The Must-Haves, Should-Haves and Would-Be-Nice-to-Haves that you need to turn your spare room into a sweet Home-Office. From desk top hoovers to powerful pocket sized projectors these 15 unique gadgets are essential to making working lives not only a heck of a lot easier but much more enjoyable!
1. Aiptek iBeamBlock £595.95 from Amazon
The iBeamBlock is a modular projection system consisting of HD projector, Windows 10 tablet and battery. Crystal clear image are projected upto 120” on the diagonal at an HD resolution of 1280/720.The component plug together securely but can be taken apart if needed so that for example the projector can be used as a standalone device. Its wide range of connectivity means that it can be used with your devices over WiFi, Bluetooth, Micro USB or HDMI.
2. NEW! Swivl C Series Robot £595.95 from The Fowndry
The Swivl C Series Robot is in ingenious mount for your smartphone or tablet – automatically swivelling and tilting to track up to four additional receivers in the room.
If you wanted to host a video conference or shoot a vlog on your phone or tablet you’d have to wedge it in a static holder. With the Swivl C Series Robot you can get up, wander away from your device, and even move up and down – this ingenious mount will track your movements and rotate and tilt so you’re always in frame and any audio is captured perfectly.
How does it work? The idea is actually quite straightforward. This smart mount for your tablet or mobile is actually just following a receiver; doubling as a high quality microphone, you can wander up to thirty feet away and still be heard on your device.
3. Aiptek i70 Mobile Cinema £227.00 from Amazon
This is a compact yet powerful projection system ideal for watching movies, gaming or presenting. With the ability to project a crystal clear image up to 200cm (80”) the Aiptek -170 will not fail to enhance your viewing or gaming pleasure. Connect via the Airplay or Miracast (Screen Mirroring) function from iOS or Android device, or the HDMI port for a wide variety of other playback devices.
4. Pro Plus 30 £295.00 from Varidesk
The Pro Plus 30 gives computer users the opportunity to rapidly change their working position from sitting to standing within seconds, reducing levels of fatigue and improving productivity. Ideal for those tight deadline days when the hours are stretching out…We have all been there!
Sized at 76cm(W) x75cm(D) the Pro Plus 30 is suitable for standard desk sizes and is big enough to accommodate those with single monitor setups or those with limited space. The two-tiered design with separate keyboard/mouse deck gives you plenty of room for basics and accessories with the added convenience of never having to move any components when raising or lowering your VARIDESK.
5. VARIchair £250.00 from Varidesk
Now you can stay active while staying in your chair. Designed to engage your leg, back and core muscles, the VARIChair gives you the freedom to move throughout your day. The durable, cushioned seat and articulating pedestal offer a wide range of motion so you can rock or stretch while sitting. The VARIChair’s Air-lift piston also raises the seat up to 32.75” (83.19 cm) allowing you to lean comfortably when standing.
The VARIChair has a low back design also encourages good posture and a weighted base so it stays put while you do the moving. Like other VARIDESK products, the VARIChair comes fully assembled, so you simply remove it from the box and you’re ready to go.
6. Boogie Board Sync 9.7″ £79.99 from The Fowndry
Say goodbye to paper and jack note-taking to a whole new level with the Boogie Board Sync LCD eWriter.
It’s estimated that it takes approximately 24 trees to produce a ton of printing and writing paper, so wouldn’t it be cool if you could find something elegant and refined yet unapologetically digital to prevent this. Well, the Boogie Board Sync, might just be the answer.
On this battery-powered 9.7” LCD tablet you can draw / write / doodle as if it were a pristine sheet of writing paper. The advanced Reflex® LCD writing surface feels like a spot-on match – you can even vary line thickness, depending on how lightly (or heavily) you apply the stylus. Daub with your finger, scribble with a pen lid, use any object you can find it’s like an electronic Etch-A-Sketch. And when you’re finished, just tap the button at the top to clear the screen in an instant. No crumpled paper, no messy rubbings-out. And with a rechargeable battery that’ll last up to 5 days, no more wasted paper either. You can also save hundreds of pages to memory, transfer files to a computer, tablet or smart phone, share messages with Evernote, or collaborate on the big screen instantly and wirelessly via Bluetooth. Optional free software even adds a virtual whiteboard presentation tool.
So save yourself the eco-guilt, smarten up your looks and carry on scribbling like a pro. This is the Boogie Board Sync 9.7” LCD eWriter you’ve been looking for.
7. NEW! Penclic KB3 Mini Keyboard in Black £79.99 from Penclic
Penclic are proud to present our latest mini keyboard that looks and feels amazing. The whole casing is made of metal for an exclusive feeling that oozes quality! Enjoy the simple and sleek design of Penclic’s ergonomic mini keyboard, which combines contemporary design, superior ergonomics and function without sacrificing comfort for size.
The KB3 small size allows you to centralize your work position, creating better focus and maximized desk space. Its optimal 5 mm profile and ergonomic design decreases strain on the wrists, which also serves to counteract and reduce RSI. Quiet-touch keys reduce noise and offer great tactile feeling, allowing you to utilise small keystrokes and minimal pressure when typing, leading to quicker results and productivity. The Penclic KB3 Mini keyboard works for win, ios and android and connects via bluetooth or you can switch to corded connection if you prefer that. The Dimensions of the KB3 Mini keyboard are 28cm wide, 11.5cm Deep and 1.25cm High at its highest point. Weighing in at just 284 Grams making it the ideal peripheral when you are on the move.
The Penclic KB3 will also soon be available in Gold, Pink and Grey.
