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We are working out of our homes a lot right now, here are some suggestions for improving that experience.
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These relatively low-cost items might help your home workspace be more comfortable this year. Some of these we've bought and tried, others we've just combed through reviews to find for you.
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'''Ergonomics'''
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It might feel comfy curled up on your couch with the laptop, but after a few days or weeks you'll start to pay the price. Having good ergonomics is critical, as well as changing position, sitting, standing, moving etc. Here are a few guides to give you ideas:
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*[https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/office-ergonomics/art-20046169 Mayo Clinic - Office ergonomics: Your how-to guide]
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*[https://www.pcmag.com/how-to/everything-you-need-to-set-up-an-ergonomic-home-office PCMag - Everything You Need to Set Up an Ergonomic Home Office]
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*[https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/ss/slideshow-ergonomic-tips-for-a-home-office WebMD - Ergonomic Tips for a Home Office]
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*[https://www.autonomous.ai/ourblog/top-5-incredible-tips-for-teachers-working-from-home Top 5 Tips for Teachers Working From Home]<br />
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'''Monitors'''
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We think a 24" monitor is the ideal size for home use, big enough to see so much more than your laptop screen, but not overwhelming.
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*[https://www.amazon.com/ospublishing/story/d3c353d3-eaff-4032-8ab5-f7c60e55332b Amazon Reviews - Best 24" Monitor],
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*[https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-monitors/#the-cheapest-decent-option-1080p-24-inch-monitor Wirecutter - The Best Monitors]
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*[https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B863WTB ViewSonic VA2456-MHD 24 Inch Frameless IPS 1080p Monitor with HDMI DisplayPort and VGA] Inputs ($'''140''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0148NNKTC Acer R240HY bidx 23.8-Inch IPS HDMI DVI VGA (1920 x 1080) Widescreen Monitor] ($'''130''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W95RR32 LG 24M47VQ 24-Inch LED-lit Monitor] ($'''100''') [no speakers]
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*[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072XCZSSW BenQ 24 Inch IPS Monitor]  ($'''119''')
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'''Wired headset'''
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Sometimes it's just easiest to plug in a headset and get talking. No batteries to charge, great sound quality, etc.
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Headset-H390-Noise-Cancelling/dp/B000UXZQ42 Logitech USB Headset H390 with Noise Cancelling Mic] ($'''25''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Arama-Canceling-Adjustable-Blackberry-Smartphones/dp/B01KFLGKB6/ Wired 'trucker style' single earphone headset] ($'''30''')
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'''Wireless headset'''
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But people like to move a lot when they're talking!
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Soundcore-Cancelling-Headphones-Wireless-Bluetooth/dp/B07NM3RSRQ Anker Soundcore Life Q20 Hybrid Active Noise Cancelling Headphones] ($'''60''')
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*(more links to come)
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'''Wireless earbuds'''
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You don't have to spend $150 on AirPods to get good wireless earbuds! But you can if you want!
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-TaoTronics-SoundLiberty-Bluetooth-Waterproof/dp/B0892KJ27Y/ TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Bluetooth 5.0 Earbuds with Charging Case] ($'''40''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Cancelling-TaoTronics-SounderLiberty-Bluetooth-Earphones/dp/B08DFJ5SJS TaoTronics SoundLiberty 94 Active Noice Cancelling Earbuds for Sport] ($'''50''') [Active Noise Cancellation!]
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'''Keyboard'''
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If you are putting your computer on a stand, perhaps to raise the monitor height up off your lap or desk, you might want an external keyboard and mouse. They are plentiful and cheap.
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Keyboard-FENIFOX-Compatible-Computer/dp/B07JG4F5FN Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo, FENIFOX USB Slim 2.4G Full Size Ergonomic Compact with Number Pad] ($'''35''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Macally-Wireless-Bluetooth-Keyboard-Computers/dp/B07SQD723P Macally Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Numeric Keypad] ($'''50''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Multi-Device-Jelly-Comb-Bluetooth-Rechargeable/dp/B07WPD2BMG Multi-Device Keyboard for Mac OS/ iOS/ iPad OS, Jelly Comb Bluetooth Keyboard for MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, iPhone, iPad Pro/ Air/ Mini, New iPad] ($'''50''')
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'''Adjustable Laptop Stands'''
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*[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01C7ZOO2A Portable Adjustable Aluminum Laptop Desk/Stand/Table] ($'''55''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Pyle-Portable-Adjustable-Laptop-Stand/dp/B004HJ1ZB8 Pyle Portable Adjustable Laptop Stand] ($'''23''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Sofia-Sam-Mini-Memory-Color/dp/B0128I6DWK Sofia + Sam Mini Memory Foam Lap Desk] ($'''22''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFWJFVH Height Adjustable Standing Desk Gas Spring Riser Desk Converter for Dual Monitor Sit to Stand in Seconds] ($'''100''')
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'''Lighting'''
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Sometimes you need to be seen more clearly on Zoom. Here are some products that will help!
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*[https://www.techrepublic.com/article/3-tips-for-lighting-a-zoom-meeting-on-a-budget/ 3 Tips for Lighting Zoom on a budget]
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*[https://www.amazon.com/Conference-Lighting-Conferencing-Broadcasting-Streaming/dp/B08818HR4Q Lume Cube] ($'''60''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/UBeesize-Ringlight-YouTube-Photography-Compatible/dp/B07GDC39Y2 Selfie Ring Light with Tripod Stand & Cell Phone Holder] ($'''35''')
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*[https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07SRZGJH9 LED Desk Lamp with Clamp, Flexible Gooseneck Arm] ($'''22''')

Revision as of 09:36, 3 October 2020

We are working out of our homes a lot right now, here are some suggestions for improving that experience.

This article is...
Summary.png inexpensive items to improve your home work situation
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Employees
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Classroom technology and systems‏‎‏‎
JK.jpg Maintained by
Jonathan King
2020-2021.png in need of review.



These relatively low-cost items might help your home workspace be more comfortable this year. Some of these we've bought and tried, others we've just combed through reviews to find for you.

Ergonomics

It might feel comfy curled up on your couch with the laptop, but after a few days or weeks you'll start to pay the price. Having good ergonomics is critical, as well as changing position, sitting, standing, moving etc. Here are a few guides to give you ideas:

Monitors

We think a 24" monitor is the ideal size for home use, big enough to see so much more than your laptop screen, but not overwhelming.

Wired headset

Sometimes it's just easiest to plug in a headset and get talking. No batteries to charge, great sound quality, etc.

Wireless headset

But people like to move a lot when they're talking!

Wireless earbuds

You don't have to spend $150 on AirPods to get good wireless earbuds! But you can if you want!

Keyboard

If you are putting your computer on a stand, perhaps to raise the monitor height up off your lap or desk, you might want an external keyboard and mouse. They are plentiful and cheap.

Adjustable Laptop Stands

Lighting

Sometimes you need to be seen more clearly on Zoom. Here are some products that will help!