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The New Home Office

The New Home Office

Essential Gadgets To Outfit Your Home Office Space

With more employees trading in long commutes and crowded office buildings for a desk in their own home, a seamless system of home office technology can make for a more pleasurable and efficient work experience.

Don’t let the importance of ergonomics go out the window, however, by settling for a laptop balanced on the armrest of your couch. Create an optimal atmosphere by investing in the right smart gadgets.

Noise-Canceling Headphones

The noise of children playing and dogs barking can distract us when working from home. Sony’s answer to such productivity deterrents is the WH-1000XM4 headphones, designed to eliminate outside sounds with dual noise-sensor technology.

These headphones were co-developed with Sony Music Studios Tokyo, so not only will they deliver a superior-quality music-listening experience, they are also Alexa-enabled for voice-activated calling. With 30 hours of battery life and five built-in speakers, these headphones will be your companion throughout the workday. The WH-1000XM4 costs $349.99.

The Sony WH-1000 XM4 headphones can block out any unwanted sounds
The Sony WH-1000 XM4 headphones can block out any unwanted sounds.

Ergonomic Keyboard

With long hours of typing, wrists can get cramped and sore, but Logitech’s Ergo K860 Wireless Split Keyboard allows you to maintain the correct ergonomics of an office desktop with the flexibility to work from the surface of your choice at home.

The Bluetooth-operated keyboard is designed to improve posture, reduce muscle strain, and keep shoulders relaxed with its naturally curved, split-key frame. For $129.99, the Ergo K860 operates within a 33-foot wireless range and provides an ultra-precise key experience for faster, more efficient typing.

Wireless Mouse

Reduce the clutter of cords and cables in your home office space with Logitech’s MX Master 3 Wireless Mouse, which is ideal for designers as well as home office workers.

This mouse has the capability to connect to two or more computers at a time, and has a gesture button with five customizable shortcut actions that allow you to increase the speed of your workflow. For $99.99, the fast scrolling wheel, ergonomically engineered for right-handers, is ideal for creatives, coders, and gamers.

Smart Mug

The best way to ensure your morning coffee stays warm enough to fuel your workday is with the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2. The temperature can be controlled through a phone app and has one-and-a-half hours of battery life to keep your beverage at the perfect temperature. The 14-ounce mug is coated in a scratch-resistant ceramic—available in black or white—and comes with a charging coaster. It costs $129.95.

Conference Speaker

Meetings and brainstorming sessions can be just as productive from home with the right conference speakerphone. Anker’s PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone connects to your cellphone over Bluetooth or your computer with a USB-C cord and is much more comfortable than pressing a cellphone to your ear for hours or dealing with poor-quality laptop speakers.

This Zoom-certified device is designed for group conference calls with six built-in speakers to ensure high-quality sound. The companion app allows for control of volume, standby mode, and more. Meetings can be held anywhere as the device lasts for 24 hours of call time, and your voice is balanced no matter where in the room you are. It costs $129.

Smart Printer

The sleek HP Tango X Smart Wireless Printer allows you to print from your smartphone or computer wherever you are. The device is voice-activated by pairing with Amazon’s Alexa or Google Home, and it can also print professional- quality borderless photos, labels, and envelopes. The companion HP Smart App allows you to keep track of paper and ink levels from your phone so you are never caught with low supply. The HP Tango X costs $199.89.

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