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Looking for essential smart home office tech gadgets in 2020?
Perhaps, like me and much of the rest of the world, you were recently politely asked to spend more time working from home to escape a certain disease.
Or maybe you just want to bedazzle your home office with a little more high tech bling.
Then pull up that dated desk chair of yours and get ready to nerd out right along with me on the best smart home office tech gadgets you an buy this year.
I spent the better part of the past week vetting literally hundreds of home office technology devices, gadgets, and gizmos to bring you 17 of the coolest.
The Most Essential Smart Home Office Tech GadgetsMy mission: to help you—or perhaps that special someone you are shopping for—build the ultimate home office!
With more people working from home longer hours, making that experience as painless and enjoyable as possible is key. [Source: Gallup State of the American Workplace Report as reported in the New York Times.]
Technology can help.
Best of all?
I’ve included some awesomely neat smart home office tech gadgets and ideas to satisfy pretty much any budget.
Let’s dive right in.
No. 1 – Alexa Coffee Maker: Hamilton Beach
I would like to kick off my list of smart home office tech gadgets—from bed! The Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker [see it at Amazon here], is one of those ingenious smart home office tech gadgets that allows you to brew the perfect cup of coffee from your mattress or wherever you may be.
It has a built-in wake-up mode lets you set alarms you can wake up to a freshly brewed cup.
You can also personalize your coffee strength, number of cups, and grind settings using your iOS or Android smartphone via the app. Optionally, you can control them manually using the LCD screen on the device. What’s more, you can also brew your coffee using your favorite Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant device.
Are you still using that Keurig? Really? They’re SO 2017. Toss it out; this is high tech coffee at its best.
Then you can just say: “Alexa, turn on my coffee maker” or “Alexa, set brew strength to bold.” It’s as simple as that.
No. 2 – Desk: Flexispot Adjustable Sit/Stand Desk
At the tippity top of any respectable list of smart home office tech gadgets is a smarter desk [after coffee, of course]. The Flexispot Electric Adjustable Sit/Stand Desk is just that. By pushing a button, you can set a desk height that is perfect for the way you work.
Ergonomic by design, the Flexispot helps you ensure comfort as well as good posture. The only problem is you may not be able to stop for yourself from playing with it!
We like the 48” Adjustable Desk Frame in gray and black but other colors and sizes are also available on Amazon. The Flexispot offers 3 customizable height preset options. The desktop is made of medium-density fiberboard with a scratch-resistant high-pressure laminate. I recently visited a major retail furniture chain in my neck of the woods, and the Flexispot was more than less than half the cost of a similar adjustable desk. No brainer.
I’ve already ordered mine and can’t wait to play with it. Upp….and down. Uppp….and down. OK, I’ll stop.
AdamIvy does a nice job in this video review of the 35″ model of the riser (which works with an existing desk).
No. 3 – Desk Chair: Modway Edge
Now that you have an awesome high-tech adjustable desk, you’ll need a chair to go with it. The Modway Edge Drafting Chair provides the perfect complement to any drafting desk. It’s super comfortable, versatile, has stellar reviews, and lets you adjust the height to match the altitude of your favorite adjustable desk setup. The chair’s features include a breathable mesh back, vinyl-covered foam waterfall seat, and lumbar support to keep your back and thighs posture-perfect. You can even flip up the arms to get them out of your way. Go ahead and save your back, sit comfortably, and look good in the process. I double-dog dare you.
No. 4 – Smart Coffee Mug: Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug
Now that’s your coffee is brewed and your desk is ready, grab yourself a cup of fresh Joe and head on over to your new smart desk. But wait. Wouldn’t it be great if you could take your time sipping that delicious cup of coffee and have it remain nice and hot and until the last drop? Don’t worry, we got-chu!
The Ember Temperature Control Ceramic Mug [links to Amazon] lets you remotely adjust your coffee to your ideal temperature using your smart device. What?? Seriously. The mug was designed to keep your coffee at your desired temperature for an hour when poured in hot at a set temperature of 130-degrees Fahrenheit. Now that’s hot! If you know “someone” who nukes their coffee all morning to keep it hot, do them a favor. Get the Ember for yourself—um I mean that special someone— instead.
And for those of who you like to keep your coffee hot on the go, there’s the Ember Temperature Control Travel Mug. I mean, you need to leave the home office sometimes, right? Right???
OK, moving on…
No. 5 – Tablet/Laptop Combo: Microsoft Surface Pro 6
OK, you’ve gifted your loved one an awesome desk [and some delicious hot coffee]. The next item on my list of smart home office tech gadgets will help you replace that dirty old germy laptop you’ve been using. [Oh wait, that’s me; damn Oreos!] The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 may be just what the computer doctor ordered. The Surface Pro combines all benefits of a laptop and tablet and it does so elegantly.
