Traveling with a Surface and a Surface Pro

I’vegottenintothehabitwithtravellingwithbothdevicesagain,theWindows8。

1previewhasgivenanewleaseoflifetotheoriginalSurface,asI’moneofthosepeoplewhojusthastohaveOutlooktofeelproductive。

Callmeoldfashioned,arguethebenefitsofusingwebbasedmailclients,ortrytopreachthebenefitsofhavingseparateappsforcalendar,mail,contactsetcallyouwant,Iwillsmile,nod,andignoreyou。

Oneofthebenefitsoftravellingwithbothdevicesisthesharedaccessories。

Onepowersupply,onetypecoverforrealuse,onetouchcovermainlyasacover。

WithincreasinglyfeaturerichaccountsynchronisationprovidedbySkyDriveit’saneasytransitionjumpingfromonedevicetoanother–favourites,browsinghistory,websitepasswords,andthat’sjustonthedesktop。

AsmyWindowsStoreappusageincreasesI’malsostartingtoappreciatethesychronisationcapabilities,especiallywithXboxLiveGames。

WiththeconstantrumoursofnewmembersoftheSurfacefamily,whatI’dreallyliketoseeiseitheranAtomorARMdevicethatcanchargeoverUSB,whichwouldallowthechargingofacurrentgenerationSurfaceorSurfacePro,alongwithanewgenerationdevice,whilealsochargingyourphonethroughtheUSBport。

Untilsuchreportsofnewdevicesareconfirmed,andcapabilitiessuchasUSBchargingarerevealed,wehavetorelegatethesetoourwishlist,butwewilldefinitelyrevisitthiswhenorifithappens。

I’mstillatthepointwhereIcancomfortablysynchronisethefilesIneedtoaccesswhileofflinefromSkyDriveontomySurfacePro,soItendtousethatdevicewhenIneedtoworkonthosefiles,regardlessofwhetheraninternetconnectionisavailableornot。

MoreoftenthannotmySurfacebecomesaconsumptiondevice,whereIwillfillitvideos,sadlymostlyrelatetoIT,manyofthemthingsliketheJumpStartseriesthatdon’tgetdeliveredintimeframesthatworkwellforusoutsideofsomeselecttimezones。

WithfreevideocontentavailablefromJumpStart’sotherMVAcourses,andeventslikeBuildandTechEd,thereisaneverincreasingbacklogofcontentformetoconsume。

GettingcontentontotheSurfaceisn’talwaysthemostpleasantexperience。

Asthereisnoofficialsupportforawiredethernetadapter,youarelimitedtothewirelessspeed,whichisabitlimiting。

TheotheroptionistocopytoaUSBdevice,andthencopyfromtheUSBdeviceontotheSurfacebutthedoublecopyprocessisjustastimeconsumingandmoreofapainthanjustcopyingdirectly。

EveniftherewasanofficiallysupportedUSBEthernetadapterforSurface,itwouldstillbelimitedbyUSB2。

0speedsanyway,sonotasbigawinasitshouldbeoverthewirelesscopying。

Therearestillotheroptionsthough。

CopyingtotheMicroSDcardonanothermachinewithafasterconnection,orperhapsevencontainingtheoriginalcontent,canspeedthingsup,andalsokeepsmorespacefreeontheSurfaceforwhenyouneedit。

JugglingMicroSDcardsisn’tafuntaskthough,andtheyarepeskythingstofindifyoueveraccidentallydropthemonadarkplane。

Eventhoughit’sprobablyaminimaldifference,readingfromaMicroSDisalsopotentiallygoingtodrainmorepowerthanjustreadingfromtheinternaldrive。

AlsonottobeignoredisjustkeepingsomeofthiscontentonUSBflashdrives。

Iwouldn’tnecessarilyspendbigmoneyongettingthefastestdrivepossible,asthemostlyplaybackusagedoesn’trequireagreatdealofspeed。

I’mnotusuallyafanofhavingtheflashdrivestickingoutofthesideofthedeviceeither,andagainit’ssomethingthatcanbelostalittletooeasily。

Now,ontoafewmorehintsifyouaretravellingwithaSurfaceandaSurfacePro。

Someairportsdon’trequireyoutoremovetabletsfromyourcarryonluggage,somakesureyouhaveyourdevicesseparatedinyourbag。

Ifyoudon’t,securitywillthinkyouhavealaptopinyourbag,andpullyouasideandrescanyourbag。

It’salittlething,butIobservedthisafewtimesrecentlywhiletravelling。

IusuallytravelwithaVGAadapterformySurfaceandaVGAandHDMIadapterformySurfacePro,Ihaven’tfoundaneedyetforafullsizeDisplayPortadaptorfortheSurfacePro。

IalsotravelwithaUSB3。

0hubthathasintegratedGigabitEthernet,2USB3。

0portsand4USB2。

0Ports。

MorethanenoughtohandletheusualrangeofdevicesIcarryaround,includingaUSBmousewhichI’vebeenrelyingonmorethanmorethanmyBluetoothoneduetosomewirelessdropoutissues。

I’llcovertravelaccessoriesagaininafutureupdate,asI’minconversationswithsomeonewhomaybesendingoversomesampleunitsofdevicesfromacertainaccessorycompany’srange。

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