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Top 10 Home Office Desk Gadgets

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Our top 10 most useful desk accessories & electronics will definitely make your work life more productive. Not to mention trendy.

I'm not a particularly tech gadget type person. My work-space is a little on the bland side. But, after researching office gadgets for this top 10 list I'm definitely going to ordering a few for my own office.

I've tried to keep this list quiet broad and you'll hopefully find a decent balance between high tech electronics, and practical gadgets to suit the nerd, entrepreneur, and hard worker in you.

Coolest Desktop Gadgets

Not all desk accessories need to be purely functional. Here are some that are just plain awesome...

1. Personal Air Conditioner - Evapolar

Price: $109
Rating: 3.5/5 stars from 360+ reviews

If, like me, you live in a part of the world where summer gets a bit too hot for comfort - making work a little unpleasant.

The Evapolar portable air conditioner plugs into a USB port or power bank and consumes as little as 7.5W of power.

And, if like me, you would rather not purchase a huge air conditioner that sucks a lot of juice, cooling the entire room or office, then the Evapolar humidifier, purifier and air-conditioner is a perfect compromise.

Here's what one happy user said about it.

This thing is awesome for your desk environment! It cools, refreshes and gives a glow for your own little ambiance! But don't count on it for doing anything for the room. Just sit at the desk, work and enjoy.

2. Wireless Printer - HP ENVY

Price: $149
Rating: 4.6/5 stars from 190+ reviews

So I don't tend to opt for super flashy stuff but there's a lot to be said for buying something that does everything really fast and really well.

The HP Envy comes with the option to automatically order ink via your wireless printer and have it delivered to your door for as little as $2.99 pm.

Here's a review from a not so tech-savvy home business owner.

All you need for this is a WiFi connection (and your password) and the ability to download the app from the HP website. They make it very easy. I've also had zero problems printing double-sided documents, which I've never been able to figure out before!

I should also add that it supports a wide range of paper sizes. Works with letter, legal, 4 x 6", 5 x 7", 8 x 10" and no 10 envelopes.

3. Awesome Headset - Plantronics Voyager

Price: $81
Rating: 3.7/5 stars from 1880+ reviews

So this is pretty cool. The headset uses a number of mics that work together to cancel disruptive background noise like traffic or crowds.

The Plantronics Voyager works to keep your voice crystal clear even in the wind.

In addition you can enjoy up to 7 hours of non-stop talk time on a single charge. That charge will last up to 9 days in stand-by mode too.

4. Stylish Projector - Vankyo Leisure 3

Price: $74
Rating: 4.4/5 stars from 6600+ reviews

Most businesses, even home based ones, inevitably need to communicate their ideas, products and services to range of different people.

The Vankyo Leisure 3 means you enjoy up to 60% more brightness than ordinary projector at 1920x1080 resolution.

So whether you need to gather up a handful of employees for a presentation, or take a presentation to a potential client, the Vankyo home theater projector has everything you need to do a great job.

It's also an awesome home theater that will allow you to kick back and watch your favorite movies in style. Just don't let it get in the way of real work.

5. Serious External Hard Drive - Toshiba Canvio

Price: $45
Rating: 4.3/5 stars from 6200+ reviews

I have personally had my PC hard drive crash three times in the last five years. I don't know what the guys at my local computer store are up to, but there you have it.

Get up to a whopping 4TB with the Toshiba Canvio.

If I wasn't in the practice of keeping offline backups, things might have gone a lot worse for me (with expensive development projects being lost).

Starting at 1TB you should get some peace of mind knowing that you have plenty of off-PC storage available. There's also room to haul your movie and music collection wherever you go - useful if you are caught without access to the Internet and cloud.

6. Super Serious Flash Drive - Samsung Bar Plus

Price: $41
Rating: 4.5/5 stars from 5100+ reviews

Talking of storage. If you're thinking of buying a flash drive why not do things properly?

The Samsung Bar Plus offers up to 128GB of storage on a handy key-ring to ensure you never lose it.

In order to protect your precious data, it's water proof, shock proof, magnet proof, temp proof, and X-ray proof. All with a 5-year warranty.

In case you were wondering, it will also operate at temperatures between 0 and 60 degrees Celsius.

7. Multi-Purpose Shredder - Bonsaii EverShred

Price: $172
Rating: 4.7/5 stars from 120+ reviews

Shredding stuff can be a lot of fun - but only if you can shred more than paper. Fortunately, it can shred a whole range of satisfyingly crunchy office stuff.

The Bonsaii EverShred is pretty much the most coolest way to destroy stuff properly.

Remember that shredding stuff is also a necessity for some businesses.

It's important that you shred documents that contain potentially sensitive information, or financial data - especially if its client data.

In fact, some documents must be shredded by law, and failure to protect client and employee data by shredding certain documents could, potentially, land you in hot water.

So important is shredding that these gadgets are generally among the best sellers in office supplies on Amazon.

8. Lap Desk - Mind Reader

Price: $14
Rating: 4.5/5 stars from 950+ reviews

I often need to take my work on the road. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to balance a laptop on your knees while you work.

The Mind Reader lap desk works for all types of laptops, including Macbook, HP, Acer, Lenovo, iPad, Books, and even tablets.

Mind Reader provides cushioning, comfort and stability whenever you need to use a laptop or tablet on the move. It also provides the correct angle for optimal viewing.

Perfect for taking to the library, cafe, train, or while travelling because it comes with built-in handles for easy carrying.

9. Cordless Phone - AT&T DECT 6.0

Price: $50
Rating: 4.2/5 stars from 1700+ reviews

A cordless phone is vital for working around the house.

The AT&T DECT 6.0 cordless phone system comes with a built in automatic answering system.

The DECT 6.0 has a number of really useful features, including caller ID that can record the past 50 names and numbers as well as a smart call blocker saves up to 1 000 names and numbers.

Having 2 handsets is really useful if you tend to be up and away from the desk from time to time.

10. Label Printer - Rollo

Price: $170
Rating: 4.5/5 stars from 1400+ reviews

You know what's nice? It's great to use a printer that doesn't need toner or ink.

The Rollo Label Printer works with any thermal direct label (including free UPS labels) saving you hundreds of dollars on label costs.

Most importantly, Rollo is compatible with all major shipping platforms including Stamps.com, Endicia Dazzle, ShipStation, ShippingEasy, Shippo, ShipWorks, Ordoro and market places including Shopify, Etsy, eBay, and Amazon. It also has limited support for Fedex Ship Manager.

Perfect for the modern home business entrepreneur.

So that's my list of the top 10 coolest desktop gadgets for the home or small business office. What are your favorite gadgets?

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