Must-have working from home tech

All the extras you need to get the most out of your home office

Man working from home

by William Lobley |

The work flexibility offered by the advances in technology is a brilliant thing. With the advent of readily available high-speed broadband, cloud-based software, video chat and workplace instant messengers, working from home is just like being in the office – only you get to switch your suit for some jogging bottoms.

To successfully and comfortably work from home you need the right equipment – simply having a laptop or desktop PC isn’t going to be enough to truly maximise your home office potential. There’s a number of inexpensive and quick additions that can be made to your set-up that'll have a hugely positive impact on your workspace and workflow. We’ve had a look around and, using our own home working experience, selected a number of essential products we trust to assist our day working from home.

One of the more obvious recommendations is a widescreen PC monitor which can be plugged into a laptop (or as an addition to a pre-existing desktop setup) - these screens offer up a greater amount of on-screen working space and a better viewing position for extended periods of use. For laptop users, we’d also recommend an external keyboard, mouse and stand – the home office isn’t the 0730 commuter train, so an ergonomic and more relaxed seating position will really help you endure a day in front of the screen. For those who are at home but need to keep up with their appointments, a webcam and microphone headset is going to afford you a crystal-clear presence in the next video chat or remote meeting.

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Beyond this, we’ve included a few of the things you might not think about until you realise you don’t have them – we’re taking main extension leads, HDMI cables and the humble LED desk light.

Here’s a selection of the best, and most budget friendly, solutions for levelling up your home office and working from home potential. At the end of the list we've also put together an extensive list of our available tech guides, offering advice on additional items that you may find yourself needing while working from home.

Must-have working from home tech

Netgear Wi-Fi Range Extender EX6120

Logitech MK540 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 for Business Keyboard

ASUS VZ249HE

Samsung Space Monitor 32-inch

Logitech M330 Silent Plus Wireless Mouse

Logitech C270 HD Webcam

TaoTronics LED Desk Lamp

SanDisk 64 GB Cruzer Blade USB Flash Drive

WD Elements Portable External Hard Drive 1TB

AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI 2.0 Cable - 0.9m

Rankie VGA to VGA Cable, 1.8m

Sennheiser PC 3 CHAT Lightweight Telephony On-Ear Headset

AmazonBasics Aluminium Foldable Laptop Stand

MiiKARE Extension Power Socket with USB Ports

Samsung SmartThings Energy Control

Essential guides for home working equipment

Essential guides for home working equipment

Once you make the jump from office working to home working, whether temporarily or permanently, you’re bound to notice that some things are missing from your setup. From big-ticket items like suitable seating, through to printers, and even on-desk décor. What’s The Best has a large back catalogue of expert guides relating to all matters tech, office and convenience. Read on to see the guides available.

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Laptops

While some are fortunate enough to be able to take their work laptop or PC home with them, some will need to use their peronal equipment. Whether for work, school or university study, these four guides will help you find the laptop you need:

The best laptops under £1,000 | The best budget laptops | The best laptops for school work | The best Chromebooks

Online Safety

Safety online isn’t just something that you should consider while working from home. It’s a 365-day concern that should be treated with the seriousness that it deserves. Thankfully you can outsource much of this concern to a dedicated internet security provider and VPN provider. Read our guides below:

The best internet security packages | The best VPNs

Lighting

Lighting

Lighting is something that everyone needs to consider. The right lighting helps to reduce eye strain and improve your mood (especially with a SAD lamp going into the darker months). Here are our guides on the best lights you should consider for you home workspace:

The best desk lights | The best SAD lamps

Seating and desks

Are you sitting comfortably? Kitchen chairs and tables are okay for the odd WFH day, but on a more regular basis, they're going to play havoc on your posture and musculature. An office chair and desk is the solution, and they come in all shapes, sizes and, importantly, price ranges. Read our guide to the best office chairs and desks to find the right one for you:

The best office chairs | The best desks on a budget | The best desk monitor stands

Monitors

Monitors

The right monitor can help you up productivity and reduce eye strain, and adding a second monitor to your home office can improve things considerably, too. Our experts know a thing or two about PC screens - you can read their guides below:

The best PC monitors | The best budget monitors

Keyboard, mouse, headset, hard drive

The right keyboard and mouse can improve your comfort when working at a desk. Even if you already have a keyboard and mouse, it’s worth looking at upgrading. Laptop users can also greatly benefit from using an external mouse and keyboard, as they can vastly improve posture.

Regularly on video calls? A good headset is going to help you hear and be heard in the next conference call.

Backing up data, personal or professional, is an excellent habit to get into. It’s a process that’s easy to setup and provides a welcome peace of mind. External hard drives provide this function and are great value for money.

Here are What’s The Best’s guides on keyboard, mice, headsets and external hard drives:

The best budget keyboards | The best keyboards for professionals | The best computer mice for professionals | The best headset for your home office | The best external hard drives

Printers

Much of the world has gone paperless, however there are circumstances (or even whole professions) where a printer is needed. While it’s unlikely that you’ll need to set up a large office printer in your home, a small affordable option is going to be a welcome tool. Read our guide to the best home printers here:

The best printers for home

Make your workspace your own

Make your workspace your own

Making sure that your home workspace is right for you is hugely important. It provides you with a comfortable dedicated space, allowing you to turn up and focus on your work projects.

Whether this means setting up a really clean, clutter-free desk or piling on the greenery and office décor, it doesn’t matter. It just needs to work for you. We’ve got a few guides to help everyone maximise the potential of their home working space:

The best monitor arms to declutter your desk | Home office decor ideas | The best PC speakers

William Lobley is a Content Writer for WhatsTheBest, specialising in technology and outdoors. He also writes for Empire Online.

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