Business Products of the year: It’s the time of year when I start looking back at which business products met my needs, pushed the tech industry forward, and impressed me some new innovations. This is a wide assortment of gear, the ones that resonated with me the most and proved memorable enough that they deserve some extra attention. Do you agree? Disagree? Post in comments.
1.Business Products of the year: Apple ipad Pro:
Not everyone loved this massive 12.9-inch tablet.
But it nailed two important use cases for me.
One is that it is the first tablet that makes a magazine pop so vividly that the printed version now seems quaint.
Because the screen is so big, bright, and clear, you can read without having to constantly zoom in and out.
Also, the Apple Pencil is a note-takers dream.
It’s the first time a tablet and stylus have worked for me perfectly in meetings.
It’s designed for business and that’s (ahem) noteworthy enough.
2.Business Products of the year: Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Say what you will about Microsoft’s foray into the smartphone market.
That’s a big mind bleach on the Kin and those terrible Nokia models.
But this flagship phone is a major step forward.
It has a 20-megapixel camera, a 5.7-inch high-def screen, and runs the brand new Windows 10 for mobile operating system.
But forget all of that. The 950 XL connects to the Microsoft Display Dock so you can use it as a desktop computer with Word, the Edge browser, and apps.
3. Business Products of the year:Steelcase Brody WorkLounge:
Hello serious productivity, right?
This new take on the cubicle insulates you from all distractions.
I used one recently and found it to be one of the coolest office innovations in some time.
Mostly because everyone in an office left me to work.
You use an “active” lean-back posture that’s a paradigm shift for typing and browsing all day, minus the stiff neck.
back posture that’s a paradigm shift for typing and browsing all day, minus the stiff neck.
4. Business Products of the year:Dell Venue 8 7000:
The Apple iPad Mini had to take a backseat after this new Dell tablet debuted.
I tested one at CES 2018 and then spent a week using it in my daily routine.
What impressed me the most is that it is super-thin and light, yet–running on the Android OS–had plenty of power.
Plus, you can sync the screen wirelessly to an HD monitor across the room for a presentation.
5. Business Products of the year:Microsoft Surface Book:
The Surface Book is a unique laptop that doubles as a tablet, but it’s the design that caught my eye the most.
There are two laptop hinges that glide easily so you can adjust the screen.
Or, you can remove the tablet entirely and place it facing the other way around for a meeting or presentation.
I used to wonder if there would ever be enough touch apps for Windows.
But I’ve had success just using Web apps like Google Docs and a new version of Skype.
6.Business Products of the year: HP Color LaserJet Pro M452DW
I come from the world of graphic design originally, where I managed a department of designers and writers.
I can remember when a laser printer costs $5,000 easily.
This new model from HP costs just cost less price.
Buts print in vivid color, connects quickly over Wi-Fi .
Using a simple numeric code you type in after finding the printer on your network.
And generates 28 pages in a minute.
7. Asus OnHub
I started my entire writing career covering routers. (Hey, it paid the bills.)
So, I always take note of a new innovation in that segment.
The Asus OnHub is designed more for home use, but it’s a sign of things to come.
With a wave of your hand, you can direct the router to prioritize the current connection–say, the stream you are doing to a laptop in a conference room.
The router also adapts and learns from the connections you normally use to make them smoother.
Videoconferencing is all about a quality connection–in more ways than one. When the video is smooth and clear, the audio is crisp enough to make out who is talking, and it’s easy to direct the camera angle, you can connect with a group. The ConferenceCam makes this easier. I liked how you can quickly move the cylinder-shaped device toward the speaker.
9. Business Products of the year:Apple iMac 21.5 Retina
It’s not that Apple “quietly” released this new iMac with a 4K display (four times the resolution of an HD display).
It’s just that the iPad Pro and iPhone 6s made a big splash.
Yet, it’s arguably a bigger deal for business users, now that IBM has announced they rolled out the Mac this year and saved #270 per unit and that only 5% of the users needed tech support.
Apple also created a new business site and, with the iMac, quite possibly have the perfect startup accessory.
10. Business Products of the year:Samsung Gear VR (#3500)
A brilliant upgrade to the original model.
This headset now uses Oculus technology for a more convincing, downright teleportive experience.
I’m keen on this device making a splash in business as a way to attend a conference, speaker, seminar, training session.
Or any other event without having to actually buy a plane ticket.
It’s not just for playing games.
11. Business Products of the year:Canon media:
Quality and print performance matters.
Canon media and consumables offer guaranteed quality and compatibility.
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