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Home Office Equipment That Shows You Mean Business

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The high-performance products featured here might be pricey, but they offer pro-level perks.

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High-Tech Headphones
Bose QuietControl 30
Bose QuietControl 30

    Bose QuietControl 30

    Like many noise-canceling headphones from this manufacturer, the Bose QuietControl 30, $300, is excellent at quieting the commotion beyond your desk. But this wireless model goes a step further: A control on the cord lets you adjust how much outside noise reaches your ears, so you can dial down the jackhammer in the street but still hear the doorbell. The QuietControl 30 also delivers excellent sound, so you can fully appreciate Chris Stapleton’s song stylings while you tab through your spreadsheets.

    A more affordable alternative. If you’re willing to give up the variable noise cancellation and wireless access, the Audio-Technica SonicPro ATH-MSR7NC, $250, earn an Excellent score for noise-canceling and sound quality.

    Mighty Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 2S
    Logitech MX Master 2S

    Logitech MX Master 2S

    With its precision performance and ergonomic élan, the original Logitech MX Master earned a 2015 International Design Excellence Award. And much like that device, the new Logitech MX Master 2S, $100, snugly supports your hand and wrist, wirelessly links to three devices, and offers a wide range of customizable features. Instead of reaching for the volume button on your keyboard, for instance, you just assign the mouse’s scroll wheel to perform that task.

    A more affordable alternative. If you don’t mind that it has a cord, the Razer DeathAdder Chroma, $70, is plenty comfortable and has a gaming-level sensor for accurate tracking.

    Keys to Success
    Das Keyboard 4 Professional
    Das Keyboard 4 Professional

    Das Keyboard 4 Professional

    Available in Windows- and Mac-compatible versions, the German-engineered Das Keyboard 4 Professional, $170, has well-defined, full-sized keys that are easy to depress and make a satisfying, old-school click. But the benefits go beyond aesthetics: Studies have shown that mechanical keyboards such as this can significantly increase words-per-minute counts and accuracy. The built-in USB ports and dedicated media-player controls (play/pause, fast forward, etc.) make this keyboard especially versatile and easy to use.

    A more affordable alternative. The Logitech G610, $80, delivers not only a satisfying typing experience but also LED-backlighting for those late-night work sessions.

    The Ultimate Coffee Maker
    Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable DCC-3200
    Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup...

      Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup...

      When you need to power through the day, you don’t have time to cajole your coffee maker into making the perfect cup. The Cuisinart Programmable DCC-3200, $100—our top-rated drip model—aced our brewing test and turned out to be easy to program and to clean, too. Its 14-cup capacity will fuel you all day long.

      A more affordable alternative.
      The 12-cup Hamilton Beach Programmable 49465, $25, almost matched the Cuisinart in performance and convenience, but it lacks a control for brew strength and comes in plastic rather than stainless steel.


      Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the September 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.