This Is The Gear You Need To Work From Home and It s In Stock Now
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Now that we're all [/news/how-to-stay-sane-and-productive-when-working-from-home/ stuck at home], much of my go-to gear for remote work has now become impossible to buy online. (Good luck finding [/news/best-gear-for-video-chats-from-home-webcams-lights-mics-and-more/ a decent webcam or USB mic], for example.) Still, there are plenty of super solid peripherals, accessories and services available -- and they can make a big difference.
The must-haves are obvious: A full-size keyboard, a wireless mouse and [/news/best-monitor-under-200-you-can-get-in-2020/ an external monitor]. But there's a handful of other gear -- from blue-light-blocking glasses to standing desks -- that can make your workday just as good, if not better, than if you were at the office. Our recommendations are below.
Read more: [/news/13-stay-at-home-essentials-for-under-20/ 13 stay-at-home essentials for under $20]
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[ Boost the production values of online meetings]
[ Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920]
After being sold out for weeks, Logitech's C920 is now intermittently back in stock at Amazon and selling for a healthy premium. (If it's sold out -- or you're turned off by the price gouging -- we recommend [ ] and your phone's HD camera for video chatting. [ ].) And if you're looking for other gear to help enhance your meetings online, we've got a roundup of [ ].
[ $210 at Amazon]
[ Step up your display]
[ 32-inch Acer ET322QK 4K monitor]
This 32-inch Acer monitor delivers 4K video at a reasonable price -- and it's in stock at B&H Photo.
[ $380 at B&H Photo]
[ Turn your laptop into a desktop]
[ Apple Magic keyboard (and Magic Mouse 2)]
I'm a dedicated Apple MacBook Air user, and when I'm working from home, I'm typing on Apple's roomy Magic Keyboard -- the one with the numeric extension. It has the old-school Mac keyboard design and space, with the pleasing scissor key mechanism, and it's wireless, connecting via Bluetooth. Best of all, the battery, which is rechargeable via USB, lasts for many months on a charge. (I also love [ Apple's Magic Mouse 2] for the same reasons.)
[ $119 at Amazon]
[ Stand up for yourself]
[ WorkEZ standing desk]
Whether you're in an office or working from home, sitting all day is not good, even if you have an ergonomic office chair. The WorkEZ is a small and lightweight conversion desk that can be easily installed or removed, but it's also highly adjustable and has a keyboard tray. And it's still in stock.
Need more choices? Check out [ ].
[ $97 at Amazon]
You can use Apple's peripherals with Windows machines, but if you're looking for an alternative Bluetooth keyboard that will work with anything from Windows PCs to Macs to iPads to phones, the [/reviews/logitech-k380-multi-device-bluetooth-keyboard-review/ Logitech K380] (about $40) is a great choice. Pair it with up to three devices, and toggle between each of them with the click of a button.
And if you're willing to shell out $130 for a more ergonomic solution, CNET's Josh Goldman strongly recommends the [/news/logitech-ergo-k860-changed-how-i-feel-about-ergonomic-keyboards/ Logitech Ergo K860].
[ Take that laptop off your lap]
[ AmazonBasics ventilated adjustable laptop stand]
It's all about the ergonomics when it comes to office furniture and accessories, and a good laptop stand will bring your display up to eye level and help you sit up straighter. CNET's Lori Grunin says she uses this adjustable laptop stand everywhere -- whether working from the couch, sitting at a desk or laying in bed. And the ventilated design has safety benefits, too. In her words: "When Windows wakes my system up in the middle of the night to force an update, and leaves it on afterward, I don't have to worry about the system overheating and setting the bed on fire or destroying the laptop." Better safe than sorry.
[ $19 at Amazon]
And if you're looking for a laptop stand for your desktop workspace, we like [ this simple design from AmazonBasics] that costs $20.
[ Protect your eyes]
[ Gunnar Optiks Intercept]
My wife swears by these. After clocking five to eight hours of Zoom meetings a day over the past several weeks, she had been suffering from fatigue, headaches and eye pain every night. Since she started wearing Gunnar Optiks' blue-light-blocking glasses -- the Cruz model, specifically -- she's been feeling none of that. The company offers a variety of models designed for computer work, gaming and reading -- with a prescription or not -- that start at $40.
[ See at Gunnar Optiks]
[ When you need to shut out the world]
[ Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2]
If your kids invade your office and you really need to tune out distractions, noise-canceling headphones are a good way to maintain focus. Plantronics isn't as cool a brand as Beats or Bose, but the BackBeat Pro 2 provide excellent wireless noise canceling and they cost considerably less than comparable models from those other companies. They're also really comfortable to wear, sound great on phone calls and are smart enough to pause whatever you're listening to when you take them off. But if you need more options -- including AirPods-style true wireless models -- check out our list of [ ].
[/reviews/plantronics-backbeat-pro-2-review/ Read our Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 review].
[ $130 at Amazon]
[ Step up your coffee game]
[ Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System]
When you work from home, making coffee becomes a sacramental practice. Think of this kitchen appliance as the Swiss army knife of the drip coffee maker world. The Ninja programmable brewer (with frother, thermal carafe and reusable filter) offers an uncanny degree of flexibility, making it the best coffee maker for those who don't always want the same cup. It can create everything from solid drip, to perfect cold brew, to iced coffee, to latte-style drinks with its milk frother, and it will adjust the temperature according to your choice. Its thermal carafe will keep tea or coffee hot up to two hours. This programmable coffee maker even lets you brew iced coffee and hot coffee in multiple sizes, from small cups, mugs and demos.gamer-templates.de travel mugs, all the way up to half and full carafes.
[/reviews/ninja-hot-and-cold-brewed-system-review/ Read our Ninja Hot and Cold Brewed System review].
[ $258 at Amazon]
[ Keep your coffee hot]
[ The Ember Mug]
The Ember has become an essential part of my morning coffee ritual. The concept is simple: A porcelain mug that keeps your coffee at the perfect temperature -- technically, 130 degrees, though that's adjustable via the iOS- and Android-compatible app -- for a little more than an hour. It's expensive -- and [ ] -- but I use this thing every day.
[ Read our Ember Ceramic Mug preview].
[ $100 at Best Buy]
[ Spend your commute time in the kitchen]
When you're not commuting, there may be some more time for dinner prep. Dinnerly rolls out some pretty exciting-sounding and delicious meals such as summery chicken panzanella and risotto with asparagus and cannellini beans. But with no more than six ingredients per recipe, the damage done to your time and kitchen is minimized. Along with not overwhelming you with myriad ingredients and multiple steps, the price tag for Dinnerly puts it squarely in the budget-friendly category, clocking in with a cost per serving of around $5. The [ subscription] options include a Two-Person Box for $30, or a Family Box for $60, each with three recipes for the week. Looking for more options? Check out our list of [ ].
[ See at Dinnerly]
[ Stay home and watch movies]
[ Disney Plus]
Assuming you already have Netflix, this is a good time to explore other online streaming options. One of the biggest services to launch in some time, Disney has gathered a mix of movies, TV shows and exclusive content, including the Star Wars show [ ], for $6.99 a month.
[ $7 at Disney Plus]
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