10 Essentials for an Efficient Home Office
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Going paperless is a great idea, but setting up the scanner and transferring files is a chore. A wireless scanner lets you scan and save to the cloud, so your documents are available whenever (and wherever) you need them.
VTech Connect to Cell
No matter how dedicated you are, if a client calls your cell and can’t get a clear connection, it’s unprofessional. VTech’s Connect to Cell lets you pair your cell to your home phone, so you can pick up calls on the handset — and take advantage of the stronger signal and clearer sound.
The fewer cables you have to hide (or avoid tripping over), the better. A wireless printer with Wi-Fi capability means you can print from any device, including smartphones and tablets, and even email the printer from a remote location — very convenient.
An under-desk cable-wrangling box like BlueLounge CableBin contains your power strip and all your cords, neatly contained and hidden away.
When you’re done scanning documents you want a way to destroy them, especially the ones that have your sensitive information on them. This shredder micro-cuts 12 sheets at a time (and is praised for not jamming), which means it reduces your sensitive documents to tiny crumbles. Plus it can even obliterate credit cards and CDs.
You can’t take notes and juggle a cell phone at the same time. Save your neck with a Bluetooth headset like the top-rated Plantronics Voyager Legend. It recognizes when it’s being worn and automatically swaps the call to the headset, eliminating awkward “Hang on, I’m transferring you to the headset” moments.
Conference Call Speaker
Putting your desk phone on speakerphone for a conference call can mean echoey calls that drop in and out whenever someone in the room is speaking. A device like NativeUnion’s Lego-esque SWITCH is made for hands-free conference calls, and has integrated mics so you can talk without leaning into the unit.
If you’ve ever found yourself deliberating over whether you can take your tablet to that meeting or if you really need your laptop, then a laptop/tablet hybrid like the Surface Pro 3 might ease your burden. The Surface Pro 3 has been lauded for its ability to handle files like a laptop, while being light and portable like a tablet. It even uses a stylus.
Desk Lamp With Eye-Saving Lighting
A headache from eye strain can put a serious damper on your work day. Vision-friendly lighting like that from the OttLite (which is incidentally beloved by crafters and color experts) makes details and fine print easier to read.
High-Power Wireless Router
At 4:30 p.m., your work day is still going, but your kids are taking an after-school break with the gaming console. Keep your wireless from slowing to a crawl by installing a high-powered router like D-Link’s top-rated Ultra Wi-Fi Router.