Top 35 Desk & Office Gadgets From the Pros

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AirBar

These fancy-pants floating 3D multitouch-enabled desks from Canada’s Newgen Containment are certainly a sight to see. The AirBar consists of a digital control surface that rises from the top of a base, giving its users a tactile presence (that’s not an earthquake).

Using its interlocking that makes meeting the AirBar in-person a challenge, the unit can be arranged to make a variety of functional configurations. Input can be used to manipulate an oblong box of three sides, or a variety of elements in real time.

The AirBar also serves as a pedestal for a 10-inch, multi-touch screen monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse, allowing users to rotate the screen, increase or decrease the height of the unit, and trackbookswipe movements as they are made.

Branded Wireless Phone Charger

This cell phone charger is a real heat-saver when you’re travelling. There’s a slight learning curve involved, but you’ll soon find the charm of this application. It’s simple to operate, and will cut your charging times down considerably.

Great for travellers, frequent fliers, and anyone looking to reduce their cell phone charging times.

Branded Wireless Phone Charger functions simply. It can download your smart phone’s manual and use the included USB data cable to charge your phone from the USB port of your computer. Buy this one anywhere. It’s awesome.

For cell phone users who are often in their cars. This bolt is set into the side of your car with a suction cup so that you can easily mount your cell phone onto a small handle. The holder has two powerful magnets that hold your phone onto the small handle, and it won’t budge or slip off. The durable materials make it very easy to handle and use to change your phone’s earbuds.

Flippable Platform Electric Standing Desk

Standing desks are now a common part of the office furniture. They've been getting more and more popular. But many people are not sure if it is a worthwhile tool of work.

If you are a desk-sitter but would like to get a bit more from your office desk and your workday, then this desk is for you.

A Flippable desk is a desk that can be used both the ways, as a standing desk and as a seated desk. This way, you have both left and right side for work. You can shift your desk according to your mood and the working conditions.

It is a good desk for small offices as well.

Label Writers

Label writers are an essential workforce tool. They’re ideal for populating mailing labels and also labeling things in the office in the event of a maintenance or shift change.

The best label writers are exclusively designed for either laser or inkjet printers and can produce labels quickly and efficiently. Special features like two sided printing, automatic cut, and easy installation make label writers great for both business and home use.

BrightLink Pro Interactive Displays

The BrightLink Pro offers a simple yet powerful interactive technology that allows for the creation of an anatomical teardrop display.

Users can manipulate a shape in a three-dimensional geometry using either a stylus or finger-touch and provide a new interface for user interaction.

A thin translucent sheet is mechanically attached to the display so that the content on the screen is visible.

The display system has two parts: The display itself and the system that controls it.

The display itself allows a touch or stylus user to manipulate and interact with the information on the screen.

The system contains the electronic hardware that allows the display to be controlled from the touchscreen of a personal computer or a tablet PC or to be controlled by any device with a web browser.

USB 3.0 Docking Station

With 6 high speed USB 3.0, Super Speed USB 3.0 Ports on Front

As the name implies, USB 3.0 is significantly faster than standard USB, allowing you to transfer data at speeds of up to 5Gbps (gigabits) per second. Plus, it’s backward compatible so you can use your standard USB 2.0 devices.

This is one of those accessories that will always come in handy. Perfect for when you need to network multiple devices, such as a display, keyboard, and mouse, the USB 3.0 hub features six SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports on one side, and on the other side you have one standard USB 2.0 port for selectively connecting your other devices. And don’t worry, this is a compact hub so it’s quite easy to tuck under your desk.

Anker PowerCore Power Bank

Electronics suck. They suck down power every single time you use them and put out a significant amount of heat as a side effect. As a result, it’s up to every single one of us to make sure that we save as much juice as we can. Fortunately, Anker makes some of the most popular USB chargers for a variety of gadgets like the iPhone, GoPro, MacBook and more. Apart from excellent quality, Anker also honors customers with the best support out there. In fact, you can count on them for over 10 years.

