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Shopper's guide to setting up a home office

The Complete Shopper’s Guide to Setting up a Home Office


Are you looking to set up your own home office? Well, there are two major problems with home offices. One, you end up thinking working from the bed is perfect and secondly, you can never decide what accessories and gadgets you need and two,

As for the first problem, I would suggest setting up the office in a different room since you do not want to spend more time dozing off than working (don’t be that lazy bum).

And as for the second problem, here are 20 of the most important gadgets and accessories you will need for a fully functional and productive home office.

Achieving your dreams is about to get a whole lot cheaper and comfortable.

1. MacBook Air/Pro

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, Previous Model, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage, 2.2GHz Intel Core i7) - Space...
  • 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processor
  • Brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

The MacBook Pro is what I would describe as a beast of a laptop. So whether you are a graphics artist, video editor using FCP or a programmer, this is the ultimate pick for you. Why?

Well, powering up this beast is an i7 processor that turbo boosts to 4.1GHz making it one of the fastest processors in any MacBook. But that’s not all. It also has the following jaw-dropping features:

  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD for faster boots
  • A Touch Bar that makes working convenient and hassle-free
  • A 4GB dedicated Radeon Pro 555X Graphics card for all kinds of gaming
  • A 10-hour battery life
  • An amazing 15.6” display

And so on (yup, there’s tons more to it)

Alternatively, if you are looking for a cheaper option or simply don’t have utility for such a powerful laptop, the MacBook Air is an excellent choice and is available for about 60k.

However, if you prefer Windows over Mac or need something cheaper, this budget laptop buying guide, is all you need.

2. iPhone Xs

Apple iPhone Xs (64GB) - Gold
  • 5.8-inch Super Retina display (OLED) with HDR1
  • IP68 dust and water resistant (maximum depth of 2 metres up to 30 minutes)2
  • 12MP dual cameras with dual OIS and 7MP TrueDepth front camera — Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting, Depth Control and Smart HDR

The iPhone Xs is one of the most scintillating iPhones to date. The A12 Bionic is revolutionizing smartphones giving you speed, power, and control like never before.

It also has more screen space so viewing movies, making those all important video calls, playing games, etc. is more surreal than before.

Apple has been known for its camera quality and Xs lives up to its reputation. And to top it all of, you can even take your mobile swimming. Yup, the iPhone Xs has a water resistance of up to 2m for 30-minutes.

Need a mid-range phone? Then I would suggest the OnePlus 6T. But if you are really short on cash and yet need a decent mobile, check out reviews of smartphones under 10k to find the ideal match.

3. Canon Pixma G300 Printer

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If there is one item that is indispensable to every office, it is a printer. The Canon Pixma is one of the fastest and versatile units.

It allows you 5 colored print outs per minute and 8.8 black white pages per minute. Plus, it also serves as a scanner and Photocopying machine.

But the most impressive feature has to be the convenience it offers. With an in-built LAN and App, it allows you to seamlessly print via your mobile, tablet, laptop, etc.

And its compact size means it takes up little space in an office (it’s the small package with big benefits).

4. Chair

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Since you are likely to be spending 7-8-hours or even more in the office a comfortable chair is a priority. After all, health is wealth, right?

So when choosing a chair, I look for one that has an adjustable height so you have a good viewing height and do not strain your eyes.

Apart from that, it should also have an adjustable and adequately cushioned lumbar and headrest so you have the right posture and do not end up an aching back or neck.

Lastly, wheels make it easy to move around the office while a mesh back wicks away the moisture so you never get sweaty.

5. Deckup Giona Office Desk

Deckup Giona Office Table and Study Desk (Walnut, Matte Finish)
  • Product Dimensions: Length (46 Inches / 116 CMs), Width (22 Inches / 57 CMs), Height (28 Inches / 72 CMs)
  • Primary Material: Engineered Wood with Laminate
  • Color: Walnut, Finish: Matte Finish, Style: Contemporary

To go along with the chair, you also need the right desk. A desk that offers you ample room for all the accessories, laptop/monitor, coffee mug, etc. This why we recommend the Deckup Giona office desk.

Its laminated wood build not only makes it easy to clean but also affordable as you can get an office table for less than Rs. 5,000.

