Working from home has become very commonplace in 2021. Since early 2020 many businesses have transitioned over to being partially or even fully remote, and having their employees working from home. Some people have found this to be a challenge to their productivity, whilst others have found it refreshing and enjoyed the extra time they have available to them.

If you are working from home, there are ways in which you can make the experience better and more productive. We spoke to TechQuarters, an IT Managed Services company based in London, who have been advocating remote work for many years now. They told us that the most important thing is making sure you have the right technology. This mainly means having a working PC, a good internet connection, and the means to have video meetings and calls – therefore you need an external or built-in webcam, a microphone, and headphones. But there are some other useful gadgets you can consider for your home working setup.

Monitor

You may already have a monitor for your desktop PC, or you might have a laptop, in which case you don’t necessarily need one. However, having a PC monitor – or indeed a second PC monitor – is a very useful thing. It allows you to extend the view of your desktop. Adding an additional screen to your desktop or laptop PC is as easy as connecting it with a wire, and adjusting your computer’s display settings. TechQuarters informed us that their staff find having an extra monitor very useful when delivering Managed IT Support services to their customers – because they can multitask more effectively.

USB Hub

This gadget is especially useful if you have a laptop – particularly a newer laptop. All laptops tend to have a limited number of connection ports on them. You can get small USB hubs that rely on your laptop’s battery, or you can get larger ones – with more ports – that require their own power source. As experienced IT Support providers, TechQuarters told us the importance of USB connection – it is currently the most popular type of connection for most devices, and it is likely to be around for a long time. Adding a USB Hub to your setup means you can connect all of your other USB devices – such as printers, card readers, and even a USB monitor, to your PC.

Wi-Fi Nest

The benefit of working from home is that you have flexibility as to where you work. You may have multiple spots around your home that you like to work at. If this is the case, it is important that you have a strong internet connection no matter where you choose to work. A great solution for this is a Wi-Fi Nest. This gadget helps spread your Wi-Fi connectivity evenly across a house, so you are guaranteed a good connection in every room.

Multi-device keyboard

These days there is a wide range of devices that office workers can use to carry out their regular work tasks. Laptops are the most popular device, but desktops are still in use, and now you have mobile devices such as tablets and 2-in-1 devices for working, and you can even feasibly work on a smartphone if it’s a flagship model. If you have multiple devices you use for work, you will benefit from getting a wireless keyboard that can connect to, and switch between, multiple devices.

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