My favorite Anker product has to be the PowerCore Power Bank. It’s positively the best high capacity battery I’ve ever owned. It’s also the only one I have had to go through the effort of replacing. The PowerCore XL is rated at 27,000mAh and comes with three USB ports. That’s enough to charge an iPhone 7 7.1, an iPad Mini, and two Galaxy S8 phones for around 10 hours of total use. That’s more than enough juice to get through two flights to and from the East Coast.

Wall-mounted TV Dashboard

Convenience is the name of the game for the gadgets on this dashboard:

  • Phone: It’s a standard cell phone, so it has all the bells and whistles you’d expect. All you need to do is plug it into the HDMI port on the back of the unit and then hook it up to the TV.
  • iPhone: It’s an iPhone, so it’s got all the bells and whistles you’d expect. All you need to do is plug it into the iPhone connector on the back of the unit and then plug that into the TV.
  • iPod: This is a mini dock for the iPod and connects to the other gadgets.
  • Wii: This connects to the Wii and displays cool graphics on the TV.
  • Xbox 360: This is a standard Xbox 360, so it works the same way it would on your TV.
  • Cable Box: Salient features include the selection of games and the ability to watch recorded programs, like the commercials.

Smart Postage Meter

The postage meter looks like a regular postage meter but when it is switched on, it automatically calculates postage and prints labels for FedEx, USPS and Canada Post.

This postage meter is easy to use. You just have to insert the required amount of postage and start the meter with a switch. After that you can insert or delete an item from the register. After that is done, you have to wait for the meter to beep before you can remove the tape.

The postage metre is always in a stand and is light weight. It also offers you an easy to use screen. There is a tray on the side of the screen that you can fill with papers to mark them. The average time it takes to calculate the postage is about 2 seconds. At the base of the stamp counter is a date slot that holds the coins.

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Have you got a looking for a way to make your digital life a little easier? Here are the top 35 online gadgets from the pros… I’ve listed them in groups based on where you’ll use them most.

Hardware Encrypted HDDs and SSDs

A new-kid-on-the-block among many of these items, hardware-encrypted external hard drives have been around for a couple of years. They were developed to thwart unauthorized access to data stored on external devices and to increase the security of online backups. Let’s look at some of the different types of HDDs and SSDs available.

Firewire External Hard Drive Drive, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ HGST Travelstar Z5K500 1.5TB 5.1 4.6 L Slim USB Drive, $ WD My Passport, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ WD My Book, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ WD Elements, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ Sandisk Cruzer Extreme, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ WD My Book Basic, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ Fujitsu Lifebook, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ Seagate Expansion, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $ Seagate GoFlex Satellite, TB Weight, lbs Size, in Price, $

USB Coffee Warmer

If you’re one of those people who likes to have their electronic devices handy during the work day, you may enjoy having a USB hot plate for that second cup from the coffee pot.

Some office supply stores and concession stands offer a hot drink heater, but they all set to the same temperature, so the warmer plate is really useful for those who like their coffee black.

Look for a cup warmer that can save you time when you make your hot drinks and cool downs. For example, one model saves you the hassle of having to find an electrical outlet. Instead, you plug the warmer into an outlet that’s attached to the microwave so you can use the one plug for your coffee.

It’s also a great way to make large quantities of hot coffee ahead of time for your guests.

Office Handy Multitool

If you’re one of the millions of people who either lack home storage or would benefit from more of it, you’re probably familiar with the problem. Well, this handy multitool is going to make your life a whole lot easier. It has screwdrivers and eight different types of pliers, which is already more than any other multitool that you’re likely to find at your local hardware store. It also comes with a reasonably sized cutting blade that makes it great for loosening or tightening almost any type of screws you find on hardware or furniture.

The other thing that’s great about this multitool is that it’s made out of materials that are resistant to rust and corrosion. So none of the tiny screws that you’re attaching should have any problem slipping or backing out.

In addition to the screwdriver, pliers, and cutting blade, this tool also includes a screw-in ruler in two sizes. The large one is broken down into centimeters and inches. The smaller one, which is also marked in centimeters and inches, is cut into four separate scales for measuring things like screws, nuts, washers, and the like.

