Do you enjoy nothing more than working from the comfort of your own home? You’re not alone, with 18 percent of individuals working remotely full-time. Working from home, on the other hand, can be difficult. Everyone struggles with distractions, disorganization, and achieving the ideal workplace arrangement. Oh dear, the WiFi is down once more, or someone is using up all of the Internet capacity!
If you want to be a successful remote worker, you’ll need the correct technology, hardware, and support. This sonerdy is especially true if you have a lot of video conferences. In 2022, use these 8 tech tools to become a remote work champion. This allows you to conduct routine company operations from the comfort of your own home (or wherever you may be).
1 microphone and webcam
Yes, your computer and laptop have a webcam integrated in. Buying a separate device, whether you’re using a newer or older laptop or desktop system, has a number of advantages. A camera will record quality HD video for a crisp image every time, whether you’re filming a live conference or streaming is part of your daily employment.
Microphones in high-quality webcams are likely to work better than the microphone in your computer. You’ll always get crystal clear audio this way.
Since the 1990s, Logitech has been producing high-quality webcams. For performance, quality, and compatibility, the Logitech C920 or C922 1080P webcam has shown to be an excellent camera for recreational or professional use (we use them ourselves) (Windows, Mac, various apps). When it comes to outfitting personnel with webcams, it’s also a hit with business clients.
The Logitech Brio 4K is a strong option for those looking for a more powerful setup, and it’s roughly as well-liked as the C920 and C922. It has a lot to offer, including 4K HD resolution, Windows Hello, dynamic lighting settings, and omnidirectional noise-canceling mics. For IGEL-powered Microsoft Teams conversations through Citrix VDI, we use the Brio 4K in our conference rooms and in the mobile workspace Ferroque Lamborghini.
A dedicated microphone, for both quality and versatility, maybe the way to go for purists. Blue Yeti mics have a long history of quality, longevity, and performance, and we’re big fans of them.
2 Lights in the Ring
While it may seem strange at first, purchasing a ring lamp makes a lot of sense if you do a lot of video conferencing, either in one area or from other locations. To provide ideal tuning to your surroundings, most ring lights have several brightness levels and even vary in color. Many come with tripods and can be readily transported for the digital nomad or road warrior.
There are various varieties of ring lights available, including one designed specifically for video conferencing. These lights install on your laptop or behind your monitor or laptop, ensuring that your camera is shadow-free and compensating for poor lighting in your area.
For ring lights, we recommend Neewer’s 10 or 12-inch ring light, which is powered by a USB connector, has color temperature control, and can also be mounted on a phone.
Lume Cubes may be worth considering for areas that require additional lighting customization. They’re expensive, but they’re wired or wireless (thanks to a built-in battery pack) and extremely portable. At Ferroque, we use them constantly.
3 Office Chairs That Are Ergonomic
Is your back bothering you? That could be attributed to your old workplace chair. Treat yourself to a new office chair that will make working from home a lot more enjoyable. There are two important things in life that you should not skimp on: your mattress and your office chair. If you cut corners, your long-term health may suffer!
While you don’t want to skimp on an office chair, there are also some that are prohibitively pricey. This is where reviews may help. This Ergonomic Office Chair has a 4.2 out of 5 star rating, with 67 percent of customers giving it five stars. Many reviewers remark it’s not just comfortable, but also simple to put together. It’s roughly $399 CAD (and there’s a $60 off coupon right now), but it’s well worth it for these features.
If you’re willing to spend the money, Herman Miller’s Embody Chair (or its gaming edition collab with Logitech, which is significantly less expensive) will most likely be the only office chair you’ll ever need. It’s a night and day change, as one of our own team members can verify (just waiting for Atlas to manufacture the headrest!).
Aside from the practical advantages of a good chair, office chairs have become a focal point of the work-from-home aesthetic, and beyond RGB lighting, the correct office can be a hell of a flex space (for the few that care).
4 Wireless Hotspot
A mobile hotspot is one of the most significant remote working equipment expenditures you can make, whether you travel frequently or just appreciate having a backup. There are high-speed hotspots for both local and international networks, ensuring that you are always connected.
Mobile hotspots, whether standalone or tethered to a smartphone, provide a necessary backup to shaky (reliability, speed, or public) or completely unavailable Internet access, which is a lifeline for most office employees.
