Take it Light

Don't let business trips weigh you down. Learn about the travel trends and products that can take a load off your mind--and your time.

converter comes in 0-50 and 50-1600-watt models. The 0-50w converter is for small electronics like mini TVs, personal stereos and notebook computers. The 50-1600w model handles hair dryers, curling irons, coffee makers, travel irons, and hot plates. The 0-50w Converter costs $29.95; the 50-1600w, $29.95. For more information, call Jasco Products Co., Inc. at 800-654-8483.

Samsonite created the 750 series, a collection of hardside and softside business cases and luggage designed for the rigors of frequent business travel. Included in the 750 series is the Carry-On EZ CART Suiter, which offers extra-wide four-wheel stability, “swing-out” wheels that automatically recess to ensure storage in most overhead compartments, and a push/pull handle which adjusts every two inches for comfort. Suggested retail price. $299.99.

The latest addition to Motorola’s family of StarTac phones is the sleek and compact StarTAC 8600. The 8600 offers VoiceNote, an answering machine/voice recorder (unavailable in earlier StarTAC phone models). VoiceNote provides up to four minutes of recording time as an answering machine or a voice memo record function for user’s own personal reminders. Users can also record important information during a conversation, such as phone numbers or direction. Cost is $1,000-$2,000, depending on place of purchase. For more information, call Motorola at 800-331-6456.

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