From the May 2007 issue of Startups

Hot in Pursuit: You don't have to break the bank to get some of the recent technology innovations all neatly packaged in a portable notebook computer. The Systemax Pursuit 4155 Series Notebook features a 1.6GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor to help you eke out the most performance and power savings on the go. The 15.4-inch screen gives you plenty of room for viewing various multimedia or working with multiple applications open. The integrated 1.3 mega-pixel camera is a fun bonus. Rounding out the specs are Wi-Fi, 1GB RAM, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive and an 80GB hard drive. Although 6.28 pounds is a respectable weight for a notebook of this size, one of its most attractive features is definitely its $1000 price tag.

3-2-1 Contact: Your most valuable business resources are your customers. You need a straightforward way to keep track of these valuable contacts, organize your information and stay on top of your client communications. Perennial contact management software favorite ACT! by Sage is now in its 2007 version for $230. ACT! features direct integration with Microsoft Outlook, advanced keyword search, upgraded security capabilities, calendar and task lists, and customer communication tracking. The basic version of ACT! is designed for individuals and small teams and can handle the needs of most startups. You can always upgrade to a premium version as your company grows.

En Route: GPS devices are some of the most sought-after tech gadgets, but the prices can be discouraging to business owners on a tight budget. At $350, the Magellan RoadMate 2000 is a cost-effective, entry-level GPS system. It comes with a touchscreen, detour rerouting capabilities, multi-destination routing, turn-by-turn voice guidance, 3-D bird's-eye view, 1.3 million preprogrammed points of interest and up to three hours of battery use. At just under 8 ounces, it's small enough to carry with you or move between vehicles. The RoadMate 2000 comes with maps of the lower 48 states already installed. For entrepreneurs who spend a lot of time in their car, a GPS system is a valuable tech accessory.