Make Your Home Office More Productive

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated June 30th, 2023
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While it’s easy to plunk yourself down wherever and call it an office, curating a space to work from is vital for your self-motivation and work flow. Taking the time to find the right setup and products for your home office is a worthy investment of your energy and you’ll see it come back to you in greater productivity. If you are feeling a bit lost on what might be the best products for your home office, don’t stress as we put together a list of some of our top-rated favourites.

These top picks will cover the key components you need for a solid home office setup and will be based on performance and price. As you read through this article, you'll see that we've included the popular options in each category that are currently available.

Your Go-To Device

To kick off your super home office setup, you need a reliable device that can keep up with the daily demands of your work. While you likely already have one, if you're on the market for a new device, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 9 tablet. We recommend this one for anyone who is after a versatile and portable device that also offers the benefit of digital note taking! If you like the idea of flexibility but your work requires a fair amount of computer resources, check out the Surface Laptop Studio instead. 

The innovative Surface Pro 9 has a flexible design that lets you easily adjust to your working style. With the improved built-in kickstand, you can prop it up to watch videos, and add a keyboard to use it as a laptop. Think of it as a portable studio that lets you check emails, draw artwork (using the Surface Pen), take notes, create spreadsheets, and more - this versatile device delivers a unique experience that adapts to each user and task. The Surface Pro 9 provides smooth performance that you can depend on for all your daily office tasks, featuring an Intel i7 or i5 processor, up to 16GB of memory and 256GB of storage. 

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Made from premium materials, it's built to last
Surface Pro 9 with kickstand
A versatile design makes it usable in many ways

For users who are on the go and/or don’t want to lug around a mouse + keyboard, the Surface Pro keyboard provides a slim, magnetic cover that operates like a full, traditional keyboard - it includes a mousepad too. It features LED backlighting and has optimal key spacing to provide users with a fluid typing experience. This keyboard cover is great to use anywhere – plus with the large glass trackpad, you can enjoy precise control and navigation.

This ultra-slim and light device is a great pick for any home office, whether you are creating content with the Microsoft Office Suite or designing media with the amazing Surface Pen, you can easily rely on this device and stay productive. With up to 13.5 hours of battery life with a single charge, users can easily take this portable device to any business meeting or work trip and stay productive in or out of your home office.

An Easy-to-Connect Dock

If you grab one of the versatile Surface Pro 9 Tablets for your new home office setup, we'd highly recommend adding a dock so that you can plug in all your peripherals, media devices and displays with ease. With the Microsoft Surface Dock, you'll have all the ports you need with two high-definition video ports, a gigabit Ethernet port, high-speed USB ports, and an audio output. This will give you all you need to create a sleek desktop setup, so you can do your best work.

The Surface Dock instantly transforms your ultra-portable Surface Pro 9 into a desktop working environment and can help boost your productivity. Simply plug in the Surface Connect cable and you can charge your device while having access to external monitors, a keyboard, mouse, printer and more.

You can connect to a whole setup in moments with a dock
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The dock makes it easy to attach and detach your device

The Surface Dock features fast operating technology, which enables high-speed transfer of video, audio and data over a single cable, keeping your desk clutter-free. The Gigabit Ethernet port is ideal for home office users who may require a stronger wired connection for HD conference calls and uploading large files.

A Wide Monitor For Less Clutter

The latest generation of wide screen monitors makes them as good, if not better, that most dual-monitor setups. Providing a truly immersive viewing experience, some wide screen monitors have a deep curve to span your vision, allowing you to focus deeper into your content while still enjoying more screen space - keeping you productive and able to multitask effectively.

With models that feature USB-C direct connectivity, they are made to be combined with powerful new laptops, such as the Surface.  Because ultra wide monitors are so large, they're perfect for viewing multiple tabs, windows, and documents at once that can help enhance productivity. With the USB Type-C port, you can conveniently allow 4K video display, data transfer and laptop/mobile device charging, all at the same time over a single cable – helping you to reduce cord clutter and increase efficiency.

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Some ultra wide monitor has USB-C docking built-in
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Using special functions, like Picture in Picture, you can see even more

With the pixel area being about 1.8 times larger than a FHD 21:9 monitor, the quality it delivers is great, with deep blacks, vibrant whites, and richer colours for a true to life viewing experience. There are a plenty of options with incredible colour accuracy that are perfect for photographers, producers and other creative professionals too. 

Don’t just take our word on how great this monitor is for improving your viewing experience and productivity while working in your home office; verified owner Dave has reviewed the LG 34” Ultra Wide monitor and said, “I love it I’m a technology consultant and I do a lot of tuition so the big screen is absolutely awesome far better than having two individual screens.”

