For a small office with more diverse needs such as creating sales presentations, newsletters and other marketing materials, a good color inkjet printer is key. I chose the Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 882C color inkjet, with 6 ppm color and 8 ppm black-and-white printing. At $299, it's still very affordable, outputs at a decent 600 dpi and holds 100 sheets of paper.
To complement this setup, the Hewlett- Packard LaserJet 3100 laser printer/fax/copier offers laser-quality printing at 600 x 600 dpi for word processing and business documents. Plus, it faxes at a respectable 6 ppm and scans documents at up to 600 dpi resolution. An all-in-one solution, the LaserJet 3100 supports multiple tasks simultaneously, such as printing while receiving an incoming fax--a key feature for a busy entrepreneur.
Companies that are heavily marketing-oriented will also find a color scanner quite useful, especially for capturing images to use in Web sites, brochures and presentations. The Hewlett-Packard 6300CS color flatbed scanner handles the job nicely. Both Mac- and PC-compatible, the 6300CS 45-bit color scanner supports 600 dpi (2,400 with resolution enhancement). This flatbed scanner also comes with a great software bundle, including Adobe PhotoShop LE, Corel Photo Paint, OCR software and more.
Several other cool office technologies made their way into my shopping cart, including the Siemens Phone System Gigaset 2420. This cordless phone makes sense for companies that are expanding quickly. Plug the charger base into an outlet and it supports up to eight users; simply add another phone line and handset ($129.99 each, street). The Siemens Phone System Gigaset 2420 contains a digital answering machine that handles up to five different outgoing messages, supports caller ID and offers excellent voice quality and security because it operates at 2.4 GHz.