- JCREN Wireless Charger Mouse Pad
- Rybozen USB 3.0 KVM
- Scanmarker Air
If you’ve got an office job, then it’s likely that during COVID19, you had to spend at least some time working from home. After some false starts, many people are now back in the office. With lots of employee churn over the lockdowns, it’s quite possible that you’re not just going back to your old office or cubicle but have a new one. Even if you are returning to your old desk, now is a great time to personalize your space.
Of course, as a workspace, you may not want to go too far out there. You probably don’t want to spend too much, but having some cheap and helpful tech gadgets can help your productivity and make your life easier. Having some cool tech can be a good talking point for getting to know your coworkers. So, to help you spice up your workplace, we’ve drawn up our list of the budget tech gadgets for the office in 2022.
- OCR – optical character recognition
- TTS – text to speech
- Bluetooth connectivity
- 5 x 14 x 2.5cm
- 73 currently supported languages
The Scanmarker Air is a clever scanner pen that can scan and translate more than 70 languages. It’s small and easily handheld and weighs just 60g. It can scan text between 6 and 24pt, one line at a time at a rate of up to 3000 characters a minute. Thanks to its use of Bluetooth, it will work with virtually any Bluetooth device and even comes with a USB Bluetooth dongle. A wired-only version is available at a cheaper price point.
It can scan barcodes, handwriting, and complex formulae, though only as images. It can be used in either the left or the right hand. If you are left-handed, however, you have to scan text from right to left, even in languages that are read left to right. Some of the information on the product page is also conflicting. However, it can support up to 5 continuous hours of use and can then be used while recharging.
- Supports HDMI up to 4K60
- USB-C female port supports charging the main device
- SD and MictoSD card readers
- 3x USB-A ports with up to 5Gbps
- Gigabit ethernet
The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is an excellent multiport USB adaptor. It plugs into a USB-C port on your laptop or computer and offers 3 USB-A ports, an SD and MicroSD card reader, and Gigabit Ethernet. On devices that support the DisplayPort over USB alternate mode, the HDMI port also works, allowing connection to a screen of up to 4K60.
Suppose the device can be charged via USB-C and supports USB Power Delivery 2.0 or higher. In that case, it can also be charged via passthrough charging at 60W. Unfortunately, this isn’t fast enough to change some of the latest devices.
- Non-slip base
- PU leather surface
- Supports 10W, 7.5W, and 5W charging wireless charging
- 10W Qi charger
- Charging indicator light
The JCREN Wireless Charger Mouse Pad is a solid mousepad with an integrated Qi wireless fast charger. The wireless charger offers up to 10W of wireless charging and is powered by a USB-C cable. The cable itself is included. However, no wall plug is included. It’s recommended that you use your standard phone charger brick.
The mousepad has a non-slip underside, a PU leather surface for grip where it’s needed, and a smooth, comfortable surface. In the integrated indicator, the LED changes from blue when not charging anything to green when charging. Some users have, however, complained about the LED being distractingly bright. It is claimed that the mousepad is waterproof and dustproof. However, no IP rating is specified, so it’s best not to rely on that.
- Single button press to switch output device
- Can output to two computers
- Can take input from four peripherals
- 2 included USB 3 cables
- 2 outputs
- 4 inputs
The Rybozen USB 3.0 KVM is a simple device that can help declutter your desk. If you use two computers and want to be able to easily share a single set of peripherals between them, then this will do wonders for you. There’s even another version that can output to up to four computers. This model allows you to connect four peripherals to two computers. Which computer receives the input is controlled by pressing the button on top.
There are indicator LEDs on top, letting you easily see which computer is currently connected. If you want to connect a device that needs more power, such as an external hard drive, you can also connect a 5v micro USB cable to provide power. However, this cable is not included. Two USB 3.0 cables are included. However, they are relatively short, which may be an issue if your computers are on either side of your desk.
That was our roundup of the best budget tech gadgets for the office in 2022. Have you recently bought a budget tech gadget for your office? What sold you on it, and what has your experience been with it so far? Let us know down below.