8 must-have hi-tech office accessories

Here's a great guest article from Gavin Harvey that reviews eight tech gadgets that are really useful accessories for business, and around the office.

Utilising the right kinds of technology and in the right way is a fundamental part of getting most start-ups off the ground.

While hard work and pure dedication may see you through for a time, the choices you make regarding the ways in which your company interacts with technology will eventually come to define your fortunes in a much broader way.

This relationship with technology radiates through every aspect of your operation; from the way you sell your products, communicate with clients and fellow employees and even how you organise your time.

And if you have a bit of capital to throw around you can purchase some great accessories that will help you make some great efficiency gains as well as feeling like a bang up-to-date technological wizard.

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To give you an idea of the vast range of tools that are available to you I have compiled a list of some of the accessories that are causing the most salivation among the business community.

1. UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)

Unexpectedly losing power or suffering a surge can be disastrous for anyone that relies on storing important information on computers and servers.

If you get caught before you have had time to back up your data you can suffer a pretty serious setback.

Devices like the CyberPower UPS (uninterruptible power supply) not only offers protection from power surges but will store enough energy to keep a number of computers running for a set period of time should you lose power suddenly.

2. Smartpen

The humble pen gets a weighty upgrade here. This Smartpen allows you to record and store up to 8GB of data (i.e. audio) and share it to your computer, iPhone or iPad using a USB port.

It even comes with an OLED display. Meetings will never be the same again.

3. SpinPad

If you have become one of the many people who seems to spend most of their day trying to show people things on your iPad without dropping it, then this is definitely for you.

The SpinPad acts as a kind of harness that essentially attaches the iPad to one of your hands, leaving the other free to operate the touchscreen. It also doubles as a handy stand.

4. Mobile Projector

This miniature projector is small enough to fit snugly alongside your laptop inside your laptop bag (or pocket for that matter), but still has enough power to project your PowerPoint presentations proudly across any flat surface.

This mini projector allows you to turn any room into an up-to-date meeting room with just a laptop and the ability to dim the lights.

5. Phone Adapter

The benefits of VoIP services like Google voice to modern businesses are well known, from the potential reduction in communication costs to the combination of text chat and phone services in one package.

But for people who still rely on making a lot of outbound calls, the savings that GV can offer for internal office communications will continue to be more than offset by the cost of their phone bills.

This phone adapter solves that problem by allowing regular desk phones to connect to GV using an Ethernet cable and an internet connection.

6. External Hard Drive

As more and more companies come to rely on secure digital data storage solutions to house the key data that is essential to their daily operations, devices like the Seagate are likely to become more and more prevalent.

Up to 4TB of data ensures that you'll never run out of storage, and what's really great about this drive is that it is completely configurable by Windows - meaning you don't have to worry about setting it up and complex configuration.

7. Multi USB

If you are still unsure (and justifiably so) about just how secure your data is going to be on the cloud, but you still want to be able to collaborate remotely with other members of your team, this little gadget might be just the thing you are looking for.

This USB can be used plug-n-play style with individual power switches and convenient LED lights.

Supports transfer speeds of up to 5GB/s over USB 3, which is not sluggish.

8. HoverBar for iPad

This one is pretty simple really. As the name implies this accessory is a bar that attaches to your desktop monitor and allows your iPad to hang handily next to your monitor screen, allowing you to use it as a second (or even third) screen.

These eight accessories are all perfect examples of the way that relatively cheap purchases can make daily operations run more smoothly, more efficiently and even in some cases at a lower cost than it would have done.

Can you share any other great accessories that companies are dying to get their hands on?

Gavin Harvey is a freelance gym instructor who loves to find out about the latest technology and how computer systems work. He writes for GKBC and ID Pro.

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