Deck the Halls with Tech

Whether you have a home office or commute to the realm of never-ending cubicles, your personal work area sees more of you than some of your closest friends. If it could talk, your office would ask Santa for these techy picks this holiday season.

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Brother MFC-J4610DW (

The $199.99 Brother MFC-J4610DW printer works via Ethernet or over Wi-Fi, and it has a hefty 400-sheet capacity so you won’t have to constantly load paper. Even better, you can print on 11-by-17 paper for those special office projects. It faxes, it scans—did we mention you can print stuff from smartphones, tablets and the cloud? Your old model stinks compared to this one.

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Apple iMac (

The iMac has come a long way since Steve Jobs returned to Cupertino in the late ’90s and introduced it as his first major comeback product. What used to be a cute, all-in-one colorful computer most at home in a dorm or graphic design studio now is a true office workhorse. Not only is the ultra-thin 27-inch display ($1,799 and up) stunning, colorful and extremely hi-res, but its low-reflection glass surface hides a powerful processor, making it an extremely fast computer. It’s the definition of lean and mean, and it’ll make your co-workers green with envy.

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Dell XPS 27 Touch All-in-One (2720) (

While Apple has yet to embrace the touch-screen on desktops and laptops, the Dell XPS is one of many Windows 8 systems that are touch-screen-enabled. It stands out not for this feature, but primarily because it combines a stunning display with speed. A 2TB drive offers loads of storage, and the Thunderbolt port lets you transfer and load data in the fastest possible manner. If you are a Windows person (or office), this is your desktop.

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Epson PowerLite 1835 XGA 3LCD Projector (

If presentations are vital within your company, a lousy projector that easily overheats or splashes washed-out colors across the screen can be a meeting killer. Enter the Epson PowerLite 1835 XGA 3LCD, built on the premise that you need serious brightness to have excellent color quality. This $1,099 champ delivers 3,500 lumens of white and color brightness—that’s enough to light up the side of a large building, so your conference room should be just fine. All of your data projections will be crisp and vibrant, as will those late Friday afternoon
movie screenings. Pass the popcorn.

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Asus VivoBook V551LB-DB71T (

Laptops have changed. The one you’ve been using for work feels heavy, but the VivoBook ($939.95 and up for a 15.6-inch screen) is super-lightweight, thin and easily portable. The only touch your old laptop screen responds to is a debilitating punch when your out-of-date browser crashes, but the VivoBook has a beautiful, sensitive and bright touch-screen. Your old laptop is slow, but the VivoBook features an Intel Core i7 processor, making it about as fast as any PC. It’s OK to upgrade—your old laptop doesn’t want you to punch it anymore.

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Logitech Wireless All-in-One Keyboard TK820 (

If you could design your ideal keyboard and mouse setup, what would the features be? Maybe you’d get rid of the mouse altogether and build a touchpad into the keyboard to support gestures, like many smartphone screens? Would you make it wireless and eliminate the need for all those cables? Logitech has read your mind with the thin and handsome TK820 ($99.99). And let’s just admit it: You also want it because it looks cool.


Jessica Krampe is the digital managing editor for A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, Jessica has worked for news, entertainment, business and lifestyle publications. Outside of the daily grind, she enjoys happy hours, live music and traveling.

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