We’re getting close to the end of financial year (EOFY), so there’s no better time than right now to stock up on the latest tech for your small business, whether you work from home or have a classic office setup. Spend your company’s remaining equipment budget before 30 June, then you may be able to claim your purchases as a business expense and reduce your tax bill.
Tech for Working From Home
Our working conditions have changed significantly in the past two years, with more people, especially small business owners, working from home or remotely.
This HP laptop, the 14-inch 14s-dq4000TU Notebook, allows you to work wherever you want thanks to its thin, portable design, Windows 11 operating system, 8GB RAM and long-lasting battery.
For even more flexibility, the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is both a tablet and, when you add a keyboard, a laptop. The capable performance of the Surface Pro lets you handle day-to-day tasks almost anywhere you choose to work.
If it’s more power you’re after to handle those intense applications, the Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i, with the faster Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and Windows 11, can handle it.
What To Try
- HP 14" 14s-dq4000TU Notebook Core i5/8GB/256GB Win11
- Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13” Core i5/8GB/256GB Win11
- Microsoft Surface Pro Signature Keyboard + Slim Pen 2 Black
- Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5i 14 Core i7 16GB/512GB Win11
A Powerful Home Office Setup
Working from home has become a real and permanent option for many people, so it’s important to have a proper home office setup, including a desktop computer like the Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3i Core i3 8GB/512GB (AIO stands for all-in-one). It has a full high-definition 23.8-inch display with a super-thin bezel, as well as a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Another option is the powerful Lenovo IdeaCentre 3 Desktop mini tower, with its 128GB SSD (solid state drive) and a 1TB hard drive for added storage. The onboard AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor offers enhanced performance, while the Radeon Vega 8 graphics processor makes your videos and games even smoother.
If you choose the Lenovo IdeaCentre option, you’ll also need a monitor like the Samsung 27-inch FHD Monitor, which has a 75Hz refresh rate for clarity. You can also pair the Lenovo desktop with a Lenovo 23.8 inch FHD Ultra-Slim Monitor, which has a minimalist look and is VESA compatible, so you can put the display on a monitor arm or the wall.
What To Try
- Lenovo IdeaCentre AIO 3i Core i3 8GB/512GB
- Lenovo IdeaCentre 3 Desktop Ryzen 5 16GB/128GB+1TB Win11
- Samsung 27" FHD Monitor LF27T350FHEXXY-OW
- Lenovo 23.8" FHD IPS Ultra Slim Monitor L24i-30
Office Ergonomics and More
We spend a lot of time in front of our computers, so you want to be as comfortable as possible. The Logitech MX Anywhere 3 wireless mouse is ergonomically designed and can be used with a laptop or desktop computer. It connects using Bluetooth, and the scrolling wheel lets you easily navigate documents and websites.
And opt for a touch of class by adding a Logitech wireless keyboard to a desktop computer. The keyboard’s design is sleek and its keys are stabilised, responsive and silent.
We’re doing a lot more video calling to talk to clients these days, and you can up your game with the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. Your video calls will look better than ever thanks to its full high-definition resolution, and sound better due to two built-in microphones for natural stereo with automatic noise reduction.
What To Try
- Logitech MX Anywhere 3 Graphite
- Logitech MX Keys Wireless Keyboard Black
- Logitech HD Pro Webcam Black C920
Working from Anywhere? Take a Tablet
A tablet is a nice halfway product between a smartphone and a laptop that lets you stay productive (or entertained) while on the go, which is important for small business owners who run all aspects of their outfit. The new Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 4G 64GB has a 10.5-inch TFT LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 that’s great for video calls, and runs the Android 11 operating system. Its 4GB RAM opens up multitasking capabilities, and with up to 10 hours of battery you can enjoy working – or streaming – unplugged. Team it with an Optus Bundle Bonus for a great data deal.
A more affordable alternative is the Lenovo Tab M10 tablet. It still affords a 10.3-inch screen with the same resolution display as the Samsung and offers Google Assistant for voice commands.
