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Work better – and happier – with our choice of tech for an awesome self-employed set-up
Boost your productivity, and fall in love with work again, with the latest home office tech
01 LENOVO YOGA 910
When you have your own business, you can often find yourself on the move, meeting clients and attending events. So it’s worth investing in a workstation you can use both at home and away. As its name implies, the new Yoga 910 is super-flexible. Two USB-C ports enable you to connect it up to the latest ultrathin monitors and external hard drives when you’re in the office, while the 360-degree flip-and-fold design, 4K edge-to-edge touch display and all-day battery life are ideal for carrying out tasks on the go.
From £1,300, lenovo.com/uk 02 DEL S2718D
When desk space is at a premium, you need what Dell is calling “the world’s thinnest monitor”. But its super-svelte form is just one reason to invest in this spanking-new display. You also get 27 inches of almostbezelless Quad HD brilliance, as well as future-proof USB-C connectivity. Your work will have never looked better. £560, dell.co.uk
03 AE RODES K 1200 CLASSIC
Spending hours holed away thrashing out that brief can leave you hankering after a bit of sunlight; something to help you over the finish line. The 1200 Classic desk features a Lightbar that mimics the sun’s glow, casting a shadow-free beam across your workspace and emitting a daylight temperature. Bliss. £1,200, aerodesk.co.uk
04 LA CIE PO RSCHE DESIGN MO BILE DRIVE
Time is money, of course, so the quicker you can carry out those simple tasks – like backing up your files – the better. Recognising this, LaCie has teamed up with Porsche Design to create a series of lightning-fast mobile drives. A USB 3.0 interface means you can transfer a 700MB video file in under seven seconds – and, like a Porsche, they look great too. From £59.99 (500GB), lacie.com/gb/en
05 AMAZON ECHO
Too busy to look up from your keyboard? No problem! The Echo can change your music, order you a pizza, create to-do lists and tell you what meetings you have coming up, all via voice commands to its on-board computer – meet Alexa, your new PA. For extra peace of mind while you work, ask the Echo to display what your connected security camera is seeing and it’ll ping the feed to your monitor. £149.99, amazon.co.uk/echo
06 FOO BOT
You’re taking regular screen breaks, so why are you still getting a headache? The answer might lie in the quality of air circulating around your office. The Foobot – another gadget that works with the Amazon Echo – will figure out if there’s too much dust, humidity or particulate matter in the air, then give you tips on how to breathe better. You can even set it to switch on your smart ventilation system. €199 (£170), foobot.io