The Real Cost of a Home Office

By Yvette Romero - 2012-02-09T15:31:59Z

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One benefit of working at home is that you are your own boss. Want to indulge in U2's "Vertigo" come the 2 p.m. yawn? Then you'll need sound quality that lifts the spirit. Independently powered speakers can bring your laptop's weak audio to a whole new level.

$150: M-Audio Studiophile AV40 Speakers --

Running Tally: $3,112