Traveling with the right accessories can make or break a seamless vacation, which is why we were thrilled when we brought along the iPad Pro on a recent vacation. Below, 5 reasons why the 9.7 inch wonder (starting at $599, is the perfect summer travel companion:

1: It’s perfect, poolside

Gone are the days of squinting to see the screen in the sunlight, thanks to a pro Retina display that is 25 percent brighter and 40 percent less reflective than iPad Air 2.

2. It’ll capture every moment, no additional camera needed

The device’s new 12-megapixel iSight camera can shoot 4K video, live photos, and panoramas, plus it's got a 5-megapixel FaceTime HD camera in case you want to make a video call.

3. You can finally ditch the laptop on vacay

We’re in love with the Smart Keyboard that attaches via iPad Pro's Smart Connector port, so we finally feel anxiety-free about not toting a laptop along on vacation. Bonus for the Apple Pencil, which you can use to journal, sketch, or edit your travel pics.

4. It won't weigh you down

Literally. The device is so light (it weighs less than a pound and is just 6.1 mm thin), that once you stick it in your carry-on, you might even forget you're carting it around in the first place.

5. You can stay connected stress-free (if you want, that is)

When those times arise where you want to get back in touch with the world (sigh) or you've got the urge to Instagram one of those jealousy-inducing beach shots, the iPad Pro comes with an embedded Apple SIM that lets you connect to wireless data plans right from your device when you travel to more than 100 countries (no SIM card required).

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