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SMART AWARDS 2013 / HOME OFFICE

We Pick The Best Home Office Products For 2010

By The SmartHouse Team | Wednesday | 02/12/2009

With everything from storage to printers, the home office space has seen some dramatic improvements this year. 1080p monitors have become common, notebooks are using 3G wireless Internet like never before and the prices of PCs have dropped.


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Best Personal Storage System
Winner
Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB
www.wdc.com | $379

This external hard drive is revolutionary in that it can store 1TB of information in a very small form factor. It also comes with buildt-in encryption and a suite of backup software already on the drive. Powered by USB 2.0, it is the highest capacity portable drive on the market.

Highly Recommended
Seagate FreeAgent Go 640GB
www.seagate.com | $ 229

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Best Laser Printer
Winner
Fuji Xerox Phaser 4510DX
www.fujixerox.com.au | $2879

When it comes to fast printing and low running costs, this printer beats out its competition with ease. It has an exceptional build quality and comes with a toner cartridge capable of printing 10,000 pages of text and replacing the cartridge is relatively cheap.

 

Highly Recommended
HP Color LaserJet CP2025x
www.hp.com.au | $1379


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Best Multi Function Printer
Winner
HP Officejet Pro 8500 Wireless
www.hp.com.au | $499

This printer has a large LCD touch screen with easy-to-use menus and can be set up on a network either by LAN or wireless. It sets itself apart from its competitors by these features alone, but it also has a document feeder and all the features you'd expect like copier, fax and fast, high quality prints.

Highly Recommended
Canon Pixma MP640 Advanced
www.canon.com.au | $299

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Best Notebook
Winner
Fujitsu Lifebook T2020
www.fujitsu.com.au | $3999

Unlike any other tablet notebook we have reviewed, the T2020 works amazingly well.  The pitfalls of unresponsive tablets are not present on this unit and, when combined with the integrated 3G, long battery life and rugged design, there isn't much to dislike.

Highly Recommended
Medion Akoya P7612
www.medion.com.au | $999


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Best Home Workstation
Winner
Medion Akoya E7330
www.medion.com.au | $799  

When it comes to value for money, this Quad Core PC has 4GB of ram, and a video chip with 1GB of memory can't be beaten. It runs beautifully and has built-in WiFi and a HDMI port along with a bevy of ports. It also comes pre-installed with a host of software and has a free Windows 7 upgrade.

Highly Recommended
BenQ nScreen i91
www.benq.com.au | $899

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Best PC Accessory
Winner
Logitech Performance Mouse M950
www.logitech.com | $199.95

This mouse can be used on any surface, is comfortable to use and uses a tiny USB receiver that is so small that, once you plug it in, you never need to unplug it.  It also has a flexible recharging system that allows you to use the mouse while it is charging so you never have any down time.

Highly Recommended
Idapt Universal Desktop Charger
www.anyware.com.au | $129

 


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Best PC Monitor
Winner
LG W2261V
www.lge.com.au | $399
With a 16:9 aspect ratio, this 1080p monitor is ideal for watching movies. Its HDMI connection means you can not only use it for PC use, you can also connect a Blu-ray player. The fact that it comes in at a reasonable price point and has exceptional image quality makes it a clear winner.

Highly Recommended
Benq V2400 Eco
www.benq.com.au | $599

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