KENSINGTON FLYFAN USB FAN, $24
PROS: Quiet nylon blades shoot you a breeze without disturbing those around you. Works with PCs and Macs.
CONS: Plugged into your laptop’s USB port, the fan needs several inches of clearance; could make for a tight in-flight tray table. But hey, it’ll make your seatmates jealous.
BOTTOM LINE: If you travel a lot, especially in warm weather, the FlyFan cuts down on the sweat factor.
MORE INFO: www.kensington.com
PC PHONEHOME, $30 a year for PC or Mac
PROS: Each time your laptop connects to the Internet, PhoneHome sends a secret message containing the user’s ISP and phone number to an e-mail address set by the owner.
CONS: If the crook skips the Web and heads straight for the pawnshop, recovery could take a while.
BOTTOM LINE: Provides a digital trail to catch a thief. Tamper-proof, too.
MORE INFO: www.pcphonehome.com
TARGUS defcon ANTI-THEFT PC CARD, $99
PROS: Motion sensor triggers an alarm if laptop is moved beyond preset distance. System even arms itself automatically.
CONS: Computer-savvy thieves can eject the PC card, killing the alarm.
BOTTOM LINE: Smart security solution.