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12 Tech Must-Haves

All the essentials for about $2,000 (cool chair included).

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This story appears in the June 2010 issue of Start Up.

Welcome to the golden age of small business . If the grueling Great Recession has a silver lining, it's this: Tech vendors are innovating and discounting. From furnishings to to , consumer electronics have never offered the start-up enterprise more for less. What it used to cost for a computer, printer and some software will now get the savvy entrepreneur an entire office. So if you're ready to start that business, you owe it to yourself to check out these 12 essentials, all for about two grand.

1. Humanscale Diffrient World Mesh Back Task Chair (starting at $600)
New York-based Humanscale, a high-end maker of office products, has worked hard to bring some of its best chairs within reach of small budgets. For our money--and yours, considering how much time you will spend in that command position-- the Diffrient World line (named for designer Nils Diffrient) is the right balance of ergonomics, good looks and value. At this price, it's a bargain. And your back will thank us.

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