Windows 8 Devices: Top Systems for SMBs
Acer Iconia W510-1422
The Acer Iconia W510-1422 is a strong Windows 8 tablet for work. Using it in conventional tablet mode, customers can navigate Websites, games and more on the 10.1-inch touch-screen. Customers can use it in productivity mode by connecting the keyboard dock to the tablet and to get a longer battery life of up to 18 hours. In viewing mode, the dock is rotated backward 295 degrees and used as a stand. The premier model comes standard with the keyboard for $749.99. Additional models start at $549.99.
Microsoft is looking at small and midsized businesses (SMBs) as prime targets for Windows 8. According to Microsoft officials, when it comes to helping employees be productive, few investments have more potential this year than a new PC with Windows 8 Pro. In addition to the new fast and fluid user interface, Windows 8 brings together the sites, people, apps and information that users care about most, right from their personalized Start screen, the officials said. It makes it easy to multitask and switch between screens, and it provides a wide variety of new hardware to make for a compelling and highly personalized computing experience. Plus, hardware released for the new operating system is screaming fast, the company said. However, this year there's another bonus that could sweeten the deal: According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, companies in the United States may be able to take advantage of enhancements to the IRS Section 179 deduction on capital expenditures, which can allow them to fully deduct the cost of equipment such as computers and certain business software. Sometimes success ultimately comes down to technology that "just works," Microsoft officials said. For the end of 2012, here's a look at some new technology and hardware that might just be the best investment to help SMBs start the new year off strong.