Working from home is starting to become the new normal for everyone. Not only of the convenience, but due to its necessity in hopes of flattening the COVID-19 curve. But while there isn’t much to the act of working from home (it is what it is, working, but at home) there are several conveniences and essential tools that aid immensely in ensuring that your work from home session is as productive as it is enjoyable!
1. Boost The Production Values Of Online Meetings With A Webcam!
As face-to-face meetings have been replaced by video conferencing apps like Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime or Messenger, a good webcam is even more essential to get the most out of your meeting.
But most times the built-in webcams and mics on most laptops just don’t deliver good audio and video, potentially leading to miscommunication, more time spent fixing and slower work overall.
With a good external webcam, you’ll not only see an increase in audio and video quality, but you’ll be able to position the webcam to suit your needs, along with many additional features. Some favourites include the Razer Kyo (for its ring light features), the all-rounded Logitech C922 or the budget-friendly Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000!
2. See More And Do More With a Display Monitor!
As we continue to work remotely from home, staring at our laptops screens for prolonged periods at a time, it is crucial to get a display that is not only comfortable but can also supplement your workload, with extra space for more program windows.
This means skipping the small laptop screens, and getting a display monitor with the right screen size and ergonomics. Versatile external monitors are able to adjust its height and tilt, ensuring correct posture, and viewing alignment along with preventing issues like back pain, poor posture and eye strains.
We recommend having a monitor size between 24 to 32 inches for most office work, including emails, internet browsing and document typing.
Some of our options include the great all round, Dell Ultrasharp U2520D, the budget-friendly, LG 22MN430M-B, and the Xiaomi Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” for those looking for an ultra-wide monitor to do more!
3. Turn Your Laptop Into A Desktop With A Good Keyboard And Mouse!
If you’re mostly working from your laptop, chances are your neck’s stiff, hands are bruising, and did I mention neck yet? Solve all your ergonomic woes by employing the use of an external monitor, and a comfortable mouse that fits your palm.
Being the bridge connecting our movements to action, a good, ergonomic mouse is equally as important when working from home. Similarly with the above, you’ll be spending a lot of time with it, so a mouse that fits snuggly into your palm along with being fast and responsive are points to consider. And no, stop using your touchpad!
If all else fails, a nice laptop support to elevate the monitor’s eye-level would work wonders in making your work from home feel like child’s play. The Simplecom CL510 Ergonomic Aluminum Cooling Stand does all that, while also allowing proper ventilation for the laptop, leading to better performance and less heat produced, alongside more comfortable working conditions.
4. Have Great All-round Ergonomics With A Great Chair (Or Even Footrest!)
While the nature of working from home would involve sitting for long periods at a time, one should invest in a comfortable ergonomic chair to sustain that venture even longer. If you feel your chair’s comfy enough, you can always improve the ergonomics by getting a footrest, or even a back pillow for lumbar support which will go a long way in ensuring a comfortable work from home experience.
For our pick, we've got to go with the Cooler Master Ergo L, for its all-round ergonomic, comfortable design!
5. Work And Listen In Comfort With Quality Headphones!
Understandably, we’ve all got earphones somewhere, using it for work to hone in on sounds or even to block off incoming noise if need be. A good pair of work-at-home earphones or headphones should not only do that but provide comfort for prolonged use and great sound quality. Better even, if the headphones can double as a good communication headset to make calls.
For our money, the Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, is an excellent, all-round wireless headphone, with great noise cancellation, perfect for making calls with up to 20 hours of battery life! Another great option is the Sony WH-1000XM4 Headphones, sharing similar noise-canceling and calling feats of the former while being more comfortable and comes with multipoint Bluetooth pairing for seamless pairing of two devices!
6. Speak Clear, And More Confidently With A Good Microphone!
You could skip this step if your mind’s set on a good headphone with an attached mic. If not, there are many other wonderful mics to choose from to aid your constant calls when you work from home!
For our pick, there’s the Simplecom UM350. An affordable USB standing desk microphone. Blue Yeti X Professional USB Microphone, for those looking for the best USB Mic in terms of quality and ease of use (plug-and-use). Meanwhile, the Audio Technica AT2020USB+ presents itself as a more affordable option than the former, but still a great USB mic option nonetheless.
Summing it all up!
Understandably, one could always have the bare minimum and still be able to achieve their work from home with varying amounts of success. But with all the essential tools listed above, not only does it ensure focus and productivity during the process, but it also increases the enjoyment and satisfaction of the process and by extension, your work! So be sure to equip yourself with the tools necessary to succeed!
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