08 Jun 9 Best Startup Office Technology
While design and style play a role in the technology you choose for your startup office, practicality and usefulness are also requirements high on your list of “must haves”. A piece of technology is only as good as it performs, but when it also has killer looks then it’s a win-win. As technology expands, entrepreneurs have more than just computers and apps to choose from, like 3-D printers and drones in their Houston office space . There are certain pockets of rising neighborhoods like the Energy Corridor in Houston that are prime for office startups. Yet, ultimately, it has to serve a business purpose in your startup office space and do it well. Here are our picks for top 9 best pieces of technology that not only do the job, but also make you feel like a design genius in your startup office.
1. The MacBook Pro with Retina Display
MacBook’s are a designer’s dream in looks, but can they get the job done? It’s not a complete lightweight, neither in weight or in features. It weighs 3 pounds, which makes it still in the “portable” range. However, the 13-inch model has features like a higher resolution screen than the MacBook Air. It also has a Force Touch track pad. It has a ton of connection options, two Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI port. You can get the Core i5 processor with 8 GB or RAM or 16 GB or RAM, depending on how much video and image editing you want to do.
2. Lenovo Yoga or ThinkPad
With a ton of high-end laptops and tablets out there, it can be hard to choose between them. Lenovo offers a variety of high-end laptops and tablets that can be both innovative and work horses. The Yoga Tab 3 Pro is a tablet that can be converted into a projector, for those last minute business presentations away from your Houston executive suite . However, if you just want a work horse that can stand up to frequent business travel, with a magnesium alloy body, the ThinkPad T450s is the laptop of choice. It comes with 1080p screen and a backlit keyboard. It has a 512GB drive and 12GB RAM that can run even the most complex business applications that require tons of memory.
3. Dell UltraSharp U215H
Even with a laptop and projector tablet, it’s still important to have an extra screen for viewing comfort. It should be at least 27 inches in size. The Dell UltraSharp U215H fits this requirement and has a screen display that lets you put two windows on it side by side without cramping or distorting the image. It comes with 5 USB ports and swivels any way you need it to make it comfortable for those long nights working over-time.
4. Bluetooth for Your Startup Office Space
What’s the point of WiFi if you aren’t using it for peripherals? No one likes having tons of wires in the office and Bluetooth can get rid of the mess and clutter. Use Logitech Bluetooth devices, like the MX Master wireless mouse and the Easy Switch keyboard. Go cordless to not only get that minimal design look, but increases your range of motion too.
5. Advanced Printers
We’re not just talking all-in-one printers, like the HP OfficeJet Pro 8620, but also 3-D printers. All-in-one printers can get you multiple functions, but 3-D printers can be revolutionary for some startups. In a marriage of design style and printing excellence, a 3-D printer can change the way you do business. They also open the doors to creativity unlike a regular printer that can only copy an image, not allow you to create a 3-D version of a conceptual idea. A 3-D printer can create manufacturing prototypes as easily as it can build a custom body part, like a missing ear, for a plastic surgeon.
6. Traveling Scanners and Printers
The worst part of business travel is not being able to have the same office tools you have on the road as when you are in your office. However, by planning ahead, a business person can get a portable scanner that doesn’t take that much room in their luggage. A portable scanner like the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i will let you scan those important documents when you are on the road. However, don’t stop there. There are plenty of portable Bluetooth printers, some that use inkless technology, to make it easier to take your Houston office space on the road to Singapore or parts unknown. Find out everything you need to know about the basics of portable printing here.
7. Virtual Meeting Tech and Apps
Skype for Business can help you get your posse together no matter where you all are in the world. However, it won’t work without the right tech. You need a decent web camera to pull off the best online meetings. The HD Pro Web Cam C920 can be mounted on top of your laptop or put atop a tripod, for a really professional approach. It works well with Skype, Google Hangouts, and Zoom.
8. Invoicing and Time Management Software
Quickbooks is the office standard for invoicing and accounting, however, it can take some basic training to get the hang of it. The easiest software to try for freelancers or one-man shops is either Harvest or Freshbooks. However, if you do decide to use Quickbooks, you can also add an app to track inventory using bar codes that integrates into your accounting software.
9. The Future of Business Technology
What about drones and driver-less cars? Drones are now being employed by some real estate agents to get 360 views of a property and no doubt even more creative applications will be discovered in time. Amazon.com is planning on using drones to deliver its packages, as detailed in a Time online article. At issue with any new technology is potential new regulations to oversee commercial applications of new technology, like drones and driverless cars. Until that is ironed out, it’s anyone’s guess whether it can be deployed in a profitable manner or not in a startup office. Like any new business venture, however, it will be the innovators that get there early that reap the highest rewards.