The holiday shopping season is upon us and there’s a good chance you have quite the list of good boys and girls who are deserving of more than a lump of coal. Perhaps you have several friends and colleagues who commute to a cubicle each day and they would like to have some smarter gadgets for a smart office. If that’s the case, this holiday gift guide is for you.
Yes, I know that buying gifts that are related to work might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but it could turn out to be the most practical. What’s the point of giving a gift that’s just going to collect dust in the back of a closet somewhere? At least you know these smart office gadgets will actually get used!
Smart Strip Power Strip
The Smart Strip Power Strip (about $29) is more than your ordinary surge protector. The key difference is that it has four outlets that are connected to a control outlet. When the device connected to the control outlet is turned off, power is cut off to the other four outlets. This means, for example, that when you turn off your computer, your printer and monitor will automatically turn off too. This saves time and energy!
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
Speaking of saving power, the Logitech K750 keyboard (MSRP $79.99) comes with a couple of rather large solar panels near the top. Yes, I know that you probably don’t get much sun in the office, but those solar panels can soak in the light from artificial sources too. When it comes to a smart office, saving power is one of the smartest things you can do. There’s no need to replace the batteries on this wireless keyboard, because it’ll just get charged up by the office lighting anyway.
Staple Free Stapler
Do you know another way that you can have a smart office? Reduce the number of supplies that you need. The Staple Free Stapler (on sale for $4.99 on ThinkGeek) is exactly what you think it is. It will “staple” together a stack of papers without ever having to use an actual staple. It does this through a unique “slice and tuck” mechanism that is virtually as good as the traditional metal staple. I wouldn’t use it for really large documents, but it’s great for shorter stacks of sheets for sure.
Hetty Desktop Vacuum
Have you been snacking at your desk again? Do you have potato chip crumbs all over your mouse pad? The Hetty Desktop Vacuum ($12.38) is as cute as can be, but it’s also pretty useful. It’s a palm-sized hoover that you can use to suck up all of those nasty crumbs and dust that you have lying around on your desk. With the holidays upon us, I’m sure there will be more than a few crumbs from gingerbread cookies and other holiday treats floating around on there.
Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Scanner
Offering one of the best ways to move toward having a paperless office, the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i Mobile Scanner (around $260) is a high quality multi-page color scanner that can handle double-sided documents too. Despite is small size, it has a ten-page automatic document feeder and its text-recognition software makes it a perfect companion for scanning in all those business cards you inevitably receive. And yes, it works with both Macs and Windows PCs.
Philips goLITE BLU Energy Light
Every office worker starts to suffer from the wintertime blues, but the Philips goLITE BLU (about $120) is designed specifically to increase energy levels and alleviate the symptoms related with winter blues. It might not make for a smart office, per se, but it will help with making smarter employees who work better and more efficiently during these dark winter months. The specific blue light is clinically proven to improve mood and energy, which I think we all need around this time of year.
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