Working from home essentials
More Australians are working from home this year. Whilst it can be a big adjustment for many, it can also be an opportunity to properly set up your home office. We’ve put together a list of all the essentials you’ll need to consider when setting up a working-from-home environment.
A good computer
This is the key item you’ll need – a good workhorse of a computer. Whether it’s a desktop, laptop or a more portable all-in-one, the computer you choose will make a massive difference to your home office experience. Whatever you’re looking for, Bing Lee has a huge range of options to choose from.
If you’re used to working with a multi-monitor workspace it might be an idea to invest in a larger widescreen monitor to mimic your usual working conditions. You’ll also be able to team it up with a laptop screen to expand your desktop real estate.
Depending on how you’re accessing content and files you may need to store more files at home than you normally would. This is certainly the case if you’re trying to access work documents over virtual private networks and have unstable or slow home internet access. An external terabyte storage drive could be your best friend for the ever-growing collection of work files. With an external drive you can add space for more files instantly, consolidate all your files to a single location, or free up space on your computer’s internal drive for improved performance. Set-up is straightforward, simply plug in the included power supply and USB cable and you are ready to go.
Office 365 is now Microsoft 365. The massive revamp of the subscription packages still provides the usual Office products and includes options for individuals, families and businesses. Some interesting new additions include the Microsoft Teams phone app to chat and plan with family and friends. Plus, the Microsoft Family Safety app, allowing family members to keep in touch with location sharing, insights on how everyone is doing while on the road, content filters and screen time limits.
If you’re mounting your laptop at eye-level to be ergonomically correct at home, you’ll need to also set up a keyboard and mouse combo. Wireless combos like the Logitech MK345 make the whole set-up simple and will keep the desk area clear of cords, allowing ease of movement when transporting your laptop to other work areas.
If you’re whole household is working from home, the last thing you’ll want to do every day is to talk over multiple Zoom sessions. Make the transition smooth by ensuring everyone has their own set of headphones. Bing Lee has a great selection of choices from simple earbuds that can be removed quickly, to wireless overhead earphones for comfort and moveability.
The real office essential
Ok, this is the one item worth investing in if you love your coffee. A good coffee machine for the home office is a great motivator and the perfect reason to get up and have a break. It is best to go with a full automated one like the DELONGHI DINAMICA ECAM to save on time and hassle. Tell the boss it will boost productivity.