The long-awaited Phase 2 begins tomorrow, but there’s a good chance that a significant number of us will continue telecommuting for work.
Some of us may even choose to limit recreational trips to the outside despite the return of consumer services. There’s nothing wrong with preferring to stay in and avoid the crowds, and there are devices you can use to keep life indoors just as fulfilling.
Having the right tech gadgets on hand will help you to maintain productivity at home while also keeping you adequately entertained. Read on for our picks of the 5 best gadgets to use.
Klipsch T5m Wired Earphones
Frequent Zoom calls for work are the new norm. As everyone knows by now, there’s nothing more frustrating than having to repeat oneself because of faulty audio hardware. Why not bypass the ageing mic on your computer with a pair of quality earphones?
The Klipsch T5m handles call-taking as beautifully as it does with music. Furthermore, its trademark True Comfort design means you can take those extended video meetings without having to suffer from achy ears afterwards. If you prefer going the wireless route, there’s the T5 True Wireless up for consideration as well.
Google Nest Wifi
Your ability to work from home is only as good as your Internet connection allows. Dead spots, lacklustre signal strength and temperamental routers are the banes of telecommuting. The “old school” approach involved fiddling with antennas or buying a signal booster/expander – clunky by modern standards. A router like the Google Nest Wifi can easily eradicate pesky connectivity issues, all through one dedicated device.
Using mesh WiFi technology, the Google Nest Wifi can provide your entire house with a fast and reliable connection through the use of physical “points”. When paired with the Nest Wifi router, a single point is capable of handling up to 200 connected devices at a time over 210 square metres. Additional points can also be used to scale your wifi coverage accordingly to the size of your home.
Klipsch Heritage Groove
Home workouts have been on the increase due to isolation measures and may continue forward in strength despite the reopening of gyms. Of course, nothing completes a home gym like having your music playlist on-demand.
The Klipsch Heritage Groove is a portable Bluetooth speaker that not only delivers Klipsch’s signature sound profile but also comes with an integrated microphone for hands-free calling. Its mid-century modern design fits in with just about every home design out there and is available in both walnut and matte black wood options.
Adidas FWD-01 Sport In-Ear
Some of us prefer the feel of pavement over that of a treadmill belt. When it comes to running outdoors, a suitable pair of headphones has to take several things into account. Things like ease of operation, durability and robustness are of paramount importance. It just so happens that Adidas’ new FWD-01 Sport In-Ear headphones fit the bill nicely. Its features includes a knitted, tangle-free cord, IPX4-rated water resistance and easy-to-access control buttons.
Magnetic earbuds also allow for convenient around-the-neck storage. With its 16 hours of playtime, you can easily use the FWD-01 for multiple sessions on a single charge.
It only makes sense that your big-screen smart television comes paired with a sound system that’s equally capable. The Sonos Beam is a compact soundbar that quite literally punches above its weight class. It can also be paired with other Sonos devices for an enhanced listening experience. Hooking up a pair of Play:5s adds rear speakers to your setup. Alternatively, pairing a Sub with the Beam gives you the benefit of a dedicated subwoofer. Sonos’ Trueplay system also tailors the soundstage of the device to fit the size of your room and listening position.
You can even use the included Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa functionality to set alarms and check up on current events. This makes the Sonos Beam one of those handy gadgets that boost both productivity at home and personal entertainment.
This story first appeared on AUGUSTMAN Singapore
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