Bttn

Your desktop computer allows you to communicate, stay connected, and mobilize your entire workforce. It’s a tool that gives you an in-depth look into your business’s success. But, what if you could harness some of that power and get a professional grade solution without dropping the extra coin? That is where the BTtnast Pro comes in. It’s a desktop computer that is equipped with all the tools you need to ensure that your business is well-oiled. The BTtnast is powered by classic Microsoft Office, can be used for laser scanning and Windows 7 virtual desktops which gives you more than 40GB of storage.

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KeySmart Keychain

This tool is designed to improve your productivity. It is a powerful organizer that holds your key in its unique closed-loop design. This allows you to minimize your pocket bulge and carry your keys in a pocket expandable to accommodate your keychain.

KeySmart keeps your keys organized and at your fingertips. This gives you more writing space on your pocket so you can actually carry more things, including your phone or even a small tablet.

Unlike other key organizers, KeySmart is designed for your car. This is because the design of KeySmart allows you to quickly release the key when you need to use it.

The shape of KeySmart is designed to create efficient space in your pocket. The unique design allows you to have your keys accessible and connected without needing a bunch of space in your pocket.

The lifetime of KeySmart is for a lifetime. In fact, once you purchase it, you will never have to buy another one. This organizer is designed to be built to last. It is made from high durability polycarbonate that will keep its shape, and look, for years to come.

KeySmart is a sturdy and lightweight tool that doesn’t slip when holding it. It doesn’t even scratch your pockets. That means that it will serve you for years to come.

Access Control System

With Drawer Access Control System, you can easily prevent unapproved access to your desk. With the electronic pen or tag, you can colorfully label your desk drawers and shelves. When the drawer is opened, it illuminates. The tag also floats your access control system with a single touch of a button. You can edit the settings and assign to different drawers. It features three LED indicators, one for turn-on, one for ac power, and one for LED control.

Creative Invention:

New Desk Access Control System is designed to control access to your desk by keeping track of all the people who have the authorization to access to your desk. This innovative product allows you to label the drawers and shelves on your desk to let other people know which ones are not to be opened.

Using the Wireless Access Control System

You can assign a color and its meaning to each drawer and shelf on your desk. When the drawer is opened, it illuminates. Just press the "Turn On" button with your finger and the LED will illuminate.

New Desk Access Control System is designed to control access to your desk by keeping track of all the people who have the authorization to access to your desk. This innovative product allows you to label the drawers and shelves on your desk to let other people know which ones are not to be opened.

Wireless Charging Tray

The QI wireless charging tray allows you to charge your Qi enabled devices via NFC using various case companies’ cases and wireless charging mats. The QI wireless charging tray supports charging for both iPhone 5/5s and 3/4 devices.

USB 2.0 micro-B to USB 2.0 micro-B cable attached to the charging tray can be used to charge a number of devices which include:

  • iPhone with a slim guard case iPhone 5
  • iPhone with a slim iPhone 5/5s
  • iPad with a slim guard case iPad mini, iPad 2 & 3
  • iPad with a slim iPad mini with Retina Display
  • IPod classic
  • iPod nano
  • Any device with a standard (i.e. not slim) cover
  • Any device with a 5mm thick case

Phone Sanitizer

The phone sanitizer is a device that kills all bacteria on your handset. This innovative tool is tapped with a clean water wand that kills organisms and removes dried sweat and salts in a fast and efficient manner … the basic process of a dirty handset is to remove all dirt, then wipe it with a wet cloth, then let it dry. This method cleans only the surface of the phone, leaving those hidden bacteria behind. If you are concerned about getting an infection from your handset by touching a contaminated phone, you can do a blood test on your fingertip if you have concerns, as your body will continue to produce antibodies against viruses for a few weeks.

Other users claim that this device removes dust from the handset with greater ease, and is recommended especially for people with asthma or other respiratory diseases.

By adding a disinfectant spray into the water wand, the sanitizer can also disinfect the phone.

Color 3D Printer

Did you know that there’s also a 3D printer for colors? This is exactly what the Color 3D-Printer from Dutch technology company Atoms is aiming for.

Based on stereolithography, the Color 3D-Printer works by using an LED, a holographic emitter, and UV light. Holograms can be several millimeters thick, making it the perfect technique for creating custom-colored objects in the form of glasses, auto parts, and toys.

