It seems like all the cool kids are letting folks know what they’re putting in their CES gear bags. And I’m a sucker for peer pressure, so here are a few items I’m about to pack away.

  • Asus Eee PC 1000H – This has been my primary netbook for the last 4 months, and I expect to use it for most of my on-site blogging.
  • HP Mini 1000 – I happen to have this as a loaner, and at just over 2 pounds, I figure it doesn’t hurt to have a backup with me in case my Eee PC battery dies or my machine crashes or get stepped on or something.
  • Sierra Wireless AirCard for connecting to Sprint’s 3G wireless network – WiFi access is notoriously spotty during CES, so I figured I should go prepared. I’m renting this card for a week from Rovair.
  • Mini-tripod for the Canon PowerShot A590/S camera I’m using to take this photo, and which I will use to shoot photos and video from Vegas.
  • Dell Axim X50v PDA with Windows Mobile 2003SE – It’s an oldy but a goody, and this PDA is loaded up with music and movies to watch during the plane ride, phone numbers and appointments I’ll need during the week, and in a pinch I can use its WiFi adapter to get online if I need to.
  • Sony PCM-D50 digital audio recorder – I don’t expect to use this recorder very much, but as a radio journalist I feel silly leaving home without it. If I need to conduct any audio only interviews they’ll be recorded with this device, and I’m hoping to get a chance to compare it to some new recorders for bradlinder.net, where I frequently write about digital audio production gear.
  • Kensinton travel mouse – Best $15 I ever spent. This tiny optical mouse takes up next to no room in my gear bag and has a retractable cord. Since it’s USB, it works with any netbook, no setup required.
  • Sony MDR-7506 headphones (in the background) – Again, the audio geek in me figures if I’m taking my pro audio recorder I should also take some pro audio headphones. They’re also much better than earbuds for downing out sound on the plane.

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15 replies on “What I’m taking to CES 2009”

  1. I have an Axim x51v. I just flashed it to WM 6.1 and it is way more useable now. I currently use a HTC Touch Pro and Iphone 3G but my heart is still with the dell.

  2. Brad, How do you handle syncing your files (or backing up)? It’s a question I have been thinking about as I consider switching to a netbook.

  3. x50v
    I still use mine every day – 4 1/2 years old – excellent machine
    Magnum case for drops and external USB chargeable batt for extended use

    have been thinking about putting one of the WM6.1 roms on it

  4. Do you use any kind of universal charging system or do you just take all the separate chargers?

    1. Yeah, as I’m packing my bags I wish I had a better charging system.
      But Alas, I’m taking separate chargers for each netbook, 1 for the PDA
      (it can charge via USB from a computer, but I find it’s best to give
      it a wall plug so I can charge it overnight), and 1 for my cellphone.
      So 4 chargers plus a ton of AA batteries for the camera and digital
      audio recorder.

      1. a wall wart with the USB output can take the place of a few chargers – I have been looking for a 1 amp one with at least dual ports to do 2 devices at once

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