Super Easy Home Office Setup

Thinking of starting your own business? One in four workers who've not found jobs in this recession are thinking of doing just that.

Whether you're starting an at-home business or you're just managing a household, Consumer Reports says setting up a home office is cheaper and easier than ever.

With limited room for a home office, Taryn Glassman uses an all-in-one printer to help make the space work.

"It's basically just a few buttons. You have to decide if you want to print, copy, scan, and fax." said Glassman.

Team and all-in-one printer with an all-in-one computer and Consumer Reports says you've got an instant home office set-up.

Dean Gallea of Consumer Reports says, "An all-in-one integrates the parts of a computer right into the display, so there's no need for a tower. And that makes it simple for most people to set up in a matter of minutes."

Consumer Reports top rates Apple's new 27-inch iMac for performance, display, and even 3-D games, for when your office work is done.

If the $1700 cost is too steep, testers recommend the 21-and-a-half-inch Apple iMac. It's also fast, and at $1200-competitively priced. There's another plus with Macs, too.

Gallea says, "Consumer Reports' survey shows that the iMac is the most reliable all-in-one computer. And Apple has the best tech support."

Consumer Reports says be aware, many all-in-one PCs will cost you less, but you'll pay in areas like sound quality and speed.

No for the all-in-one printer.

Gallea says, "They're bigger than a regular printer, but they're a lot smaller than a separate printer, copier, and scanner and a lot less money, too."

Consumer Reports named the HP Officejet 6500 Wireless a Best Buy at $140. It's fast, with a lower print cost-per-page than most.

Consumer Reports has a couple of tips to help cut printing and paper costs. If you print in "draft" mode, that uses less ink and can cut the cost-per-page in half, or more.

While this setting does reduce print quality, it's worth it for less important jobs. And printing on both sides saves paper.

Many new printers now do that automatically.


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