The best gadgets for travellers

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 July, 2013, 11:58am

Sennheiser PXC 250-II

Frequent fliers, take note. A clever NoiseGuard mode monitors ambient sounds and produces white noise to block out high frequencies, giving the user virtual silence. Although the AA battery compartment on the cable is a pain, we have very few complaints. Similar models to the PXC 250-II (HK$1,499) cost - and weigh - twice as much.

Icebreaker Quattro Zip Hood

Nowhere is technology and travel more important than in clothing, and this quick-drying and versatile Icebreaker hoodie (HK$1,735) takes first prize. Made from 260 grams of merino wool from New Zealand, the land of four seasons in one day, it's all you need from morning to night. Best of all, it rolls up into a compact bundle.

Libratone Zipp

A 1.8kg speaker designed for travellers, the Libratone Zipp (HK$3,498) links to a smartphone via Bluetooth for easy one-touch streaming. Using Apple Airplay or PlayDirect to produce some of the best quality wireless music we've heard, the Zipp has a grab handle and is about the size of a flask of coffee - which it resembles, with its interchangeable wool covers.

Kensington KeyCover

This snap-on aluminium case (HK$925) for the iPad does double duty as a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and prop-stand for watching movies. The corners of the iPad get special protection, while rubber feet keep it in place when typing. A flip-up prop ensures a small footprint, making it usable on tray tables in buses and aircraft.

Marshall Bergman 11-inch Corbin Leather Bag

Everyone needs a day bag when travelling, and it doesn't come more gadget-focused than this. The Corbin (HK$1,570) is an Apple-centric bag that can carry a guidebook and map, and also an iPad. It can hold a MacBook Air laptop, too. A secure, zipped inside pocket and detachable key ring complete its travel-ready features.