Having the best office gadgets at your disposal transforms your personal space into a luxe working environment.
Working is rarely more enjoyable than free time, but the best office gadgets can make it significantly less of a drag.
They’re usually the kind of thing you don’t give much of a thought about when you’re in the office proper, but once you’re home and attempting to create your work area, you begin to notice their absence. The big items — a desk, a chair, a laptop — are obvious, but they’re just the starting point.
1.reMarkable 2 digital Tablet
Despite the digitization of everything, there are sometimes it’s easier (and more satisfying) to simply jot something down in a notebook. The problem is when you must convert those analog notes into digital form, thus negating whatever efficiency advantage you gained in the first place. Enter the reMarkable, a tablet and stylus that mimics the feel of writing on paper with remarkable accuracy.
2. Stream Deck Mini
The typical knowledge worker has certain sites, documents, and apps they must access frequently enough to make them bookmarkable — or even just constantly open in a browser tab.
The Stream Deck Mini is an elegant, satisfying, and fun replacement for those methods. Originally designed for streamers who need to access many kinds of tools without breaking the flow of their show, the Stream Deck is a collection of hotkeys that does whatever you need it to do. Rather than hunt through folders for that client’s information or simply always leave Photoshop open, poke one of the Stream Deck’s chunky buttons to get what you need.
3. JCREN wireless charging mouse pad
Leaving your phone plugged in all day is a sure way to avoid the constant war with a draining battery, but it’s also very inconvenient. A charging pad is a more user-friendly option, but it’s tough to give precious desk or office space over to something that only serves one function, and only some of the time. Enter the phone charging mouse pad, which justifies its footprint by serving two ongoing needs. If your phone needs a boost, just drop it next to your mouse while you work.
4. CyberPower CP1000AVRLCD battery backup
A sudden power outage can destroy hours of work with one swift zap and depending on the nature of the outage, it can fry your equipment, too. You likely already have your electrical devices plugged into a surge protector of some sort (and if you don’t, you should) but taking that one step further with a backup battery gives you the protection you need to save everything before shutting down.
5. Fujitsu Happy Hacking Keyboard Classic
This entry could easily go either in productivity or comfort because a good keyboard provides both. Your computer came with a keyboard, of course, but a mechanical or semi-mechanical keyboard provides options you may not have realized exist. With customizable key mapping that works with either PC or Macs, keyboards like the Fujitsu HHKB ease pressure on key joints, placing high-usage keys and shortcuts within immediate reach.
The best office gadgets help define your workspace as being for work, while the rest of your home is for non-work. Maybe that’ll get you to stop checking your email at 10 pm (don’t do that, anymore please!).