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Smaller offices call for smaller tools. But this doesn’t mean a business needs to sacrifice quality for convenience. Take the new Panasonic multifunction fax machine. It features the usual scan-copy fare, as well as a flatbed scanner that delivers crisp 1200-dpi resolution and recognizes up to 55 languages with the included OCR-Read-Iris 5.5 Pro (full version) software. The device also collates multiple-sheet documents and can copy from either the flatbed scanner or the sheet feed. ($599.95; www.panasonic.com)

TOUCHY-FEELY
Not everyone is fond of the touchpad or pointing stick device on most laptops. Some people like the feel of a good, old-fashioned two-button mouse. The Atek Super Mini Optical Mouse is a precise pointer that is more accurate than its ball-based counterpart; and, at only 2.5 inches long and 1 inch wide, the USB and PS/2 mouse is about the size of a pack of chewing gum — and it doesn’t stick. Best of all, the mouse fits anywhere (even on your palm rest) and doesn’t require a mouse pad. The Kevlar-reinforced cord helps, too. ($49.95; www.atek.com)

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