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Friday, August 8, 2014

6 Must-have gadgets for a small business

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With technology continuously evolving, new gadgets hit the market every day. But most small business owners, especially those at startup companies, try to limit their gadgets to a needs-based list. They are constantly on the lookout for gadgets that are affordable, practical, portable and multipurpose.

Let’s take a look at six must-have gadgets for small business owners.

1. Quality Webcam

A webcam attaches to a PC and broadcasts “real-time” images to a webpage. Webcams are especially great for small business owners who video conference regularly or need security coverage of the office space. Webcams require three components: the hardware (or camera itself), the software (web interface) and Internet connection. A great option for small business owners is the LogitechWebcam c930e, which offers sharp visuals, smooth audio and compatibility with both Macs and PCs. 

2. Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot

A mobile Wi-Fi hotspot supplies Internet access to multiple mobile devices, including laptops, tablets and e-readers. Wi-Fi hotspots are much more cost-efficient than purchasing separate wireless coverage for each device. Wi-Fi hotspots connect to the Internet through a cellular network; any Wi-Fi-enabled device within 30 feet can then connect to the hotspot.

A mobile hotspot takes one of two forms: a free-standing device like NovatelWireless’s MiFi or a smartphone-based feature. MiFi devices in particular offer a fast connection for web surfing, video streaming or simply catching up on emails.

3. Tablet

The SonyXperia Z2 and SamsungGalaxy Tab S 10.5 LTE are two models that offer everything that a small business owner could want in a tablet: sleek and portable, with a beautiful display and a variety of features.

One of the most important features to consider when shopping around for a business tablet is an ultra-efficient and speedy mobile processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile processors are powerful, efficient and offer a world-class user experience. Some of the highlights include the Snapdragon CPU, which can handle a wide range of tasks from simple to complex. The DSP component is responsible for many of the processors’ audio capabilities. Snapdragon also offers custom power management technologies for longer use and a quick charging capability, and a built-in security system to protect your private information.

4. Portable Projector

Portable projectors are key to the small business owner who travels to meetings and presentations. These gadgets make it easy to share marketing slideshows or sales numbers from last quarter. When shopping around for a projector, business owners should focus their search on data or business projectors, which work best with data like PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets and PDF files. The EpsonPowerLite 1761W Multimedia Projector is slim, light, offers excellent image quality and is reasonably priced.

5. Hands-free Car Kit

Work never stops, not even on the road. Business owners on the go need to be able to work and communicate safely in the car. A hands-free car kit is the perfect gadget to make voice calls and texting safe and efficient. The BlueAnt S4 TrueHandsfree car kit is a popular choice; the voice-activated kit simply clips onto the sun visor for a totally hands-free mobile experience. It will make or answer phone calls, read incoming text messages and supply driving directions through a GPS-based app.

6. Digital Storage System

Losing important documents to a computer snafu is a business owner’s worst nightmare. The Space Monkey offers a fool-proof solution; cloud-based storage. Specifically, 1 terabyte of data for only $10 per month. Users store their documents, videos and photos on a small device; that data is broken up, encrypted and distributed to other devices on the network for safe storage. Even if the device itself fails, the data is still safe and easily available.

You don’t have to work for a large corporation in order to supply your employees with practical, portable and multipurpose gadgets. These affordable tools are just want you need to manage a powerful and successful business. 

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