The ideal office environment has a mix of gadgets for productivity, collaboration, comfort and even portability, for when the work goes on the road.
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Say you really want to personalize your keyboard—which keys go where, what sound they make, how much pressure you use, whether it’s one piece or two halves—the ErgoDox EZ lets you customize it all. Configure your own, and leave QWERTY in the past. $240. email@example.com; ergodox-ez.com.
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For times when a portable, easy-to-use tablet comes in handy, LG’s G Pad 7.0 may fit the bill. Its 7-inch touch screen adapts to a variety of visual content, and a split-screen feature lets you drag and drop content between dual windows. With Bluetooth and 4G WiFi capability, plus a USB port, it offers connectivity at home or on the go. $99. (888) 237-8289; bestbuy.com.
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It prints, it scans, it copies and, for offices with multiple users, the Dell Color Smart Multifunction Printer S3845cdn can serve as the hub for a network of printers, making it easier to manage the fleet from one location. The adjustable-tilt touch screen is the control center, and security features ensure data and sensitive documents stay safe. $1,000. (800) 999-3355; dell.com.
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We were here first
Let Joan Assistant take care of booking your office’s conference rooms and collaboration spaces. The digital scheduler mounts on a wall where everyone can see what’s scheduled next in that meeting room. Battery power lasts up to three months, and Joan will remind you when it’s time to recharge. $300. (713) 484-7786; joanassistant.com.
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Project an image
The Brookstone Pocket Projector Micro is small enough to fit in a pocket but can throw an image of up to 50 inches across any meeting-room wall. It connects to smartphones, computers and other devices and has a built-in speaker and rechargeable battery, so your video presentations can travel with you. $150. (866) 576-7337; brookstone.com.
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Need to quickly move content off your phone to make space or to share with others? The Fastest iPhone Flash Drive from Hammacher Schlemmer allows high-speed downloads of all kinds of files—documents, videos, photos, contacts—from an iPhone or iPad to any computer with a USB port. Handy for professionals who share info on the go. $130 for 32GB. (800) 321-1484; hammacher.com.
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If you often find yourself wheezing and sneezing while you work, clear the office air with the TrueAir Compact Air Purifier from Hamilton Beach. Small enough for any office, this air cleaner captures irritating airborne allergens with a permanent HEPA filter—no need to buy replacement filters. $60. (800) 851-8900; hamiltonbeach.com.
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Brew for two
Sharing a coffee machine? Accommodate multiple tastes with the FlexBrew Dual Single-Serve Coffee Maker from Hamilton Beach. This versatile appliance accommodates cups and travel mugs, as well as single-serve coffee pods or up to 14 ounces of ground coffee. $110. (800) 851-8900; hamiltonbeach.com.
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Personally, I’m warm
The Lasko MyHeat Personal Heater is just that: individualized heat for small spaces, such as under a desk. It’s energy efficient, and its ceramic heating element self-regulates to avoid overheating. $19. (888) 237-8289; walmart.com.
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Share the power
One little cube has the power to multitask by powering up a variety of devices at once. The Satechi Smart Charging Stand has adapters that show off your Apple Watch, Fitbit Blaze or smartphone while they recharge atop the stand. On the front, three additional USB ports will charge an array of devices simultaneously. $35. (858) 268-1800; satechi.net.
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Weather the storm
Always know which way the wind is blowing when you keep the Acurite NOAA Weather Alert Radio atop your desk. Along with storm warnings, this handy device also provides local forecasts from the National Weather Service with the push of a button. $40. (800) 227-7776; basspro.com.
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Here’s a space-saving and good-looking accessory for the up-to-date desk. The Satechi Aluminum USB 3.0 Headphone Stand looks sharp in rose gold and serves as a hitching post for your own headphones. Plus, the base is a three-port USB hub that connects to your computer. $35. (858) 268-1800; satechi.net.