A Trip of a Travel Web Site

LaptopTravel.com was launched way back in the spring of 1997, so don’t dare say that they’re jumping onto the notebook fad bandwagon. With nearly a decade of experience in the biz – which in IT years equals about a lifetime – LaptopTravel.com offers the knowledge to sell and develop notebook-related devices and technology.

What perhaps makes Laptop Travel unique among the other nerdy sites, and the posers, on the market, is its extensive library of information on using laptops abroad (hence, the name!).

For instance, peruse the section on dual-voltage devices. It’s a handy and understandable explanation of international voltage standards. Some laptops and e-devices can be “dual voltage,” meaning you can use them anywhere in the world without a separate converter or transformer. Otherwise, you best be wary whether you’re in a 110-volt country (like the U.S.) or a 220-volt country (like in Europe), and know what type of power your notebook runs on.

Plus, the site delves into a whole description of cycles and Hz. Different countries can either use 50 or 60 cycle systems. What’s the impact of this on your notebook?

Or what happens if you’re already abroad in some strange electricity-bending nation (i.e., anywhere other than the United States)? Laptop Travel can help you then, too. They are partnered with Access USA, an international mail forwarder, which gets them steep discounts on international shipping rates.

The site also provides basic information on accessories and replacement parts that portable computer users everywhere can use. Yours truly recently had an issue with my girlfriend’s Thinkpad battery. And I wish I would have known then what I know now about Laptop Travel’s CNET-grade information on the subject.

Not only the information, but their battery selection itself-and the other accessories and equipment that Laptop Travel sells. They say they’re specifically geared toward selling gear to laptop users who travel around the world. But they offer notebook batteries, cases, hard drives, and external add-ons at competitive prices, that any mobile user at home would be interested in.

By Matthew Brodsky – Laptopical

Monday, October 17, 2005