Hi-Tech Tops Must-Have Wish Lists; CPAs Just Can't Seem to Live without Their PDAs, Smart Phones, Laptops and Other Electronic Tools of the Trade

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Newfangled tech devices to ease mobility and ensure constant contact seem to be all the rage for today's CPA. To many, the gadgets are true work-savers; to some, they are lifesavers. To others, like it or not, they are essential for staying competitive. PDAs, smart phones, ultra-portable PCs and wireless access top the lists of many professionals this year. But which hot, new gadget can you not live without? Let's check in with a few trend-setting members of the profession:

Susan Bradley, Tamiyasu, Smith, Horn and Braun CPAs: "My Acer Tablet PC ... I love it. Lightweight and portable and just the right size for what I need."

Michael W. Harnish, Plante Moran: "Absolutely my Apple Airport Express (works with Windows and Mac). Creates a 10 user wireless network (B and G bands) from a single Ethernet connection as well as allows wireless sharing of a USB printer.

Michelle Class, Barnes, Dennig & Co. CPAs: " My wireless network at home. Since my husband and I both work from home a few days per week, it's wonderful that he can take his laptop and work from the dining room, while I have the desktop computer in the office.

Grog Lockhart, Lockhart Industries: "When I travel, I love the new (coat-pocket-sized) GPS systems that can give turn-by-turn driving instructions (as well as where the nearest hotels and restaurants are)."

Randy Johnston, K2 Enterprises: "Treo 600 and the portable Apple Airport. I can't imagine being a mobile worker in technology and not owning these tools."

Anne Stanton, accounting technology consultant: "I recently invested in the Corex Cardscan v700 and I use it all the time. Now I can electronically save the image of any business card and easily transfer data into my contact database and Outlook.

Allan Boress, marketing consultant and author: "I would stop anyone who dared touch my new HP IPAQ 6145, which combines a PC and the accompanying Microsoft programs with wireless e-mail and Web site access--all attached to my belt!"

Chaim Yudkowsky, chief financial officer and business consultant: "My Dell Axim and Blackberry phone. I still like Pocket PC for many things!"

Eva Rosenberg, author of the upcoming "Small Business Taxes Made Easy:" My all-in-one printer--an HP 9100 color copier, printer, scanner, fax. …