8. Penclic D3 Corded Mouse £49.99 from Penclic
The Penclic D3 Corded mouse is a unique pen shaped mouse. A member of on amazing range of ergonomic computer accessories from Penclic the D3 is suitable for both left and right handers. The D3 features left and right mouse buttons as well as a central scroll wheel which doubles as a middle click button. Penclic innovative pen grip helps to counteract health issues (such as Repetitive Strain Injuries) experienced with conventional mice by creating a more natural working position. Suitable for both Mac’s and PC’s.
9. NEW! AMPware Power Generating iPhone Case £69.99 from The Fowndry
AMPware Power Generating iPhone Case has a slimline and super-efficient dynamo built in for charging your mobile by hand anywhere, anytime, any place.
The world’s first hand-cranked iPhone battery case, this revolutionary gadget turns ten minutes of elbow grease into two hours of regular mobile use, to get you out of trouble when you really need it. Whether you’re camping in the back of beyond, powering through to dawn at a festival, or just stuck in traffic on the way home.
Developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, AMPware Power Generating iPhone Case not only powers your gadget, it does a first rate job of protecting it as well. And all with a discreet, pocket-friendly design.
10. R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum Cleaner £12.99 from The Fowndry
The R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum Cleaner adds yet another skill to the little astromech’s CV – hovering up dust and crumbs around your workstation. The Force is strong with this one. Sorry! Couldn’t resist. But if your workstation is dustier than a Tatooine picnic, this R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum Cleaner is the droid you’re looking for. Pootle your way around your workspace with the iconic astromech droid, hoovering up dust, crumbs and stray hairs as you go. A great office toy and handy way to keep the dark forces of grubbiness at bay.
USB powered and measures approximately 13.5cm tall.
11. Cafflano Klassic Portable Coffee Maker, available in Black or Red £79.99 from The Fowndry
The award-winning* Cafflano Klassic is the world’s first all-in-one portable coffee maker. Perfect for life on the go; grind your own beans and drip-filter a hot cup of Joe wherever you are.
Cafflano Klassic lets you take the whole show on the road. Looking like a regular travel mug, this stunning portable coffee maker comes complete with a water pourer, hand grinder, built-in filter and insulated mug. All you need is hot water to enjoy your favourite java from bean to steaming black stuff in minutes. And thanks to the insulated walls of this coffee brewing travel mug, it’ll stay that way for ages. Far longer than those chipped mugs at the office, anyway.
12. NEW! Hot Disk USB Mug Warmer £11.99 from The Fowndry
We love our computer! Whether it’s for keeping track of the latest news/gossip, shopping for new gear or posting pictures of cats with moustaches. With so much to do it’s a wonder we find time to eat and sleep – let alone finish our cuppa. So for all those who are ‘hard at work’, we’ve got the Hot Disks USB Mug Warmer.
The USB cup heater will be your new favourite desktop gadget. Available in either 90s style Floppy Disc Drive or Vinyl Record versions, each plugs directly into your USB port and provides enough heat to keep your drink at an optimum 50C/122F. Compatible with PC or Mac, just pop your cup on top.
13. NEW Hyperchiller Iced Coffee Maker £32.99 from The Fowndry
Hyperchiller Iced Coffee Maker is the instant drink chiller for making the perfect home-brewed iced coffee. Or iced tea. Or iced wine…
Forget your cold brew coffee maker and elaborate recipes, this rapid beverage chiller works with any coffee making method and single-serve brewing machine – preparing the perfect iced coffee in less than a minute. Simply make your coffee as normal, fetch your Hyperchiller from the freezer, and pour in your coffee. The Hyperchiller’s stainless steel central cooling chamber surrounds your coffee with a thick layer of ice, cooling it by as much as 130 degrees in the time it takes you to butter a croissant.
Great for pouring into your travel mug, or sipping on a sunny Sunday afternoon, this instant drink chiller can make a mean iced tea too – not to mention cooling a glass of pinot in no time flat. Well… why stop at iced coffee?
14. Flic Wireless Smart Button £31.99 from The Fowndry
Flic Wireless Smart Button can remotely control all sorts of functions on your smart devices. Like the small, squidgy conductor of your smart device orchestra, this clever little nubbin can be programmed to instantly trigger a tonne of features on your smart devices. Picture this… You walk through your front door and, with one press of a Flic Wireless Smart Button on the wall, you dim the (smart) lights, nudge the (smart) thermostat up a few degrees and hit play on your (smart) music player.
But this customisable remote control button is more than just a smart home control device. Always losing your mobile phone in the house? Set a Flic Button to make it ring. Out walking alone? Carry it as an emergency distress button, or use it to instantly ping your location to a friend, fire up your GPS, or speed dial a cab company. Maybe order pizza. Or map your run when burning off those calories. In fact you don’t necessarily even need your phone… with Flic you can post instantly to Twitter or Facebook!
15. NEW! R2-D2 4-Port USB Hub £49.99 from The Fowndry
The R2-D2 4-Port USB Hub charges your gadgets and stores data to USB sticks, all to the sound of Artoo’s chirpy beeps and whistles. You may not be racing to the swamps of Dagobah, but surfing the interwebs can be quite the adventure. Thankfully with the R2-D2 4-Port USB Hub you’ve the perfect companion. Barely bigger than a coffee mug, this loveable desktop astromech droid is always on hand to save the day – or just give his iconic bleepy commentary on it. Plug him into your computer’s USB port and watch as he surveys the scene with his rotating head and single colour-changing light-up eye.
Provides 4 USB ports, ideal for charging and syncing mobile devices or plugging in USB sticks.