Working from your home office can often have many distractions even though you’re in a separate room with the door closed. It’s just the fact that you know you can leave anytime and work anytime that allows for a casual work approach and that’s not a good thing! This can cause your productivity and motivation levels to drop.
Having some cool office gadgets can help to encourage and motivate you to work for a set number of hours but not all of them are useful. The ones we’ve chosen will be useful and practical for your home office.
Some of these items are also home office accessories which will keep you organised and on top of your work. There’ll be no excuses for you to leave your desk until your work for the day is done. Here are 20 of the best home office gadgets and accessories.
1. Sennheiser PC 3 CHAT Telephony On-Ear Headset
External sounds can often be distracting especially when you’re trying to have a business call over the internet or you’re trying to watch a business seminar. The solution is to invest in a decent headset such as the Sennheiser PC 3 Chat.
This simple plug and play headset enables you to have clear conversations over the internet because of the noise cancelling microphone. The double sided stereo speakers which help to pull focus away from background noise to give enable easy listening. It’s a light and slim headset which is inexpensive yet provides good quality sound.
2. Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse
Tech savvy fans will love this cool computer mouse from Microsoft because of its touch technology and BlueTrack technology which means it can be used on any non-reflective surface. The touch tab on the Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse offers the use of your finger to scroll and the speed is controlled with each finger stroke. This modern touch technology is a lot more responsive than using the common scroll wheel mice which can often be slow to respond and prone to break easily.
Being wireless, this enables you to move the mouse around freely. This mouse was designed to be flexible so when it curves up to turn on, it becomes a comfortable fit in your hand. This flexible mouse turns off by flattening it making it easy to pack away as well. You’ll never be without power either as there’s a battery indicator which will flash when it’s low battery.
3. Kensington Orbit Wireless Mobile Trackball Mouse
If you’re not a fan of the modern touch technology stuff, then perhaps the Kensington Orbit Wireless Trackball is better suited for you. Using a trackball mouse provides a more comfortable way to work due to the effortless scrolling which is particularly ideal if your work is in graphic creativity.
With the small curve of the mouse, this provides ergonomic comfort which will help to increase work productivity. The ambidextrous design makes it suitable for left or right handed users and doesn’t take up much space either.
4. HoMedics 5-Motor Back Massager with Heat
Sitting in your office chair at your desk for hours can often result in an aching back and shoulders which is uncomfortable and painful. Your muscles become tense and ends up with knots so only a massage will be able to release the tension. But you still have so much work to do… Well with the HoMedics 5 Motor Back Massager, you can attach this to your office chair to continue with your work and get a well-deserved massage at the same time.
There’s no need for you to move about to get comfortable or leave your seat as the 10 programme remote allows you to adjust the speed and intensity to the desired level. For an extra soothing massage, the heat can be turned on as well. How relaxing and all from the comfort of your own office!
5. Kingston USB 3.0 Hi-Speed Media Reader
For anyone working within the creative industry, a multi card reader should be in your must have office gadgets. This Kingston USB 3.0 Hi-Speed Media Reader reads all known card formats and supports UHS-1 and UHS-2 SD card speeds and transfers data over 10 times faster than a USB 2.0. A fast transfer speed ensures less time is wasted waiting for file transfers to finish ensuring you can continue your work quicker.
Don’t worry if you don’t have any 3.0 USB ports because it’s also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports. The stylish brushed nickel look will complement any home office designs and due to the small compact size, it doesn’t take up a lot of space on your desk or in your drawers.
6. Anker 7-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub with 3 PowerIQ Charging Ports
Some of the best office gadgets are often the most common and basic ones that are overlooked. We’re referring to a USB hub due to the fact that in all modern home offices, there’s a computer in every one and besides using it for the usual work related stuff; we use USB ports a lot to charge devices, for printers, to transfer data or for cool office gadgets like USB mood lights.
So to avoid waiting for a USB port to free up, invest in a USB hub such as the Anker 7 Port USB 3.0 Hub which has super-fast data transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps. In additiona, there are 3 PowerIQ ports which detect your devices and charges them at the highest possible speed. With all this power in a compact hub, it enables you to keep your desk space free and tidy.
7. WD My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive
One of the most important home office gadgets that all home offices should have is an external hard drive to back up important and private files. The WD My Passport Ultra Portable Hard Drive offers an easy to use software to make back up plans simple without all the technical jargon so it’s ideal for anyone who’s not very tech savvy. It’s available in storage sizes of 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4TB.
