Must-Have Tech With the Best Price & Warranties to Stay on a Budget

August 30, 2015  |  Guest Writers, Techie

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The need for moderately priced gadgets and better warranty coverage is on the rise. One-third of people have lost or damaged their smartphones, according to a mobile trends study by the online address book Plaxo, and 3.1 million Americans were victims of smartphone theft in 2013, according to Consumer Reports. While not every gadget offers a long-term warranty, there are useful and low-cost business devices that can help save you time and focus on your manufacturing business.

 

handPico pocket projector

Never be caught off-guard for a spontaneous meeting agaiasdfan. Tuck a Pico pocket projector in your jacket and connect to your laptop or smartphone to give a presentation. The projector runs $149 and up and can replace the need for expensive audio visual equipment for your next business meeting. A one-year warranty can can help repair the defected product for free or replace it outright. The relatively low cost of this handy gadget makes it easy to replace without the need to take out an expensive extended warranty.

connectivityChromebook

The durable Chromebook combines the technology and feel of a lightweight laptop with the ease of a tablet. The Chromebook weighs 2.4 pounds and works with the cloud. Users sign in with their Gmail account and use cloud-based services like Dropbox, Amazon storage, online Microsoft Word and other online programs.

The convenience of a Chromebook lies in its lightweight durability to tuck into a bag or toss in your backseat. Access documents and spreadsheets from Google Docs to share with clients and log onto email and check in with your manufacturing staff virtually. A quality Chromebook can be picked up for under $200. Depending on where you buy it, you can also pick-up an inexpensive extended warranty that will take care of damage, drops, wear and tear and even replace it if it can’t be fixed.

htc-one-m9-global-sketchfab-gunmetalHTC One M9

Pick-up the HTC One M9 T-Mobile smartphone with an all-metal body and a 20 mp camera. Take photos of your equipment, products and manufacturing specs to show to clients and partners with the phone’s sapphire glass lens cover. It also comes with 20 hours of talk time for when you’re in the field calling the office or taking a conference call.

Smartphone warranties are notoriously expensive and often don’t cover drops and spills. Not all smartphone companies even offer them outside of system failures and issues that are their fault. The HTC One M9 from T-Mobile offers “Uh Oh” protection for free. If your screen cracks or you spill water on it, receive a new one free if it happens within the first 12 months of ownership.

product-1Brinno TimeLapse Construction Camera

Designed for the construction industry, the Brinno TimeLapse Construction Camera can also help capture your manufacturing process to show prospective clients. The camera can work for long-term observation of up to two months and condensed into a few minutes of video. It’s also weather-resistant and durable, so you can set it up and forget about it until you’re ready to review your footage. Brinno offers a year warranty for repairs on specific issues including faulty parts. But they also give an option for non-warranty repair with a flat rate estimate to help stay on budget.

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