Nate’s Gear Bag – CES 2014

Final preparations are under way here at the secret lair for CES 2014, and before I pack everything away I thought I’d share what is going in my gear bag.

Not much has changed from last year; I’ll still be carrying around my Lenovo U410 with the same Panasonic Lumix camera, full-sized USB keyboard, and wireless mouse I had last year, but this time around I will be running a couple gadgets lighter than past years.

gear bag ces 2014

As you can see in the image above, there’s no tablet. This year I am leaving my Kindle Fire HD at home – permanently. I had realized that I was watching too many movies and playing too many games, so I gave my Kindle Fire HD to my mom and replaced it with a Hisense Sero 7 Pro. It’s not nearly as good of a gaming and media tablet as the Kindle Fire HD, which is exactly why I replaced one tablet with the other.

And the reason you can’t see the Sero 7 Pro in the photo is that I used it to take the photo. It has a 5MP camera, another reason I like it.

Also not included in the photo is the laptop stand I got nearly 5 years ago. It will take a place of honor in my motel room (America’s Best Value Inn), but I will be carrying around at least one paper notebook. In spite of everything I still feel a pen on paper is the right tool in certain circumstances.

I also forgot to include my cellphone, which will be coming, but I’m not bringing any type of mobile hotspot. The one place where I would use it the most, i.e. the show floor, is so awash in wireless signals that they jam each other. And since I will have internet in my hotel and in the press lounges (the wired network is faster anyway) I don’t see a reason to pay for a mobile data plan that I would only use while literally in motion from one location to another. That strikes me as an invitation to walk into traffic.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. cookie5 January, 2014

    “It has a 5MP camera, another reason I like it.”

    If I recall, the stated reason you used to take the 1st generation Samsung Galaxy TAb 7″ with you to these events was because of the camera.

  2. Lee Balcom5 January, 2014

    Looking forward to your posts from CES 2014; particularly any big news concerning new e-ink cellphones.

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