This slim and stylish portable hard drive features fast data transfer speeds with the USB 3.0 port so your work productivity won’t be interrupted for long. There’s an option for you to automatically back up locally to the drive or to the cloud. For extra security, you can even set a password to protect your contents.
8. TaoTronics LED Dimmable Table Lamp with USB Charger Port
Having the right desk lamp in your collection of office desk gadgets can help to prevent you from straining your eyes too much by squinting at the screen. A good amount of light is needed to stop those headaches from coming on and early fatigue so you can work in well lit conditions thus increasing your work productivity as well as quality.
It can be hard to get the right lighting but with the TaoTronics Dimmable LED Desk Lamp, there are 5 colour modes and 11 levels of brightness to choose from so you can adjust the lighting to your needs. This is ideal for anyone who often works a variety tasks at the office desk from computer use to writing or reading.
Because of its stylish and slim design, it suits many modern home offices without taking up much space and there’s no need to move the lamp from its position as the head is adjustable. There’s no fiddly switches to deal with, just a simple to use touch pad. As an extra feature, a handy USB port is built in too.
9. Targus Chill Mat with 4 Port 2.0 Hub
If you use a laptop within your home office then you should seriously consider including the Targus Chill Mat with 4 Port 2.0 Hub in your must have office gadgets. To ensure your laptop doesn’t overheat and break down, this compact laptop cooling platform two fans to keep your laptop cool so you work without any problems or slowdown of your system.
There are 4 USB 2.0 ports to connect your devices and the platform acts as an ergonomically friendly laptop stand as well. It can be adjusted to be used as a flat stand or to the highest height at 4 inches. There’s also a rubber ledge at the bottom to keep your laptop from sliding off.
10. Anker Soundcore Bluetooth Speaker
Every home office needs a good pair of speakers, they don’t have to be the best PC speakers but it should be good enough to ensure clear sounds and be loud enough. Many computer speakers tend to be big and even the slimmest ones take up desk space which isn’t ideal when you’re not always using them.
So the solution is to invest in the Anker Soundcore which is a small portable Bluetooth speaker but has superior audio clarity thanks to the dual high-performance drivers and unique spiral bass port. This makes the speaker sound exactly like a full size set of stereo speakers.
Whether you’re listening to music whilst working or watching a business seminar at the highest volume, the distortion isn’t even noticeable because of the 1% total harmonic distortion so you will always have crisp clear sound quality. There’s also an in built microphone which is ideal to use in business or conference calls.
11. Fellowes Crystals Gel Mouse Pad and Wrist Support
When you’re working in your home office all day, you’ll be using the mouse a lot and if your wrists are not in a neutral or ergonomically correct position, this can cause problems such as repetitive strain injury. This can get very painful if left untreated and will lead to you being out of work for weeks.
The Fellowes Crystal Gel Mouse Pad with Wrist Pillow can help to support your wrist and keep it in a healthy neutral position by conforming to your wrists and redistributing pressure points. The gel in the support helps to keep your wrists cool and is very soft which provides comfort all day long.
Some mouse mats will offer a wrist support but what makes this one from Fellowes different is that it has the same gel like texture underneath which prevents the mat from moving about so your wrist will stay in the same comfortable position. It’s also stain resistant and easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
12. Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000
Continuing on with the importance of ergonomic positioning at your office desk, the computer keyboard is the next item to be tackled. Discomfort during typing at the keyboard can often result in problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome. An ergonomically friendly keyboard can be used to prevent such problems.
The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 has a split keyset down the middle of the keyboard to encourage natural wrist and arm alignment which enables you to type in comfort. With the curved and cushioned arc at the front of the keyboard, this allows your wrist to rest against it in a natural and relaxed angle.
Besides the ergonomic benefits of this keyboard, there are hot keys you can customise to your specifications so you can efficiently open a new Word document or reply to an email with the touch of a button. There’s also a zoom slider for you to have a closer look at files or pictures.
13. Rexel Style+ Cross Cut 7 Sheet Paper and Credit Card Shredder
In every home office, a paper shredder should be amongst your important office gadgets as there is probably a lot of confidential documents that requires shredding from time to time. However, shredding is such a tedious task and can be time consuming especially when you’re clearing out old paperwork and having to remove paperclips or staples from them.
