Noise-Cancelling Headphones, Power Banks + More: Gadgets to Up Your Work-From-Home Game
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(SPOT.ph) It seems working from home is one of those things we’re likely to have a love-hate relationship with for the foreseeable future. It’s got its plus points, of course—how could you beat the convenience of no longer having to endure hours of traffic, after all—but there are things about it that you can do without, we’re sure. (Not getting to take proper caffeine breaks at your favorite coffee spot, for one thing!) Either way, you can make your work-from-home experience a little bit less terrible by making sure you’ve got the gadgets you need to keep yourself as productive as you can be.
Check out these gadgets for your work-from-home setup:
Nothing’s worse than having to strain your ears keeping up with a Zoom call while dealing with all the usual household noises being made around you. The Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC (P13,990) is wireless with Bluetooth 4.0 technology, has NoiseGard active noise cancellation, with an integrated microphone and USB charging cable with micro-USB connector. It’s also got up to 19 hours of battery life, though you have the option of using a connecting cable when you don’t need to go wireless.
Headphones not your thing? Wireless earbuds with a built-in mic are the way to go, and Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+ earbuds (P6,990) have great reviews for sound quality and comfort. Battery life lasts up to 22 hours for music, 15 hours for voice calls. If noise-cancelling is a must, you can go for the newer Samsung Galaxy Buds Live (P8,990), which boast up to 29 hours of battery life. And yes, they'll work with Apple gadgets too.
We’ve all been there—you’re halfway through the intro of your report when everyone in the meeting pipes in to say they can’t hear what you’re saying. If you haven’t already got a headset with a built-in mic, a USB mic is a good option. The Blue Yeti USB Microphone is a popular choice, but if you only need it for video calls and don’t plan on recording podcasts, the Blue Snowball USB microphone (P4,877) is a worthy pick. You can use it with or without the tripod, plug it in through your PC or Mac’s USB port, and you’re good to go.
You can pretty much get a power bank from anywhere to juice up your phone, but when you’re working from home without a backup power source for your computer, you’ll want one that can charge your laptop whenever you need it. RAVPower’s power banks have been ranked by Tech Radar for their superior charging capacity, and the RAVPower 26800mAh (P4,999) can charge several USB-C devices at once—even a MacBook.
Being on your computer—and mouse—for most of the day can take a toll on your wrist. A vertical mouse gives you one less thing to worry about. The Delux M618 Mini Dual Mode wireless mouse (P1,199) is an affordable option that’s USB or Bluetooth compatible, and you can get it in black, white, or pink.
One sad thing about working from home? Not having free air-conditioning! In a tropical country like the Philippines—and given our temperatures lately—it can be a big deal. A desk fan can help make things a little more bearable throughout the day, and MUJI’s Low-noise USB Desk Fan (P1,450) would be a functional and stylish addition to your home office desk.
We put together an entire list of some of the best external hard drives you can get right now, but if you’re looking for a brand with a lot of options, Western Digital’s My Passport hard drives are available in 1TB (P2,995), 2TB, and other sizes. Whichever capacity you choose, it’ll be a lightweight and portable external drive with a USB 3.0 port that’s backward compatible to USB 2.0.
If there’s more than one person working from home—and we’re sure this is very likely—outlets can get tricky. A USB hub can help, with the added benefit of charging your gadgets faster than an ordinary electric outlet. Anker’s 40W 5-Port Family-Sized Desktop Charger (P1,750) has PowerIQ, designed to recognize your device and maximize its charging speed. It’s also got a built-in safety feature that shuts it down when it overheats or when there’s a power surge.