The biggest shopping month of the year is here, and you’re probably brainstorming gift ideas for co-workers, family, and friends. There are a lot of cool office peripheral devices on the market. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Keyboards come in many different styles and sizes. Before settling on a specific one, consider how it will be used. For the data entry enthusiasts, a wireless numeric keypad, like the Targus Wireless Keypad is convenient and easy to use. For the writer, get one without the keypad, like the Microsoft Sculpt. Placing the mouse closer to the body will reduce the likelihood of injury.
- Typing on a tablet or smart phone has become the norm for most people. To make it easier and more comfortable, consider gifting an external input device. Often, tablets and smart phones have few, if any, USB ports. Select an input device that is Bluetooth- capable or tablet-compatible like Microsoft’s portable, foldable Bluetooth keyboard or the Kinesis Freestyle Blue 2. In addition, get an iPad tablet stand (Spin Stand) to view the display closer to eye level. This will reduce “iPad neck,” strain caused in the neck and shoulders from constantly looking down.
- The mouse style I recommend the most is a vertical mouse such as the Evoluent Vertical Mouse. This style keeps the hand in a natural (handshake) position. For those who experience wrist, elbow, and shoulder pain associated with mousing, select a trackball mouse like the Logitech M570 or the Contour Roller Mouse Red (with a built-in mouse located at the front of the keyboard!) For a more detailed review on how to choose a mouse, watch this video.
- For the road warrior, a windshield or dashboard phone mount is a great accessory. Car mounts are easy-to-use, lightweight, safe for drivers, and only $25. The best part is, it gets the phone out of your hands so you can focus on the road.
One last thing to keep in mind: it takes time getting used to a new device. And, if after too many tries, it doesn’t work out, be sure to include a gift receipt.
Good luck on your gift search and happy holidays!