When starting up your own business, having the right tools by your side can mean the difference between success and failure. Here are some technology tools you should consider to increase productivity. Here's some technology tools every startup needs.
HP Envy SleekbookImage via Flickr by trekkyandy
With a limited budget, choosing laptops for your startup can get expensive fast. To avoid going over budget, consider the HP Envy sleekbook that includes dual-core processors, 15-inch screens, 4 GB RAM and a 320 GB hard drive. Of course, you can upgrade any of these features for an additional cost, including getting up to 8 GB RAM, a quad-core processor, a 500 GB hard drive, and a backlit keyboard.
Asus 23-Inch Full-HD LED-Lit LCD MonitorAccording to a New York Times article, Jon Peddie Research conducted a survey that found having a second monitor, or a larger monitor such as a 23- or 24-inch monitor, increases your output by 20 to 30 percent. According to a Pfeiffer Report, it found that "a large, high-resolution display can lead to a return on investment (ROI) of several thousand dollars per year." Since time is money, the more productive you can be, the better. One highly rated monitor is the Asus 23-inch full-HD LED-lit LCD monitor; it can easily and quickly be connected to your laptop as a second monitor whenever you're in the office.
Samsung Galaxy S4Image via Flickr by Janitors
The Samsung Galaxy S4 on T-Mobile is the next big thing in smartphone technology, making it a great tool for your startup. Features include 4G speeds, a 5-inch super AMOLED HD touch screen, a 13 megapixel back camera and 2 megapixel front camera, and 16 GB internal memory. With this smartphone, you can control the screen touch-free with different features including Air Gesture, tilting your head or the phone to scroll, and previewing content with Air View. Take video with both the front and back cameras simultaneously and connect with other phones via Group Play to share files and documents — an absolute necessity in business.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (Wi-Fi)Nothing makes a better companion to the Galaxy S4 than the Galaxy Note. Available in both 8-inch and 10-inch models, these tablets come with a stylus and handwriting-recognition software making them perfect for when you're on-the-go. Front cameras allow for video conferencing while the multi-view capability makes it easy to research on the Web while taking notes. While it comes with 16 GB of internal memory, that can be expanded by an extra 32 GB with mircoSD cards.
Brother HL-2270DW, $149.99 and Epson WorkForce WF-3520Rather than sticking with just one printer for the office, consider getting two: one laser black-and-white printer and one all-in-one color inkjet. This Brother compact laser printer is wireless and it can print front and back. For most of your basic needs, this printer is perfect and the cost per page is very minimal. The Epson Workforce fills in the gaps of the Brother with its ability to copy, scan and print in color.
With the right tools by your side, your productivity will increase and so will your success. What is your must-have tool in the office?