Working from home can be quite an uphill task, but with the right technology by your side, this can be one of the best experiences of your work life. Technology makes things easier, saves time and is an efficient way to stay connected. This National Technology Day, we have compiled this handy list of the best WFH tech to furnish your home office with. These gadgets will help you stay productive and enjoy what remote working has to offer –
While the work from home life gives us the flexibility to pump up the volume on our speakers, headphones are still a convenient piece of tech to have in a home office. They are perfect for tuning out distractions that come from your home or even the intruding sounds that originate outside. A good headphone or headset will dramatically reduce ambient noise in your home office and are well-suited for work calls since the mics can isolate your voice from background noises.
Our Pick: The Jabra Evolve 40 features a noise-cancelling mic and thick cushioned speakers. If your giftee doesn’t have noise-cancelling headphones and a great sounding microphone, this two-in-one device will make their virtual meetings a lovely experience. It also has some really fascinating features. Like a red ‘busy light’ to let others know when you’re in do not disturb mode, and a boom mic that folds away into the headband for storage.
2. External Hard Drive
If you are a creative professional, you know that the importance of external storage cannot be emphasised enough. If you find yourself needing some extra space or do not want to save your files on your primary device, an external hard drive will be your saviour. Besides, if you have separate computers for work and home, a portable hard drive is an easy file sharing solution.
Our Pick: The Verbatim Store’ n’ Go Portable Hard Drive is great for backing up and transferring files on the go. With a USB 3.0 connection, you get SuperSpeed transfers up to 10x faster than USB 2.0 – but it’s still back compatible. Its compact size easily allows you to toss it inside a bag, not worrying about moving parts. What’s more, it is powered by USB, so there is no need for an external power source.
3. Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Set
Most of us work on laptops, and because a keyboard and trackpad are built-in, we seldom invest in a separate keyboard and mouse. However, it is essential to know that these built-in features may not be ergonomically sound, especially if you work for 8 hours a day in your home office. A wireless keyboard and mouse set is better for your posture, efficiency and the best part is that there are two fewer cables to worry about! Want to know more about why this investment should be your top priority? We have written an article on it, and you can read it here.
Our Pick: The Logitech Wireless Combo provides a fantastic keyboard and mouse for your WFH setup. The keyboard features a low line keyboard that is excellent for comfortable typing; it is also designed to reduce noise, ensuring that you can type for longer without driving everyone else mad. The mouse provides excellent tracking, and this item plugs straight into a USB port!
If you are planning on getting yourself this set, here are a few add-ons that might be of interest to you – a good mousepad for more accurate mousing, wrist rest or wrist guard to relieve stress while typing and of course, a laptop stand!
4. Multi-Function Printer
If you work a lot with physical copies of files and need to print, scan, or copy daily, consider getting yourself a Multi-Function Printer. This piece of tech is great for your home office space, does not take up a lot of space and is less pricey than the high-end ones you have in the office.
Our Pick: The Kyocera Multi-Function Printer is an affordable and reliable companion for individuals that work remotely. Print, copy and scan-functionality is packed into a compact design and toner yields of 1600 pages keep costs down and your carbon footprint low. This multifunctional device prints 20 ppm in B/W and scans up to 18 ipm! It also comes with a 1-year warranty and is energy star certified.
With the rise of identity theft, it is crucial to destroy documents that contain sensitive information. With a shredder, you will be able to dispose of documents like bank statements, bills and documents that have your personal information safely.
Our Pick: The Rexel Alpha Cross-Cut Shredder has a P-4 security level which means that it is perfect for shredding business documents containing sensitive information. The compact and stylish Alpha shredder can shred up to 5 sheets of (80gsm) paper in a continuous feed and credit cards, paperclips and staples due to the high-performance steel cutters. It has an automatic cool-down mechanism and a bin capacity of 14 litres!
6. HDMI Cables
With most of us working from home for a significant chunk of 2020, our reliance on screens has definitely skyrocketed. We watch TV and use our computer monitors a lot more. Both of these have one thing in common – HDMI Cables. Poor quality HDMI cables can pose a range of connection and image issues, making it more critical than ever to buy robust, good quality ones.
Our Pick: The Connekt Gear HDMI Display Cables are designed for the latest high definition content in resolutions up to 4K (Ultra HD). They also support 3D content and include HDMI Ethernet Channel (which lets you use the cable to connect a TV or other device to the internet). These cables have long-lasting gold connectors and are 2m long.
7. Power Bank
There is nothing worse than finding your battery dead halfway through the afternoon. Fortunately, a power bank is an easy solution to this. Instead of having to get up from your desk to plug your phone into a wall charger, plug it into your power bank and charge your phone the easy way. Power banks are portable, small and allow you to move around with your phone while you’re charging it. And since power banks are pretty affordable, they’re a great thing to carry around ‘just in case.’
Our Pick: The Verbatim Business Range Power Bank boasts a sleek and space-conscious design. Its 10000mAh capacity allows you to charge an iPhone up to three times easily. It also has two Quick Charge 3.0 ports allow you to recharge multiple devices in rapid speeds!
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