15 Home Gadgets That Will Improve Your Home Office
To get the best results you need the best tools, and that includes tech. Whether you are at the office or working from home, the best tech can enhance your productivity, security, comfort, and entertainment.
Here is a list of our favourite smart home gadgets.
Apple MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro is super fast, has up to 10 hours of battery life, and can hold up to 32 GB of memory. That means fast programs, lots of storage, and no more frantically searching for your charging cable. Whatever your business is the MacBook can help you achieve your goals.
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook
If you are more of a PC person then a Mac person then the Chromebook may be the laptop for you. This ultra-light and affordable laptop does everything you need, whether you are at home or on the go. A Lenovo Chromebook integrates seamlessly with G Suite, and comes with an optional touchscreen. It can last up to 10 hours on a single battery charge and comes with up to 32 GB of hard disk space.
Amazon Kindle E-reader
The Amazon Kindle has revolutionized how we consume e-books. This lightweight device features a touchscreen that reads like real paper, so you don’t have to worry about glare. A single battery charge can last weeks, and the device can hold thousands of books. One of the best features is the immense Amazon library, which features millions of titles all for $4.99 CAD or less. Kindle lets you read wherever you are, without the interruption of notifications or alerts to distract you from your book.
AUKEY Portable External Power Bank
In a world where we are all tethered to our smartphones a dead battery is a huge problem. The AUKEY Portable External Power Bank is one of the best rated power banks on the market. It can charge an iPhone 8 4.6 times, or an iPad Mini 1.5 times on a single charge. It also features two USB ports, so you can charge two devices simultaneously. It is lightweight enough to travel easily, but also durable so you don’t have to worry. This device is an excellent addition to any work bag, suitcase, purse, or school bag.
This version of Amazon’s home assistant Alexa is easy to use. She can control your smart home, take notes, create shopping lists, and (of course) buy items from Amazon for you. Unlike other smart assistants, she can also respond well to follow up questions, allowing you to carry on a pretty decent conversation with you.
Alexa is also capable of learning your routine, a feature that allows you to set up a string of actions with one specific phrase. For example, if you say “Alexa, start my day” you can set her up so she will tell you the weather forecast, the traffic report, and a daily news briefing. You can also use Alexa to call and chat with other Alexa users. You can also use your phone to call your Alexa and talk with your family members at home.
Nest is a smart home company that makes smart thermostats, cameras, doorbells, locks, and smoke and CO detectors. These products are all wifi connected, meaning you can monitor them from your smartphone and they can learn from you.
Nest Smart Thermostat
Your smart thermostat can learn your temperature preferences and automatically program itself to suit your preferences. This allows you to save money on your heating bills, and ensure that your home is always the perfect temperature.
All Nest cameras connect to your phone, allowing you to remotely check up on your home any time you like. It can act as a baby monitor or pet sitter and can differentiate between people and objects so it can alert you if something might be amiss. You can teach your camera which faces are friendly, and which are strangers, and have two-way conversations. All cameras include night vision, 24/7 live video, and 3-hour snapshot histories.
The Nest Doorbell (called Nest Hello) delivers HD video and crisp images, even at night. It is designed to show you everything that happens on your doorstep and includes 27/7 streaming and a 3-hour snapshot history.
Nest also partnered with Yale to produce a line of secure locks. These tamper-proof, deadbolt locks are key-free and connect to your nest app. They allow you to remotely lock and unlock your door and works with a passcode you give to friends and family.
Nest Smoke and CO Alarm
The Nest Protect is a combination smoke and CO Alarm that tests itself automatically and has enough battery power to last up to a decade. It is also the first home alarm you can hush from your phone, and if something is wrong, it will alert you on your phone.
Philips Hue White and Colour Light Bulbs
Philips Hue Light Bulbs let you change your lighting colours easily and is part of an integrated app ecosystem so it can be easily paired with other products such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s HomeKit, Samsung’s SmartThings hub, and Google Home. This product allows you to choose your lighting brightness and colour using your smartphone remotely, so you can adjust the brightness and colour to set the perfect mood.
EcoVacs Robot Vacuum Cleaners
Let’s face it, we all want clean floors, but no one enjoys vacuuming. EcoVacs produces a line of robot vacuum cleaners, including the Deebot N79 and Deebot N79S.
Deebot N79 Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The Deebot N79 is nimble enough to navigate most homes without getting stuck and can be controlled using the EcoVacs app. The app allows you to monitor your cleaning status, set cleaning modes, and easily schedule cleaning times. It also runs very quietly, and its V-shaped brush ensures that it picks up more dirt and dust from your carpets, achieving a deeper clean.
Deebot N79S Robot Vacuum Cleaner
The Deebot N79S has all the same functionality as its predecessor but is also compatible with your Amazon Echo so that it can be easily integrated into your larger smart home system.
Apple AirPort Time Capsule
This device allows you to back up your data and connect to your wifi at the same time. You can also back up multiple computers on the same wireless network, so you can backup your desktop and your work laptop at the same time. All of this happens automatically, so you never have to worry about losing files.
The time capsule also works as a wifi base station, giving you internet speeds that are up to three times faster than your ordinary wifi. The time capsule is also very easy to use and can be managed using your computer, tablet, or iPhone.
Belkin WeMo Insight Smart Plug
This smart plug is a great way to monitor your energy consumption and save money on your bills. Using your phone or tablet the WeMo Smart Plug gives you real-time data about your energy use. You can also control devices plugged into the Smart Plug using your home’s wifi network. Using your phone or tablet you can remotely shut off devices that are connected to the plug, so you never need to worry about leaving your iron or space heater on again.
Good smart home gadgets are a great way to enhance your life, both while working and while relaxing. With these devices, you can ask Alexa to put on your favourite tunes, dim the lights, let the robot do the housework, and rest easy knowing your iron is off and your home and loved ones are protected.
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