New storage drives, desktop monitors, and phone systems are designed for higher productivity and an enhanced work style.
Portable storage drives are available in a wide variety of capacities, shapes, and colors. LaCie has developed the sleek Skwarim series of drives to appeal to the fashion sensibility of younger users. These handheld drives, weighing only 3.5 oz., are available in pink (30GB for $149) and blue (60GB for $199).
The LaCie Rugged series of hard drives feature an aluminum alloy shell with rubber bumper and are available with a triple high-speed interface (FW800/FW400/USB2). Drives are available in capacities of 80GB/100GB/120GB, with prices ranging from $200 to $400.
Two new portable hard drives from Iomega are equipped with the company's Drop Shock technology. Less than one-half inch thick, the rugged pocket-sized drives feature dual interface for high-speed USB 2.0 and FireWire, in 120GB ($220) and 80GB ($170) capacities.
Wide is Wise
Widescreen LCD monitors provide more screen real-estate--making them ideal for graphics, CAD, and other highly visual applications. These big screens also increase productivity and are good for multitasking, as you can easily view multiple applications simultaneously.
The 20-inch Flatron L203WTX from LG (around $375) is a stylish wide-screen LCD display with a picture-enhancing chip that delivers bright images rated at 300cd/m2. It features 1680x1050 pixel resolution, 1400:1 contrast ratio, and 8ms response time. This stunning screen includes a 5-20 degree tilt base, and provides connectivity to both digital (DVI-D) and standard analog VGA devices.
ViewSonic's new VX2235wm, a 22-inch widescreen LCD monitor, combines a 1440x900 native resolution, 400:1 contrast, 300 nits of brightness, and a fast response time (5ms). The $399 display features a thin bezel with integrated stereo speakers and power supply.
Samsung's SyncMaster 242mp is a multifunction 24-inch LCD display with integrated TV tuner and inputs for computer, S-Video, and high-res component devices. The $1,599 unit delivers 1920x1200 pixel images at a 1000:1 contrast ratio.
Phone Home, or Office
Handling incoming and outgoing phone traffic in an efficient and cost-effective manner is essential to the success of any growing business.
Motorola has taken an innovative approach to the telephony needs of small businesses and work at home execs. The new C51 expandable system ($90) enables optional access to a variety of phone services including VoIP, landline, and cellular. Available modules integrate Bluetooth cell phones ($100), streaming video intercom ($80), and additional handsets ($80) with this versatile system.
For more demanding small office applications, check out the Tenor AF from Quintum Technologies. This Inc. 500 company is making waves with a new 8-line device that can be configured to meet a variety of IP telephony applications, and can handle up to 600 calls per hour. Pricing for the Tenor AF begins at $330.
The appropriate display, storage, and communications technologies can give impetus to your office productivity and boost morale at the same time.
The KONICA MINOLTA magicolor(R) 2490MF all-in-one gives you the edge on your business competitors. This network-ready, color laser productivity expert makes it easy for the entire office to produce professional, laser-quality prints, copies, and scans for documents that are sure to impress. Copies can be reduced or enlarged with the 50-200% zoom function, and you can scan in beautifully detailed 24-bit color directly to e-mail via the network. The fax functionality features Super G3 33.6 Kbps speed, and camera direct photo printing lets you print pictures on all sizes of photo media up to full-size 8.5" x 11".
The magicolor 2490MF is backed by five years of toll-free, U.S.-based technical support for years of trouble-free productivity.