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[Singapore] SMB Tech This Week

Toshiba Portégé Z10t (S$1,999)

Jumping on the transformable mobile computing device bandwagon is Japanese consumer electronics brand Toshiba with the Portégé Z10t (above), an ultrabook and touch-enabled tablet hybrid that runs on Windows 8 Pro. With just one click, the screen of the ultrabook can be removed and turns the gadget into a tablet, offering full flexibility for especially those who can’t exactly decide on how they want their computing experience.It even comes with a digital pen for drawing sketches on the tablet screen, accurately tap on a specific area to replace the cursor or navigate more precisely through menus. The inbuilt handwriting recognition feature even turns randomly made on-screen notes into editable digital documents.

It’s jaw-droppingly pricey at S$1,999 (far more than the near equivalent Microsoft Surface Pro), but mobile warriors – here we’re thinking professionals such as real estate agents and financial planners who are constantly on-the-go (and loaded to boot) and want their computing device to suit almost any situation – are unlikely to balk at the price tag.

Dell PowerEdge VRTX (from US$10,000)

Unlike the Toshiba Portégé Z10t, the Dell PowerEdge VRTX is definitely something you don’t want to try carrying. The PowerEdge VRTX is essentially a private cloud-in-a-box IT solution designed specifically for remote and small office environments, yet packs enterprise-class capabilities in a desk-side, space saving design (it may still give you hernia if you tried carrying it for any amount of time). You can fit servers, storage, networking and management products into a single compact chassis, leverage on Dell OpenManage Essentials for PowerEdge VRTX‘s comprehensive, remote, agent-free systems management capabilities with a new geographical view of distributed IT assets that can help save time and reduce potential for error.

Sure, not many small non-technology businesses need such a solution (and those who do may prefer to outsource to providers such as Amazon AWS), but it’s still a neat solution for small growing businesses that prefer to keep their infrastructure and data in-house and secure. The Dell PowerEdge VRTX is available worldwide via channel partners with starting configurations priced from USD 10,000.

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Daniel Goh is the founder and chief editor of Young | Upstarts, as well as an F&B entrepreneur. Daniel has a background in public relations, and is interested in issues in entrepreneurship, small business, marketing, public relations and the online space. He can be reached at daniel [at] youngupstarts [dot] com.

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