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6 helpful gadgets that busy accountants will love 

Improve productivity and ease workflow challenges with these handy tech tools

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overhead view of a wooden desk with various gadgets and office supplies laid out in front of a keyboard and monitorFrom a portable charger power bank to a wireless keypad, these six handy gadgets will help you work more efficiently (Shutterstock/Halfpoint)

If you’re an accountant, multitasking is a given. Take the edge off a busy time with these six accountant-friendly gadgets. Not only will they ease your heavy workload, but they will also give you some peace of mind.

1) LE SLIDE (CLIP-ON SCREEN FOR LAPTOPS)

One thing’s for sure, as CPAs you’re juggling several items at the same time. Adding a screen, or two, to your laptop could change your workflow, from both a visual and productivity standpoint. Le Slide screens are lightweight (1.3kg) and portable, compatible with any USB port and multiple laptops (Mac and Windows), no matter how thick. Customize your very own with a choice of 11 materials and three sizes. 

2) 3M LAPTOP SCREEN PRIVACY FILTER

Confidentiality is an accountant’s top priority when dealing with a client’s personal information. This laptop privacy screen filter is ideal, providing “blackout” privacy from side views outside the 60-degree viewing angle—only the person positioned in front of the screen can see what’s on display. Additionally, this filter reduces glare and hides fingerprints with its matte surface and protects screens from scratches and dust. Simple to attach, remove and clean, the filter is compatible with several laptop models and is available in different sizes. 

3) ANKER POWERCORE 20100 

When you are racing against the clock, nothing says convenience like instantly charging your battery-depleted devices. This high-capacity, portable charger power bank does just that, with speed and technology (PowerIQ and VoltageBoost, exclusive to Anker) that make wall chargers seem like a thing of the past. The charger, compatible with multiple USB devices including Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, not only boosts multiple devices simultaneously in the nick of time, but also keeps batteries going for days.

4) SATECHI SLIM WIRELESS KEYPAD

Simplify the data-entry process with this sleek, wireless keypad. The full numeric keyboard is an ideal extension to a regular one, with up to two weeks’ battery-life and a one- to two-hour charge time. Bluetooth enabled, this keypad is compatible with multiple devices (Mac, PC, iOS). Its slim, compact size makes it easy to toss into a backpack or purse. Available in silver or space grey. 

5) CASIO BUSINESS PRINTING CALCULATOR (HR-100TM)

This speedy and versatile printing calculator is the perfect tax season companion: it performs multiple tasks, including grand and sub-totals as well as tax and currency calculations. It also features a right shift key for complex functions including a cost/sell/margin option. Its large, 12-digit LCD display makes inputs easy to read, while two-colour printing (available in red and black) comes in at a quick two lines per second. Use it with an AC adapter or 4AA batteries, standard 58mm plain paper rolls and ink rollers.

6) USB MINI PAPER SHREDDER BY KIKAR

Convenient, portable and compact, this handheld paper shredder is a great addition to any small office space, or business on the go. The USB- or battery-powered (4AAs) device cuts sheets up to 4.5 inches wide and features a forward and reverse button for easy control.   

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