An Ergonomic Keyboard for Productivity

Even though most of us use laptops which already come with a keyboard and trackpad, we know that especially when working long hours, having an ergonomic mouse and keyboard is very important for providing ultimate comfort and productivity. One option we'd recommend checking out, is the Microsoft Sculpt Curved Wireless Keyboard - this is designed for users who will spend a lot of time typing. Investing in this ergonomically designed keyboard will pay out great dividends in comfort, improved productivity, and fewer aches and pains in the long run.

The keyboard features a unique natural angled design with a curved key bed, ergonomic arc and reversed slope, which allows users to type in total comfort and encourages wrist and arm alignment so you can work without any muscle strain for hours – plus with a plush palm rest, you can easily rest your hands while you stay productive. Something we love as much as the keyboard is the included wireless Numpad. The detached form factor is truly excellent and it makes working with large spreadsheets and numbers such a great experience.

The ergonomic shape is unique and highly acclaimed
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It takes only a moment to get used to

Customisable hotkeys allow users to perform common tasks like opening documents and replying to emails, with the simple touch of a button. This highly rated keyboard is essential for so many office users; verified owner Sabine has said “I absolutely love this keyboard (can't stand the mouse though so would love an option to buy without the mouse as it will just become landfill)” but sadly there is not, we'll call it a 'spare mouse' for now though.

And that brings us to the next part of our ultimate home office setup!

An Advanced Mouse For Comfort

The premium Logitech MX Master 3S Mouse is an excellent pick for home office users that want to be efficient with their work. It has advanced features and a stunning design, delivering exceptional comfort, control, precision and customisation. One of the most appealing features of this mouse is the hand-sculpted design that will support your hand and wrist in a comfortable, natural position. Experience fine-motion control and fluid experience with well-positioned buttons and wheels, so you can work in comfort all day, knowing your hand will never cramp up when browsing, drawing or running any other programmes.

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Wireless connectivity is great, and you can always plug in if needed
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An extremely comfortable design that flows with the hand

The wireless MX Master Mouse 3S is equipped with an accurate 8000 DPI precision sensor that tracks on virtually any surface, even glass - plus a full charge will give you 70 days of use! This 5-star mouse has some amazing reviews from other users, like verified owner ChindaC who has said “I bought this mouse recently and I can assure you that it has been a time saver improving my productivity for work [...]. Overall, this product is amazing, highly recommend!”

Printer, Scanner and Copier In One!

Now that we have some great peripherals to make our workflow more productive and comfortable, our home office setup is almost complete! Many workers, designers and other users may require a printer that can print, copy, fax and scan documents, and that’s why we are recommending a multi-function inkjet as part of our home office upgrade. We have an awesome range of printers that can provide high-quality print, copy, scan, and fax functionality at your fingertips, and most of them have wireless connectivity too! To find the best printer for your needs, check out our article on How to Choose The Best Printer For Your Needs.

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With wireless features you can put you printer anywhere
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The HP OfficeJet Pro series has models ideal for the office at home

Many people are reluctant to purchases inket printers for their homes over the more common office laser option as they are concerned about the high cost of ink cartridges; however, the quantity of prints required to fully consume a laser toner cartridge might just be too much for one person to do. If you require a printer for everyday tasks, then the less expensive Inkjet can easily and quickly take care of all your printing and office needs. Plus, if you're printing pictures and/or in colour, they will end up working out cheaper in ink anyway.

Sit/Standing Office Desk

So, we now have heaps of amazing tech goodies for your home office, but we can’t just set up these products on the floor. The dining table or just any basic desk isn't going to support a productive workspace either. To help boost productivity and keep your health in tip-top shape while working, we recommend a Height Adjustable Desk provides a versatile desk solution to help keep users active. Loctek provides a great range of standing desks and other ergonomic solutions for your workspace - read more about these here.

The ergonomic Loctek standing desk series can provide amazing benefits for your working lifestyle and health. Many of their desks have a dual-motor system with anti collision functions so you can sit or stand in seconds. This can easily fit all your new office setup and is designed with durable and strong materials, so you don’t have to worry about having a wobbly, distracting desk.

A Loctek desk setup
Standing desks are fantastic for the home office
Moving from sitting desk position to standing desk
The desk height adjustment is quick, easy and quiet

Standing desks have become an increasingly popular solution to counter the detrimental effects of sitting too much while gaining a healthier work lifestyle, and benefitting from a potential increase in work performance and productivity. Feeling a bit bloated after a heavy lunch or dinner – just stand and work for an hour or two and you will be feeling much more productive and energised.

Choosing to stand for a few hours a day while working can help improve blood circulation, relieve neck or back pain, help burn calories, prevent cardiovascular disease and support better posture. 

Give your home office the upgrade it deserves with these amazing products that can enhance your productivity while letting you work in comfort for hours - and be sure to keep your eyes on Hardwired for the latest tips.

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