It’s been said that only a poor craftsman blames his failings on his tools, but let’s be honest: It’s so much easier to get a job done if you have some decent equipment backing you up. The modern workplace calls for a lot of gadgets, and while you don’t have to spend a whack of money to equip yourself with the best office tech you need to do a satisfactory job on every assignment that’s handed to you.
Everything comes down to practicality. Even a relatively inexpensive purchase that you make today can save you a lot of headaches and heartaches down the line. Think in the long-term, and think about gadgets that will help you out of a jam if your favored hardware decides to take a day off. Here are five of the best office and home office technology tools and gadgets you’ll want to pick up.
Printer/Copier/Scanner – Every office needs a printer, a copier, and a scanner. If you preside over a big office then an industrial-size copier is your only option (plus an established guard 24/7 to make sure nobody Xeroxes their behind). If you have a small and/or home office, though, you’re definitely going to want to look into a three-in-one rig. They’re comparatively inexpensive, and save a lot of space. Unfortunately, three-in-one jobs don’t have a reputation for long-term health. If you’re looking for a printer/copier/scanner combo that won’t let you down, Engadget recently asked its readers to list suggestions.
Smartphone – Of course. Who goes around without their phone these days, right? But smartphones provide a valuable service beyond calling mom: The permanent connection to the 3G network will certainly come in handy if your Wi-Fi connection ever decides to flop and die. Also, tablets and smartphones like the iPhone and Kindle Fire have great applications that can come in handy for any business big or small.
External Hard Drive and/or Thumb Drive – Let’s be honest. One day, your hard drive is going to go kaput, and it’s going to happen at the most inopportune time. External hard drives (and/or a decently-sized thumb drive or memory card) are vital for backing up your most important files and transferring them to a secondary machine. Back up early, and back up often!
PC or Laptop – Needless to say, you need a dependable machine to help you connect to the Internet, finish your work, and let you communicate with your peers and the world in general. If you’re looking for suggestions, check out our PC buying guide.
Ergonomic Mouse Pads and Keyboards – Far too few employers give much thought to the long-term health of their employees’ bones and tendons. Ergonomic keyboards and mouse pads are inexpensive, but can save typists a lot of pain and inflammation down the line.
For more suggestions on vital office gadgets, read:
11 Gadgets You Should Have on Your Office Wishlist at Workawesome
7 Best Office Gadgets at Focus