Gear Up! Choose Your Budget
Making the right technology choices can help you work more efficiently and, ultimately, boost your productivity.
July 1, 2008
The sheer quantity of gadgetry is astounding, and prices keep falling even as features and functions improve. But with so many choices in every category today, the selection process can seem overwhelming, even intimidating.
How do you know which gadgets you need and what you need them to do? We’ve put together three packages of essential tools — a laptop computer, a digital camera, a smart phone, and a navigational device that uses global positioning system technology.
1. A notebook is the hub of mobile productivity for accessing the Web and all its resources.
2. A smart phone is a more compact extension of that computer, less intrusive and more effective for keeping in touch wherever you are.
3. A digital camera captures images for virtual online tours, printed flyers, or even video walkthroughs of homes. A GPS navigation system can guide you around in the most direct way, saving precious gas and time.
You can buy the economy package for less than $800 (suggested retail prices, not including sales taxes). If you’re ready to spring for the glitziest, most powerful high-tech toys available, we have a package topping $5,000 for you. In between, we’ve assembled a package that’ll run you a little over $3,000.
Today’s top-of-the-line solutions deliver not just functionality but options that go the extra mile. Carrying these products announces that you’re a tech leader who demands the best and can afford it.
When you move up from entry-level products, your choices increase dramatically. You may not find all the newest features, but there’ll be enough to make your purchases viable for at least the next three years, a full generation in the world of technology.
Notebook: Only Apple’s computers can be set up to run both Windows- and Mac-compatible software. The $1,999 entry model in its MacBook Pro line has a 2.4GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 15-inch widescreen LED backlit display, iSight camera, 2GB RAM, a 200GB hard drive, CD and DVD burner, andWi-Fi n (n is the latest iteration of WiFi technology; g is the older standard), plus Bluetooth.
Tech on a Budget
If keeping your costs down is your overriding concern, you’ll sacrifice some features but still stay productive with these selections.