Overclockers Top 10 products to improve your working from home experience and make you more productive.
Due to the current situation in the UK, Many offices are closing and more and more workers are taking the initiative to work remotely. This will hopefully aid the fight against the spread of Coronavirus and secure people’s jobs in the long term. In this guide, we would like to introduce you to some of our top products that will help improve your home office space and make working from home easier and more effective.
First of all, we would like to thank all those who, despite the virus, are still doing their job as usual and working hard in the supermarkets, on the streets, in the hospitals, and in their vehicles to ensure the rest of the population has everything they need. And of course all of those who continue to pack packages diligently in the OCUK warehouse!
What do I need to work in my home office?
To be able to work from home you first need a PC or a notebook. Your internet connection is also just as important. It also depends on whether you have access to remotely log in to your office PC or whether you have access to the software and programs you need on your own system. Programs such as Teamviewer or AnyDesk allow you to connect to your office PC remotely. Once you have established a connection, you can now crack on using your familiar desktop in the workplace.
If you don't currently have access to a notebook or an office PC, you can buy an office PC for around £500. A monitor is available for around £100 and peripherals such as a mouse and keyboard can be bought from only £20. Also, remember office furniture and office supplies used for work can be tax-deductible! You can more about this on the HMRC website
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Overlockers Top 10 of the best home office Hardware:
Sometimes connecting to your system remotely isn’t possible and if you need a powerful PC for workstation tasks it might be time to invest. To get your hands on a powerful computer like the Stunning 8Pack Supernova to populate your home office make sure to check out the range on our website.
If you don’t regularly work from home it’s possible you won’t have space for a dedicated office setup. Laptops are a great alternative as they can easily be set up anywhere and then packed away in the evenings. Choosing a laptop can be difficult but you don’t need to spend a fortune and something like the Asus Vivobook will easily handle emails, video calls, and word processing. If you’re after something more powerful make sure to check out the home and business section of our website.
Comfort is important if you’re going to spend several hours in front of your PC and it’s not practical to try and take your workplace chair home with you. Therefore if you’ve ever wanted to treat yourself to a real leather office chair you now have the perfect excuse. Noblechairs have an extensive range of high-quality options that will fit in perfectly with your home decor. A more affordable option is one of the fabric chairs from nitro concepts.
Nitro Concepts also has a selection of computer tables that would be perfect for the small home office. The D16 desk is available with manual and electrical height adjustment which is important for workstation ergonomics. If you’re limited to a smaller space the D12 is perfect with extra features for holding your drink and headset.
If you don’t have a set up at home or are used to working with two or three screens you may need to purchase a new monitor. However, you don't have to spend a lot of money. The AOC G2460VQ6 24-inch monitor with Full HD resolution, for example, costs around £128 and, in addition to a refresh rate of 75hz, also offers a blue light filter to reduce eye strain.
Peripherals such as a mouse and a keyboard are an important part of a home office set up. Many notebook users also use external accessories to aid productivity and improve typing accuracy. When it comes to a mouse for the home office, you should choose a model that is suitable for the type of work you’re going to be doing. A lightweight comfortable mouse that suits your grip style will prevent strain and it’s worth considering wireless connectivity if you want less cables cluttering your space.
The same principles can be applied to choosing a keyboard. A wrist rest will reduce strain and a smaller board will free up more desk space. Mechanical switch type is also important for prolific writers and Cherry MX Blue switches are specially optimized for writing. The Steelseries APEX 7 TKL has all these features for £129.95.
There are also a lot of accessories that can be purchased for the home office to help make it a more pleasant environment. Extra-large mouse pads provide room for the mouse and keyboard while protecting the table, floor mats do the same for the floor. Mouse bungees make it easier to route the mouse cable in small, confined spaces. And if you are sitting in a noisy environment, keep yourself focused with headphones or a headset. You may also require a webcam for video conferencing.
An easy way to improve your working day and prevent frustration is with a better Wifi connection and faster internet. unfortunately, we can’t replace your slow line with superfast fibre but a better wireless network adapter can make sure you’re maxing out what you have available. Something like the ASUS USB-AC68 is a dual-band USB Wi-Fi adapter that instantly upgrades your desktop or laptop to fast 802.11ac technology with Wi-Fi speeds up to 1300 Mbps (5GHz) and 600 Mbps (2.4GHz).
Unfortunately with the pound losing value, it’s likely we will see an increase in the cost of PC hardware. If you have an existing PC but need some more performance to work from home then now is a good time to upgrade. A pair of great multi-core CPUs for heavy workloads or gaming in your downtime are the 3950X and 3900X. The 3900X is compatible with all B450M boards and upwards so for existing Ryzen users it might be as easy as plug and play. Grab it quickly for the MSRP of £419.99.
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