With working from home or home based learning being the default for the majority of us, productivity and comfort should be our utmost priority. Working comfortably allows us to be more productive in the long run as well.
If you are with higher grade technology that allows you to work comfortably and productively, you can also spend less time completing tasks without compromising the quality and work towards self improvement by taking on more tasks! Spending your time at work productively can also mean less overtime work after office hours, allowing you to get ample rest and spend time doing things you enjoy with your loved ones.
1 Wireless mouse
The trackpad on most laptops forces you to work on a small surface and getting a wireless mouse allows you to work comfortably without having your shoulders hunched towards the trackpad all day. Getting a wireless mouse is better than a wired one, especially if you already have a lot of cables around your desk. Fewer cables allow you more space for your physical documents and a less cluttered workspace.
Wireless mouses today are less of a hassle compared to the past as they have an improved battery life and the bluetooth connection does not falter as much as it did before. Using the wireless mouse today is as seamless as using a wired mouse, with less cable management.
We have put together some recommendations for wireless mouses for you! It is important to note that the size of your mouse should fit comfortably in your hand and we suggest you head to your local technology store to try out the one that is most suitable for you and the one you like the most.
This mouse is a favourite for its affordability and softer clicks, all thanks to the new technology that reduced the sounds of the click by over 90%, all while ensuring the quality of the mouse does not get neglected.
For those with medium to larger hands, this mouse allows comfortable use up to 10 metres away and can last up to 18 months on an AA battery cell as power-saving mode kicks in automatically when you are not using the mouse.
2 Mechanical keyboard
Getting a mechanical keyboard might not be a must for many as there are people who are content working on the built in keyboards. However, there are some who indulge in the satisfying sounds that the mechanical keyboard makes.
Speaking from the author’s experience, having a mechanical keyboard allows you to type faster and more comfortably, with some keyboards featuring indentations on certain keys for familiarity and ergonomics. Some of us might also enjoy hearing the sounds of the keys clicking as they keep us going while typing!
It is also key (no pun intended) to know the types of keys available - linear, tactile and clicky. Linear keys are smooth and consistent with less noise. Tactile keys make moderate noise but the bump can increase typing accuracy. Clicky keys are the loudest. It depends on your personal preference and we do encourage you to explore which type of key is your favourite.
Once again, here are some of our recommendations!
This is one of the most popular mechanical keyboards today due to its customisation potential. You can choose the size you like and custom the keycaps when you wish to, as well as choose the type of key you prefer. This keyboard is every keyboard lover’s dream and is no doubt extremely popular today.
Depending on the country you are based in, you can visit their webpage to see which companies are their recognised distributors!
For those based in Singapore, you can visit this page.
If you are searching for a more affordable keyboard or would like something less expensive for casual users, you can consider buying this set. The keys are round and friendly for smaller fingers. There are many stores on Shopee or other online platforms that you can consider which also offer many colour combinations and different types of keys.
3 Noise-cancelling headphones
While working or studying from home, there are many different sources of distractions. You might find yourself distracted by the sounds other family members are making such as the loud TV blasting from the living room or the occasional dog barking. One way to rid yourself of these distractions is to get noise-cancelling headphones.
Noise-cancelling headphones allow you to focus on your work and most noise cancelling headphones also come with a microphone, allowing you to articulate your ideas clearly to other parties on the call as the microphone gets rid of the background noise. In comparison to earpieces or AirPods, headphones are more comfortable as it nestles your whole ear in foam.
Here are our recommendations! Most headphones are adjustable but some might still be too big for those with smaller heads so it is best to try which ones are the best for you!
The JBL headset is meant for gaming and allows for crystal clear communication and is an absolute must-have for its price. There is also a mic mute switch on the headset which makes it pretty convenient to control.
This headset is designed to maximise all-day comfort and is the lightest headset ever at 250 grams. It also has a bendable noise-cancelling microphone attached to reduce background noise.
A monitor is a must-have especially if your laptop screen is small. Getting a monitor allows you to work with larger font sizes, which decreases the strain on your eyes. If you do not have the habit of propping your laptop up to a comfortable height and angle, the monitor would allow massive benefits to correct your posture - at least ensure your head would not be looking down at the laptop screen as much.
Here is a monitor that is a hot favourite amongst many:
Xiaomi is known for its affordability and this monitor is no different from other gadgets. It is a value for money considering it has low blue light for comfort and 1080p high definition.
Here are some bonus recommendations to help you save some cash!
This combo is perfect if you find replacing batteries a hassle as it includes an extra-long battery life. The keyboard can last for 36 months and the mouse can last for 18 months. The mouse is made to fit your hands comfortably. For the price, this wireless keyboard and wireless mouse combo sure is worth it!
If you are less particular about Razer’s light up keys, you can consider this bundle even though the lighting is considerably dimmer than the other keyboard lightings. The mouse is also made to fit smaller hands.
Conclusion: Gadgets for Increased WFH Productivity
After staring at a screen and being seated for long hours, with occasional mental health breaks, it is important to ensure your posture and your eyesight do not deteriorate too drastically. We hope the gadgets and products we shared in the list will be beneficial to you and others around you!