Published on April 11th, 2013 | by Greg0
Travel With Tumi T-Tech
Business travelers know the woes- your headphones break right when you get onto the plane, you run out of USB ports when you need to copy files between one thumb drive and another, your touchpad goes crazy and where is that mouse when you need one!?
T-Tech by Tumi (manufactured and licensed by Jasco) offers a line of fairly inexpensive gadgets and electronic accessories that will ease your worried mind and solve these technological difficulties. We tried a selection of them during some of our recent travel, and found a few of them to be surprisingly excellent, while a couple were adequate. Divided into a few basic categories- personal audio, power and connectivity solutions- they produce and offer a wide range.
Everything is nicely packaged, and looks professional, with slick finishes and a couple of thoughtful touches. Some of the basics were solid- the HDMI Universal Kit is handy if you’re in a hotel room with a laptop and want to throw your videos or pictures up on the TV. Most hotel flat-screen televisions have an input if you know where to look, and most decent laptops offer HDMI out (many cellphones and most tablets do as well). Also, a set like this isn’t as common as you might think, and they include not only the HDMI A cable but also adapters for both the C and D (mini and micro) versions. It worked well, comes with a nice carrying case, and is super slim. The mobile USB hub, as well, was smaller and nicer-looking than most any we’ve seen. It’s plug and play, and all four ports were easy to access, unlike some cramped competitors. The travel pouch didn’t feel necessary for this one
The retractable mini mouse is OK if you need one in a pinch- it’s a little pricey for what it is and the cord fairly short. A wireless model is also available, which might be a better option- this one is basic, and though it does come with a scroll wheel, it wasn’t textured. And the ergonomics were only so-so, our hand cramped after a bit of use. Their stylus was nicer than most we’ve seen, and felt accurate ($20).
Finally, we review a lot of headphones here, in a wide range of prices. And while they offer noise-cancelling models and those with microphone and controls, the basic ones that we tested are the T-Tech by Tumi Performance Driver Series Earphones. They are smaller and lighter than most earbuds, and though the cable is a bit heavier than we would have liked (it tended to pull a bit), the built quality seemed pretty good. Pricing information was unavailable at press time, but liked the variety of included tip sizes. Sound was decent, muddy and a bit crowded with some distortion at the highs and lows, but the passive noise blocking was pretty effective thanks to a good seal. They held up to some rough treatment as well.