NEW YEAR, NEW YOU – Work Smarter

The New Year means back to the rat race. Here are the best gadgets to become an office productivity powerhouse in 2009Blackberry Bold? £from fre

The New Year means back to the rat race. Here are the best gadgets to become an office productivity powerhouse in 2009

Blackberry Bold? £from free

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Adopt Merlin Mann's inbox zero mantra with this, the workhorse of the RIM stable (above). Unlike the iPhone-aping Storm, it has a proper QWERTY keypad which – let's face it – is what you need if you're zapping out emails aboard the 06.40 Eurostar to Paris. You can't go wrong with the tried and trusted BlackBerry email service either. Just watch out if you have an addictive personality.?

Samsung SyncMaster 305T? £945

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When 'interruption expert' Mary Czerwinski studied Microsoft workers to see what made them productive, she found large screens were the jackpot. In two decades, she said she'd “never seen a single tweak to a computer system so significantly improve a user's productivity." What are you waiting for? Start with this 30in Samsung. It's a beast, but at least you can tell your boss it'll make you work better.?

Toshiba R600 £1400

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The solitude of travel means it can be amazingly productive, so a svelte, connected laptop is a must-have. Enter Toshiba’s 12in R600. It weighs a netbook-thrashing 800g but has plenty of poke thanks to an Intel Centrino 2 V-Pro processor and 3GB RAM, plus HSDPA mobile broadband for always-on internet. The battery life’s over eight hours, too.