Home and Office Gear gift ideas

Stuff for your desktop, wherever it is

Epson Artisan 800 all-in-one printer

This printer provides print, copy, scan, fax and photo printing functions, but also fits into a living room décor with its sleek black design. Wi-Fi networking (Ethernet and USB ports also available) allow you to move the printer to a room without being tethered. The high-definition photo printing features Epson's Claria technology, giving users great looking photos. With a 7.8-inch touch panel and 3.5-inch LCD, you can review photos being printed from a memory card without needing to connect a PC. The icing on the cake is the printer's ability to create personal note paper (lined or graph paper), as well as creating coloring book pages based on photos that you scan.

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Lenovo ThinkVision L2440x monitor

Everything is going green, including computer monitors. Lenovo's massive 24-inch LCD display (1920 x 1200 resolution) ups the green ante with recyclable packaging (no Styrofoam!), 33% less mercury and can operate at 50% lower power consumption to similar brands. All good things for those of you that are environmentally conscious but still want a honking big display for your computer.

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Brother P-Touch Industrial Labeling System (EDGE)

Labeling things in harsh outdoor conditions just got a bit easier with the PT-7600, which features rubber grips, impact guards and a ruggedized carrying case. A great device for labeling telecom, data communications and electrical gear, the PT-7600 can fulfill all of your labeling needs, no matter where you are.

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Dymo LabelWriter TwinTurbo printer

This label printer uses thermal printing instead of cartridges, and can hold two rolls of labels simultaneously. This means you can have one roll for postage and one for address labels ready to go at any time. What's really cool is the Dymo Stamp service, which lets you print postage right from your computer. The service is free, you just pre-pay for postage (just like buying a roll of stamps).

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Kensington ShareCentral 5

Looking for a way to share a printer, hard drive, scanner or even a keyboard/mouse with a second computer? The ShareCentral 5 lets you easily share those devices between two PCs without having to swap cables and cords. The unit is easy to set up and switch at the touch of a button.

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Griffin Simplifi

The Simplifi combines an iPod/iPhone dock, USB hub and media card reader into one handy device. A mini-USB cable can synchronize data between the iPod / iPhone and your PC.

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Epson WorkForce 600

It's an ink-jet printer. It's a scanner. It's a copier. It's a fax machine. It prints color photos. And it's under $200. That makes it perfect for any home office. The Workforce 600 is a black, compact, lightweight (18 pounds) machine that can fit nicely into your home office no matter how cramped your space might be. The printer comes with a variety of connectivity options - it has slots for memory cards, Ethernet cables, phone jacks, USB ports. And it can also connect over Wi-Fi.

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Black & Decker TLD100 Thermal Leak Detector

This non-contact thermometer (NCT) measures the temperature of objects from afar, without touching them. Use it around the house to examine thermal leaks, verify the temperatures of the oven and refrigerator, and even to check the temperature of assorted computers and other devices around the house. Finding thermal leaks around the house can help you save lots of money by fixing those leaks, keeping heat inside the house during the winter.

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IPEVO Free.2 Skype USB Handset with LCD

Skype is great, but anyone who has tried to use it via a notebook's built-in microphone and speaker has probably noticed less-than-stellar voice quality. Often, echoes and other artifacts can detract from otherwise excellent call quality. A handset such as the IPEVO Free.2 Skype USB Handset can correct these problems, and adds a degree of familiarity and comfort that most people enjoy.

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StarTech USBVGADOCK USB Docking Station with VGA

Docking stations and port replicators have been around for years, of course, but the virtual docking station, which provides several physical ports via USB, is a relatively new idea. This compact unit adds four USB 2.0 ports, speaker and microphone jacks, a 10/100 Ethernet port, and - here's the real innovation - a VGA port. This lets you add a second display to your PC (and that additional screen real estate) to your PC using the multi-monitor features of Windows.

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