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VonHaus Nano 3.0 Media Player

Travel Tools: VonHaus Nano 3.0 Media Player

This little tool is a lifesaver when on long travelling expeditions. Let’s face it, as much as we all love to travel; sometimes we just want a day off sat on the sofa watching movies. At just 340g this miniature device is excellent for adventurers looking to travel light, taking up hardly any space in your suitcase, and you won’t have to worry about it tipping the scales too much at check-in.

Unfortunately, not all hotels in Bangkok and Thailand have any TV in English, let alone any movie channels. So that’s where this little beauty comes in handy. With minimal installation required this media player can be set up in any hotel room in just 5 minutes, so even if you are staying somewhere for just one night, it’s worth installing it to turn your stopover into a convenient break.

This device doesn’t stream from the internet but merely plays all videos and music previously downloaded. Unfortunately, many hotels around the world, especially in Thailand, haven’t caught up with the wide flat screen revolution, so your TV remote can switch between various sizes to suit the screen you are watching including 4:3 and 16:9 as well as others.

Some of the older TV’s in Thailand do struggle to work sometimes so having your personal remote control gives you all the power from volume control to pause functions and all other standard remote features. If you decide to stop a movie halfway through and head out for some supper, even if the media player has been unplugged, it will remember where you stopped, so you don’t have to skip forward to where you left off.

But, of course, many hotels do have the latest TVs, so the HDMI input will give you excellent results if you’re program was recorded in a digital format. Your VonHaus Media Player will play most files including MP3, MP4, AVI, MKV and so on. However it doesn’t play old AVI files, so if you are planning to download some movies, and TV shows, it’s perhaps best to try and get MP4 or MKV files.

This media player has two different types of input. The first is the old faithful USB port, allowing for a 1TB external hard drive to be connected, enabling you to carry with you several months’ worth of television for those long haul trips, if required. And, of course, you can also take a backup of your entire music collection to listen to on your travels. The second is an SD Card Input, which is handy for either watching movies or if you just want to check through today’s photos using the slideshow function.

This media player has two different types of input. The first is the old faithful USB port, allowing for a 1TB external hard drive to be connected, enabling you to carry with you several months’ worth of television for those long haul trips, if required. And, of course, you can also take a backup of your entire music collection to listen to on your travels. The second is an SD Card Input, which is handy for either watching movies or if you just want to check through today’s photos using the slideshow function.

The power supply is a standard, easily replaceable component that, in the unlikely event that it goes pop, can be substituted at any good electrical store, which in Bangkok are abundant. This device uses all standard components for easy use and replacements.

The VonHaus Nano 3.0 is a great product for the weary traveller who after a hectic day sightseeing just wants to come home and chill out.

These devices are not easy to find in Thailand, so it is best to purchase one online before you leave on your trip.

This article is featured in the March 2017 issue of The Bangkok Consultant magazine.

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Travel Tools: Galaxy Tab A6

This device really is the ‘dog’s bollocks’ for travellers. I used to believe the 10.1 was the ultimate travel accessory, but, as it turns out, less is more. You can pick these up for as little as 7000 baht in most shopping malls. This latest model was released March 2016 and is the best tablet/phone I’ve ever had. OK, it does look like an oversized phone, but really it’s a small tablet, which can be used as a phone. Phones are OK for making phone calls (obviously) and the 10.1 tablets are a little cumbersome when we are constantly on the move. So this good all-rounder is perfect for travellers. It has a good solid design without feeling like a brick and the 7.0 size allows it to fit easily into side pockets and small bags, though if you intend to watch movies on it, you may want a bigger screen. The one downside is, like most Galaxy devices, there is no flash, so photo quality suffers in poorly lit locations.

The great thing about it is once you have mobile internet set up, you have the internet with you wherever you go, and it is usually a lot faster than most free Wi-Fi areas. So even when your sat on a slow, boring train ride you can keep in touch with friends or post photos to Facebook to help while away the time. You can also turn your Galaxy Tab A6 into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing you to use your laptop with faster Wi-Fi speeds than your hotel is providing. There are several Apps that can make our travelling lives easier such as Google Maps or Sav Nav; or the ability to book hotels online at the touch of a few buttons. This truly is a travellers’ must have accessory; I never leave home without it.

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(The Bangkok Consultant)

 

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Top Travellers’ App: Google Maps

The original travellers’ best friend: Google Maps allows you to wander to your heart’s content, without the need to keep track of where you are. This latest edition also offers up-to-date traffic reports on your local area, Sat-Nav, offline maps, information on local points of interest, (hotels & restaurants) and directions on how to get there.

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