Crowd Control

Must-Have Presentation Tools

Make That to Go
For full-fledged presentation power on the road, it's hard to top a laptop. The 4.9-pound IBM ThinkPad T40 is available in a variety of configurations, including models built with Intel's new Centrino technology and Wi-Fi networking capability. Pricing starts at $2,249. Budget buyers who don't mind some extra weight can check out the ThinkPad R40e, which starts at $899.

ThinkPad T40
(888) SHOP-IBM
Street Price: $2,249

Pack a Punch
At 5.3 pounds, the XGA resolution Toshiba TDP-D1 weighs more than some laptops, but it packs 2,000 lumens of brightness for large meeting rooms or situations where the lights can't be dimmed much. A projector like this is a good choice for keeping on-site at your business or taking out for the occasional sales trip.

Street Price: $2,695

Now Presenting . . .
Leave that laptop behind, and just take your PocketPC or PalmOS device without sacrificing an effective presentation. The Margi Presenter-to-Go comes in the form of an expansion card slot adapter that lets you hook a PDA up to a projector or display. It features PowerPoint integration and also works with Microsoft Office programs. Even better, Presenter-to-Go comes with an infrared remote. The whole bundle weighs just 0.75 pounds, so you won't have to sweat it.

(510) 657-4435
Street Price: $199

What a Lightweight!
It's all in the presentation. When you or your salesperson is out on the road, make sure to take along a top-notch but lightweight projector like the 2.2-pound ViewSonic PJ250. Its 1,000 lumens of brightness and XGA resolution will handle most meetings just fine.

(800) 888-8583
Street Price: $2,200

Apple of Your Eye?
Apple's Keynote 1.1 presentation software, compatible with PowerPoint files, came out earlier this year to compete with Microsoft's famous product. Mac-toting entrepreneurs will be interested in this alternative. Designed to handle intense graphics, its preset templates make your presentations look professional, with less hassle.

Keynote 1.1
(800) MY-APPLE
Street Price: $99

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This article was originally published in the August 2003 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Crowd Control.

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