It’s been three weeks since the Circuit Breaker started, but some of us starting to discover pain points that didn’t bother us so much in the past when we didn’t spend upwards of 8 hours a day trying to get work done remotely. Intermittent internet connections, back and neck aches, a not-so quiet home environment, or a lack of an ergonomic workspace – are just some of the gripes you could be facing as you continue telecommuting for the foreseeable future.
You might be glad to learn about simple gadgets that you can buy and resolve some of these issues – for under $100. Even after you return to the office – whenever that is in the future – these gadgets will continue to be useful and likely find regular use.
#1 True Wireless Earbuds
Not everyone has the most conducive work from home environment, but noise-levels can be easily be reduced with a pair of wireless earbuds. Some wireless earbuds have active noise cancellation to help you cope with noisy family members or a television blaring in the background. You can also take calls without the hassle of wires, while offering a clear-sounding voice to your call recipients.
While higher-end earbuds are priced above $100, the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 79 is a budget alternative that delivers great sound for its price. It claims to retain up to 95% of your voice, ensuring you remain clear and coherent even in a noisy environment. These earbuds have up to 40 hours of playtime and comes with a 1-year warranty.
Retailing at $59.99 on Amazon.sg.
#2 Laptop Stand
Spending hours every day hunched over a laptop is sure to cause back or neck pain. If that’s the case, a laptop stand can benefit your posture by adjusting your laptop to the perfect eye-level. Certain laptop stands also help your laptop keep cool with mesh or fans, so you won’t have to worry about your computer overheating.
If you want to use a stand both at home and in the office, most laptop stands come in portable designs too. For instance, the MOFT invisible laptop stand is a light and strong stand that is extremely portable with a thickness of 3 mm and weighing just 85 grams. Despite its slimness, the laptop stand can support laptops up to 15.6 inches in size.
Retailing at $35.68, without delivery on Amazon.sg.
#3 Ergonomic Chair
If your dining table chair leaves you feeling achy and sore at the end of each day, you might want to consider investing in an ergonomic chair. A well-built chair improves good desk posture and provides you with daily comfort, be it for work or entertainment.
For an affordable chair that props you up ergonomically, go for the UMD Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair. With a height-adjustable headrest and a contoured mesh back for breathability, this chair is as supportive and comfortable as many chairs twice the price.
Retailing at $89.90, without delivery on Shopee.
#4 Wireless Mouse
Using a wireless mouse brings multiple benefits. Your workstation is kept tidy without the unsightly wires of wired mouse, and it is more comfortable than the laptop touchpad over long periods of use. If you are using a laptop stand to improve ergonomics, you’ll need a mouse too. As an added bonus, a wireless mouse is easy to store and bring around.
Since most mice cost below $100, we went for a popular value-for-money choice: the Logitech M585. With a 2-year battery life and its precise scrolling, this mouse is useful enough to use over long periods of time. For those who work constantly on two computers, its dual connectivity function will also be beneficial, as you can easily control both computers with a single mouse.
#5 Wi-Fi Range Extender
Have Wi-Fi dead zones in your house? A Wi-Fi range extender can be a simple way to get reliable access to the internet, by extending the range and signal of your router. This ensures you get a strong Wi-Fi signal from any corner of your home.
The TP-LINK AC1750 is a budget-friendly tet reliable range extender that can work with any Wi-Fi router. For an average home network, this extender has dual band antennas to provide sufficient coverage and reliable connections even for bandwidth-intensive tasks such as HD video streaming or online gaming.
Retailing at $75.00 on Lazada.