Best work gadgets: The ultimate business tech
15th Jun 2012 | 11:10
The BlackBerry Bold 9900 continues the lineage of RIM’s most popular handset and this time brings a hi-res touchscreen alongside the classic full QWERTY keyboard layout. BB7 OS is a major upgrade over the old Blackberry OS, and makes the Bold 9900 more functional than ever, ensuring that it remains the jewel in RIM’s crown.
The quad-core era has officially been ushered in by the five-star rated Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, and thanks to Nvidia's Tegra 3 GPU, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Asus' monster tablet packs a mighty punch. No battery issues here either, as the Prime's keyboard dock extends the battery life by 8 hours, beyond the impressive 12-hours the device can already achieve.
The HTC One X represents a triumphant return to form for the Android pioneer following an underwhelming 2011. The quad-core Tegra 3 processor provides the grunt, but this handset has looks as well as power. The 4.7-inch display, with a 312ppi resolution, is one of the best on the market, as is the 8-megapixel/1080p camera. Add built-in Beats Audio tech, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to that list, and it's pretty clear that the One X will take some beating.
Initially regarded as little more than an update, the Apple iPhone 4S has turned out to be more than the sum of it's parts. Yes, the dual-core A5 processor is a little dated now, but the 8MP/1080p camera is still one of the best on any smartphone. Along with the fun Siri personal assistant, and with the brilliance of iOS5 pulling everything together, the iPhone 4S is still an incredible piece of tech.
The Android-powered Sony SmartWatch puts an end to constantly fishing into your pocket for your phone, and lets you see all of your vital notifications on the 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen. You can manage calls, read text messages, emails, Facebook posts and tweets, and thanks to the increasing number of apps, you can even use the SmartWatch to listen to music, and as a fitness assistant.
The Epson PX830FWD is a highly affordable, and rather smart looking device that will scan, photocopy, print and fax any document you throw at it. Everything is handled through the large colour touch-screen at the front, but with Wi-Fi also chucked into the bargain, you can print from your smartphone or tablet as well if you wish.
The Gyration Air Mouse transforms the humble pointer into a remote control that you can wave around in the air, rather than roll across the table. The Air Mouse turns your natural wrist movements into functions, letting you highlight text, flick between screens, zoom in and out as well as easily browsing the web and controlling media content.
Th MX Mouse is definitely a luxury purchase, but if you're after the best mouse that money can buy, you've found it. It features a Darkfield sensor - a huge upgrade over the old ball or laser mice. The technology allows you to mouse on any surface, including glass, cloth or even a pair of jeans.