Well, maybe a little something different of a post on this forum for a change…
Apologies for the awful photo exposure as I tried to capture the projector image.
Everything pictured here is my latest lightweight travel set-up for a week-long international trip:
2 Wool & Prince shirts
1 Bluffworks pant
2 Merino wool base layers
Plus whatever I’m wearing when I get on the plane
MS Universal Foldable Keyboard
Travel USB plug
That’s all I packed in a small daypack. If I was really ambitious, I maybe could have vacuum-bagged all my clothing into a Scott-E-Vest type jacket, but it would have been bulky. The electronics could have been stuffed into the zippered pockets of my pants. As it is, the entirety of my electronics is about the same volume and weight as just the power brick of my laptop.
I felt very unencumbered during my trip. The only downside is that I got an extra Homeland Security interrogation exiting international baggage claim because they were suspicious over how little I packed when I came back.
I’m still a huge fan of Merino for travel and it works so well for trips. I did do laundry once just to refresh the base layers and to wash the Bluffworks from a food spill. I was pleased how fast it air-dried.
The projector is a Sony MP-CL1 pico. The brightness is sufficient for my typical usage in a darkened room with about a five foot diagonal image for Powerpoint. The other cool thing about the Sony is that there is a full size USB port that can serve as a device charger, which was extremely handy as I had difficulty finding power ports away from my hotel room during my last trip. I estimated I was able to get at least two full charges on my phone using this. The projector can also do screen mirroring wirelessly so I could potentially ditch the bulky HDMI cable. However, after testing this out, the wireless connection is finicky at best, with constant dropouts for unknown reasons. Plus I sometimes plug the HDMI cable to my hotel TV which is more comfortable to use as a monitor.
Away from the hotel, I bring the projector in closer to a 2 foot image to use as a personal monitor using Chrome Remote Desktop for my computing needs (thanks for the tip on Chrome RDP on this thread). I wind up using the phone as a trackpad so I no longer bring a mouse. From a productivity standpoint, this works okay. I don’t do a whole lot of content creation on the road, just need to run/edit Office docs, answer emails and display PowerPoint. Since most of my work revolves around Office and custom win32 programs, I’m interested in what the latest iterations of Continuum will bring or hopefully a potential x86 Surface Phone. For now, RDP gets me by.
The MS keyboard works okay. Unfortunately, I think there is an issue with bluetooth on Android Lollipop 5.x with device connections. In this case, it has to rediscover/re-pair everything time you turn off the phone or keyboard, its definitely a huge inconvenience. Hopefully that issue is well investigated with the TextBlade.
Speaking of the TextBlade, I’ve got a lot of trips coming up. The keyboard is about twice the volume of my phone, so it is currently the largest electronic item in my pack. I can’t wait to replace it with the TextBlade and make my set-up ridiculously more compact.