The definition of a workplace has changed since the pandemic back in 2020. With the introduction of working from home and hybrid work, a lot of tasks can be done from anywhere, and you only need to have an internet connection to do your job.
In this article, we will deep dive into essential and nifty gadgets that could make your workplace more productive and distraction-free.
Noise Cancelling Headphones: Block Out Background Noise
We understand that getting cooped up in your room to work every day can be boring. That’s why many would like to work in shared offices or cafes from time to time for the social atmosphere.
However, background noise can be distracting, that is why we recommend getting a pair of noise cancelling headphones to help you stay in the zone. Headphones with active noise cancellation in particular are handy during video meetings as you don’t need to rely on heavy padding to cut out background noise. Some even have mics that isolate your voice for crystal clear calls as well.
Our pick would be the popular Sony WH-1000XM5 noise cancelling headphones, which offers Hi-Res Audio Wireless for excellent audio quality to listen to your favourite tunes. You can also expect clear video calls with its beamforming microphones and wind noise reduction technology.
If headphones are not your thing, you can consider the Apple AirPods Pro, which also offers state of the art noise cancellation. Pairing the AirPods Pro with Apple devices such as Mac and iPhones is super easy. If you use Windows or Android, I would suggest the OnePlus Buds Pro 2, which offers similar functionality and audio quality.
Where to buy:
- Sony WH-1000XM5: Shopee and Lazada
- Apple AirPods Pro (2nd Generation): Shopee and Lazada
- OnePlus Buds Pro 2: Shopee and Lazada
Portable Monitor: Dual Screen On The Go
While laptop screens have gotten better, they are still limited by their size. This is where gadgets like portable monitors come into play, giving your an extended dual display setup without adding too much bulk to your backpack.
We highly recommend the Prism+ Nomad Pro 16, which comes with a touch screen. It has both USB-C and HDMI connectivity options, and features a gorgeous 15.6″ display with 105% sRGB colour gamut.
Wireless Keyboard: Best Laptop Keyboard Replacement
Keyboard designs in laptops had been relatively unchanged since the introduction of chiclet keyboards. While they are fine for general use, they are not comfortable to type on for long hours.
On the flipside, full sized keyboards are clunky and difficult to fit in your bag, adding a lot of bulk and weight while you are out and about.
The Keychron K7 Ultra-Slim Wireless Mechanical Keyboard strikes the right balance between typing comfort and size as it uses low profile mechanical switches. It also has Bluetooth connectivity that can connect to up to three devices. You also get decent battery life of up to 34 hours on wireless mode so you don’t have to charge it every day.
USB Hub: Connect All Your Devices
As laptops become thinner and lighter, many users are left with having too little USB ports to connect their gadgets. However, thanks to USB Type-C connectivity, you can can now connect to external displays, ethernet and other USB devices using a USB Type-C hub.
Gadget brands such as UGREEN has a solid selection of USB Type-C hubs, with different types of ports such as HDMI, USB 3.0 and PD 3.0 connectors. You can choose the variant that works for you without buying stuff you don’t need.
Where to buy: Shopee
GaN Powered Multiport Fast Chargers
Hybrid and digital nomads often face the problem of having to keep their gadgets charged with a limited number of power sockets. You are already considered lucky if you can find a vacant power socket in a café. But what if you have multiple gadgets needing to recharge at the same time?
This is why you should consider getting a multiport fast charger with GaN. GaN, or gallium nitride, makes chargers smaller, more energy-efficient, and faster at charging multiple devices.
The AUKEY PA-B6S Omnia 3-Port Charger comes with three charging ports and total power of 90W, making it capable of charging even a laptop. It is also quite compact, allowing you to store it in a bag pocket.
That wraps up our essential gadgets for your workplace. In the meantime, do check out our latest tech and gadget reviews here.
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