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The world community is commemorating the first anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic. Apparently, the first case dates back to November 17, 2019, according to the South China Morning Post. A year later, the virus remains unbeaten. 

As the disease continues to take its toll, its impact on people across the world leaves the future looking uncertain at best. The situation that unfolded across Europe and the US during the spring of 2020 became a textbook definition of a disaster. Unfortunately, we’ve had to learn the lesson the hard way. 

Fortunately, what sets humans apart – aside from our upright posture and articulate speech – is our ability to adapt. It’s that adaptability in the face of an evolving environment that’s kept us going. COVID-19 has forced thousands of professionals around the world to find new ways to work. For a vast majority, working from a home-based office has become the best – and only – option. 

Let’s have a look at some of the best gadgets that’ll help make the transition from office to home smooth, and boost efficiency, without leaving a hole in your wallet.

An affordable Bluetooth keyboard for your home office

K380 by Logitech
K380 by Logitech. Image credit: logitech.com

This indispensable device is a must-have for every tablet owner. It’s been a while since 10.5’’ and wider tablets looked groundbreaking. Samsung brags that its Galaxy View offers an unheard-of 18.4’’ touchscreen. At this point, do these things still actually count as ‘tablets’? 

In terms of performance, modern tablets are equal to or even outperform entry-level laptops, so often users settle on portable devices for non-demanding operations. There are plenty of Bluetooth keyboards out there for users who prefer to stay within a tight budget. 

Products like the K380 by Logitech are compact and sturdy, which results in relaxing and responsive typing. Bonuses such as connectivity to up to three devices, a lengthy battery life, and a price range starting at only $29.99, hint that the choice is well-made.    

An inexpensive 27-inch monitor

Dell PC monitor
27-inch Dell PC monitor. Image credit: notebookcheck.net

Unless you’re a tech junkie, die-hard gamer, or a video professional, it makes little sense going 4K. Of course, that’s the direction technology is rapidly moving towards, but if you’re an average user, there are still tons of reasons to stick to 1080/1440p. One of them is an extensive collection of decent LCD monitors available on the market. 

Amongst dozens of existing display sizes, a 27-inch screen is arguably the perfect form-factor, providing an incredible cross-section between cost and features. This is particularly the case if your basic workstation in the office is a wide monitor with a desktop computer. 

Once accustomed to performing professional operations on a big screen at work, you may find it annoying to do the same on your personal, 13-inch Macbook, for instance. For $200 or less, you’ll easily pick a solid 27-inch display. Just unpack it, plug it in, and get back to work. No adjustments required.    

Crisp quality webcam for a proper video experience 

Full-HD 1080p
Look for full-HD 1080p cameras with 30 fps support. Image credit: amazon.com

The words “meeting” and “conference” have acquired completely new meanings lately. When you hear the words, “The meeting is scheduled for 9 am” what comes to mind isn’t a long desk and comfy chairs in a conference room. What you visualize now is your laptop and you only wish there was enough light at the correct angle in your room so that the lame, onboard webcam captured your image well. 

Hardware manufacturers have always been busy competing around cores and RAM whereas such a thing as a decent webcam still flies under the radar. Luckily, the market offers us loads of plug-and-play options that are equipped with enhanced controls and filters.The majority of these webcams are full-HD 1080p, and setting the camera at 30 fps works best for perfect video chatting. 

The assortment on offer is wider than you can imagine, and prices start as low as just under $50. Go ahead and get one, and free yourself from the worry and wondering about how much light is coming through the curtains in your bedroom.    

Don’t lose a word with a pair of noise-canceling headphones

Sony
Sony WH-1000XM4. Image credit: itc.us

Noise-canceling headphones are essential for working from home. Pumping up the volume of the speakers may not be an option for everyone. Your kids or siblings aren’t necessarily interested in what’s going on with your new project from work. Likewise, your boss or colleagues don’t want to know that there aren’t any Cheerios left because that’s what someone’s yelling from the kitchen. 

Perfect for tuning out potential distractions around the house, or intruding sounds from outside. Noise-canceling headphones are especially well-suited for important work calls. You’ll find it neat that the mic isolates your voice from background noises, and that your interlocutor is the only one you hear. 

Though models like Bose 700 or Sony WH-1000XM4 may look somewhat pricey, the items are worthy investments.

Anker Bluetooth Speakerphone

Anker
Anker bluetooth speaker. Image credit: forbes.com

Image credit: military.com

The PowerConf Bluetooth Speakerphone from Anker is a fantastic tool designed for conferences and virtual meetings. Once placed in the middle of a desk, six microphones will pick up voices from every corner of the room. Thanks to its size, the speaker can be carried from one location to the other. The voice optimization feature will make sure you always sound your best, wherever you go. 

Connectivity to all gear via Bluetooth and USB-C, and compatibility with all major conferencing platforms make PowerConf your perfect and reliable sidekick: whatever business environment you happen to be in – it’s got you covered. 

Finally…

We’ve got to understand that, even though it seems to be worse than usual, reality these days is just different from what we’ve been used to. Though working from home brings its own set of challenges and requires some effort, having the right tools on hand can help you stay active. Hopefully, we’ve narrowed down your search a little bit.

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