Office Devices You Didn’t Know You Needed

These office devices may be able to help your small business or home office enhance overall productivity and job efficiency.

We are constantly assaulted with new gadgets and gizmos. However, devices that are truly functional rather than just decorative are considerably difficult to come by. Here are a few that really hit the mark.

Griffin MultiDock is a docking station for several office devices.

The Griffin MultiDock ($699.99) is the charging station you didn’t realize you were missing. It can store, charge, and even sync up to 10 Android or iOS tablets or smartphones without removing them from their cases.

Additionally, the MultiDock comes with unique LEDs to show the charging state of each bay. Furthermore, it has a locking panel that works well for protecting devices overnight. In addition, it has a relatively small footprint. It’s only slightly larger than a laptop computer. ChargeSensor technology recognizes each connected device’s charging characteristics. Therefore, it provides the best charging rate of up to 10 watts per bay.

NeatConnect scans easily and efficiently.

The NeatConnect ($469.95) is a wireless, independent scanner that connects directly to your Wi-Fi network. This eliminates the need for a controlling PC. It can scan in color and simultaneously scan both sides of your documents. More crucially, the NeatConnect can be easily programmed to digitize paper documents. In addition, it sends them through FTP or email attachments to a variety of cloud services.

The NeatConnect’s easy color touchscreen allows users to set scanning parameters. It also allows them to set output destinations among other activities.

HP Instant Ink

That moment when you need to print something important and there’s not enough ink in the printer… We’ve all been in this situation before and now we have the solution with HP Instant Ink, the hassle-free, money-saving ink subscription service that delivers ink the moment you need it for up to 50% less.

With HP’s Instant Ink service, you can forget about going to the store to buy cartridges. Your printer will tell HP exactly when you’re about to run out of ink and HP will automatically send you new cartridges before you need them.

Highlights:

  • Instead of buying cartridges, you pay a low monthly fee based on how often you print. Plans start as low as $0.99 a month and cover, ink, shipping, and recycling.
  • Flexible plans for everyone
  • Earth friendly with recycling of cartridges, recycled content used to make the cartridges, and less packaging and fewer shipments when using a subscription leading to reduced energy usage.

Transporter. The storage device…with a punch.

The Transporter networked storage drive ($199 with 500GB disk) works a little differently than a standard Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliance.

The Transporter connects to the local network to establish a private cloud that can be accessed locally and remotely. Files are automatically synchronized from desktops and laptops for data backup. As a result, it leaves less frequently used files on devices with limited storage space.

If needed, install a second Transporter in a different area. This would provide geographical protection from disasters by storing duplicate files.

Dropcam Pro is a video recording software device.

The Dropcam Pro ($199) is a more powerful version of the Dropcam Wi-Fi video monitoring service. It features two-way conversation and remote viewing capabilities. It’s ideal for keeping track of what’s going on at work.

Dropcam’s servers receive 720p HD video from the wireless camera. Record and view these via a Web browser or mobile device. The Dropcam Pro has a 130-degree field of vision, 8x zoom, and operates on 5GHz Wi-Fi.

Note that storing a duplicate of your video recordings in the cloud requires a separate cloud recording package. This ranges from $99 per year for 7 days’ worth of recording to $299 per year for 30 days’ worth.

xPrintServer by Lantronix is a device for printing anywhere, from anything.

The Lantronix xPrintServer is a network device that connects to legacy printers. It allows users to print from their smartphones and tablets’ native print menus. It has support for both USB and network printers. Therefore there’s no need to spend a lot of money on a new printer.

Furthermore, there is no need to use time-consuming methods like using third-party programs or sending documents to be printed later on a PC.

The xPrintServer comes in two flavors: iOS ($199.95) and Cloud Print ($149.95). The former enables printing from Chromebooks, Android devices, and Kindle Fire devices. However, the latter does not.

WeMo Insight Switch by Belkin, the office device to track energy use.

The Belkin WeMo Insight Switch ($59.99) is a home automation device from the Belkin WeMo series. It has the capacity to track energy consumption. In addition, it has the ability to turn on and off connected office devices.

Connect the switch to a Wi-Fi network. Control it via an iOS device (or Android) using the free WeMo app. It’s also possible to generate and upload preset schedules. This makes it ideal for usage with devices like space heaters or wall air conditioners. Additionally, use them with the Griffin MultiDock to keep track of time charging gadgets.

Balance 30 LTE Peplink balances internet loads.

The Peplink Balance 30 LTE ($569) could be a vital tool for your small business if Internet access is critical.

With two or more built-in Ethernet wide area network (WAN) ports, the Balance family of internet routers can load balance across various Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This provides optimal internet stability.

The Balance 30 LTE comes with an inbuilt LTE modem for 4G and 3G wireless mobile fallback. This is useful in the event that your wired internet service goes down.

P710e Logitech Mobile Speakerphone, stylishly wireless.

The Logitech Mobile Speakerphone P710e ($169.99) is a stylish speakerphone. It has an integrated stand that allows you to use your phone or tablet hands-free.

The gadget is compatible with PCs and Macs. In addition, it’s compatible with wireless Bluetooth and NFC devices. Furthermore, it is certified for Microsoft Lync and Skype.

The P710e effectively converts that empty space into an immediate meeting room. The speakerphone has a battery life of up to 15 hours, and the internal battery can be charged through USB or the accompanying AC converter.

CableBin BlueLounge, the device for your device’s cables.

The BlueLounge CableBin ($89.95) takes an elegant approach to cable management. This is something that all small businesses have to deal with. The cylindrical bucket is a convenient port. It’s an effective method to collect and organize the clutter that comes with technological devices.

Small gadgets and wires may be neatly tucked away without the use of cable ties or Velcro closures. This is due to the considerable internal space of this device. Additionally, the CableBin includes a number of adhesive hooks. Attach them to the inside of the bin to help with the positioning of power extension switches and extra cables.

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