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Most Anticipated Business Tech Gadgets of 2019

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Even though it's called the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual tech convention in Las Vegas is where many business gadgets make their debut. And it's where some of the most anticipated tech of the year springs into consciousness.

Whether you're planning to make some purchases to help employees or are in the market for a device to boost productivity, here are the top picks from the show, including what makes them so compelling.

In addition to a fingerprint reader and a contactless smart card reader, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 laptop has an innovative security feature stored inside its svelte 14-inch frame. The laptop uses an infrared camera to sense when someone approaches, then uses Windows Hello facial recognition technology to unlock the device. It's called ExpressSign-In. When you step away, the laptop automatically locks. The battery is also amazing – Dell claims it lasts 24 hours. You should be able to pick out yours in March.

Small offices will appreciate the $499 Samsung SR75 4K UHD Space Monitor, which promises to offer 40 percent more usable desk area than traditional computer monitors. This 32-inch display mounts against a wall and then folds down. The clamp is integrated right onto the display. It runs at 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution. The HDMI cable for your computer can be fed through a slot in the back of the mount to keep things tidy. It is currently available for preorder.

Another laptop to think about for 2019, the upgraded HP EliteBook x360 830 G5 has a super bright screen (HP says it is the brightest of any convertible notebook). The Sure View touchscreen was rated at 1,000 nits, which matches some high-end HDR TVs. That helps with reading documents and doing research, checking email and holding video-conferencing calls. Plus, as with all HP Sure View displays, it features an integrated privacy screen that can be enabled with the press of a key, which limits viewing angles and looky-loos from spying over your shoulder. The company says this 2-in-1 will be available beginning in March.

Ideal for boardroom meetings or taking on a business trip, the $337 Viewsonic M1 projector shines at 250 lumens for brighter mobile presentations. At merely 1.5 pounds, it won't add extra weight or bulk to your laptop bag even though it sports an integrated smart stand. It's also the only mobile projector with a USB-C port, and you can pick up yours today. The company claims the battery will offer 30,000 hours of operational life.

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Business users are always on the go, which means they always need more power. Mophie redesigned its Juice Pack smartphone case to be more versatile – it still lets you charge wirelessly but provides access to the iPhone lightning port. The $119 case, available in black, gold, navy and red, should provide 31 hours of usage. It's also Qi-compatible for wireless charging. This is available now.

Asus added a notch above the laptop display for the ZenBook S13. That notch houses the HD webcam for video conference calls, and the company points out it makes a handy tab for opening the lid. The notch allows the display to run all the way to the edge, making this the slimmest display bezel of any laptop. The laptop is also surprisingly thin for a 13.9-inch model, at only 0.50 inches. Pricing and release dates have not yet been released.

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John Brandon

John Brandon is a technology expert, business advocate, and columnist. He has written over 12,000 articles in 16 years. His first articles appeared in LAPTOP magazine in 2002.