What To Try
Upgrade Your Office Software
It’s not just computer hardware you could consider at EOFY. Software is just as important for your business, especially something as useful as Microsoft 365. The download includes 12 months of access to the suite of applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, on up to five devices. Alternatively, if it’s just you who needs access, the Microsoft Office 2021 Home & Business Software Download is a one-off purchase for a perpetual licence that can be installed on a single PC or Mac.
Online security should be front of mind for a small business and Norton 360 Premium has you covered. On top of internet security, Norton 360 offers a password manager, cloud storage and a VPN (virtual private network) for safe internet access on public WiFi.
What To Try
- Microsoft Office 365 2021 Business Software Download
- Microsoft Office 2021 Home & Business Software Download
- Norton 360 Premium 1 Device 1 Year Card
How to Get High-Speed Internet
Staying connected at high speed is a must for every small business, especially if it’s one that’s run from home. The Netgear Nighthawk Tri-Band AX12 WiFi 6 router offers wireless speeds of up to 10.8 Gbps (gigabits per second) to easily handle downloading and uploading files, making smooth video calls and streaming 4K video. And it offers WiFi 6, for faster and stronger performance with compatible devices.
If you have trouble accessing the internet in certain areas of your home or office, the Netgear Orbi AX6000 Mesh WiFi 6 System has a main router and two satellites that can be placed around the premises to create an even wider and more consistent wireless network.
If your business is growing, check out a wireless ceiling mount access point from TP-Link that can provide ultrafast WiFi 6 speeds in busy areas for up to 100 devices.
What To Try
- Netgear Nighthawk Tri-Band AX12 WiFi 6 Router
- Netgear Orbi AX6000 Mesh WiFi 6 System 3 Pack
- TP-Link EAP620HD AX1800 Wireless Ceiling Mount Access Point
Stay Connected With the Latest Smartphones
Buying a quality smartphone is an important asset when running a small business – they can be as important as your computer – and EOFY is an excellent time to buy.
The flagship Samsung Galaxy S22 128GB is powered by the company’s 4nm processor and has a stunning 6.1-inch display with 120Hz refresh rate for smoother viewing, as well as a quad camera system.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro 5G 128GB combines Google hardware with its own Tensor chip to provide brilliant performance. Plus, its triple camera system allows for pro-level images that may come in useful for business purposes.
Small business owners on a budget can still get plenty of bang for their buck with the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G 128GB, which has a slick design, a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display and is splashproof, dust- and water-resistant.
Team your eligible device with the Optus Bundle Bonus and you can save hundreds off the cost of the phone as well! Just click the link to see the offer and the full terms and conditions.
What To Try
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Unlocked Smartphone 128GB Black
- Google Pixel 6 Pro 5G 128GB Stormy Black
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Unlocked Smartphone 128GB Black
Listen Up with Wireless Headphones
Wireless earbuds like the Jabra Elite 7 Pro are designed to offer quality audio while connected to your phone or laptop. They also have impressive built-in microphones, so you can be heard clearly during video or phone calls.
You don’t have to spend big money for good sound as the Sony Wireless Earphones WIC200 demonstrate. These handy wireless Bluetooth earphones are ideal for listening to podcasts and music, have an inline microphone for phone calls, and are connected to one another, so there’s less chance of losing them.
If you’re after a proper set of cans, take a look at the Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless Headphones, which offer active noise cancellation to block out ambient sound in the office or on the go.
What To Try
- Jabra Elite 7 Pro Wireless Earbuds Titanium Black
- Sony Wireless Earphones Black WIC200
- Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless Headphones Black
Don’t Forget to Claim
If you’re purchasing any tech to use for work or to run a business before the end of financial year, you may be able to add those items to your tax return. If you’re working from home, beware of these common mistakes people make when claiming on their tax return, and check out this guide to the 10 deductions you could be claiming.
This is general information only and does not constitute financial or legal advice. Other requirements under the law apply. Seek professional financial and/or legal advice to determine the right outcomes for your business.