable all built into one, and my personal favorite, the lightning battery cable. Yup, this cable has a 2350mah battery built right in and can give your phone some added juice when in a pinch. If you're cables battery is all out of power but you're near an outlet, simply plug it in and charge both the battery in the cable and your phone at the same time. These cables are easily my new go to cables for any device that I am going to charge in the future. They are super well made, have nice length to them and incredibly practical.
Also, Nomad sent over a few horween leather cases for the iPhone 7 Plus which is perfect since I did get a new iPhone. Unfortunately, the RED iPhone is kind of hard to match up with a case of any color other than black or white but these cases still do a great job of protecting your iPhone, looking really stylish, and having wallet functionality so I can travel light and leave the wallet at home while roaming around the city.
Finally, the last device is something that I am not taking with me specifically on this trip but will be checking in on from time to time. This is the CarLock and what this guy does is give car location tracking, vehicle diagnostics and driving statistics all through the Carlock app on your phone. All you need to do is plug this in to the diagnostics port in your car and download the app. You can view things like your cars location, when your cars been unlocked, how you are doing as a driver, etc. Now for the sake of this video, I am using the apps demo mode to hide sensitive information but I really like the idea of knowing where my car is at while I am away and if someone was to somehow steal my car while its parked at the airport, I will have all that info sent directly to my phone.
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