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August 22, 2012 • Editorials, Travel

Traveling Light with the Sena Florence Portfolio; I Reviewed It, and I Still Use It

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I had a few meetings the other day, and as I was heading out for them, I was struck by how little I was actually bringing with me. I was further struck by the fact that despite how little I was bringing with me for the day, I STILL had everything I needed.

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Yes, everything I needed for my meetings was held in my Timbuk2 X-small Quickie for Tablets 2011, and I had tons of room left over. (The 2012 version is here.) In fact, there was almost nothing actually IN the bag.

So what did I bring with me? I had my phone (currently an HTC ONE X, because my iPhone 4S went up on eBay in preparation for the new iPhone), my wallet (the Flipside 2X- read the review here), my keys, my new iPad, the LunaTik Touch Pen (read the review) and… the Sena Florence Portfolio for the New iPad (Read the review.)

As the product page for the Sena Florence Portfolio notes:

The Florence Portfolio is a simple and functional design for the The New iPad. It is perfect for those who prefer to have their essentials and iPad at the same time.

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This is a bit of a change for me. Previously, were I having a meeting with a family in preparation for a life-cycle event, I would have brought my iPad, my Livescribe Smartpen and a portfolio holding the Livescribe pad of paper. With the Sena Florence Portfolio I lose the Livescribe functionality, but I still have both my iPad and a pad of paper and both are held in a thin, light and gorgeous leather portfolio. That meant I could take all of my notes on the paper, flip over to the iPad a few times when I needed to look something up and then, when I was back in my car after the meeting, use the camera on the iPad to snap a picture of my notes and save it to Evernote.

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The result was a light, easy-to-carry mobile office that did everything I needed… and then some.

What do you bring along when you want to travel light, but you have work to do?

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