• Traveling with too many gadgets can make you forget that you’re on vacation. The key is to figure out which ones you truly need. For us, it’s these four. Check out the best travel tech essentials from the 2013 Summer Buyer’s Guide
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    Audio-Technica ATH-ANC9 QuietPoint Headphones

    We’ve tried nearly every model of noise-canceling headphones in existence, and nothing sounds as good as these. Music has more resonance, and we actually used all three of the canceling modes: Office (for midrange frequencies), Mass Transit (highs), and Study (everything). ($350)
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    Microsoft Windows 8 Surface Pro Tablet

    We see it all the time: people traveling with both a tablet and a laptop. Microsoft must have noticed, too, and the Surface Pro splits the difference. It’s a proper computer when you need to do serious typing or other keystroke-intensive work. Detach the keyboard and you have a sleek Windows 8 tablet that delivers the same caliber and range of multimedia enjoyment as an iPad. Apple devotees might find the interface a bit clunky, but it’s undeniably a marvel of lightness, speed, and capability. ($899 and up)
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    Sony HDR-PJ650V Camcorder

    In an age of HD smart-phones, it’s easy to forget that the best footage still comes from a camcorder. Here are some of the things that make this one better: Dolby Digital sound, 32GB of flash memory, Wi-Fi capabilities, 20.4-megapixel stills, and a built-in projector that allows input from other devices. Plus our favorite: optical stabilization, which means you get all the high-speed action jitter-free. ($1,099)
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    Bushnell Outdoors SolarWrap 400

    Because you just never know when you might need some extra power. The SolarWrap (which can also be charged from an outlet) is light and compact: unfurl it on the beach to keep your tunes playing all day, or clip it to your pack and by nightfall you’ll have enough juice to recharge almost any smartphone, top off your tablet, or repower two action cams or GPS units from two ports at once. ($214)
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