At just 3.53 lbs., it’s light as well as versatile. And it’s also surprisingly fast and powerful with the new 8th Generation Intel Core processor. You’ve seen that commercial of that kid who designs robots on this thing, right? Since it isn’t eligible for Amazon Prime and demand is super high, we suggest ordering this early is you want it to arrive in time for the holidays.
No. 6 – Keyboard Cleaner: Weilai Magic Cleaning Gel
For No. 6 on my list of smart home office tech gadgets, let’s tackle those crumbs. If you bought that new Surface Pro or another new laptop, you’re going to want to keep it clean. If you didn’t, then we’ll need a serious cleaning solution to help you get those Oreo’s lodged in between the keys on your keyboard.
It’s Weilai Magic Clean Gel high-tech cleaning compound to the rescue! This innovative “super-soft sticky dust cleaning gel gum” helps you remove dirt and crumbs that are in hard to get places. Once you get your keyboard clean you can use it to clean the nooks and crannies in your car too.
No. 7 – Cord Organizer: Rabbit Ears Cable Clips
Cool desk/ chair/ tablet? Check, check, check. Clean keyboard? Check. We’ll turn to the top of your desk next. Yup, it’s time to tackle Messy Marvin’s spaghetti wires hanging all over the place. The solution? Give the gift of the rabbit: that is, the Rabbit Ears Cable Clips multi-purpose, adhesive smart desk wire clips and desktop wire organizer.
These cute little guys hold wires up to 7.5-inch diameter and you can stick them wherever you want to help clean up that messy desk. The Rabbit Ears are super affordable come in a variety of colors. While not necessarily a tech gadget, we couldn’t help but include them on our list. They are just too cute—and cheap!
No. 8 – Video Conferencing Camera: Meeting Owl
Although it looks like a hoot, the Meeting Owl Video Conferencing Camera delivers serious video conferencing capabilities. Do you ever host meetings out of your home office with multiple in-home and remote attendees? If so, this is a“wise” decision for your smart home office. Its 360-video conferencing capability recognizes which meeting participant is speaking. It doesn’t matter if they are in the same room or at a remote location.
The Meeting owl then spins its head and trains its camera to focus on that person auto-magically. This helps all parties with a seamless meeting experience. No more crowding around that little video camera on your desk!
Meeting Owl’s 360-voice capability ensures that everyone is heard clearly. Set up is also quick and easy. You just plug in the power and USB, load up your favorite video conferencing platform, and start your meeting. There is nothing to download or install. We suggest you check out the video demos on Amazon. Hoot, hoot. [You knew it was coming.]
See it over at Amazon here.
No. 9 – Smart Clock: Lametric Time
Rounding out #9 on my list of smart home office tech gadgets is a super smart and fun clock. I think this clock is just plain awesome. Someone you love will too. Give the gift of the Lametric Time Smart Clock, and it is sure to be that recipient’s favorite gift this year. So much more than a clock, the Lametric Time is really an LED dashboard for your life. I bought this for each of my kids last Christmas and they just love it.
You can use it to display weather, stock quotes, Facebook Likes, website visitors, news from various sources, email and message notifications, calendar appointments, and DOZENS of other metrics and measures. Oh, and it does a decent job of telling the time too. This is definitely a top pick on our list of smart home office gift ideas.
You set up and customize what you want the LCD to display using your smartphone. This is perfect for adults, teens, geeks, or gadget fans of all ages. Even a 50-year-old man. Hint…hint.
No. 10 – Robot Vacuum: Neato Botvac D5 Connected
Since we already got your keyboard clean and your desk organized, we might as well do something about your office floors, too. Oops, we meant to say “your friend or loved one’s floors.” After all, we are gift shopping yes? While there are a wide variety of robot vacuums to meet nearly any budget, we think the Neato Botvac D5 Connected robot vacuum will make a great cleaning companion for any home office.
It does an outstanding job on Oreo’s, pet hair, dust, dirt, those little paper dots that get expelled from your three-hole punch. You can control the Botvac using your Smartphones, Alexa, or smartwatch. Plus, the Botvac D5 cleans both carpet and hardwood, and it does a good job in hard to reach places. Neato.
Thanks to TechGooch for this excellent video review.
No. 11 – Best SmartWatch: Fossil Q or Explorist
And speaking of smartwatches… Yeah, we figured we’d throw out a couple of our favorite smartwatch tech gift ideas for women and men here too. For women, we like the Fossil Women’s Gen 4 Q Venture HR. It includes a stainless steel touchscreen, heart-rate tracking, smartphone notifications, and GPS capabilities to name a few. It is also rapid charging and compatible with Android OS 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3+ smartphones.
For men, the Fossil Gen 4 Q Explorist HR is a stylish choice in a smartwatch with its stainless-steel touchscreen in smoke grey. Functionality is the same as the women’s model. And it works with the same devices too.
Both of these are compatible with Google Assistant, but not Alexa. Yet. They work just fine without Google Assistant too.
