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You must fix your work from home setup in 2023

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With 2023 just around the corner, you have to ask yourself: should I spend another year hunched over the dining room table while working from home? The correct answer is no, no, you shouldn’t. Rather than committing to sudden life-changing resolutions, taking smaller steps to make your everyday spaces a little more comfortable can be a lot more impactful. This list will make your home workspace more productive, practical, and peaceful. Most of these items have been personally tested to ensure you get the most out of each one, whether you’re in a hybrid work environment or in a fully remote position.

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AOC U2790VQ 27

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First, a little visual upgrade can go a long way in elevating your work experience. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly 4K display, the AOC U27 monitor is a great choice. The U27 comes with ports including DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4. And while locked at 60hz, this 16:9 LED display delivers a crisp image that won’t disappoint, especially for $239.99. I looked at the AOC U27 as a great (and inexpensive) way to experience 4K, and I wasn’t disappointed. This monitor is also VESA compatible, which means it will match our next recommendation perfectly.

HUANUO dual monitor support

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Clutter might seem like a minor issue, but during a busy workday, it’s the last thing you want to deal with. Free up some desk space by mounting your monitors! The Hanuo Dual Monitor Stand supports even the heaviest monitors, with a weight limit of 26.4 lbs and accepting sizes ranging from 13” to 35”. Gas spring arms reduce monitor sway while maintaining pan, tilt and swivel capabilities. My favorite feature? Dual USB pass-through ports built into the base of the monitor stand! If you’re worried about heavier or even curved monitors, I’ve put my MSI Optix MAG341CQ 34″ on this bad boy without breaking a sweat. Grab this for $139.99.

lamp of iskarna

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This head lamp is both a conversation piece and a really cool way to store a few accessories, reducing clutter even more. I use it to store my VR headset, but this LED lamp can also be a cozy home for your headsets. The LED light source can cycle through various shades or be set to a specific color. Ikea has a lifespan of approximately 25,000 hours. Buy an Iskarna lamp for $35.99.

Seagate 2TB Portable External Hard Drive

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For those with hybrid work arrangements, or who are totally NOT taking a vacation from work their boss doesn’t know about, Seagate 2TB Portable External Hard Drive it’s as reliable as it is portable. The sleek and stylish external drive comes with a USB 3.0 cable for fast transfers. Users can also schedule automatic backups, which is extremely useful when you are away from your main PC. Protect your most important files for $147.99.

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WORKLOUDER Creator Board

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The crown jewel of my remote work setup is the WORKLOUDER Creator Board. This eye-catching “keeb” features five rotating dials, perfect for the creativity in your life. The board itself is compatible with a variety of software suites and has 236 programmable keys spread over 4 separate key layers. Like the look of the keyboard but not the 60% layout? WORKLOUDER offers a XL version which contains all these features along with a complete Numpad!

Worklouder MacroPad

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If you want to save a little money and test the waters, WORKLOUDER also has a macro pad on the way for $129.00. This is definitely a statement piece and the first thing most people ask when they see my table. But not only that, it’s an indispensable tool that I don’t think I can work without. Whenever I try to use other boards, I find myself looking for dials that simply don’t exist. I was spoiled by this thing.

NZXT Capsule USB Microphone

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The NZXT Capsule Mic is a stylish choice for anyone looking to improve microphone quality, a must for those important work calls or some late night broadcasts. The Capsule features high-resolution voice pickup, eliminating background noise and those annoying plosives that can ruin the quality of any recording or streaming you might be doing. And with the pop filter being built in, that’s just one less thing to worry about. With this mic being USB-C, you’ll enjoy a smooth plug-and-play experience. Although this microphone is advertised for gamers, its bespoke design would make it a perfect fit in any environment. And hey, maybe you could start that career on Twitch. Get one NZXT Capsule for $116.49.

Webcam Logitech Brio

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Now that your audio quality is taken care of, it’s time for a new camera. Anything that makes the year-end review go more smoothly. Logitech Brio Webcam delivers 4K resolution at up to 90 frames per second. Logitech’s RightLight 3 technology helps handle low-light and backlight settings. Brio includes 3 FoV presets including 90°, 78° or 65°. The best feature, in my opinion, is the Windows Hello integration. This will allow you to log in using facial recognition, so users are good to go as soon as they sit down. Try the Brio for $132.94.

The Ember self-warming mug sits in its charging base on a table.

It’s essential to prioritize accessories and technologies that can help you manage or defeat stress. Ember Mug² can help you do just that. This smart mug will keep your hot beverage such as tea or coffee at the perfect temperature. It features an LED that lets you know when your drink is safe to drink and can last all day when paired with a charging base. Even if you don’t take advantage of some of the other smart features, making your coffee or tea last longer is worth every penny. If you’re like me and you just to forget that your coffee is there because you are so absorbed in your work, you can get the perfect cup for $129.95.

FEZIBO Height-adjustable dual motor standing table frame

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While many have gravitated towards Ikea’s proven desk and drawer combo, motorized desks offer a host of benefits in their own right. Being able to change your work position can relieve stress on your back or help get your creative juices flowing. And although you can buy a multifunctional motorized table, buying the legs and the table top separately can produce the best results. Going this route allows you to find the table surface that suits your style, and something like butcher block can be much more durable than the chipboard used in most tables. Fezibo adjustable legs can support up to 176 pounds and accommodate desktops from 27.2” to 44.5”. Pair these legs with an IKEA kitchen worktop such as Karlby and you have a high-quality workspace that will last.

Kanto YU2

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Whether you’re editing a video at your desk, enjoying some YouTube videos on your lunch break, or making some lo-fi beats to get your work done, speaker quality is of vital importance. The Kanto YU2s are a solid pair of speakers that will last you a long time. They contain 3″ composite drivers that deliver distortion-free sound, while the 3/4″ silk dome tweeters offer increased clarity. Even at just under 6” tall, they pack more power than you could ever ask for sitting at your desk. Premium build quality and understated design ensure they will serve you for years to come, all for just $269.99.

And there it is! An assortment of items that are sure to turn your work-from-home setup into a haven you won’tind timing every day. To preserve the comfort and productivity, it is essential to set up a suitable workstation for working from home with the appropriate technology. Don’t let a lesser configuration stop you from working from home efficiently. And definitely don’t let 2023 be another year you work from home uncomfortably.