Highs and Lows

You don't need to spend a fortune on office equipment.or do you? From cheap to posh, here are our picks for the tools you need.

You know there's more than one way to scan a cat. You can do the job with an expensive scanner . . . or a cheap one. Which to buy? It depends on what you're doing. If you need to make photo-quality reprints, you want to buy high. If you just need to add Fluffy the Office Cat to the company Web site, go low. We looked at high- and low-cost examples of desktops, laptops, Palm PCs, printers, scanners, ergonomic chairs and digital cameras. It's OK to go all out on the equipment you really need if you take it easy on the supplies that are less-than-crucial for your business. A few hundred dollars saved on a Palm PC plus a few hundred saved on a printer can add up to get you a lot more laptop.

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This article was originally published in the June 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Highs and Lows.

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