The Color 3D-Printer can produce objects that range in size from half a centimeter to six meters. In the future, Corona 3D expects to print easily customizable objects with any shape or color, which means that this printer could be used to create everything from prosthetic legs to colorful building materials.

Related: How to 3D-Print a Mobile Phone in Less Than Five Hours

While the Color 3D-Printer is still in the prototype stages, it’s already proven to have strong potential. In 2014, it won first prize at the Hannover Messe, Germany’s biggest trade fair for industrial technology. And in 2015, it won a prize for the best high-tech product at the International Design Forum in Milan.

Desk Lamp With Charger

The Desk Lamp With Charger by Kate Aspen is the perfect, functional desktop lamp for anyone who needs extra lighting while working. With an adjustable base, and a convenient USB charger, the Desk Lamp provides light for 8 hours. Sitting atop an aluminum base, the Desk Lamp features a convenient USB Charger, so you can keep your phone, tablet, and laptop juiced up while you work. The Desk Lamp makes a great gift idea for any student, executive, or professional.

Gadget: Desk lamp with USB charger

The Desk Lamp With Charger by Kate Aspen is the perfect, functional desk lamp for anyone who needs extra lighting while working. With an adjustable base, and a convenient USB charger, the Desk Lamp provides light for 8 hours. Sitting atop an aluminum base, the Desk Lamp features a convenient USB Charger, so you can keep your phone, tablet, and laptop juiced up while you work. The Desk Lamp makes a great gift idea for any student, executive, or professional.

PhotoStick

It’s nearly impossible to do any kind of design work on a laptop screen or plain white paper in dim or low lighting conditions. Other than dealing with the pain of using a backlit desk lamp, there may be some of you who may not even have a desktop lamp to work with. The good thing is that you can overcome all of those hurdles thanks to the PhotoStick.

This device is lightweight and compact, and has a USB connector which powers it up. To use it, plug one end into your laptop or computer and the other end into the wall outlet. Then, point it in the direction of your desk and you’ll get a very bright white light-emitting diode (LED) at the other end. The LED light range makes it easy to project your paper design.

The PhotoStick is safe to use and is compatible with Windows XP through Windows 7. There’s a USB-A to USB-Micro USB cable with an on-off switch to save battery life and a pouch to hold the device neatly.

Dash Cam

I ended up using a wireless dash cam while driving my car because I wanted to record something if I got into an accident. Thankfully, I haven’t had to use it yet, but it’s like having your own private spy in your car, which is helpful if you ever need to prove your innocence.

This is a great device for recording all sorts of different things in your vehicle since it has such a long battery life and requires almost no maintenance – which, if you’ve ever owned a dash cam, you’ll know what a relief that is.

It’s fairly easy to install (it’s got a suction cup attachment similar to a GPS) and can be operated manually or automatically.

Automated Letter Opener

Moving emails, applications and files have become a standard workflow for many people, but keeping track of them can be a time-consuming task. The automated letter opener by EngliGrip saves time and effort by opening, sorting and filing incoming and outgoing folders, letters and documents into three categories by day: Today, Tomorrow and the day after. It also prevents others from snooping by logging the opening and sorting of all your incoming mail and allows you to create a personalised electronic signature.

Since it’s safety and security-conscious, the automated letter opener can only be used by the person who owns the device and ensures that only authorised users can open their shared files or open their personal mail.

The openers come in a choice of coat and purse hangers –so if you’re married or have an office partner, you’ll be glad to know that you can share one.

What’s really special is that it’s easy to use and requires little input from the user.

Luke has a second pick:

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Desk Organizer

You can find hundreds of ways to organize your desk, but not all of them give you the results you are looking for.

No matter how well thought out your desk organization system is, you may need to have more than one for each desk. That’s where the space bucket desk organizer comes in.

Simply stick it to your desk and choose a binder to organize the documents you use on a regular basis. When it’s time to deal with your paperwork, take out only the container(s) that you need for the day and place it wherever your documents need to be filed later.

The organizer is perfect for a shared office because everyone will be able to find what they need inside without having to look through your stuff.

