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The mobile accessory

01 Jun 10

The modern-day search for mobility has led to an almost obsessive focus on miniaturisation; binary life on the go is not all to do with the smallest chip you can fry. Just because your office can be everywhere doesn’t mean you have to put up with hardware discomfort or unnecessary miniaturisation. Modern computing hardware is so adaptable it can go anywhere your customer’s business takes them.
Of course, new technology plays a huge role when it comes to designing and making products that suit a business lifestyle that is satisfactorily mobile. Mobility is a key trend in mice and keyboards, for example. This is evident in advanced tracking technology that enables end users to use their mouse anywhere, even in places where optical or laser mice simply cannot go.

With these advances, your customers are immediately freed from the hassle of carrying a mouse pad because the new technology combines the power of optical mice with the precision of laser. The result is the ability to use the new mice on virtually any surface – from a granite countertop to the living-room carpet.
The technology can even incorporate wireless mice that have very small transceivers to make them even more portable, but modern designs are also ergonomically comfortable.
The home office is continuously changing; we use our laptops all over the house and as a result portability has become essential. In response to this trend we are seeing a move away from the common keyboard to smaller keyboards that can be used easily everywhere.
The thing about mobility is customers are always looking for hardware that goes everywhere with them.  And of course, while they are away, they need to ensure everything is going well wherever they came from. But that’s a snip nowadays.
Portable webcams have come a long way. They easily attach to desktop PCs and laptop computers, and the video quality is exceptional. When you’re away, webcams are so much better for staying in touch with friends,  family and colleagues.
Recommend a webcam that integrates seamlessly with software for mobile devices, so your customer can quickly find and communicate with their work colleagues. It makes communication easier and more accessible, and usually includes real-time presence information, single-number reach support and modern instant messaging capability.
A Bluetooth number pad is another great addition if your customers are working on a notebook or netbook. These can be found in ultra-thin models and because the Bluetooth capability means it is wireless, you will free up another USB port for your customers.
Office equipment suppliers are acutely aware of the challenges facing executives on the move, and huge resources are being committed to engineering, industrial design and user testing to make life easier for people on the road.