4G LTE hotspots are widely available and meet the needs of most users, with download and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps. These devices are available at a variety of price points and feature sets, including wired models. One of the best-reviewed and most capable routers is the Netgear Nighthawk MR1110.
With more networks moving to 5G, you should look for a hotspot that can match your needs. The Macaroon Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot Device not only provides 5G data, but it also allows you to simply purchase additional data if needed. This hotspot may be used in over 150 countries, making it ideal for remote workers on the move.
5 Booster Signals
This is another another piece of remote working equipment for individuals who travel or operate in more rural places (cottages, vacation properties, etc.). A signal booster boosts a weak cellular signal so you can stay connected at all times. This is crucial for both mobile Internet (4G, 5G, etc.) and cell phone voice quality and reliability.
We’ve long been admirers of the weBoost product range, which supports most major carriers and offers a variety of variants tailored to specific applications such as automobiles (Drive X) and within buildings. The weBoost Connect covers up to 5,000 square feet and is ideal for homes or buildings (especially those with a lot of brick, which can obstruct signal penetration).
If video conferencing consumes a significant portion of your day, you should consider investing in a nice headset. You’ll not only be able to hear your visitors better, but you’ll also be able to provide them with privacy, which is especially important if your family, roommates, or other family members are there while you’re working.
There are several high-quality and inexpensive headsets available online. While Apple Airpods or Airpods Pro are excellent for most calls, they may lack the quality and clarity of alternative solutions on the market for professional use.
One of the headsets we recommend is the Logitech H390 Wired Headset. Logitech is a well-known brand in the technology industry. These headphones provide outstanding sound quality and noise cancellation. These headphones are quite comfy, especially for extended video chats, thanks to the added padding.
The Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED wireless gaming headset, which has a 29-hour battery capacity, is an upgrade that can bridge the gap between work and pleasure.
The AIKELA Bluetooth Headset is a sleek wireless business headset with noise-cancelling capabilities and a 15-hour battery rating for those searching for a good medium in price vs. features.
7 Standing Workstations
There’s a reason why the standing desk craze is still going strong in the world of remote work. Standing workstations have numerous health benefits and relieve back strain. Because of the high demand, there are many different types of standing desks available.
The ergonomic advantages of the VIVO Electric Standup Desk are numerous. It’s height-adjustable, so it’ll work for just about every remote worker. They come in a variety of colors and styles to suit diverse tastes. The VIVO Black Height Adjustable Desk Converter, for example, is a stand-up desk converter for existing desks. IKEA also provides a variety of adjustable desks to choose from, ranging from manual to electric.
Laptop Stand for 8
If a standing desk isn’t for you, a laptop stand will be useful. The finest laptop stands position your laptop at the ideal height for your neck and shoulders, easing pressure on your neck and shoulders. Not only will you be more comfortable, but you’ll also be more productive.
Because no two laptop stands are the same, you’ll want to choose wisely. Because of its form, the Soundance Laptop Stand is recommended for all laptops. This stand raises your laptop to a comfortable viewing height of six inches. It’s not only tough, but it’s also lightweight, making it ideal for the road warrior.
Foot Massager as a Bonus (Foot Spa)
This isn’t a joke, believe it or not. Ferroque is a huge fan of the foot massager fad, and as part of our health program, we supply them to staff who request them. They promote circulation and have reflexology advantages, which may help with tension, depression, and anxiety (additional bonus, no need to take a break!) (an amplified byproduct of the pandemic for many).
They also serve as a convenient foot stand, which has been a long-standing ergonomic benefit in office settings.
The following foot massagers have been successfully trialed by the Ferroque team. Both the pressure and the timer can be customized. Both are around $250 and frequently come with coupons.
Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager Machine Miko Shiatsu Foot Massager
More people are opting for remote work due to its ease and comfort. However, no matter where you are, you’ll need to invest in the greatest technology and tools to execute your job efficiently. If you’re video conferencing, this is especially true. Don’t forget about ergonomic accessories to make your work environment more pleasant. These suggestions are meant to help you minimize stress, increase productivity, and improve the quality of your work.
Ferroque’s professional services and managed services for digital workspace and Citrix ADC (NetScaler) application delivery controller platforms, for example, are designed to reduce operational stress, improve productivity and quality of work, and keep users and data online and secure.