The ideal tech for your home office
Whether you're running your own business or the office has followed you home, we all need a designated, well-equipped space in the house to help us focus and get the best results. Hunching over a laptop on the couch is fine for browsing and checking emails, but it's hardly the best option for putting together reports or presentations.
This is where the home office comes in - somewhere for getting peace and quiet, while getting on with the job. But that's only the start. Read on for some of our top suggestions on setting up the ideal home workspace.
A great computer should be at the heart of any home office setup and if you're anything like me then portability is an absolute must. 15.6-inch laptops occupy the sweet-spot for getting things done without compromising on workspace. Large enough for a full-size keyboard, number pad and bright display - while staying manageable - the Toshiba L755-1HW laptop makes it to the top of my list.
For those who like to stay put though, it's hard to beat the space-saving profile of an all-in-one desktop like the iMac. Apple's signature sleek design looks terrific and a huge screen makes detailed editing and design work a breeze. For anyone who's torn between portability and power, a desktop replacement laptop needs to be considered. It's all about a large display and plenty of processing power here, and HP's Pavilion ticks all the boxes.
The right software
No matter which computer you choose you're going to need the right software, something like Microsoft Office. Loaded with essentials such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint - it has everything you'll need to get any project off the ground with professional polish.
Of course if you're planning to work on a laptop for an extended time, a built-in touchpad just isn't going to cut it. The Logitech is a great wireless choice that's been designed to work on a variety of surfaces from couch to desk - giving you the freedom to roam.
Staying with wireless - you'll want a printer to get all that hard work out on paper, and HP's wireless Officejet All-In-One is just the thing. Ready to go with an integrated fax/scanner and colour printing it dispenses with messy cables to let you print from any room in your home over wi-fi.
As a finishing touch - the perfect home office needs the perfect phone, preferably something as well-presented and professional as you are. That's where the Sagemcom Sixty cordless phone comes in. Charmingly retro-modern, it's fully featured for seamless business calls.