No. 12 – Best Air Purifier: Airmega 400
For a smart home office air purifier, the Airmega 400 has been “Amazon’s Choice,” for quite some time and it’s ours too. The Airmega’s intelligent room sensor technology measures air quality in real-time and it automatically adjusts to clean air faster when air quality degrades.
It has an auto-shutoff feature that switches the unit off when the air is clean to help you save on your electric bill. It provides room coverage for up to 1,256 sq. ft and works with Alexa. Best of all, the Airmega’s comes with a smartphone app that you can use to manage and monitor air quality. The 400 is currently the best-rated Airmega system on Amazon. Plus, we think it looks cool too. There is a nice video on the Amazon product page that showcases the benefits of the unit.
No. 13 – Best Aromatherapy Machine / Humidifier Combo: Innogear
Now that the air is pure, let’s add a bit of humidification and aromatherapy to our list of smart home office tech gadgets. With this three-in-one gem, the Innogear Aromatherapy Machine / Humidifier / Mood Lamp, you are bound to breathe easier. The Innogear’s patented diffuser technology fills your [gift recipient’s] office with a lovely fragrance that can lift their mood and relieve stress.
What’s more, it’s the perfect-size humidifier to help prevent dry, stuffy air and flu/cold germs as well as dry, chapped skin in the winter. And if that wasn’t enough, the Innogear’s colorful mood lights help brighten your day in green, dark blue, red, yellow, pink, light blue, and white. This is a great gift idea for family or friends who are into aromatherapy or can benefit from aromatherapy healing.
No. 14 – Best 3-D Printer: Makerbot Replicator+ or FlashForge Finder
Three-dimensional printing technology has come a long way in recent months. It used to be that 3-D printers were so hugely expensive that they were priced out of reach of most consumers. This is no longer the case. While the cost is still not trivial, they are more affordable than ever and make an amazing gift for would-be engineers, fashion designers, parts makers, crafters, or anyone who is a maker of things.
Shout out to Nexi-Tech for this great video review. Love the Darth Vader print!
In addition to the printer, you’ll need modeling software and additives to create the designs Then you’re set to design and print a prototype of just about any object you can think of. For serious makers, one of the highest-rated professional-grade 3-D printers on Amazon is the MakerBot Replicator+.
A more affordable and also highly-rated option for those just starting out is FlashForge Finder 3D Printer.
This colorful and functional printer has WI-FI, Flash drive, and USB connectivity, making it easy to connect your imagination to it.
No. 15 – Best Smart Light Starter Kit: Philips Hue White and Color
We love smart lights. An early adopter, I have a Phillips Hue hub and lighting setup which I purchased several months back. Nearly every bulb in my apartment is a smart bulb now. But I spent over a $1,000 to make this happen. In recent months, the pricing for bulbs and kits has come way down.
A few well-placed color bulbs are great at lifting your mood. And pairing smart lights with an Amazon Echo or other smart speaker is the ultimate in fingers-free convenience. If you are just getting started with smart lights, I recommend the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 Starter Kit.
While more expensive than other lighting kits out there, Philips’s easy setup and reliability make this a great way to get you started with smart lights. Multiple app options and device compatibility make it the best overall choice. It works with Alexa and requires a separate bridge unless you have the Echo Plus, which comes with the bridge built-in.
No. 16 – Best Smart Light Bulb Standalone: Lifx or GE E-Life
If you are looking for a single-color bulb or two for your home office that works with a voice assistant and your smartphone, Lifx Gen 3 is an affordable choice and doesn’t require a hub. They are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.
For white bulbs that you can control using your smartphone on the cheap, check out the GE C-Life batteries.
You can adjust these using your smartphone without a hub. If you want Alexa integration with them, you’ll need an Echo device and a hub that is purchased separately.
No. 17 – Best Video Voice Assistant: Amazon Echo Show Wyze Cam Bundle
The Echo Show Wyze Cam Bundle rounds out of our list of essential smart home office tech gadgets. This unique device makes a great gift for any busy work-from-home parent or pet owner. Whether you choose the Echo Show 2nd Generation or Show 8 or Show 5, there are numerous benefits to having one in your smart home office. These include calendaring, news feeds, music, video calling, web search over voice, and much more.
But paring it with one or more affordable Wyze cams is where the real magic happens. How? You won’t need to leave your office to see what’s going on in other parts of the house [or outside]. For example, you could use it as a baby monitor, a way to keep tabs on a playroom, or even to look out into the yard to see what your dog or cat [or goat if that’s how you roll] is up to.
This can give you peace of mind and help you stay focused on that game of Solitaire.
Wyze Cam lets you see live video streams with two-way audio and notifications in full-color 1080p HD. As of this writing, Amazon offers a bundle with Amazon Echo Show and Wyze Cam at a discount.
Essential Smart Home Office Tech Gadgets – Your Turn
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I really do think these products are among the best products you buy for a smart home office today.
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About the Author
Tim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger
Tim Brennan [a.k.a. "Tec Timmy"] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.