Tired of low-end office gear that can't make it a few months, let alone an entire year? Make a better investment in these innovative products designed for maximum durability.--John Brandon
This leather briefcase has a 100-year warranty and no breakable parts (like zippers or buttons). Instead, there’s one massive strap that slips into a buckle and a thin leather strap. There are extra rivets at all stress points on the bottom and sides. There are two large compartments inside for documents and a laptop.
The Officejet Pro X is the fastest printer in the world, at 70 pages per minute. The printhead doesn’t move, which will make the printer last longer and require less maintenance. Instead, the sheet itself moves back and forth as the image (black and white or color) is printed.
Keep your phone safe for years with this rugged case, which works with the iPhone 5 or the Samsung Galaxy SIII. There are three layers of protection, including a form-fitting inner shell and a rubber outer shell with large bumpers. The design is molded above the screen as an extra precaution, so if you do drop your phone, the screen won’t land flat onto a surface and break as easily.
For office data storage, choose a network appliance that can withstand water and fire. The N2 can endure heat up to 1550 degrees for 30 minutes and is waterproof to 10 feet of water for up to 72 hours. The kit includes two 1TB drives, which you can configure as a redundant mirror (all the data on the first drive is mirrored on the second in case of failure).
For long-term protective care, nothing beats this ruggedized backpack. You place your business notebook (from 15-inch to 17-inch) inside a crushproof compartment. Up front, there’s an impact-resistant slot for a tablet. The backpack is waterproof to three feet, has a flip-open top-loader that is TSA-approved (so you don’t have to remove the laptop), and a water bottle holder.
This high-end security camera does not need to be professionally installed--you can place the camera anywhere in your office. The pan-and-tilt camera swivels for a 340-degree rotation to scan the premises. There’s a motion detector that can trigger and alert, night-vision support, and you can even tap into the surveillance feed from afar.
One of the first fully rugged business phones, the Kyocera Torque meets the military spec 810G for waterproofing, shock-resistance, and high temperatures. The phone can stay in water for up to 30 minutes and withstand a four-foot drop. The ruggedness is unique, but so is the audio technology. Instead of a speaker, the phone emanates sound using vibrations directly to the eardrum, helpful at a construction site or noisy office space.
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