The right desktop tools can reduce tedium and boost productivity.
As your digital assets grow, so will your need for increased digital storage. There's no need to worry about backing up large amounts of business-critical data, because large-capacity hard disk drives with backup software are easy to use and are widely available at reasonable prices.
The My Book Premium Edition from Western Digital is one of the most cost-effective of these convenient, reliable devices—with a 500GB unit selling for around $220. This drive features USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 interfaces for fast data transfer, and built-in intelligence turns the drive on and off with your computer. The ultimate My Book is a 1.5-terabyte dual-drive storage system, which adds a super-fast FireWire 800 connection. This $600 drive offers RAID mirroring for extra data protection.
A crisp, high-resolution widescreen LCD monitor provides a good digital canvas for creative applications and can reduce eyestrain.
We put the Samsung SyncMaster 226BW through its paces and loved the ample space it provided for viewing two pages side-by-side or having several large application windows open simultaneously. This 16:10 widescreen LCD display provides 1680 x 1050 pixel resolution and a crisp 3000:1 maximum contrast ratio. The 226BW features a fast response time of 2 milliseconds—ideal for HD video, animations, and even games. The sub-$300 display is MS Windows Vista-ready, sports an elegant design with black bezel and rounded edges, and offers both analog and HDCP-compliant digital inputs.
If you and your staff spend long hours at the computer, you'll appreciate the efforts made by designers of peripherals to ease the stress and strain that can reduce productivity and even lead to disabling injuries. The new Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Keyboard and Mouse ($90) ,en represent breakthrough technology for enhancing the comfort of PC and Mac users without requiring them to relearn how to type. The innovative design incorporates advanced ergonomic design principles into a comfortable and cost-effective system. The keyboard was a pleasure to use, with none of the initial awkwardness sometimes experienced with ergonomic devices. The ambidextrous laser-mouse features pixel-precise laser tracking, and a comfortable soft rubber grip.
To help SMBs save time and money, DYMO has combined several products into a Desktop Mailing Solution, which includes DYMO Stamps software, LabelWriter TwinTurbo printer and postal weighing scale —all for less than $240. The compact scale handles up to 5 lbs., connects to the computer via USB, and is integrated with the Windows and Mac compatible DYMO Stamps software. In recognition of the realities of office workflow, the printer holds two rolls so you can print address or postage labels without having to switch rolls.
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