Smart gadgets for your home office

If you work from home, or plan to, these latest, hi-tech innovations will work well in a dedicated or multi-functional space. Technology expert Emily Peck takes a look at the latest PCs, printers and hardware for home offices.

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With space at a premium, a separate home office is not always an option, but with these latest, flexible gadgets it is easy to plan an efficient space wherever you want it in your home.

The most up-to-date devices are designed to be as portable as possible to give you the ability to work from the kitchen table, the comfort of the sofa or your home office. ‘When buying products for our home office space, we’re all becoming much more style conscious,’ says Matt Leeser, head of buying for communication technology at John Lewis. ‘As laptops and desktop computers become more streamlined and more powerful, so do other items of home technology. The latest compact and stylish all-in-one printers, for example, allow you to carry out day-to-day office tasks, as well as printing high-quality photos. Many designs are attractive enough to sit neatly in the corner of a living room rather than being shut off in a separate room.’

Computers and mobile devices with the latest touchscreen technology can make browsing the web and organising your computer files a joy, while wireless printers enable you to print without needing to connect to your printer with the use of unsightly cables. A shredder that can handle paper with staples and paperclips is another great time-saving gadget.

Extended workstation

Use the HoverBar by Twelve South to create the ultimate workstation. The L-shaped stand lets you ‘float’ your iPad to the side or above your Mac. You can flex the bar and tilt your iPad to get the best viewing position. It costs £69.95 from Apple Store.

Wireless printer

The HP Envy 110 Wireless e-All-in-One printer, priced at £174.95 from John Lewis, features a high-resolution touchscreen for maximum control over printing, copying and scanning. It’s AirPrint-enabled, so you can print wirelessly from your Apple devices. It also includes HP’s ePrint technology, allowing you to print from a remote location.

Advanced shredder

Destroy documents that you need to with this efficient shredder from Fellowes. The DS-500C shredder can handle up to five sheets in one go, cross shredding them into 4x38mm pieces before being emptied into the eight-litre pull-out bin. It can take staples and paperclips, and comes with a safety lock to secure it when not in use. It is priced at £49.95 from John Lewis.

Desktop update

Although tablets and laptops are stealing the limelight, there are some exciting innovations in the way of desktop computers. The most impressive designs are touchscreen, wall-mountable and run the latest Windows 8 computer operating system. When you don’t need them for work, the family can use them to watch TV and films, play games and display recipes. The Acer Aspire 5600 All-In-One PC, £899, features a high-definition 58cm touchscreen, which reclines at a 60-degree angle to ensure the most comfortable viewing position. With a depth of just 3.5cm, this PC is also very slim. Available at Currys.

Impressive PC

Another impressive all-in-one PC is the Sony Vaio Tap. It features Bravia technology to ensure a high resolution and has a 50.8cm touchscreen. The model has a unique adjustable stand that can lie flat, tilt or be used in the usual desktop style. Prices start from £999 from Sony.

Landline upgrade

The house phone has had a makeover, as the iDECT Eclipse phone by Binatone proves. Priced at £92 from Argos, the modern, simple design is a work of art in itself, with a gloss finish, blue backlit keypad and 1.5-inch LCD display. Its key features include high definition (HD) quality sound, a 200-capacity phonebook, a hands-free speaker phone and a 30-minute answer machine. When fully charged and away from its base, the low-energy phone will allow you to talk for up to 13 hours. With a 50m indoor and 300m outdoor range, the cordless iDECT Eclipse phone offers a 360-degree sculptural design and high level of functionality for use in and around your home.

File back-up system

Store your multimedia files securely with Western Digital’s My Book Live Duo. This device gives you personal ‘cloud’ storage on your home network that is wirelessly accessible from up to five devices once connected to your broadband router. Its two internal hard drives duplicate content, so if one fails, your data is still retrievable. From Amazon, it costs £259.30 for a 4TB drive.

Featured image: The Acer Aspire 5600 All-In-One PC, £899, features a high-definition 58cm touchscreen, which reclines at a 60-degree angle to ensure the most comfortable viewing position. With a depth of just 3.5cm, this PC is also very slim