How have you been holding up working from home? Love it or loathe it, this unprecedented working arrangement is here to stay for the foreseeable future for a lot of people. You may thrive working in the comfort of your own home, but some may find “comfort” hard to come by on our ill-equipped dining table we call our work desk for the past months (or year). It is time you set up a proper home office with the right equipment to create a conducive and productive working environment. And we have just the right recommendations for you!
Upgrade Your Home Office Setup With These Tech Essentials
A Motorised Height-Adjustable Desk
Before you get anything else for your home office setup, you need a proper work desk. Not just any desk, but get a motorised height-adjustable desk. With just a touch of a button, you can quickly and easily move the desk up or down so you can shift between standing up or sitting down throughout the day. Do we need to remind you that sitting down all day and being sedentary is bad for your body? Check out these motorised desks from Armaggeddon and Loctek.
An Ultrawide Monitor
Hunching over your laptop and squinting your eyes at the small screen is probably not something you enjoy doing day in and day out. That is why we recommend you to get an ultrawide monitor for your home office setup, so you have all the screen real estate in the world to handle all your work documents and spreadsheets with ease. The LG 29-inch 29WK600, Acer Nitro 34-inch XV340CKP, and Xiaomi 34-inch curved monitor are solid picks. Oh, consider also getting a monitor light/screenbar like this one from Baseus for comfortable viewing at night without straining your eyes.
A Good Keyboard For Typing
Besides participating in one too many Zoom calls, you probably spend most of your working hours typing away. Hence, investing in a keyboard that offers a great typing experience is a smart move, and your fingers will thank you for it. The Logitech MK315 is not only comfortable to type on but has silent keystrokes so you can spare your housemates the auditory torture of your furious typing. Also from Logitech, the MK345 is another comfy (and affordable) option that comes with its own palm rest. You also get a mouse in both combo packages!
A Better Mouse
Sometimes, all you need for better productivity is a good mouse. And the mouse doesn’t come better than the Logitech MX Master 3. This highly-revered mouse packs in tons of features geared towards helping users work better and more efficiently—from productivity software-specific customisations to seamless connectivity between multiple devices. The mouse itself is ultra-quiet, offers five times more precision than the basic mouse, and works on virtually any surface. And for all you frequent Zoom/Microsoft Teams users, the MX Master 3 comes with predefined settings so you can instantly mute and start/stop video calls just by clicking the two buttons on the left side of the mouse.
A Wireless Charger
A cable here, a cable there, and before long your desk will be a huge mess everywhere! Keep your desk clutter-free (and your mind sane) by cutting down on the number of cables. You can do that by opting to charge your essential devices such as your smartphone and wireless earbuds wirelessly. If you haven’t gone all-in with wireless charging just yet, consider picking up the Choetech 20W dual fast charging wireless charger that can charge two devices simultaneously. Even better, add device sanitising to your wireless charging routine with the Samsung UV Sterilizer with Wireless Charger.
A Smart Speaker
A smart speaker can be a very useful tool in your home office setup when you want quick answers from the Internet. The Google Nest Mini is your best pick of the bunch. Its small size means it’ll take up little space on your desk, it’s relatively inexpensive, and it can answer any fact-based queries you throw at it and return the answers almost instantaneously. That’s not all as it has more tricks up its sleeves. For instance, playing any music (“Hey Google, play my work-from-home playlist”) as well as controlling smart home devices, all via voice commands with minimal disruptions to your workflow. If you somehow prefer a Google alternative, you can opt for the Amazon Echo Dot.
All work and no play makes <insert your name> a dull boy/girl. Let’s face it, as much as working from home has a lot of merits, it can be mentally draining too as the line between work life and personal life is further blurred. We could all use some downtime with entertainment to keep us from getting burned out. Get something like the Nintendo Switch Lite that can live on your desk. Its grab-and-play nature is perfect for the little breaks in between work. Nothing like a chill and relaxing time tending to your virtual island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons to relieve the tedium of work.
A Well-Equipped Home Office Setup Goes A Long Way To Improve Your Work-From-Home Routine
Many of us will not be returning to the office anytime soon. The future is unpredictable, but the chances of the work-from-home arrangement being a regular or even a permanent fixture is very much a possibility. It is never too late to create your own proper home office setup that has everything you need to work productively without neglecting your physical and mental well-being. So, start with these tech essentials!
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