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November 13, 2014
By Lisa Dare

So you spend two-thirds of your waking hours at a tiny workstation. At that rate, your computer is basically an extension of yourself: your brain and your body. You may not be able to buy an upgrade to your muscle tone—or IQ—but a few upgrades to your second self might make work more fun.

Clicky Keyboards

A Mashable review says the Das Keyboard 4 Professional has a nice feel and that pleasant click noise we all crave. For about $170, your fingers and ears will enjoy some sensations miles ahead of the average from-the-box keyboard.

For a wireless keyboard, I personally stand behind the Logitech K350, which is ergonomically curved. CNET agrees. It’ll only set you back about $50.

Microsoft enthusiasts might appreciate the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Desktop, another wireless, ergonomically designed device. PC World says it has a steep learning curve, but the results will pay off in reduced wrist strain. Also, in a brilliant move I don’t know why everyone hasn’t copied, MS separated the number keyboard so you can use it like a calculator. The desktop, which also includes a mouse, will set you back about $85.

Magnificent Monitors

If you’re a photo or design buff—or just covet the most beautiful monitor—why not get your boss to ante up for a $1,000 NEC MultiSync PA242W-BK? This 24-inch monitor delivers gorgeous images and is loaded with customizations.

Oh, so you (and your boss) live in the real world? Then try the almost as nice Acer B296CL for half the price.

Cha-Cha Chairs!

The only chair the American Physical Therapy Association endorses, the Haworth Zody Task chair costs a cool $900. Or you can try this reasonably priced task chair, which looks dull but comes with lots of handy settings. Either way, your back will thank you for it.

If the looks of those practical models depress you, try this stylish Steelcase number that fights office decor boredom with colors like orange and lime.

Glorious Glasses

Eye strain is probably enemy No. 1 for IT pros. Ever think about getting high-end glasses with special tints or top-of-the-line anti-reflective coatings? If your eyes are red and dry, it’s probably worth it.

Some eye docs swear by Crizal coatings, which run about $150—on top of the cost of the glasses. Or you can try yellow-tinted computer glasses meant for gamers. They look nerdy … but who cares?

Read last week's Friday fun for the IT crowd: The dark side of the Web

Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. She frequently blogs about IT career advice and the lighter side of tech, and on her off days loves to kayak and play with her toddler son.

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