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Bytes and Bits You Can Use

Give your biz a boost with the latest tech.

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This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Start Up.

Hardware
You don't have time to coddle your laptop when you're busy being a road warrior. The Hewlett-Packard EliteBook 2530p starts at $1,549 and sports a tough exterior casing designed to hold up to your on-the-go demands. There's an option for a convenient built-in optical drive so you don't have to leave your CDs and DVDs behind when you travel. It weighs about 3.2 pounds with a 12.1-inch display, making it a smart choice for portability.

Gadget
You lust after all those handy iPhone business applications, but you're already committed to another cell phone and service provider. No problem, just pick up a second-generation Apple iPod Touch. With built-in Wi-Fi, e-mail support, Safari web browser, a speaker, maps and a calendar in a super sleek package, you'll be working in style. The real star of the show is your access to the ever-expanding iTunes App Store. The 16GB version will cost you $299.

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