High Tech Essentials for Home Office

Looking for some high-tech essentials for your home office? 

Whether you’re working from home permanently or just some of the time under a hybrid model, you’ll want your home office to have all the tools you need for your work … plus everything that makes your working day a little more comfortable and enjoyable, too.

Here are 7 great tools and gadgets to get in place:

1. A Smart Speaker

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An Amazon Echo (or, if you prefer, a Google Home or Apple Homepod) can make your workday run much more smoothly. You can set up routines on your Echo device, getting Alexa to prompt you about meetings, routine tasks, and even your lunch break.

You can also use your Echo to play music—essential if you’re working on something a bit boring. For high-focus tasks, you can set a timer on your Echo to work in short bursts.

2. Comfy (and Noise-Reducing) Headphones

If you’re working from home, there’s a good chance that you’ll need to blot out some background noise. Whether it’s your kids playing, your partner watching TV, or roommates having endless Zoom conversations, noise can be really distracting when you’re trying to concentrate.1

This is where headphones come in. Get a comfy pair that you can easily wear for a whole workday: you might want to opt for wireless headphones so you can move around your office without needing to take them off. 

If you can get noise-reducing headphones, that’s even better: you won’t have to crank up your music quite so loud to drown out the rest of the world.

3. A Large Computer Monitor (or Even Two)

Rather than hunching over a laptop screen, get a large computer monitor that lets you see everything clearly and easily. This is particularly helpful if you want to put two windows side-by-side, such as when copying data from one place to another.

If you have the desk space, you might even want to opt for two monitors.2 This can feel a little odd at first—but once you get used to working with two monitors, you’ll find that it’s definitely more efficient. You don’t have to flip between different tabs or applications: instead, you can have them up side by side on different screens.

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4. An Adaptor Hub

Do you have memory cards or devices that don’t easily link with your computer? A USB adaptor hub lets you connect all sorts of different devices and storage systems. Some are used for power charging and others for tasks like connecting to the ethernet.

Figure out what you need to be able to do on a regular basis, and you’ll be sure to find a hub that can help. It’s a small but essential piece of kit that can save you lots of time in trying to transfer files or find the exact right connector cable.

5. A Printer and Scanner

Although many of us are trying to go paperless, there are still going to be times when you need to print something out—or scan something in. A combined printer and scanner is a handy extra in your home office. If you need to mail a letter, scan a signed contract, or even just print something out for easy reference, you’ll be glad you have it.

Ideally, you want a printer and scanner that connects by wifi, to save having cables trailing all-around your home office. Most likely, you’ll opt for an inkjet printer, though a laser printer is a great option if you need high-quality prints.

6. A Wi-fi Extender

Does your home office only get a patchy wifi connection? Then a wi-fi extender (also called a wi-fi booster) is what you need. This takes your existing wi-fi signal, amplifies it, then transmits the boosted signal.3 

This is particularly useful if your home office is separated from the main part of your house—perhaps if you’re working in a converted garage or in a specially built garden office.

7. A Digital Notepad

Do you love to take notes on paper? There’s an increasing range of digital writing pads out there, such as reMarkable, letting you make notes or sketches that you can instantly save in the cloud. 

Many of these can convert handwritten notes to typed text. They also let you do things like annotate PDFs by hand—so if you edit or review a lot of documents, this could be a game-changer.4 

Other Essentials for Your Home Office

Don’t forget about the less high-tech essentials, too. You’ll want to make sure you get a good office chair so you can sit comfortably at your computer, for instance. 

If you’ve spent a lot of your home office budget on gadgets and equipment, there are plenty of affordable office chairs out there that will do the job just fine.

Equipping your home office can take time, and some gadgets just aren’t necessary. The 7 we’ve covered above, however, are likely to make your working life much easier, so they’re well worth buying or saving up for.

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