Tools I Use: portable monitor

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As a consultant, some clients have limited audio-video equipment. Needing to show a presentation or short video to a group of people can be a challenge with a large monitor.

This is why I needed to find a light, portable monitor at a fair price.

After seeing great reviews, I bought the ASUS MB MB169B+ 15.6″ Screen LED-Lit Monitor.

Be sure you get the +.

The screen works great. Just needs a portable adjustable stand as recommended since the monitor is not free standing. The sleeve which coming with the monitor can support the monitor, but you can not change the angle of the monitor when using this sleeve.

It was very simple to setup and breakdown in under a minute. The sleeve it comes with fits nicely next to my laptop sleeve in my bag. It is very light. I carried a few extra USB cables in case it goes bad, but did not need them (yet).

No batteries needed for the monitor though. I noticed the monitor is only (USB) powered by my laptop, so it does drain my laptop battery MUCH faster than usual. My laptop needs to be plugged in to a wall unless it is in use less than 1 hour with the monitor. Without this monitor plugged in, my laptop lasts 12 hours on one charge.


Tools I Use: Laptop

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I have no desktop computer. Why would I own desktop computer when I work remotely all the time?

I have no tablet. Why do I need another screen/device that does less than my laptop and/or my phone?

A computer should follow me where ever I go. Not the other way around.

In December 2014, I bought a 13 inch MacBook Air. Yes, it’s a Apple product. It is very light and easy to use.  It suits every purpose I need as a computer and its the only computer I use.

The best part is the battery life: 12 hours. Really. That is what I call freedom. Use it anywhere. For a long time.

As part of “work-life balance”, when I work the computer battery down to 1%, it is time to do something else. Network. Eat. Sleep. Recharge physically, mentally and electronically.

Since we are never off nowadays, I have my phone.

Update: In 2019, bought another Macbook Air after my laptop keyboard died after 5 years of daily work and 7 book written on it. It is a little faster now.