Telecommuting Gadgets to Make You More Efficient

August 14, 2017

1:30 pm

Telecommuting has many benefits such as skipping rush hour traffic and the option to wear slippers all day, though it can be a real drag on your productivity if your “home office” is limited to just a laptop and your favorite reading chair. As a telecommuter myself, I’ve spared practically no expense decking out my home office and I assure you it’s been a worthwhile investment.

I’ve customized my home office down to the last wire for optimum speed, comfort, and efficiency, resulting in a workstation that I now consider a genuine professional advantage.

Here’s the best home office gear in my inventory…

LG 34UC98-W 34-Inch 21:9 Curved UltraWide QHD IPS Monitor with Thunderbolt

The linchpin to my home office setup is an UltraWide LG thunderbolt display. I can’t stress enough how much of a step up moving from a dual-monitor setup to a single UtlraWide has been for me (fitting two full-size windows side-by-side on a single display just feels right). Plus, beyond the amazing curved display, the UltraWide LG is packed with useful features; including thunderbolt connectivity, USB 3.0 ports, and built-in speakers.

Dual monitors are dead. UltraWides are what the most elite nerds are using today.

Plantronics Voyager Focus UC B825 Headset 202652-01

If you’re going to work remotely, you’ll need to equip yourself with a dedicated headset/mic that won’t hinder your ability to clearly communicate with your team on conference calls. I went with this particular headset because it’s completely wireless, allowing me to pace around the room while I pitch clients (or lay down on the bed during boring calls).

Most importantly though, the Voyager Focus’ range covers my kitchen, so I can prepare my fourth cup of coffee without missing a beat.

Logitech C920 Webcam

Actually being on camera for team calls is a great way to prove to your boss that you still get up in the morning and shower/dress like an adult.

You could splurge for Logitechs latest 4k Pro Webcam, but you’ll ultimately be wasting your money, as most teleconferencing software is unable to make use of the better frame rate and resolution it provides. That’s why I stuck with the C920, an HD Webcam that’s a major step up from my MacBook Pros built-in iSight, which is useless when my laptop is closed and hooked up to my UltraWide monitor.

Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System

Make the most of being alone in your home office and grab a set of nice speakers so you can blast your earholes with your favorite mix tapes (that are fire) to keep you cranking out work at a superhuman rate.

I personally have an older pair of Bose Companion speakers, though if I was picking them up today I’d grab the newer Bose Companion 20s. While many audiophiles think Bose products are overpriced, the money you’ll pay for these desktop speakers will feel well worth it when you’re cranking the Tron soundtrack to 11.

Koncept AR3000-W-MBK-DSK Z-Bar LED Desk Lamp

Yes, I spent $300 on a desk lamp. No, I don’t regret it. When you stare at a monitor all day every day eyestrain can become a real issue, and ambient lighting can add to that strain.

I assure you, a lamp that gives you control over its brightness is a luxury you will not want to live without once you have it. And on the bright side (badum chhh), with Koncept’s Z-bar, you’ll not only have an incredible light fixture, but a piece of desktop art worthy of being displayed in a museum.

Elgato Thunderbolt Dock

With all of these added gadgets on your desk, your laptop can start to resemble an octopus, which can make removing it a bit of an ordeal on those rare occasions when you need to head into the office to meet with real people in real life. A Thunderbolt dock will make your life easier by letting you connect just one Thunderbolt cable to power up your workstation setup.

Elgato also offers a newer Thunderbolt 3 dock as well, for those of you lucky enough to be working on one of Apple’s latest machines.

Does your home office absolutely need all of the expensive gear I listed above? No it doesn’t.

However, having personally invested in this gear to build out a home office that not only makes my life easier but in my cases gives me a tangible edge over my office-dwelling peers, I can confidently say that I’ve seen a return on my investment — and you will too.

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I'm the CTO of TechCo Media. I'm also the founder of Random Nerds. I love writing and talking about, entrepreneurship, technology, and video games. You can follow me on twitter @joecorbett.

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