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Whether you’re employee of the month or a quiet-quitter biding your time, back in the office or a WFH warrior, anything to save time and increase efficiency at work is worth the investment.
We found some smart pieces of tech that may not only help increase productivity, they’re the shortcuts to making work more enjoyable (or less tedious), some you probably never knew you needed.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up 10 gadgets to boost your productivity and become more efficient at work so that you can clock out and go home on time.
Gadgets To Help Save You Time & Effort At Work: At a glance
Rocketbook EVR2-E-K-A Smart Reusable Notebook Brother DS-640 Compact Mobile Document Scanner Scanmarker Air Pen ScannerLamy Safari Twin Pen All Black EMR Digital Writing Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise-Cancelling HeadphonesLogitech K580 Multi-Device Bluetooth Wireless Silent Keyboard Cosori Coffee Mug Warmer & Mug Set BlissTrends Foot Rest for Under Desk Omnidesk Pro Premium Height Adjustable Desk in Black Top + Frame 48” Straight Anker Cable Management Magnetic Cable Holder
For those who take a lot of notes: Rocketbook EVR2-E-K-A Smart Reusable Notebook
Start streamlining all your notetaking and jotting down of ideas into one compact, portable and reusable space. The Rocketbook feels like a regular paper notebook and writes like one. But what sets it apart is that this notebook will never fill up as you can send your handwritten notes to cloud services such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Evernote for safekeeping and future reference. Once done, wipe the surface clean with water and use the blank page again.
Rocketbook EVR2-E-K-A Smart Reusable Notebook ($36.51). Buy it on Amazon
For filing efficiency and scanning needs: Brother DS-640 Compact Mobile Document Scanner
The Brother compact scanner is suited for freelancers and remote workers who don’t have access to traditional document scanners found in physical office spaces. The machine can scan both colour and black-and-white documents, as well as ID, credit and business cards, at up to 16 pages per minute. It weighs around 680g, is around 30cm in length and can send scanned documents to Windows, Mac or the cloud. You can power it by connecting the USB 3.0 cable to your PC or laptop.
Brother DS-640 Compact Mobile Document Scanner ($149). Buy it on Amazon
For quick text scans: Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner
This Scanmarker device would be a lifesaver for those who need to digitalise or summarise hard-copy text. Just swipe the tip across the words and it will be scanned directly onto the computer, up to 3,000 characters per second. The accompanying app has a text-to-speech function to read the text back to you in real time. The slim highlighter design easily fits into a pencil case, laptop or handbag too.
Scanmarker Air Pen Scanner ($232.16). Buy it on Amazon
For digital and analogue writing: Lamy Safari Twin Pen All Black EMR Digital Writing
Most known for its fountain pens, Lamy has created this nifty gadget with two main functions. The first is as an analogue writing stylus on digital media such as tablets, smartphones and notebooks. The second is that it is also a ballpoint pen that writes on paper. We reckon that this dual-purpose creation is especially handy for business travellers who need a pen to sign both digital and physical documents while working on the go.
Lamy Safari Twin Pen All Black EMR Digital Writing ($145). Buy it on Lamysingapore.com.
For those who need their peace and quiet: Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones
Those who work in a noisy, crowded environment know how distracting the chatter can be. Block them out and fully focus on the task at hand with these TikTok-famous Sony noise-cancelling headphones. Its Precise Voice Pickup Technology ensures that your voice is isolated and transmitted clearly while you’re on important work calls. Finally, you can expect clear, crisp sounds thanks to various drivers and technologies. Available in black too.Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones ($499). Buy it on Amazon
For typing across multiple devices: Logitech K580 Multi-Device Bluetooth Wireless Silent Keyboard
The Logitech wireless keyboard allows you to seamlessly work across your computer, phone or tablet whenever you need to. Built with the number pad, the keyboard pairs to two devices via Bluetooth and has an ultra-thin profile with quiet typing functionality. A channel at the top serves as a phone holder as well.
Logitech K580 Multi-Device Bluetooth Wireless Silent Keyboard ($58.90). Buy it on Amazon
For always warm coffee and tea: Cosori Coffee Mug Warmer & Mug Set
A trick to overcoming challenging tasks is to execute them while you’re having a treat. The Cosori mug warmer allows you to have warm coffee, tea, hot chocolate and more while you’re handling difficult work problems so the experience can be done more comfortably. The set comes with a stainless steel cup with heat-resistant handles that sits atop a warmer that can be controlled down to the degree.
Cosori Coffee Mug Warmer & Mug Set ($60.37). Buy it on Amazon
For comfort and better posture at the desk: BlissTrends Foot Rest for Under Desk
Common ailments from hunching over the desk all day are back and shoulder aches that arise from poor posture. A quick remedy is to add the BlissTrends footrest under your desk so that it can correct your poor posture habits and mitigate these pains. Besides having an adjustable height, the base has a non-slip design and the cover can be removed and laundered in the washing machine.
BlissTrends Foot Rest for Under Desk ($45.13). Buy it on Amazon
For work desk versatility: Omnidesk Pro Premium Height Adjustable Desk in Black Top + Frame 48” Straight
If you’re an office worker, you’re likely seated at a desk for the majority of your work day. And if you’re looking to switch up the sedentary lifestyle, get an adjustable desk such as this Omnidesk model. You can adjust the height to an ergonomic level that suits your body best whether you’re seated or standing. Get a standing desk mat so that you can work comfortably while on your two feet.
Omnidesk Pro Premium Height Adjustable Desk in Black Top + Frame 48” Straight ($620). Buy it on Amazon
Free-floating wires are the bane to having a neat, organised work desk, which has been proven to help increase productivity as you aren’t confronted by the mess. The Anker cable holder has adhesive that sticks to any smooth surface and can be resticked up to 10 times without ever leaving residues. The built-in magnet and magnetic clips then keep any 3.5mm cables in place.
Anker Cable Management Magnetic Cable Holder ($17.90). Buy it at The Wonder Shop