Its small and portable, and you can fit more than one binder inside it.

The desk organizer is made for small business owners that need a desk organizer that sticks to the desk and can hold a lot of important papers and resources.

It easily attaches to a desk with self-adhesive to make sure that it stays mounted on your desk.

So when you need to find your paperwork right away, your desk drawer is the first place you look.

But what do you do when that drawer is full?

New Personal Desk Heater

Neopow Profile remains one of the best desktop heater system takeways. By incorporating the latest technology it is now an infrared heater and a fancy desktop gadget.

It must be cool to get home, flick on the switch and let the WarmPower plug heat up you before you get into the office.

With built in intelligent controls the Neopow Profile will turn itself on and off as required to provide the perfect warmth and comfort no matter where you are at.

Perfect if you’re working late and want that special touch of comfort.

Air Purifier

Air purifiers are used to remove viruses, bacteria, mold, smoke, dust, or pollen from the air you breathe. This is accomplished using a HEPA filter, activated carbon, or a combination of those two. Either method – HEPA, CARB, or HEPA-CARB – removes 99.95% of particulates down to 0.3 microns in size (less than 3/100th the diameter of a human hair).

HEPA filter air purifiers are generally the quieter models and more effective at removing particulates from the air:

Honeywell Air Purifiers

The Honeywell QuietCare line includes models that include a HEPA-CARB filter, and they’re quiet enough to use without disturbing your business partners. They don’t come with a UV you’ll be required to purchase an additional fan cover to ensure the UV bulb within stays clean. However, you will be able to clean the air in your office without altering your schedule. You’ve got the option to purchase just the HEPA cartridge when the time comes to replace the HEPA filters. The 3 models above are some of the best options on the market.

Cube-Works Self-Destruct USB 3.0 Hub

Packing three high speed USB ports and a 3.5mm audio output port into a single unit? Impressive.

You may remember the Cube-Works self-destruct USB-hub from a few years back. Well, the company has tweaked the design a bit and has come up with an updated version called the OP-1. The OP-1 deliver three Type-A USB 3.0 ports with an integrated USB 3.0 data transfer rate of up to 5 Gbps. You’ll find one of these in my office. From an immensely hands-free perspective, this USB device has helped me to go on a trajectory that I would never have been able to achieve by myself.

NOTE: The Cube-Work OP-1 is not a dock for your iPhone.

The OP-1 is too bulky to be a dock for your iPhone or iPad. But what it does do is allow you to connect up to three USB devices or peripherals (like keyboards, flash drives, hard drives, printers, cameras, etc.) directly to an Apple computer and keep them in place.

Cellphone Holder

For longer conversations, this holder will help keep your hands free while you talk. It is more ergonomic with a built-in armrest. You connect your mobile phone using the USB and can use your phone while it is attached.

The side has a place where you can attach your favorite reading materials, a diary or to-do list to the holder, and you don’t have to worry about it falling off.

Supports up to 6.4° screen diagonal measurement and an angle that you can adjust for individual use. It has an auto clamping mechanism. You can install it on your desk instantly. Plastic frame for enhanced stability.

Solar Window Charger

In this project, we’re going to take a look at what it takes to create a window charger for a solar panel. There have been several solar window chargers created in the past few years, but the majority of them were designed as a permanent fixture. In this project, we’re going to look at the requirements for a solar window charger and design a solar window charger for a standard window. By using current technology, it is possible to build a solar window charger that will charge your phone or other small electronics.

In this project, we’re going to look at solar building techniques for your solar power needs. As a person who has experimented with solar power in the past, I have seen that it is possible to create solar based devices for your home or office. To help get you started, I’ve put together a list of 35 top gadgets that you can build using solar power.

Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell is considered to be the father of all video doorbells. It features a 130 degree HD wide-angle view and 1’s and 0’s for the motion sensors.

You can also open and close the door and talk to the visitor through the two-way intercom. You can check what’s happening at your door remotely through the mobile app.

It’s easy to install, and the only thing you’ll need is a partner to help you connect the doorbell to the Internet. You can choose to go wireless, the wired version the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Here’s a quick video on how to install the Ring Video Doorbell.

