With no signs of the lockdown being lifted any time soon, if you’ve been thinking about how to turn a room in your home into a perfectly functioning office – now would be a pretty good time to get things underway.
Thanks to modern techn gadgets, it’s becoming increasingly easier to get most of our work tasks done from the comfort of our homes. The online market is bursting with practical, fun and stylish options to keep things at home smooth sailing as you work freely.
There’s loads of gadget out there to suit every type of work, but which ones are really worth it?
We’ve rounded up the top ten tech picks worth investing in now to make the work/home balance smoother.
Home office essentials: 10 best tech items to invest in
You might be thinking it’s barely an essential, but have you ever tried to function with a cold coffee? Thank us later.
This brown cookie cup warmer is a quirky accent well worth the early mornings sat at the computer. Simply plug the USB cable into a compatible port and pop your mug on top to keep your brews warm.
Price: £10, Amazon – buy here now
At under £40, the Canon Pixma is a complete steal well worth considering.
You’re able to print, copy, scan and fax with complete ease thanks to wireless connectivity. There’s a share function compatible between multiple PC’s as well as mobile devices, that gives you access and suppoer for PIXMA Printing Solutions app, Google Cloud Print and Apple AirPrint.
There’s a 100 sheet paper capacity which is a generous amount to suit your everyday printing needs.
Price: £39.99, Argos – buy here now
With summer on the way and warmer nights working from home looming, this portable desk fan with integrated night light is a top suggestion.
The USB powered fan is ideal for staying cool at your desktop or laptop, the fan is also adjustable with up 90 degree rotation. Impressively, the fan is capable of running for up to 16 hours at a time, which is the entire working day plus power for chill out times in the evening.
Price: £25.99, Amazon – buy here now
For a compact speaker that doesn’t compromise on sound quality, the Wonderboom from Ultimate Ears is the perfect accent for any music lover.
With 360 degree speakers, you’ll have impeccable sound from every angle, the wireless connectivity enables you a 30 metre range away from your device, giving you full freedom to move around freely.
It’s waterproof, dustproof and shockproof – allowing for many accidents and tumbles with fierce protection. There’s also 10 hours of battery life per full charge, so you can listen to your music, podcasts or favourite audiobook for longer.
Price: £47.50, John Lewis – buy here now
A charging station is a good way to keep your desk space tidy, whilst charging several devices.
This station from Allcaca features two wireless charging pads, as well as four port available to charge other wired devices. If you’ve got an Apple watch or other smart watch, there’s a wireless watch charging mount too.
Price: £35.99, Amazon – buy here now
If you’re looking for a laptop that’s capable of managing your daily tasks, but don’t want to spend a fortune for a good model, the HP Stream is an affordable and practical option.
It boasts an Intel Celeron N4000 Processor, perfect for multi quick response and multitasking, there’s always 2GB RAM and 32GB of storage space for all of the important stuff.
You’ll get up to 13 hours juice on a single charge, as well as a one year subscription to Office 365 and 1TB of storage space on OneDrive. For under £200 it’s a deal you can’t go wrong with.
Price: £199, Currys – buy here now
If you work with computers mainly for work, it’s always important to keep your important files backed up on an external hard drive. If losing everything on your current device is terrifying, best to back it up onto something else.
This external hard drive from Seagate gives you a whopping 1TB of storage space, more than enough to keep all of the important bits you’d hate to lose nice and safe.
Price: £44.99, Amazon – buy here now
If you prefer to work with a mouse rather than a trackpad, the Microsoft Surface Arc has a sleek look with an ergonomic design that’ll help you out in the long run.
It’s ultra slim and lightweight, making it a breeze to glide around. There’s an audible snapping motion required to power up, simply snap the mouse into a curved position to power up and flatten when you’re done to power down.
Price: £54, Currys – buy here now
This two in one sanitising charger from PhoneSoap is a pretty pricey but necessary accent to have at home. If your phone is your primary source of work, that’s a lot of picking up and placing down onto unclean places, which often go a lengthy bit of time without a proper clean.
This portable device cleanses your phone from bacteria and viruses, all whilst charging your device, thanks to a built in cable.
Price: £99, Mobile Fun – buy here now
With warmer days coming, a lot of allergy sufferers cooped up indoors will likely struggle with the fluctuations of irritants and pollutants in the air.
This portable air purifier from Amazon has a sleek and modern design that will add the finishing touches to any work space. It has a built in three-stage HEPA filtration system that helps to remove odors, pollutants, bacteria, mould and more from your sace.
There are three LED indicators on the monitor that indicate the temperature, humidity and when the filter will need to be replaced. A touch sensitive switch will allow you to control the three different air modes.
Price: £36.99, Amazon – buy here now
Check out the best working from home essentials to find practical and fun solutions to add to your home office space.