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Whether you’re still working from home or you’ve started going back to the office (like me), these work-from-home desk tools have been super helpful for my at-home desk set-up, especially during my work-from-home days.
From improving your desk light to upgrading your audio, these desk tools will improve your work-from-home space – or wherever you may be working.
Lighting is so important in a work-from-home desk set-up. This customizable desk light was a desk life-changer! As someone that has less than perfect eyesight, having good light across my desk space is very helpful, especially during cloudy days when light is really low in my apartment.
Although I got my desk light from Amazon, it’s no longer available anywhere. This is the closest desk light I could find!
I know what you’re thinking, what makes this light sooo special? Well, if your desk is in a low-lit area or corner, this lamp comes with so many customizable settings that will help you get that perfect light for your desk space. Some of the adjustable settings include:
- a swivel design that lets you twist the lamp in several directions to get the light exactly where you want it
- five color modes, ranging from very orange-warm to very cool-blue
- seven brightness levels, with touch-sensitive settings
- a USB port (for your charging needs)
Plus, if you’ve been attending video meetings, this lamp will help get that perfect lighting set-up. I’ve also found it helpful to get lighting on just my desk space, while keeping the rest of the room pretty dark, which is how my husband likes it to be. Opposites attract, right?
This WFH desk tool might not be considered a necessity for everyone, but if you’re a fan of keeping your phone next to you while working then this tech gadget definitely needs to be added to your work-from-home desk space!
It makes it so much easier to keep an eye on your notifications (or scrolling social media…?) since the phone holder keeps your phone vertical and closer to eye-view.
This Nulaxy Phone Holder extends from 3 inches to 5.5 inches, measuring from table to bottom of phone. For me, it brings my phone right to eye-level which is great for watching YouTube videos during lunch at work or having a video call with my sister while not having to hold my phone!
Laptop Stand Rain Design
While I have now switched over to a desktop computer, I used a laptop for most of the pandemic (about 11 months) and it was hard to use it for extended periods of time when I just had it on my desk. My neck would start hurting and so would my wrists.
After a month of work-from-home and dealing with the pain from all the bad posture, I finally relented and bought a laptop stand from Rain Design. The reason I got this specific brand is because I remembered Alisha Marie (from YouTube fame) mention it in one of her videos and I figured if it was good enough for someone that worked mainly from their laptop, then it would be perfect for me.
I will say that my laptop stand is more of a set-and-don’t-move because it’s not really foldable. For the few times I had to take my laptop to work, I was lucky that I had a tote bag that perfectly fit the laptop stand so I could transport it. However, it was bit heavy to carry for longer than the ten or fifteen minute walk I have from the parking garage to work.
If you’re looking for a laptop stand that is more transportable, definitely check out their website because they have all kinds of options for laptops, phones, and even computers.
P.S. I no longer use the laptop stand, which is truly upsetting because I loved using it, but I’ve only stopped using it because I now have a desktop computer! I have zero plans of getting rid of it though because it’s such a great laptop stand.
Now that I’ve switched from a laptop with a built-in webcam to a desktop computer, I had to get a separate webcam to use during video meetings for my desk.
The webcam I borrow from my husband is so easy to set-up, it’s basically a plug-and-use tool! It has settings for HD capture, if you want that super crisp image, but the regular image is also really good.
Something I had to get used to was the wide capture of this webcam! My laptop webcam had a much tighter capture and I didn’t have to worry about too much of my background. However, since this webcam has a wider capture, I’ve had to make sure that more of my background space looks presentable for the camera.
Headphones with Microphone
Around the winter holidays, I was shopping for presents and came across these Turtle Beach headphones that were on major sale for the holidays.
I got one to use for all of the virtual meetings that were happening because they promised strong noise isolation and the microphone could be flipped up and would automatically mute!
I’ve loved using it for meetings but I will say that they get pretty uncomfortable after wearing them for over an hour with glasses. The headphones provide the noise isolation they promise: I could easily ignore my partner’s meetings or calls during my own meetings or while listening to webinars.
I don’t know about you guys but I’m sooo bad at remembering to mute (or unmute!) myself during meetings but having the flip-up microphone gives me a physical reminder of what my mic status is, so I can keep myself unmuted on the meeting but just keep the microphone flipped up to stay muted.
Always double-check this when doing it with a new program, though!!
After a year of having to work from home, I’m happy to have gotten some of these desk tools to improve my WFH workspace. A few of these will definitely continue to be used long after this pandemic is over, like the desk light, phone stand, and headphones.
Since I’ve been going into work a few days a week, I’ve already been using the phone stand and headphones both at home and at work. And I LOVE it.
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