Why Smaller Gadgets Don’t Always Lighten Your Load
Gadgets just keep getting smaller and lighter, but this trend isn't cutting down on the loads we lug. Instead, many people are toting more and more electronics, according to CIO.com blogger Paul Mah.
By Paul Mah, CIO
If you have been reading my posts on the Gadget Navigator blog, you may have noticed that many of the gadgets featured to date are highly portable and lightweight. This hasn’t been deliberate on my part, though; lots of the electronics and tech hardware that land on my review desk are designed to best-in-class gadets, and they often tend to be thinner or lighter than competing products.
Over the years, I’ve seen almost all of my the gadgets shrink in size and weight even as they grew in technical sophistication. But does the availability of smaller gadgets result in a smaller and lighter bag? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is an emphatic “no,” at least based on my personal experience. Why? Because I just keep adding more and more gadgets to my repertoire.
For years I’ve lugged my laptop along when I head to the office or the local school where I conduct classes. Looking back, my first laptop was a Compaq that tipped the scales at six pounds (2.7kg), not including the power adapter. Despite having since switched to a much lighter laptop in recent day, I couldn’t help but notice that the overall weight of my bag has roughly remained the same even as the number of gadgets increased.
Here’s a quick list of gadgets that I carry with me on a daily basis: