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Monday, July 30, 2012

The Perfect Home Office

I work from home most of the time so I have been looking to set up the perfect home office. I started hunting around for everything from a new laptop, to desk chair, and desk. Even down to lamps and everything else that comes with a home office. When you work as a writer it is very important for you to have a nice, quite space that you can call your own to get your work done. I call my place of work, the place where all the magic happens. Anyway, here are some of the things I ended up getting for my new office, and I am very happy with it. If you are a writer, or you are just starting out working from home, I would strongly suggest that you set up a home office for yourself. Make it look really nice as well, you should be aiming to create a nice calming environment for yourself.

New Computer 


Apple MD10LLA MacBook Pro
Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop 
                                         

Okay the first thing I bought was a new laptop. I am normally a Windows, PC kind of girl. However, I decided to splash out a brand  new Apple Mac laptop. I ended up going for the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop (NEWEST VERSION) I totally love this laptop, it is perfect for me because I love to go out and sit in a coffee shop and do my work sometimes. So, a desktop would not have been the best choice for me. Here is a list of some of the features on it:



  • 2.9 GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7 processor
  • 8 GB DDR3 RAM; 750 GB Hard Drive
  • 13.3 inch LED-backlit display, 1280-by-800 resolution
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Mac OS X v10.7 Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life
I take a lot of photographs for my work so 8 GB RAM is great for me. The display is perfectly clear, and the battery life is 7 hours. Although, I have found that it lasts a little bit longer. If you are going to be going out with your laptop, I would suggest that you purchase another battery. All in all the Apple MacBook Pro MD101LL/A 13.3-inch Laptop is perfect for the home office. 


                                                                                        Printer 
                                             HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer (CE875A)

If you are working from home it is essential that you have a good printer. Especially if you print up your own books and newsletters. I have always used inkjet printers. This was the first laser printer I have ever purchased, I bought it after looking through a number of reviews and realising that this one actually ticked all the boxes for me. I ended up going for the  
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer (CE875A) I totally love it. So far I have printed five pictures and three newsletters and I have been very impressed with the speed and silence of this printer. Here are a list of some the great features on this printer.


  • Print from anywhere in the office with wireless. Share printing resources using built-in Ethernet.
  • Get excellent print quality automatically on text, images and graphics with HP EasyColor.
  • Print from anywhere, anytime, with HP ePrint.
  • Install and start printing quickly and easily.

You can buy this printer on Amazon for just over $200 and with super saver shipping and six month finance deals. The HP LaserJet Pro CP152nw Colour Printer is a steal.
                                                                      Desk
Graphite Frosted Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk with CPU Caddy 
                               

A desk is highly important when you are putting together your home office. You are going to be sitting at your desk most of the time. So, it is  good idea for you to pick the best one for you, it should fit in with your decor. It should have enough space to store all your paperwork, and it should be comfortable. If you are not comfortable you are not going to want to sit there for long periods of time doing your work. I went for this really modern table the   Graphite & Frosted Glass L-Shaped Computer Desk with CPU Caddy I love this desk because it has enough space for everything. It doubles up as a computer table, although I have laptop I found it useful because sometimes I use a keyboard instead of my laptop keyboard. I also work with a mouse sometimes too which is great because it has a draw for a keyboard and mouse. It is made of frosted glass and is designed in a L shape fashion. Which looks stylish and it means that more than one person can sit at the table at a time. The glass is very tough, so you don't really need to worry about it breaking or anything.

I have also found that this desk is actually scratch proof which means it is protected with a tough coating to prevent scratches. You can purchase this on Amazon for just over $200, which is a steal because you also get super saver shipping with it.

                                                     Desk Chair


Pillow Top High Back Executive Chair

Boss High Back Executive Chair with Pillow top Pewter Finished Base and Arms

                                        
The desk chair is so important because it needs to be comfortable. If it is not comfortable it really will hinder your progress. Trust me, I have sat in an uncomfortable chair for months and it really did not get me anywhere at all. I would find myself shuffling around in the chair rather than doing my work. So, make sure you go for something that is comfortable. Like this Boss High Back Executive Chair with Pillow top Pewter  Finished Base and Arms This chair is so comfortable because of it's high back and cushioned seat and back rest. It really makes you feel like you are the boss with this chair, and that is exactly how you should feel when you are running your own business. You should feel like a boss, and you should feel comfortable at the same time. This is perfect, for me it goes well with my graphite frosted glass L-shaped desk perfectly well with my new Apple MacBook Pro.  You can buy this online from most good online furniture stores although I got mine from Amazon for $140, I got super saver shipping too so I didn't have to pay for delivery of my item. Tip, if you are buying from Amazon, buy everything together and you will get free shipping on everything. You might even get a discount for purchasing more than one product at once.


                                                           Lamps 
Lite Source Baton Desk Lamp
 Lite Source Batton Desk Lamp 
                                   


The next thing I needed for my office was some lamps, if you want to add other personal touches like a vase or some other ornaments for your desk you can do so too! Give it that personal touch!  When I was looking for some lamps for my desk I was looking for something that looked ultra simple and ultra modern at the same time. I don't really like things to look too complicated so I ended up choosing this Lite Source Baton  Desk Lamp I love it. I fits in well with the modern decor in my office and it just looks great.  Here are a list of the features:


  • Modern desk lamp offers sleek minimalist style
  • Polished steel finish
  • Baton-shaped shade adjusts at two points; weighted base
  • Energy-efficient 8-watt fluorescent light bulb included
  • Measures 14-1/2 inches long by 7 inches deep by 23 inches high

I bought mine online for just over $100, and it was well worth the money. 


So, these are the items are bought for my home office! Why don't you upgrade your office and make your workspace more comfortable and stylish.

Good Luck !

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