Upgrade your work-from-home desk setup for fall with these 8 game-changing products
Whether you’ve been working from home for years or just started, it’s important that you have a comfortable and well-organized space to go to every day to boost your productivity and keep you encouraged. No one likes clutter or unnecessary junk in their space, so these devices all have a purpose and only make your work-from-home desk setup more inviting and easier to use.
Whether you only have $20 to spend or hundreds, you’ll find something here that will make working from home a breeze and a much more enjoyable experience.
There are tons of home tech products out there that make finding the right ones worth buying almost impossible. To make things a lot easier, we’ve weeded through the fluff and found the eight best picks that you’ll actually use every single day.
Best of all, I use each of these products daily, and they’ve only made things less complicated and stressful for me and in turn have helped me stay more productive.
Logitech is known as the Beyoncé of home office tech products — it's the standard and is known for its premium quality and performance. I've had the Logitech MX Keys for Mac for over two years now, and it's been my favorite part of my desk setup until my most recent upgrade to the MX Keys S.
Compatible with both Mac and PC computers, this wireless illuminated keyboard is, hands down, the best of the best. I've even compared it to the cult-favorite Apple Magic Keyboard and found that it blows it out of the water in just about every category. It's much lighter and has more intuitive, type-friendly keys and control buttons that just make working from home so much easier and more productive.
Also, if you're not into Bluetooth connectivity, it comes with Logitech's Logi Bold USB Receiver. So all you have to do is plug the receiver into your computer's USB-A port, and it will connect easily.
Few tech brands have perfected the ergonomic wireless computer mouse like Logitech, and its latest MX Master 3S for Mac definitely lives up to the hype.
What I love about this mouse is that it's basically fully customizable to fit your needs and work style. You're able to adjust the cursor's precision and speed, and it has seven buttons that let you do so much on your computer without even lifting your hand from the mouse. These buttons' functions are left/right-click, back/forward, app-switch, wheel-mode shift and middle click.
It also has a gesture button, comes in two colors and is rechargeable, like the Logitech MX Keys S via the included USB-C cable.
Many folks believe that desk mats are a waste of money, but if you've ever owned one of quality, you know that it actually makes a huge difference in your workflow and comfort.
I've used this one from Orbitkey for over three years now, and it still looks brand new, even though it's made of vegan leather and recycled PET felt. It has a perfectly smooth surface for gliding your mouse without snagging, and the felt surface underneath the vegan leather is easy to access by just lifting the top layer like a page. There, I store any quick notes or reminders I had to jot down for future reference.
What makes this desk mat so special, though, is its built-in magnetic cable holder and pen holder. There you're able to keep your computer's charging cable or your phone charger within reach and free from jumbling with other cables. Also, your pen or pencil will always be within reach in the built-in holder.
Running out of USB ports is a common occurrence if you work primarily from a laptop computer. The best and most efficient way to maximize and expand access to these ports is with a multiport adapter, and I've found that this one from Satechi is the best one of the many available today.
Unlike most of the options that others love, it's extremely compact and doesn't take up much space on your desk while also providing eight ports that are all accessible when one or more are in use.
Included are one USB-C charging port, a gigabit ethernet port, three USB-A ports, a 4K HDMI port and micro and SD card readers.
Having a second screen while you work is the easiest way to speed up your output and this Dell external monitor is an Amazon shopper favorite. Its generous size is big enough but not to the point that it's distracting. Also, its price is much lower than comparable models from other brands.
It also has an anti-glare screen coating, a Full HD screen with HDMI input and an impressive 1920 x 1080 resolution.
A ring light is one of the most underrated work-from-home tech accessories out there. If you have lots of video conferences and meetings throughout the day, this clip-on ring light is a must-have. It doesn't have the usual bulk that comes from standard ring lights and their intrusive stands.
Just plug this one into your laptop's USB port and clip it onto the top of your screen or monitor. It has different lighting and brightness settings and is easy to stow away when it's not in use.
If you use an iPad while you work (whether for work or leisure), the Logitech Crayon is one of those devices you didn't know you needed until you used it. It's compatible with the iPad Minis, iPad Airs, iPads and iPad Pros and simply connects to your device with just the flick of a switch — no cables needed.
With this device, you're able to use your tablet like a sketch pad or a notebook. Take notes just as you would with a pen or pencil or draw graphs or diagrams like you would on a piece of paper. You're also able to write texts freehand and convert them to typed text in seconds with this device.
When it's time to charge it, simply connect it to your iPad via the USB-C cable.
If you join several video or audio conference calls a day, you can benefit from Logitech's best-selling Logi Dock. It's the perfect all-in-one USB-C docking station with meeting controls and a built-in speakerphone.
It fully simplifies your work-from-home desk setup by reducing cable clutter while letting you take control of your meetings with just a few controls. For example, instantly join any meeting by simply pressing the center button. Press the mute button to the far left to instantly turn your own audio on or off, and use the volume controls to turn the built-in speaker up or down. And to turn your own camera on or off, press the video button to the far right.
Its built-in speakerphone also has six beamforming microphones that capture your voice super clearly, so you'll never sound muffled again.
Best of all, though, the back of the Logi Dock has nine ports (three USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, a display port, an HDMI port, a USB-C upstream port and a Kensington lock), a power jack and a Bluetooth pairing button so you'll never run out of ports to keep your devices running.
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