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Unlike smartphones or streaming boxes, in which a few clear candidates exist in every budget, laptops present a seemingly endless number of choices.

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Although you certainly don’t need technology to make the most of your travels, the right apps and gadgets can help everything go smoothly.

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One thing I’ve always tried to do as a tech user is avoid getting stuck with any particular company.