5 Gadgets to help you work from home over Christmas

logitech-webcamIn an ideal world we’d all stop working on around the 18th of December and then not return to our computers, diaries and the dreaded commute until at least the middle of January. Can you imagine…? But unfortunately that’s not the case for many of us and we spend a significant amount of the Christmas break checking emails, responding to problems and checking everything’s running smoothly.

 

If you have to actually go into your office between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve then we really feel for you, but this list is for those who have managed to blag their way out of going in and have promised that they’ll definitely do some work from home. Yeah, we believe you.

 

So if you plan on setting up your own little at home office at the end of this month, then we’re here to tell you which gadgets might make like a whole lot easier, so you can finish everything as quickly as possible and get back to turkey sandwiches and It’s a Wonderful Life in no time.

 

1. External hard drive

There are all kinds of online services that you can use to move content from different devices and keep it all stored happily up there in the cloud. We’re big fans of Dropbox and Google’s very own Drive for that kind of storage.

However, we’re also big fans of gadgets here at Envirofone, so if you’re looking for a way to keep documents safe then invest in an external hard drive instead, which you can carry with you wherever you go.

You don’t need to opt for the most pricey option, just go for a medium-sized gadget that’ll keep your work documents, files and folders safe on the move when you’re working from home.

G-Technology produces a range of hard drives to suit your needs and we like its Apple-esque version called the G-Drive Mobile (G-Technology, for around £150) with 1TB of capacity and a smooth aluminium finish.

2. Printer

If you’re used to working in an office most of the time you’ll probably take for granted just how many gadgets and appliances are at your disposal day in and day out. One of the most annoying gadgets that we guarantee most of you don’t need a lot of the time but do heavily rely on just now and again is the printer.

If you don’t tend to print out much at home then invest in something cheap and cheerful that’ll do the trick when you need to send a document, scan over something to see how it looks on paper or just give your eyes a break from the computer screen.

Argos is a great place to shop for printers as it always has great deals and you can get the device delivered or arrange to pick one up at your closest store. The Canon MP230 All-In-One (Argos, £39.99) is a great option for basic printing needs. Just make sure you go steady with other supplies, sometimes good quality ink can cost more than the actual device itself!

3. Webcam

We really hope you don’t have to waste your time on conference calls over the Christmas period (we’re welling up just at the thought of it), but if it beats travelling into the office on Boxing Day then you probably need to be prepared to catch up with colleagues and clients while you’re working at home.

Sign up to a Skype account and make sure you’ve got a decent webcam. We like Logitech’s colourful C270 gadgets (Logitech, £24.99) with HD 720p video calling that are guaranteed to brighten up that dingy little home office.

4. Phone/Tablet stand

Keep all of your gadgets neat and tidy over the Christmas break otherwise it’ll all start to feel a little too cluttered and a little too much like actual work. If you haven’t got one already invest in a simple stand for your phone or tablet PC so you can make calls and check emails easily.

We’ve already written about our love for the Breffo stand range (check out Gadgets and accessories for the perfect car journey), but reckon its simple Spider Podium (Breffo, £14.95) gadget is ideal for work and home.

5. Headphones
If you’re making calls, watching videos and listening to talks while you work away you don’t want the rest of your family to be disturbed, so ensure you have a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones at your disposal.
Sony produces a range of headphones at different price points, but this 3G Noise Isolating (HMV, £89.99) pair won’t break the bank and will keep all your boring work stuff to yourself.

 
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About Becca Caddy

Becca is freelance writer specialising in all things tech, web culture and social media. She works as the Editor of Shiny Shiny and the UK Editor of Popgadget and has written for various print and online publications, including The Sunday Times, BitchBuzz and New Media Age’s spin-off publication, Reputation Online. Follow Becca on Twitter: @beccacaddy
  • http://www.gplus.to/jamiegibbs Jamie

    A good list, but I’d have to factor in my proximity to the Xbox, which would be the singular cause of my complete lack of productivity over the Christmas holidays. Being able to work exclusively in my pyjamas makes it a tempting prospect though …

    Jamie

  • http://www.gplus.to/jamiegibbs Jamie

    A good list, but I’d have to factor in my proximity to the Xbox, which would be the singular cause of my complete lack of productivity over the Christmas holidays. Being able to work exclusively in my pyjamas makes it a tempting prospect though …

    Jamie