Plus, the contemporary style and matte finish ensure it blends in well with any kind of interior.

And lastly, the simple installation procedure means you can do it all by yourself (and you do not need to be a carpenter or have fancy tools for it either).

6. Desk Organizer

Callas Metal Mesh Desk Organizer, Black LD 708-05
  • 3 Additional Compartments Are Great For Paper Clips
  • Overall Dimensions: 4.5L X 9.34W X 4H Inches
  • Available In Black, Orange, Hot Pink, Blue And White Color .

If there is one thing I hate about office life it is messy desks. Why? Because you can never find those important documents, notes, etc. when you most needed.

This is where a desk organizer comes in handy. It is pretty sleek so hardly take up any desk space and yet has ample room to store necessary equipment like pens, pencils, stapler pins, paper clips, stapler, sticky notes, tape, etc.

For this, the Callas Desk Organizer comes with 8 compartments and is built using reinforced steel so you know it can even take fall or two without breaking.

Lastly, the mesh design helps keep dust and dirt to minimal so your desk remains clean and tidy (just the way it is meant to be).

7. Samsung LC27F390FHWXXL 27-inch Monitor

Samsung 27 inch (68.5 cm) Curved LED Backlit Computer Monitor - Full HD, VA Panel with VGA, HDMI,...
  • Screen Size: 27 inch (68.6 cm) Full HD (1920 x 1080) curved VA panel
  • Connectivity Port: 1 VGA Port, 1 HDMI Port, 1 Headphone Port
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9, Brightness (Typical): 250 cd/m2

Working on a 13-inch or 15-inch laptop screen day in and day out may not be comfy for every Graphics Artist, Animator, Video Editor or programmer. After all, the need to dig in and get even the minutest if details right.

This is why an additional monitor like the LC27F390FHWXXL 27-inch Monitor is worth spending on.

With a curved design, whether it is work or play, the monitor makes the whole experience immersive and surreal.

Further adding to that is the Samsung’s Active Crystal Color technology which captures the deepest blacks and whites so you get unmatched clarity and crisper details.

8. LG Q18YNZA Inverter AC

LG 1.5 Ton 5 Star Inverter Split AC (Copper, KS-Q18YNZA, White, Low Refrigerant Detection)
  • Split AC with inverter compressor: Variable speed compressor which adjusts power depending on heat load. It is most energy efficient and has lowest-noise operation
  • Capacity: 1.5 Ton. Suitable for medium sized rooms (111 to 150 sq ft)
  • Energy Rating: 5 Star. Best in class efficiency. Annual Energy Consumption: 835.50 (KWh) units. ISEER Value: 4.73 (Please refer energy label on product page or contact brand for more details)

Temperatures in Delhi, Rajasthan, etc. can sore to 50-degrees which makes AC a must for every home and office. But running an AC for 8-10-hours can significantly increase electricity bills.

This is the reason we recommend the LG Q18YNZA. Firstly, it is an inverter AC and comes with a 5-star BEE Rating making it one of the most energy efficient ACs in India.

Secondly, it uses copper condenser coils that are more efficient at cooling and uses the Gold Fin Technology to protect it from corroding.

Lastly, the AC also uses a 3M filter to clear dust and pollens from the air and comes with multiple modes to provide you quick cooling irrespective of the heat.

For more info about this and other top AC’s in India, check our ProductExpert’s AC Buying Guide.

9. Stok Crosscut Paper Shredder

SToK 8 Sheet Cross Cut Paper Shredder 21 Liter Large Waste Bin Capacity with CD/DVD and Credit Card...

  • Shredding Capacity (at once)- 8 A4 Sheets and CD/DVD. Thickness of total 8 sheets should not be more than 0.5mm. Shred only one credit card at a time

  • Please give 60 min of rest to the machine at least after 2 minutes of usage

  • It has 2 different slots for paper and CD/DVD/Credit Card.Shredder Dimension - 330 x 155 x 297 (in mm)

While you might primarily get a shredder to get rid of unwanted documents, the Stoke Shredder isn’t your average joe.

Yup, this shredder can shred through even DVD’s, CD’s and also unwanted ATM Cards. Plus, it comes with a large 21-liter bin so you do not have to empty out the shredder after each round.

