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Advances in technology have revolutionized the way modern companies conduct business, allowing them to be more effective, agile, and efficient in their day-to-day operations. Best of all, it isn’t just tech companies that are benefiting from these advances; no matter what industry you’re in, leveraging the benefits of modern technology can prove to be a huge boost to your business. With that in mind, here are the top nine most useful tech gadgets for businesses in 2017.

3D Printers
3D printers are relatively new to the commercial market, and already there are plenty of great, highly-functional models at affordable price points. These devices allow you to create anything you can dream up out of ABS plastic using either patterns that you can download or patterns that you design yourself in a CAD program. Whether you are printing products to sell or printing parts and devices to use in your in your business, 3D printers such as the MakerBot Replicator 2X and the Matter MOD-t present a wealth of new opportunities.

Disaster-Proof Data Storage
If you choose to store your business’s data on-site rather than on the cloud, natural disasters are a real concern. A fire or a flood could wipe out your hardware, causing you to lose all of your valuable data. Disaster proof storage devices such as the IoSafe 1513 NAS RAID will keep your data safe and secure come what may. This device is able to continue operating even if it is exposed to temperatures in excess of 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit or flood waters in excess of ten feet. If protecting your on-site data against natural disasters is a priority, then this device is an excellent purchase.

Smart Wallets
Running one or more businesses often means that you have multiple credit and debit cards to keep up with, each with their own specific function. This can become a hassle, though, and the more cards you have the higher the risk of losing one or having one stolen. Enter smart wallets such as the Wocket Smart Wallet which allow you to program all of your cards into a single electronic card. You can then choose which card you want to use on the smart wallet’s screen, offering a lot of convenience to business owners who don’t want to carry around a wallet stuffed full of cards.

Pocket Printers
Sometimes, you may need the ability to print off documents when you’re traveling or away from the office. However, packing a full-sized printer in your luggage is a hassle. Pocket printers, however, allow you to print off documents from your laptop or smartphone using a device small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. These ingenious devices such as the ZutaLabs Pocket Printer move across the paper to print a document and are powered via a battery that gives you an hour or more of printing before it runs out.

Charging Laptop Bags
Charging laptop bags such as the Phorce Freedom Laptop Bag allow you to charge your laptop while you are on the go. If you’re going to be away from an electrical outlet for a long period of time, these laptop bags are a great way to ensure your laptop still has plenty of juice when you arrive at your destination.

Thumbdrive Computers
Thumbdrive computers such as the Intel Compute Stick allow you to turn any television or display with an HDMI port into a highly functional computer. Simply plug the device into the HDMI port and then boot up either into Windows or Linux. This makes thumbdrive computers great for presentation rooms with large displays, business trips where you don’t want to pack a laptop and an HDMI cable, and more.

Videoconferencing Robots
Once a sci-fi cliche, videoconferencing robots such as the iRobot Ava 500 are now starting to appear in more and more businesses. As technology makes conducting business remotely increasingly efficient, the popularity of videoconferencing has increased dramatically, and videoconferencing robots are an excellent way to easily communicate with business partners and members of your team who are located anywhere in the world.

Short-Throw Projectors
Most projectors are bulky and require you to set them up a good distance from the surface you are projecting on. Not short-throw projectors, though, which are highly portable and function perfectly even if they are set up just a few feet from where you are projecting to. Models such as the Acer H7550ST Short Throw Projector are perfect for smaller conference rooms and are capable of projecting an image as large as 25 feet across. As an added bonus, you can plug in a Google Chromecast USB into the Acer H7550ST in order to control the slides
using your phone.

Stackable Components
The Lenovo ThinkPad Stack is an innovative product that allows you to mix and match components such as a speaker, a charging port, 1TB of storage, and a WiFi access point. All of these components stack together into a single device with a single power source, and they can be taken off or put on with ease. It’s great for when you need multiple, customizable functions out of a single device.

Modern technology has a lot to offer businesses these days, and the devices listed above are just a few of the more innovative pieces of business tech to come out in recent years. Best of all, most all of these devices are highly affordable and easily justifiable for businesses of all sizes.

If you would like to learn more about we can help you leverage both advances in hardware and software to revolutionize the way you do business, we invite you to contact us today.