So you've gone through our home office upgrade checklist and you're left wondering what more you can do to maximize your workspace. Now you've got the foundation all set for a comfortable and well equipped home office, it might be time to focus on the more techy side, so here are six devices you may have long ignored which can result in big boosts in productivity and or reliability once updated...
Get A Bigger/Second Monitor
With a bigger monitor and higher resolution you can fit more on your screen and get more work done. Even better, treat yourself to dual monitors and get even more work done with multiple windows open and managed properly without having to tab and move things around. Go the distance and get a proper mount to hold all these bad boys together and help minimize the clutter you just added to your desk with all those massive monitors.
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Go Wireless with your Keyboard & Mouse
If you haven't already, you'll thoroughly love the freedom of a wireless mouse. It's not just the freedom of movement but also clearing up the clutter of wires on and around your desk. Just don't forget to charge them once in a while as they tend to always go dead at a crucial moment.
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Add a Wireless Printer
Don't force yourself to stick a bulky printer in spaces that don't work for your work space simply because the USB cable is too short and there's no other place to stash that monstrous and usually not so pretty printer. Go wireless and tuck it away in a closet, drawer, cabinet, or other out of sight space that frees up the space around you.
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Add a Multi-Card Reader
There are so many types of flash memory available and it's a pain if you don't have the right reader/adapter. A multi-card reader is so cheap and convenient it's a no brainer to add one to your setup.
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Add a UPS for Battery Backup
There's nothing worse than the power cutting out and shutting off your computer, losing all of your work and possibly frying your system. Get a simple to use and fairly inexpensive battery backup solution and connect your important and expensive components to give you those precious moments to save your work and properly shut down your computer.
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Start Backing Up Your Stuff
You can't begin to imagine how pissed off and sad you might be if you lost all of your precious documents and files and pictures and music if your hard drive failed. So get proactive and start backing up your files!
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(Images: Top image from Bethany Nauert/ Blythe's Bohemian West Hollywood Cottage; Flickr members Robert Scoble and Techie licensed for use under Creative Commons, Digital Earth)