In case the paper gets jammed, there is a reverse function that prevents damage to the shredder. You can shred 8 A4 size papers at once, just make sure you are put in the right way and not folded.

10. Docking Station

Dell D3100 USB 3.0 Ultra HD Triple Video Docking Station
  • The Dell docking station USB 3.0 connects your laptop to up to three additional monitors, various external devices and the internet with a single cable
  • It features a convenient way to expand the capabilities of your portable pc and customize your desktop computing environment
  • This sleek, compact dock unlocks enhanced productivity and entertainment options with high-speed connectivity and support for ultra hd 4k displays

If you plan on connecting multiple display and devices while at work, then a docking station like the Dell D3100 is just what the doctor ordered for.

With it, you can connect to a total of 3 displays. One 4K and two Full-HD displays so you can experience gaming, graphics, and movies like never before.

It also features 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports which allow you connect an array of devices simultaneously (from hard drives, mobiles to scanners and printers, you can connect them all).

You can even charge your mobile at high speed using the ports. And lastly, its size is very similar to a power bank which means it needs little space on the desk.

11. CCTV Camera

With all those important documents, expensive gadgets and accessories, the security of your office should be your priority.

Yup, you can have biometric access and other fancy stuff or go for the cheaper yet equally effective option, a good CCTV Camera like the Foscam FI9821W V2

It is one of the most advanced CCTV cameras in India with a motion detector, night vision and 2-way audio that lets you speak to the person on the other side.

Also, while all the recording and images are HD (1280 x 720p)  you won’t run out of space so easily. Why? Because firstly, it has a 2TB hard disk for all the recordings and images

And secondly, it uses the .H264 compression which means you can now store 5x more recording than before.

Oh, and you can keep an eye in and out of your office from anywhere anytime since all of it can be viewed on mobile, laptop etc.

12. Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo (2nd Gen) - Powered by Dolby – Black
  • Meet Echo - Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set music alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more — instantly.
  • Voice Control Your Music - Stream music from Amazon Prime Music, JioSaavn, and Gaana – just ask for a song, artist, or genre.
  • Enjoy great sound - Enjoy crisp vocals and dynamic bass response with Dolby processing.

Are you looking for your own personal assistant but without the hassle of huge salaries and all the drama that comes with it? Well, her name is Alexa.

Yup, from making appointments be it with a partner or the barber, reminding you of important events to even giving you answers on the go, the Echo makes everyday office tasks effortless.

But that is not all, you can even order food online, listen to your favorite (thanks to the high-quality omnidirectional speakers) and control smart appliances at home without pressing a single button.

She really is the assistant you have been dreaming of all these years.

13. Projector

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In case your business or work involves giving presentations on a daily basis then you will need a top-notch projector and that is just what the EGATE i9 projector is.

Unlike cheaper projectors, this one comes with a 5x dust-free glass lens. Team that up with its Full-HD display and you get unparalleled display quality to woo your clients and partners.

It also has in-built stereo speakers that deliver excellent sound. Plus, it has a whopping 120-inch screen display as well.

So if you hate overpriced theatres, it is time to turn your home into one or simply take gaming to a whole new level 😉

14. Router

TP-Link TL-WR841N 300Mbps Wireless N Cable, 4 Fast LAN Ports, Easy Setup, WPS Button, Supports...
  • Performance —— 300Mbps wireless speed ideal for interruption sensitive applications like HD video streaming
  • Guest Network —— provides separate access for guests while securing the home network
  • IPv6 —— compatible with IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6)

There is no compromising on internet speed and connectivity whether you actually working or just streaming your favorite Netflix show during your break. So how do guarantee that? By teaming up a good internet connection with a high-quality router.

The TP-Link TL-WR841Ntakes the top spot when it comes to routers in India. Why? Because it is capable of delivering an astonishing 300mbps of speed (now, download stuff in minutes).

Ensuring that 100% signal reaches to every nook and cranny in the room are the dual antennas.

While the advanced encryption system protects the network from intruders or from employees from misusing it.

15. Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Logitech MK215 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo for Windows, 2.4 GHz Wireless, Compact Design,...
  • WIRELESS MOUSE AND KEYBOARD COMBO:Reliable Logitech Wireless Technology: 2.4Ghz wireless keyboard
  • PLUG AND PLAY USB CONNECTION SETUP IS SIMPLE—you just plug them into USB ports on your desktop, laptop, or netbook computer and start using it. Everything works right out of the box
  • EXCELLENT BATTERY LIFE:2 years battery life for keyboard and 5 months battery life for mouse, with two AAA batteries

Hate all the wires tangling up around your workstation? Then its time to go wireless with this Keyboard and Mouse Combo.

Also, useful to people who do not like using a laptop on a daily basis and want a little flexibility while working on the desktop.

The keyboard is about 35% smaller than most keyboards saving you tons of space on the desk for other important stuff.

Also, its battery has a run-time of 24-months while the mouse’s battery will last you for 5-6 months giving you uninterrupted usage for months without the need for changing batteries.

And if you hate the clickety-clack of the keys you will be happy to hear that the keyboard makes little to no noise (there’s no stopping you now).

16. Calculator

Casio MJ-120D 150 Steps Check and Correct Desktop Calculator with Tax Keys
  • Larger display makes more data easier to read
  • Solar powered when light is sufficient, battery powered when light is insufficient
  • Key operations are stored in a buffer, so nothing is lost even during high-speed input

If you are an accountant and play with numbers on a daily basis, using the calculator on your mobile or laptop can be tedious.

You will need a traditional calculator with large keys and display so you can get through all those calculations like the flash without any confusion or mistakes.

But the Casio MJ-120D calculator has got more than just that. With this calculation, you also need not worry about batteries as it can also run on solar power.

And in case you do feel you missed something, you can roll back 150 steps so nothing is ever amiss.

17. WD Elements External HD

Western Digital Elements 1.5 TB Portable External Hard Drive (Black)
  • USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 compatibility
  • Fast transfer rates
  • Improve PC performance

Whether you are using a laptop or desktop, they are bound to malfunction at some point and everything you have worked on recently could be gone in an instant (oh, the horror).

This is why always follow the golden rule of backing up all your day’s work at the end with this WD Elements External HD.

With 1.5TB space, it gives you plenty of room for not just important files but also images, videos, etc. close to your heart. And if you need more, you can also go for 2TB or 4TB model.

Thanks to the USB 3.0 port, all data is transferred at lightning fast speeds and its compact size means you can take it anywhere even in your pocket.

18. Coffee Maker

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For any office be it a home office or commercial space, a coffee maker is a mainstay as it increases focus and productivity.

This Nescafé É Smart Coffee Maker is perfect for individuals and can be carried anywhere since it comes with a travel mug design. Plus, the insulation on the inside keeps coffee hot for hours together.

Also, with the Bluetooth connectivity and app, you can pick and choose your favorite recipe and get the coffee maker running via your mobile.

It is also super silent while the spill-proof lid means you can even put in the back if need be.

But in case you find this model pricey, check out this list of the best-selling coffee makers in India to find the best one for you.

19. Laptop Bag

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Talking about carrying your gear, if you often make visits to clients or prefer meetings outside of your home office, a laptop is very important.

With the F Gear Luxur, you don’t just get a stylish, eye-catching leather bag but one that has been built with the safety of all your electronics in mind as it is water-resistant (so no rain plays spoilsport on those all-important days).

There is also ample room for your laptop, external disk, wires, notebooks, a few clothes, etc. as it is a 25-liter bag with multiple compartments

You also won’t end up feeling tired or with aching shoulders as the wider straps make it easy to move around with it around your shoulders even for hours.

20. Surge Protectors

Belkin Essential Series 4-Socket Surge Protector Universal Socket with 5ft Heavy Duty Cable (Grey)
  • Maximum Spike Current: 6500 Amps
  • Grounds AC power with 3-line protection through all 4 sockets
  • Delivers power through a 1.5-metre, heavyduty cables

While a bag is helpful on the outside a surge protector ensures the safety of your electronics on the inside.

Your expensive laptop, mobile, etc. are all prone to damage due to voltage fluctuations which makes surge protector like the Belkin Essential Series so important.

It lets you connect 4-devices at once but if need be you can also go for the 8 or 6-socket models and keeps them safe with a reaction time of a mere 1 nanosecond.

It also has a stylish yet compact design and due to the use of heavy duty material and cables is bound to last you for years (no wonder it has a 5-year warranty).

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