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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''')

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