More information about the Ring Video Doorbell.

Goole Chromecast Dongle

The Google Chromecast is an HDMI dongle about the size of a small USB drive that you plug in to your TV. Then you can use your phone, tablet or computer to cast media to Chromecast wirelessly from your local Wi-Fi network.

You can also mirror your screen from Chrome with just a few taps. You can also cast media to Chromecast from your browser on your desktop or laptop.

Multidevice Keyboard

This is a great docking station for anybody who feels that they need access to multiple desktops or a very powerful scanner. The Multidevice keyboard dock is a great way to have all of your computer peripherals in one space. Since it has a stand, you can keep your keyboard in one place, while having a mouse on another and a scanner on still another. Regardless of what you’re doing, the Multidevice keyboard dock will keep you connected on all of your devices at the same time, saving precious time and space.

This is a great multidevice keyboard docking station but before you buy, make sure you keep in mind that it doesn’t offer any ports to connect devices via USB and it’s not compatible with rechargeable battery packs. All of that being said, the Multidevice keyboard dock is definitely a must have if you need to keep all of your devices close by at all time.

ScanSnap

Once you start looking around, you’ll realize quickly that the ScanSnap S1100 is by far the best scanning solution available right now. It’s compatible with multiple leading document management systems and it’s capable of handling large- and small-size documents, even those that are irregularly-shaped.

The S1100 scans both sides of a single-sided document and features maximum scanning speeds of 80 pages a minute. It has a RAM of just 1GB, so you’ll only need to load the most important documents, but it’s one of the most robust scanners available for home or small offices. It can scan photographs, receipts, and other types of paper with its flatbed scanner, but most users purchase it for its small footprint, ease of use, and lightning-fast scanning speed.

Charging Station

Nowadays, so many mobile devices, such as cell phones, tablets, and even MP3 players have USB capabilities, that having to plug and unplug the same USB charging cord multiple times can be quite irritating. A great way to eliminate that is to purchase a stand for multiple USB outlets that is well suited to your office or home space and has a retractable cord.

This swivel wall mount station can charge up to four devices at once and includes 8 USB ports and four two-prong plugs. It will hold devices securely while allowing you to easily move them to change the position. This aluminum stand looks great anywhere in your home or office and is available in black or chrome. Try it out and set up multiple devices in the office or around the house to take the worry out of charging devices.

We have a review of the Anker Powerport Smart 8 USB Charger that offers eight ports for charging devices in multiple areas of the house or office. Choose from three different color options and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing you will always have something charged while you work or relax.

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When I was a child, I was probably one of the biggest campers in the family. At Christmas time, I was a campfire fanatic.

Portable Laptop Monitor

The last thing you want to do is spill your coffee on the keyboard of your laptop. The portable laptop monitor stand from Zagg uses an articulating arm to raise and lower your laptop screen. It’s built of sturdy plastic to protects you laptop from bumps and strains.

If you’re looking for a good way to protect your laptop while also keeping it propped up for easy use and for comfortable viewing, this portable laptop monitor stand is certainly worth a closer look.

Some Other Features:

The desktop stand rotates 360 degrees.

The stand has a lower cradle that’s locks to place your laptop.

It has a built-in outlet for easy power supply.

Bottom Line

When it comes to the office, many believe that more is better. That users need all the gadgets and devices they can get their hands on to be productive. While gadgets and gimmicks definitely do have a place in the workplace, they can often cause more problems. Before you stumble down the gadget rabbit hole, remind yourself of these tips.

1: Limit the number of gadgets in your office

  • Do your coworkers like your weird and cool toys?
  • Are you limited by your office budget?
  • Would you rather have one gem in your pocket than a dozen in your office?

The earlier you limit the number of gadgets in your office and identify which ones have a place in your office and which don’t, the simpler your office will be. For constant gadgets, whether they be yours or your coworkers, have a place in your office. Your office will be more harmonious and efficient.

2: Remove non-productive gadgets from your office

  • No one at work really needs to watch TV
  • No one really needs to listen to music
  • No one really needs a telephone
  • No one really needs a porn collection
  • No one really needs a dartboard in their office