Budget is a four-letter word at most small companies, but keeping one is a necessary evil. As you plan your spending for 2015, you might keep track of these upcoming business gadgets (a few of them are already shipping). They can give you that razor-sharp competitive edge.
Archos 80b Helium Tablet
New Matter MOD-t 3D Printer
Wocket Smart Wallet
HP Zvr 23.6-inch Virtual Reality Display
Primera Trio All-in-One Printer
ZutaLabs Pocket Printer
Signal Edge Plus
Canon MAXIFY MB5320 Wireless Small Office Printer
Phorce Freedom Laptop Bag
Epson WorkForce WF-100 Mobile Printer
Sony Smartwatch 3 Stainless Steel
Lenovo ThinkCentre Tiny-in-One 23
Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One
XPlore RangerX Tablet
IoSafe 1513 NAS RAID
Protecting your data just got a little safer. This storage device will keep operating even in extreme temps (up to 1,550 degrees for 30 minutes) and flood (up to 10 feet for three days). It also handles massive amounts of data–as much as 90TB if you add expansion bays. The base price does not come preloaded with any disk drives.
Asus Transformer T300 Chi Notebook
Philips UltraWide 34-inch Curved Display BDM3490UC
Mophie Juice Pack Plus for iPhone 6
A slightly beefier version of the acclaimed Juice Pack case for the iPhone 6, this model will charge up your phone once plus 20 percent. (There’s also a standard Juice Pack for the iPhone 6 and one for the iPhone 6 Plus that charge up once.) With the case, it means you get two full charges and can enjoy all-day usage plus extra protection from spills and drops.
Zolt Laptop Charger
Intel Compute Stick
Acer Chromebook 15
With a 15.6-inch screen and a powerful Intel Core processor, this notebook competes easily with the best Windows 8 notebooks. (It doesn’t have the same overhead for drivers or an operating system and boots into a browser.) The screens runs at a crisp 1920×1080 pixels and looks clear and colorful, but the best feature is the low $249 price.
iRobot Ava 500
The iRobot Ava is designed to reduce airfare costs–you can control it from any computer. Videoconferencing robots came out a few years ago, but now they are starting to appear in business because they now support more applications and integrate into networks easier. (it works with Cisco telepresence software and can be managed on a cloud service.)
Toshiba Portege Z20t Detachable Ultrabook
Acer H7550ST Short Throw Projector
Prong PWR Case 5
LaCie Rugged RAID
Lenovo ThinkPad Stack
Dell XPS 13 Laptop
Dell deserves credit for making a laptop with such a razor-thin display. It looks like a tablet screen and is super-thin at just 0.2 inch. The 3,200×1,800 resolution screen makes business docs much easier to read when you zoom in and makes photos and videos pop. The laptop lasts a full 15 hours, and that’s without any additional (larger) battery pack.
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