Home office essentials that make you more efficient
Today, a laptop or tablet and a Wi-Fi network are enough to stay connected at work. And while laying a computer on any horizontal surface — from a kitchen island to a coffee table — will support a MacBook, working efficiently means setting up a space dedicated to the task. A home office is a nice luxury, but all you really need is a space big enough for a real office. Once you have that, it’s time to equip it with equipment and accessories that will optimize the execution of the job as quickly and painlessly as possible.
From lighting to ergonomics, just about everything around your desk can either provide a boost or act as an annoying waste of time that saps energy and productivity. We would say the investment in better equipment is worth it. The sooner you do this, the sooner you can get on with the rest of your day (non-work) – and isn’t that the biggest benefit of working from home? It’s time to gear up with these home office essentials.
1. Harmati Rene Height Adjustable Electric Desk
While a standing desk is a panacea, most studies agree that standing is healthier than sitting all day (and it makes your Apple Watch happy, too). This standing desk has everything you need without paying for the bells and whistles. The dense and smooth laminated wood top (23.5 x 47 inches) offers plenty of space for a laptop or monitor with peripherals while still allowing room for things like a notepad, desk lamp and an essential cup of coffee. The metal legs look clean and glide up and down (almost silently) about 30-46 inches. A keypad remembers three heights for multiple users, and you can switch from standing to sitting at the touch of a button.
2. West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table
If you’re lucky enough to have room for a coffee table in a home office, or like to share the day in the living room, this design makes it easy to work from a couch. The 48-inch-long table has a 27-inch section that rises to about 25 inches high, well above sofa height, allowing you to tuck in your knees while sitting on it. using. When the top moves, it reveals an 8-inch-deep cavity that’s perfect for storing a tablet or cleaning up clutter. With the other side covered in marble, the look is as clean and beautiful as it is useful.
3. Lume Cube Edge Light
Before the pandemic, a desk lamp really only needed to do one job: flood the work surface with enough lumens to prevent eye strain. Then video calling became the new norm, and that’s where this lamp shines. The 36-inch LED lamp attaches to the desk with five points of articulation. It’s tall enough to move above your keyboard as you work, but it can also swivel to cast light on your face. Light intensity and color temperature controls let you customize the most flattering light during calls.
4. Samsung The Freestyle Projector
A TV in a home office can be a good distraction or a good way to catch the news, but inevitably you end up with a black rectangle on the wall. A spotlight, on the other hand, is there when you need it and invisible when you turn it off. This tin can-sized projector casts a 30 to 100 inch high definition screen on the wall. The speakers are built into the body for 360 degree sound. Stream just about any content you want to stream, or ask Alexa to throw up a screensaver-worthy beach view for inspiration.
5. Anker AnkerWork B600 Video Bar
Arguably the biggest upgrade to a home office is a large screen that makes it easier to work from your laptop, until you need to make video calls through your laptop’s camera. This streaming camera does more than just capture your face, which it does well with 2K video. Sitting on a monitor, it includes a pair of speakers so you don’t have to rely on a laptop and a microphone to filter out background noise. An additional lightbar feature fixes bad lighting so you can put your best face forward.
6. Netgear Orbi Quad-Band Wi-Fi 6E Mesh System
If you haven’t yet heard of Wi-Fi 6E, the latest home network upgrade, you probably will soon. Many new technologies now come with Wi-Fi 6 out of the box. This three-pack, consisting of a router and two wireless satellites, covers 9,000 square feet in the fastest internet yet, capable of handling up to 200 devices. Plus, with the Orbi app, you now control this network, allowing you to set up guest networks, block devices, and even set timeouts for others.
7. 27-inch LG UltraFine UHD Monitor with Ergo Stand
Quality monitors are more affordable than ever. While 4K ultra-high definition images on this 27-inch screen are as crisp and bright as expected, it’s not the best feature. An arm attached to the back of the monitor allows the screen to move with you during the day. Clamp it to your desk and it swivels in any direction for the best view whether you’re sitting or standing. iOS users can plug in a USB-C cable to manage video and sound while reducing clutter. If you don’t plan on playing music, the downward-firing speakers built into the frame are all you’ll need for crystal-clear video calls.
8. Bose QuietComfort 45 headphones
Working remotely doesn’t always mean in the privacy of your home. If you plan to work from a coffee shop, library, or airport, noise-canceling headphones are a must. These beauties from Bose have enough battery power to last 24 hours with a comfortable, behind-the-ear design that isolates ambient noise before the actual microphones even treat your ears with built-in noise cancellation technology. Because you don’t always need to isolate yourself from the world, an “aware mode” lets ambient noise in, letting you know what’s going on around you.
9. All33 Backstrong C1 Chair
An ergonomically supported office chair is one of the smartest investments you can make. The vegan leather on this chair looks great, but it’s the swing-like saddle built into the seat that helps relieve pressure points while supporting your lower back throughout the day when you sit down or lean all the way in. backward. This swivel swing also makes it nearly impossible to slouch.
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