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The home office equipment we use (and recommend)

The home office equipment we use (and recommend)

As businesses grapple with COVID-19, prompt action in moving the workforce to the home wherever possible is not only commendable but becoming imperative. This shift has everyone from the C-suite to the water cooler asking questions about how to adjust. The influence of Silicon Valley work culture has made working remotely an increasingly popular full- or part-time option for many office workers, but now many companies have found themselves unexpectedly flung on the shores of full-scale remote work. As Microsoft partners we’ve helped many teams improve their digital collaboration abilities and enabled business success across remote networks. We’ve also identified best practices through our own experience running a primarily-remote team for over five years. After repeatedly fielding similar questions from our clients and their stakeholders this past week, we’re sharing our insights more broadly in a series of topic-specific posts.

Literally set yourself up for success

Today we’re sharing the equipment we use for creating a functional work space at home, the first step to creating healthy boundaries between work and home life. We’ll share more – physical and mental – tips in a future post. If you are new to working from home, or had previously only worked remote occasionally, then you may find yourself missing your cubicle sooner than expected. While the commute is unbeatable, it can be a struggle to achieve your normal getting-stuff-done flow while sitting on the couch squinting at the laptop screen.

Additionally, The Wirecutter does some pretty good in-depth reviews.  I read up on those when I’m considering a new item. I don’t always pick their picks, though; sometimes we value different features.

NOTE: All prices are as of 3/19/2020; these are not affiliate links.

Caitlin’s desk at home includes the Jabra Evolve wired headset and the Microsoft Sculpt keyboard and mouse

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Audio

Keyboard

Mouse

  • The One Mouse to Rule Them All – Logitech MX Anywhere 2S ($60)
    • Bluetooth connectable to three different computers (switch with the select button on the bottom); great optical sensor works on nearly every surface I’ve used it on
    • The mouse included with the Microsoft keyboards above is also pretty good, but this is a nice portable option if you prefer to buy a standalone mouse

Monitor

  • Dell UltraSharp monitors
  • Really, any major brand 4k resolution monitor with a good warranty is fine, just make sure it has the inputs you need for your computer/dock type.

Laptop dock

Other gear to consider

Is there a topic you’d like us to cover? Drop us a line at info@r3interworks.com. We want to share what we’ve learned over the last five years to help you make your team’s shift to remote work successful.

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