10 Essentials for Working From Home

2 years ago

2020 was the year in which working from home became the norm, at least temporarily, for many office workers. Changing the base of operations from a sleek office or cubicle to the dining room table, living room couch, or garage workbench requires a lot of adjustments. But now that we know what to expect, there are a few vital objects that help turn your home office into a functional, efficient, productive, and comfortable working environment — and don’t worry, none of them involve having to change out of your bedroom slippers. Here are 10 great items for the 21st century home worker.

The new tech standard | Apple MacBook Air

Your computer is the nerve center of your WFH business, and the latest MacBook Air has nerve in droves. It’s the lightest, fastest, most powerful, and most versatile laptop Apple has ever produced, driven by their industry-shaking M1 chip. This single innovation has turned the Apple computer’s CPU from a reliable, effective piece of technology into a ruthless data-processing beast. Combined with Apple’s powerful Retina display, improved multi-media functionality, and always instinctive user interface, the new MacBook Air almost deserves its own seat in the Zoom conference.

Cushions of power | Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair

If you weren’t already used to working from home, you might have had to rely on creaky dining table chairs or sunken sofa cushions for sitting upon. That’s an ergonomic disaster waiting to happen. This office chair from Gabrylly is the perfect remedy: A comfortable mesh structure with four support points for your head, back, hips, and hands, fully adjustable to suit your frame and size. This is the only chair you’ll ever want at your desk. (You’ve got a desk, right?)

Drowned in sound | COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling Headphones

For background music, audio conferences, or simply denying intrusions from the outside world, these wireless, Bluetooth-enabled headphones are top of the class. The built-in microphone makes hands-free calls a snap. The swiveling ear cups conform to whatever shape your head’s in. With 30 hours of uninterrupted playing on a single charge, you can listen to sounds for more than a day in total, sweet isolation.

Rock of pages | HP OfficeJet Pro 8035 Scanner/Printer

For producing and organizing documentation, Hewlett-Packard is the hyphenated company of choice. The latest iteration of their industry-staple OfficeJet scanner and printer does multiple things we used to hire entire teams to do. This unit prints 20 pages a minute, scans docs to USB devices, has “self-healing” Wi-Fi for uninterrupted connection, and even syncs files to Google Drive, QuickBooks, and other business software. It’s also 14% smaller than previous OfficeJets, so it doesn’t need its own parking space.

Dawn of the shred | AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Capacity Paper and Credit Card Shredder

Your secrets are safe with this document destruction device. Its icy jaws of death can accommodate 8 sheets of paper, shredding them into tiny, irredeemable pieces of confetti. It has three simple modes that make operational mistakes virtually impossible. The AmazonBasics shredder also has automatic, thermal-sensitive shutoff functionality, so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting to turn it off. And yes, should business matters get a bit out of control, it also eats credit cards for breakfast.

For the love of furniture | SHW Home Office 48-Inch Computer Desk

Simple, streamlined, and sturdy — that’s exactly what home office furniture needs to be. This easy-to-assemble desk checks all those boxes. It’s got an extra-supportive steel frame, a finished top manufactured from environmental particle board, and almost 8 square feet of space for all your home office wares. Liberate your laptop from the dining room table and give it a home all its own (except for a pencil cup or a vase, or something).

Master your time | Digital Alarm Clock

When you’re working from home, 80% of success is showing up — and 80% of showing up is waking up. This wood-fashioned, ultra-modern alarm clock will arouse your senses and help you fight through the fog of morning with three programmable alarm times. It’s a fine-looking device that blends in seamlessly with the rest of your nightstand and has adjustable brightness levels for various times of the day. This clock also displays the temperature and humidity so you can pick the right pullover.

The write stuff | VIZ-PRO Magnetic Whiteboard/Dry Erase

One of the things home workers miss most about the office is the whiteboard. That smooth, pale window that displays meeting agendas, hastily drawn graphs, and scads of vital, almost unreadable calculations. Fret not: You can bring the power of the whiteboard home with a VIZ-PRO dry-erase whiteboard, its 48” x 36” surface easily mountable on any interior wall. It’ll make your home office just like your old conference room, minus the stale donuts.

Pod almighty | Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker

K-cup pods take all the mystery and in-depth calculations out of making the perfect cup of coffee. Keurig has mastered this caffeine conveyance system with this single-serving coffee maker, which serves up a single dose of your favorite blend in either 6, 8, or 10 ounces at the touch of a single button. With a 48-ounce water reservoir, you can brew at least 6 cups before refilling. Leave the spilled grounds and messy paper filters to the amateurs.

Thanks for your support | Soundance Laptop Stand

We love our laptops. But by making us hunch over them on a cramped table, they don’t always love us back. This ergonomic laptop stand raises your laptop screen by 6 inches, bringing it to a comfortable eye level and giving great relief to your neck and shoulders. Its thickened aluminum alloy gives it superior strength, and its spare construction keeps most of your laptop bottom unobstructed to prevent overheating. Its rubberized feet keep it from sliding all over your desk in case it gets any funny ideas.

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