Well now you can get this done quicker with the Rexel Style+ Cross Cut 7 Sheet Paper Shredder which can shred 7 sheets at a time and hold up to 80 shredded sheets because of the large pull out 12 litre bin. Staples, paper clips and credit cards can be shredded as well so you don’t need to waste time pulling out each little metal bit within your papers.
14. Thumbs Up Build Your Own Robot Arm Kit
If you are always having to stretch across your desk or stand up to reach for something then there’s a way you could get someone else to do it for you. More specifically, something else… a robot arm! You would have to build it first with this Thumbs Up Build Your Own Robot Arm Kit but that’s the fun part of this cool toy!
Once it’s built, it can be used to lift loads of up to 100g so it’s pretty handy when you need that pen or notepad. The robot arm can be left in one place and controlled with the remote control. Better than any cool office gadgets which just make your office look fun, right?
15. Yale Locks YVSS Small Value Safe
Keep important documents, valuables or cash locked away in this Yale Locks Safe instead of keeping it in a locked desk or drawer which you may use on a daily basis. This is ideal to have in your home office accessories if you have a lot of confidential paperwork such as contracts or financial records.
This battery operated metal safe is securely locked through the use of a keypad combination programme and is bolt locked making it harder for anyone to get into. It also features a time lock after a specific amount of incorrect entries are made which is handy in deterring people from getting into your safe.
16. Fellowes Professional Series Ultimate Back Support
An office chair often has poor ergonomic support and ones that do can be hard to adjust to conform to your body. A well designed back support should be amongst your home office accessories to ensure you get proper back and lumbar support. One of the best back supports is the Fellowes Professional Series Ultimate Back Support which has 3 memory foam sections that moulds to your body’s natural curve.
There’s support for the middle of your spine that helps you to keep a good posture whilst sat at your desk. It’s easy to attach the back support on with the Tri-Tachment system which can be adjusted to fit any office chair. By having a correct posture whilst working, this can help to prevent fatigue because circulation is improved so you can work efficiently.
17. Kensington SoleSaver Footrest
Another way to ensure you have sufficient ergonomic support whilst sat in your office chair is a good footrest with the option to adjust the tilt. One of the best ergonomic footrest is the Kensington SoleSaver Footrest which offers 3 tilt settings of 10, 15 and 20 degrees so it’s suitable to a wide range of comfortable preferences.
By keeping your feet and legs elevated whilst sitting for long periods of time can help to relieve the pressure on your lower back and ensure good circulation. With the non-skid contoured surface on the platform of the footrest, your feet will rest securely on and will not easily slide about no matter what tilt angle you set it at.
18. Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand
One of our favourite cool office gadgets has got to be the Satechi F1 Smart Monitor Stand because it helps to save desk space whilst providing extra useful functions to hand. With the monitor stand, it can be adjusted to two different heights to your desired level of comfort which helps to prevent neck and eye strain. This also creates extra space beneath the stand to store the keyboard and mouse.
Our favourite bit is the built in 4 USB ports and the headphone/microphone port which makes it easier to connect devices to without having to bend down or crawl under the desk to get to these in the base unit. With the rubber feet, this prevents the stand from sliding about so there’s no need to worry about your monitor falling off.
19. Logitech HD Pro C920 Webcam with Mic
A webcam is one of the best office desk gadgets to have in a home office as it enables you to hold business meetings or calls via Skype. It’s ideal when you don’t have anywhere else to hold the meetings or if you’re in different countries.
One of the best webcams to invest in is the Logitech HD Pro C920 Webcam which features full HD 1080p viewing so you will be seen in crystal clear definition. The full HD glass lens with autofocus adjusts quickly and smoothly to give consistent clear images making it perfect for business presentations.
There’s a microphone on each side of the webcam that gives a natural stereo audio sound so your real voice will come through clear and crisp without any distortion or background noise. With the tripod-ready universal clip, you can also fit the webcam to any laptop of monitor and it’s quite flexible too as the platform base can be adjusted.
20. IGGI SpaceRail Perpetual Rollercoaster
Although cool office gadgets usually mean cool toys and can be distracting, it can also help you think when you’re stuck on ideas or feeling demotivated. The IGGI SpaceRail Perpetial Rollercoaster can give you a bit of relaxation and fun time as you build a marble rollercoaster to enjoy watching the marbles run their course.
Besides the obvious fun part, you can challenge yourself by building even more daring or spectacular rollercoasters than your previous one. Who knows, it can even help you to come to a solution to any work problems.