Whether you work in a tall skyscraper for a Fortune 500 company or at home for yourself, your office is a place you spend an inordinate amount of time. Why not let it reflect who you are? In this day and age, we’re all looking for tech tools that not only increase our productivity but also speak to our design sensibility. That’s why, today, we’ve put together this list of the top 10 tech tools that are perfect for the modern office. From a device that seamlessly switches from a laptop to a tablet to a productivity app that’s simple and “clear,” these ten products will make your life easier and, your time spent working, all the more enjoyable.
1. Lenovo Ideapad Yoga Ultrabook™
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 Ultrabook™ features a unique 360-degree flip-and-fold design so that you can use this device as either a laptop or a tablet. With this ultrabook, it’s like your getting two main devices in one. The special, patented “multi-mode” hinge allows the keyboard to flip all the way back, beneath the display. Thanks to this clever design, you can also use the Yoga in either “stand” or “tent” mode. This Windows 8 PC is also touch-enabled. What makes the Yoga perfect for a modern office? Its versatility. Grab this light yet sturdy ultrabook when you need to take notes during a meeting or flip it into stand mode to watch a video or presentation as a group.
2. Harman Kardon SoundSticks III Speakers
Clean, clear sound coupled with incredible design, that’s what you can expect to find with the Harman Kardon SoundSticks III speakers. After all, what other set of speakers are a part of the permanent collection at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)? The three piece system comes with 40 watts of amplification, a down-firing powered subwoofer and eight full-range transducers. The speakers can connect to virtually any media device and will blend perfectly into the background of any modern office.
3. HDMI Pocket Projector
If you’re looking for a small projector to take on a last minute sales call or if you want to show your latest chart to a room full of people, make sure you have Brookstone’s HDMI Pocket Projector on hand. This compact, portable device connects via HDMI to most smartphones tablets, computers and cameras. It uses a mega-bright LED lamp to project for up to two hours on a single charge. Advanced DLP technology promises an incredibly sharp, clear image and after work, you can even use this device to watch movies in your make-shift “home theater.”
4. Doxie One Scanner
The Doxie One scanner is perfect for anyone who wants to scan photos, receipts or documents. Small and portable, it can be put away when you’re not using it. Best part? It doesn’t need to be hooked up to your computer. Instead, the scans are stored on an SD card (that’s included), similar to how you’d store photos on your digital camera. When you’re ready, you can sync your scans to your iPad, Mac or PC. While the basic model starts at $149, you can get the WiFi-capable device for just $50 more.
5. iPhone 5
Sure you could switch over to the Samsung Galaxy S3, but after so many years with the iPhone do you really want to? Apple’s iPhone 5 is the lightest, fastest and thinnest iPhone ever made. The 4-inch display is longer than the iPhone 4S and it’s more vibrant thanks to more pixels and greater color saturation. Like the iPhone 4S, this iPhone also comes with Siri, the intelligent assistant that will help you do everything from schedule a meeting to book a dinner reservation.
6. ViewSonic 27-inch VX2770Smh-LED Monitor
The latest and greatest monitor from ViewSonic, the VX2770Smh-LED boasts a 27″ LED display and is perfect for those who need high accuracy in color, contrast and wide view angles. For those in the photography, graphic deign, engineering or movie production fields, this large monitor will suite your needs. This LED monitor will save you cash as it uses up to 40% less energy than a typical LCD monitor with its traditional cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL). Light and thin, the display has a frameless design, meaning it will complement any office setting.
7. Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet
The most popular and versatile choice among creative professionals, such as photographers, designers and illustrators, the Wacom Intuous5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet lets you alternate between multi-touch gestures and using the pressure-sensitive pen. Easily sketch, edit or retouch photos in programs like Photoshop or Illustrator by making your changes within the large surface. The Wacom easily connects to your PC or Mac via USB and can even be connecting wirelessly by installation Wacom’s wireless accessory kit.
8. Kingston 1 TB USB 3.0 Flash Drive
Looking to back-up your whole computer? Now you’ll be able to Kingston’s DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0. At this year’s CES, Kingston announced that later in Q1 this year, they’ll be coming out with the world’s largest capacity USB 3.0 Flash drive with a whopping 1 terabyte of storage. The DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 promises 240MB/sec read and 160MB write speeds. The price has not yet been announced but you can expect that it will quite high given that the 512GB version is available now with a list price of $1,750.
Sometimes you just need something beautifully simple to help get you organized. Enter Clear. The productivity app, from Realmac Software, has received rave reviews from newspapers and tech blogs alike who all praise it for its intuitive yet elegant interface. Operated completely through gestures, the app asks users to tap, drag, slide and even pinch the screen. Best part? With the new 1.2 version, you can now store your lists in iCloud which means you can access your lists anytime on your Mac.
10. Etymotic Research ER-4PT MicroPro Noise-Isolating In-Ear Earphones
While $299 for earphones isn’t exactly cheap, it’s actually one of the more affordable products a self-professed audiophile can purchase. The Etymotic ER-4PT earphones are minimalistic in design but deliver world-renowned sound quality. They’re also noise-canceling with a tight in-ear seal, which means you don’t have to turn the music very loud to hear all the subtle nuances in your favorite song. For those looking for total sound immersion, these earphones are for you.
Which of these tech tools would be perfect in your office?
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Alice Yoo is the founder and editor in chief of My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Alice received her MBA, worked in advertising for MTV and then started My Modern Met in 2008. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.