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5 essential tips for stress-free travelling

5 essential tips for stress-free travelling

February 2012

The mobility provided by today’s notebooks and smartphones has transformed the way many of us work, enabling us to keep in touch – and stay productive – from just about anywhere. We can update presentations on the train, review proposals in the air, teleconference from hotel rooms and send emails from the coffee shop.

However, this new mobility also brings with it risks and challenges: everyday knocks, coffee spills and battery life can all impact on your productivity on the move. Your first strategy to counter these threats is to choose the right notebook for your needs. There are accessories that can help, too. And knowing what to do when the unexpected does happen – as it inevitably will – is also important.

Here are the top five tips to help you stay productive on the go, and ensure that your business travel remains as stress-free as possible.

1. Worry-free coffee spills

It’s all too easy to spill liquid on your keyboard: a bumpy train, turbulence in the air or just a straightforward accident. If it happens to you, shut down the notebook and let the liquid drain out. To ensure every drop of liquid escapes, have a hole at the bottom from which liquid can escape. There’s also a thin layer of Mylar film under the keyboard to protect the sensitive electronics and key components.

2. Stress-free airport screening

Tired of having to remove your laptop for inspection every time you pass through an airport? Make going through the x-ray machine faster and easier by choosing a carrying case that enables airport officials to scan your notebook without you having to remove it from the bag.

The HP Evolution Checkpoint Friendly Case unzips down the middle to allow clear x-ray scanning by isolating the laptop to one side.  Designed to accommodate notebooks with up to a 16-inch diagonal screen, the case also features the SafePort Air Cushion System for maximum notebook protection.

3. Batteries with more life

If you’re not going to be able to recharge your battery for a while, there are a number of techniques you can use to maximise its life. For instance, did you know that all applications use power? So closing any applications you’re not using will save power. You should also disconnect any peripherals such as external hard drives when you’re not using them. And if you’re on a flight, try reducing the brightness of the screen to as low as feels comfortable – this will save energy too. Check out the HP customer care guide "How to Improve the Performance of the Battery" for more tips on maximizing the power capacity of your HP notebook.

4. Performance when you need it

If you’re a power user, don’t substitute functionality for low weight. You’ll save a lot of frustration if you choose a notebook that’s designed to handle your workload. For instance, if you work with graphics-intense applications that require processing power, a notebook geared only for mobility won't meet your needs.

The HP EliteBook 8540w Mobile Workstation, aimed at photographers and power-users, for example, has a 15.6-inch diagonal display and supports up to 16 GB of memory.1 The HP EliteBook 8740w Mobile Workstation aimed at digital-content creators features a 17.0-inch display and memory is upgradeable to 32 GB.


Inspired by aerospace craftsmanship and materials, HP EliteBook Mobile Workstations blend modern design and precision engineering that offers manageability, durability and performance. With a radial-brushed cover in its signature gunmetal color, these workstations also include an HP DuraCase to provide a high level of protection for internal components.

5. Power up

Before you travel, find out if the train or plane has power outlets. This will help you decide what notebook accessory to take with you. The HP 90W Smart AC/Auto/Air Combo Adapter powers your notebook and charges the internal battery simultaneously. It attaches to an electrical outlet, auto or aircraft power charger, depending on the model.

Safe and secure

The data you carry on your notebook can be the lifeblood of your business and the last thing you want to do is lose it through damage or, worse still, let it fall into the wrong hands. This is where choosing the right hardware is critical. The latest HP notebooks all incorporate features designed to keep your confidential information safe and secure. HP ProtectSmart senses if your laptop has been dropped and – in a split-second – locks the hard drive to help prevent loss of your files. HP ProtectTools is a suite of robust security features – including Face Recognition and DriveLock – which protect notebooks against prying eyes, unauthorised access and data theft.

1System memory stores actively running software on the computer.
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