TECHNOLOGY AND CONSTRUCTION - YEAR END REVIEW - 2002
Every company doing business in this world can benefit from technology.
Manufacturers can use computers during the design, build, service and
support phases for thier products. Contractors and Erectors can use
computers, digital cameras and wireless products to help with bidding,
job costing, accounting, quality control, jobsite communication, etc.
The opportunities for technology to help your business are nearly
After working with hundreds of products last year, there were a few from
each category that really stand out. This article will help your company
decide what products can help your business the most. The top picks
from each category have been decided upon based on a combination of
product features, quality and value.
BEST MOUSE - Logitech MX300 Optical Mouse
The MX300 mouse is a fairly low cost mouse that gives you everything you
need - plus it includes the latest technology in optical sensors and
image processing power. If you are still using an old mouse with a
roller ball - you don't know what you are missing! Not only will you
never have to clean your mouse again, but you can toss that dirty mouse
pad in the garbage as well.
MSRP $29 - MetalBuilding.biz $27
BEST KEYBOARD - Logitech Elite
This new keyboard provides the expert controls to optimize what you do
when you want to do it. The enhanced function key commands bring new
efficiency to the things you do. They allow you to instantly access your
email, instant messenger, favorite files, pictures, music, and websites
- plus, you can quickly navigate around the web, applications, media
files, and documents. It evens connects via USB or PS/2 ports.
MSRP $39 - MetalBuilding.biz $35
BEST INKJET PRINTER - HP DeskJet 6122
Print laser-quality black text plus professional color photos at up to
4800 x 1200 optimized dpi color printing on premium photo papers and
1200 x 1200-input dpi. With quick print speeds - up to 20 pages per
minute in black and up to 13 ppm in color - your high-volume printing
will be incredibly efficient! Save time and money with smart features
like automatic two-sided printing, automatic paper sensor and an
optional second input paper tray.
MSRP $199 - MetalBuilding.biz $195
BEST LASER PRINTER - HP LaserJet 1200
The HP LaserJet 1200 Series allows you to print, capture, and manage
high-quality documents at your own desk - providing privacy and
convenience for both PC and Mac environments. At a true 15ppm with a 10
second start-up time, this printer is the fastest in its class. Includes
standard printer port and USB 2.0 connections.
MSRP $399 - MetalBuilding.biz $389
BEST WORKGROUP PRINTER - Minolta Magicolor 2300DL
The Magicolor 2300 DL is a value-packed color laser printer that's small
but energized. Harbored in its compact design is a hefty combination of
speed, networking, and fantastic print quality. With 2400dpi resolution,
speedy 16ppm black and white output, and a reasonable 4ppm for full
color output, and entire office can utilize this printer for all of its
standard 8.5" x 11" and legal 8.5" x 14" prints.
MSRP $799 - MetalBuilding.biz $789
BEST MULTIFUNCTION PRINTER - HP OfficeJet D145
The new HP Multi-Function printers are quick, efficient, easy to use and
packed with features. If speed and versatility are what you need, the HP
Officejet D series is for you. You'll get fast all-in-one functionality
with print speeds up to 19 pages per minute in black and a 400-sheet
paper capacity mean faster printing and fewer paper refills. Plus it
adds photo-quality color for professional-looking projects. The D145 is
a color printer, color copier, color scanner and color fax machine - all
rolled into one device.
MSRP $499 - MetalBuilding.biz $479
BEST DESKTOP SCANNER - Canon 5000F
The CanoScan 5000F USB Flatbed Scanner is loaded with advanced
performance features to meet your demanding scanning needs - at a less
than demanding price. The 5000F scanner delivers spectacular 48-bit
results for over 281 trillion possible colors and up to 2400 x 4800 dpi
resolution to take your film and photo scanning to a new level. The new
USB 2.0 Hi-Speed interface enables incredible scanning speeds-up to 2.5
times faster than before. And you can preview them quickly in
approximately 7 seconds. A built-in 35mm film adapter scans 3 negative
frames or 2 mounted slides at a time.
MSRP $199 - MetalBuilding.biz $189
BEST MONITOR - Viewsonic PerfectFlat G90F
The ViewSonic G90f represents an exciting technology milestone by
incorporating a PerfectFlat screen with shadow mask technology for
edge-to-edge precise images, sharp focus and fine image clarity. This
19" (18.0" viewable) monitor features SuperClearŪ technology and an
ultra-fine 0.21mm horizontal (0.25mm diagonal) dot pitch for superior
display performance. And its PerfectFlat screen reduces light
MSRP $299 - MetalBuilding.biz $279
BEST FLATPANEL MONITOR - Viewsonic VG191 19" LCD FlatPanel
ViewSonic takes the lead in LCD display technology with the VG191. With
superior video response and super-wide viewing angles, these displays are
among the most ergonomically configurable LCD flat panels available. An
outstanding 600:1 contrast ratio and 250 nits of brightness assure
blacker blacks and richer colors. And OptiSync dual-input technology
makes these displays ready for DVI input. These new screens will help
save power, reduce desktop clutter and reduce eye fatigue.
