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Must-have essential smart office tech in 2016

Office work doesn't have to be all doom and gloom -- and there are some interesting gadgets out there which can make your life more organized and efficient.
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Perpetual Calendars

A stylish and unusual way to keep track of the date, these Perpetual Calendars can be used for a lifetime. All you need to do is move the magnetic balls to the right day and month -- and it looks more like a work of art rather than a functional tool at your desk.

Price: $32 - $45

Via: Uncommon Goods

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Waku Notepad coasters

When there are long to-do lists and notes to be taken, to keep your desk free of discarded bits of paper, these coasters are an interesting idea -- acting as a notepad, but at the same time, can be wiped clean in an instant.

Price: $12.95

Via: Amazon

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Logitech Bluetooth easy keyboard

A basic but slim and stylish keyboard for your office is the budget-friendly Logitech Bluetooth keyboard. The keyboard is compatible with Windows, Mac and Bluetooth-enabled Android tablets.

Price: $99.99

Via: Logitech

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USB fan

It's getting warmer -- and unfortunately, not every office is equipped with air conditioning. For a small and cheap way to keep a bit cooler during the summer heat, this USB-based fan from Iwantoneofthose is a handy gadget to stash away in your drawer.

Price: £7.99 ($10)

Via: Iwantoneofthose

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Table space saving bottle hanger

A simple idea but one which could save your paperwork and devices from accidental spills, this bottle hanger can keep your drinks close by but without getting in the way of your elbows or arms.

Price: $12

Via: Uncommon Goods

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Dyzplastic Android Mini

For something fun which adds a spot of color, professionals with a love of Google's Android operating system might enjoy a figurine in their workspace which reminds them of it.

Price: $10.49

Via: Amazon

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Auto Mee S Robotic smartphone tablet screen cleaner

Smudges and sticky fingers can leave your mobile devices covered in streaks and marks, so a more interesting way to keep things clean which can also be stowed away in your desk is the Auto Mee S Robotic smartphone tablet screen cleaner. Turn on the Japanese gadget and let it do its work.

Price: $23

Via: Amazon

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Logitech illuminated K810 keyboard

A sleek keyboard option for Apple devices is the Logitech K810. The slim device is compatible with Macs, iPads and iPhones and the backlit keyboard, equipped with dedicated Mac keys, can be used wirelessly through Bluetooth.

Price: $99.99

Via: Logitech

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CableDrop

Tangled cables can be a serious annoyance in the modern-day workplace. To keep things organized and to stop you or others accidentally becoming entangled, CableDrops are a simple solution. You press each drop onto a surface where you will, slot the wire in, and that's all there is to it.

Price: $9.95

Via: Blue Lounge

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Jabra Evolve 80

The Jabra Evolve may be pricey, but holds its own as a strong contender in the VoIP space. The headset's noise cancellation feature -- useful for keeping out the office buzz when you need to concentrate -- and are also very comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

Price: $329

Via: ZDNet review | Jabra

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Anker PowerCore+ mini

Powerbanks are becoming a handy accessory for working professionals, especially if they often have to travel. Now, as they become cheaper, it is worth having one or two stashed away in your workspace just in case -- and the Anker PowerCore+ mini, a 3350mAh USB charger, is one well worth using.

Price: $14

Via: Amazon

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MobileVision Bamboo charging station

Somewhere to keep all of your devices, such as the MobileVision Bamboo charging station, can help keep your workspace organized. This particular setup can be purchased with different slot amounts for your tablets and smartphones and also comes with an Apple Watch Adapter.

Price: $44.95

Via: Amazon

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USB hub

With all of the mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets -- as well as flash memory and media -- the average working professional now possesses or must work with, having a USB hub to plug in everything can keep your desk clutter-free.

Price: $29.95+

Via: Amazon

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Canon Office and Business MX922 All-in-One printer

One for the home office, the Canon Office and Business MX922 All-in-One printer is a sleek, compact model which will take care of your scanning and printing requirements. The wireless LAN 35-sheet duplex printer is also compatible with a range of wireless printing applications.

Price: $93

Via: Amazon

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USB Webmail Notifier

If you're like me and are constantly checking your email inbox for updates, a gadget such as the USB Webmail Notifier can break you out of this behavior. Once set up, you stash it on your desk and the gadget will light up to notify you when a new message hits your inbox.

Price: £7.99 ($10.35)

Via: Amazon

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Laser Projection keyboard

Through Bluetooth technology, if your office desk has a smooth surface, you can ditch the traditional keyboard and instead go for a laser projection, virtual keyboard.

Price: $150

Via: Uncommon Goods

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Nixplay Seed digital photo frame

When space is at a premium but you want to add a homely touch to the office, the Nixplay Seed could be the perfect way to do so. The digital photo frame hooks into the cloud to show your photo playlists. You plug in, upload your images, choose any motion effects you want and let it run. The gadget also comes with a handy remote control and in a variety of sizes.

Price: $99+

Via: Nixplay

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Buffalo slimline external hard drive

To move content or keep a backup of important documents, it is worth investing in an external hard drive. A new, slim product on the market is Buffalo Tech's MiniStation, an 8.8mm thick storage device with either 1TB or 2TB capacity.

Price: $110+

Via: Buffalo Tech

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To finish up, no office desk is complete without a cup of tea or coffee close by. To keep these necessary beverages hot for longer, you can grab yourself a warming station which connects via USB.

Price: $14

Via: Iwantoneofthose

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