MSRP $899 - MetalBuilding.biz $879
BEST DIGITAL CAMERA - Olympus D520 Zoom
The D520 features a 2.0 megapixel CCD, 3x optical/2.5x digital zoom,
and a host of innovative automatic features. The compact D-520 lets
you take crisp, colorful pictures at the touch of a button. Even shooting
a short movie is simple with QuickTime mode. And with USB Auto-Connect,
the D-520 will be automatically recognized by almost any USB-equipped
computer. The built-in closing lens cover is a must for construction
sites. 2.0 megapixel resolution prints 3x5, 4x6 and 8x10 photographs.
MSRP $249 - MetalBuilding.biz $239
BEST DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA - Canon ZR60
The Canon ZR60 camera is a new model digital video camera from Canon
that gives an unbelievable amount of impressive features for a very
low cost. All the benefits of digital video, Digital Photo Mode, a
2.5" Flexible Color View Screen, 18X Optical Zoom/360X Digital Zoom,
Color Night Mode, Image Stabilization, High Quality Microphone,
Built-in Analog to Digital Converter, remote control over the Internet
using Microsoft Messenger, and more! This camera is perfect for
recording jobsite video, making presentations, etc.
MSRP $599 - MetalBuilding.biz $599
BEST CELL PHONE - Nextel i58sr
The Nextel i58sr is a rugged phone designed to hold up on the job site.
Equipped with rubber grip and rubberized battery door to withstand the
toughest work environments. It includes standard speakerphone,
headphone jack, GPS enabled applications, 250 number address book,
datebook, Direct Connect, voice mail, call waiting, mobile messaging,
caller ID, call hold and more.
MSRP $249 - Nextel.com $149/w Rebate
BEST WIRELESS NETWORK - Linksys 54G
Wireless-G is the new 54Mbps wireless networking standard that is
backwards compatible with existing Wirless-B (802.11b) networking
devices found around the country. Since both standards are built in, you
can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and
migrate to the new screaming fast Wireless-G standard as your needs
The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router is really three devices in one
box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect
Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in
4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices.
Finally, the Router function ties it all together and lets your whole
network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.
MSRP $159 - MetalBuilding.biz $149
The Linksys Wireless WPC54G PCMCIA Network Adapter lets you wander your
office or job-site with a laptop computer and retain full network and
Internet access at the same time.
MSRP $79 - MetalBuilding.biz $75
BEST WORKGROUP FIREWALL - Netscreen 5XP
The NetScreen-5XP is a low cost enterprise-class solution for small
businesses. Using the same firewall, VPN, and traffic management
technology as NetScreen's highend products, the NetScreen-5XP is fully
capable of securing a small office, retail outlet, or a broadband
telecommuter. The NetScreen-5XP offers enterprise class security and
manageability at the entry level. The Netscreen-5XP provides
firewall security, Denial of Service protection, user authentication,
Virtual Private Networking (VPN), high availabilty, dynamic routing,
traffic management, PPOE/DHCP services, and graphical web based
MSRP $595 - MetalBuilding.biz $550
BEST NOTEBOOK PC - Winbook X4
The Winbook Notebook PC's have a great reputation for performance,
quality, value and service. They include Mobile Intel Pentium 4
Processor-M CPU's featuring SpeedStep, 15" XGA with 1024 x 768 resolution
Active Matrix screens, Speeds up to 2.2ghz, 2 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports,
10/100 Ethernet, v.90 56K fax/modem, Windows XP, DVD/CDRW combo drive.
Winbook.com $1299 for 1.8ghz, 256MB, 30GB
BEST PDA - Palm m505
A stylish marriage of form and function, the Palm m515 handheld is
perfect for today's tech-savvy professional. Whether you're managing
contracts or your calendar, composing email or a Word-compatible doc,
you'll get brilliant color, simplicity and sophistication in one
ultra-slim design. 65,000 colors, 16MB memory, Word/Excel/PowerPoint
support, optional wireless LAN and keyboard support, e-mail, video
playback, and e-book reading support.
MSRP $349 - Palm.com $299 After Rebate
BEST WORKSTATION - DELL DIMENSION 4550
Choosing the perfect workstation is difficult to do. Dell workstations
have proven their quality and reliabilty over time. Our recommended
system configuration is as follows: Pentium IV 2.4ghz, 512MB RAM,
30GB Hard Drive, CDRW/DVD Combo Drive, 15" Flat Panel Screen, 3 Year
Onsite Service, 10/100 Network, 56K Fax/Modem, 104 Keyboard, Mouse,
Speakers, Microsoft Windows XP Professional and Microsoft Office
Small Business Edition. (Small Business owners with only a few PC's
can also save some money using Windows XP Home)
Custom configure at Dell.com
BEST SERVER - DELL PowerEdge 1400SC
Honestly, here at MetalBuilding.com we like to build our own servers
from scratch. Rack mount cases, dual power supplies, dual CPU's, dual
network adapters, caching SCSI RAID controllers, custom software
packages, etc. But we know most companies are not about to build their
own servers. The DELL PowerEdge 1400SC is the best server for the money,
although we do not recommend picking one up with the minimum
configuration. Dual CPU's, 512MB RAM and RAID with dual 36GB Ultra160
hard drives are a must.
Custom configure at Dell.com
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