Jack Wallen shares his picks for the best keyboard, monitor, and headset to use when working from home.
I’ve been working from home as a writer for over a decade, which has given me some insight into setting up remote work. One of the most glaring points that I realized very quickly is that the right technology can seriously improve your remote workflow. This means everything from the choice of desktop, computer, speakers, microphones, printers, wireless router and much more.
But there are three tech elements you can’t always consider when setting up your best remote work setup: the keyboard, headsets, and monitor you choose can help you more than you think.
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The right keyboard can not only help you type faster — and more accurately — but also keep your wrists from hurting at the end of the day. The right monitor will prevent eye strain and give you enough screen real estate to have all your necessary apps open at once. The right headphones can not only help you hear those meetings with more clarity, but they can also cancel out extraneous family noises so you can continue to focus.
To that end, I’ve picked out what I think are the best picks that will help bring your remote work setup to increased levels of productivity and reduce the frustration you’re feeling. Let’s move on to the winners of these three categories.
Keyboard: ultimate hacking keyboard
The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard is by far the best keyboard I’ve ever used. Although it took some getting used to due to the lack of traditional cursor keys and the addition of the Mod key, once my mind and fingers got used to the layout, all other keyboards now look outdated and poorly designed.
This split keyboard lets you move each half to the perfect spot, so your wrists and fingers can type stress-free. The Ultimate Hacking Keyboard makes you much less dependent on a mouse than with a traditional keyboard. And the fact that the keyboard can easily switch between layouts – such as QWERTY and Dvorak – and is fully programmable means you can customize the UHK to suit your needs perfectly. You’ll also find removable modules available to add a trackpad, extra keys, trackback, and track pointer.
When you go to buy the UHK, you can choose between eight different key switches to ensure your keyboard is finger-friendly. Finally, the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard is built like an absolute tank, which means you can type on those keys eight hours a day, seven days a week, and not worry that it will give way under the massive force of your digits. . The fact that the new models also include backlit keys is a bonus for those who like to type in darker environments. If there is only one keyboard that I could recommend to everyone, it would be the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard.
Cost: $320.00 and worth every penny.
Headphones: Sony WH-1000XM5
Under normal circumstances, my favorite headphone recommendation is the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X. However, it’s the best technology for a remote work setup, which requires a bit more headphones, especially the noise cancellation.
The Sony WH-100XM5 are one of the most recommended pairs of headphones on the market. Why? First of all, the sound is quite spectacular. No, these headphones won’t beat the likes of a pair of Focals, but we’re not looking to pay five or six figures for headphones. Instead, thanks to eight microphones, these capable headphones offer some of the best noise cancellation on the market while optimizing the sound you hear for your surroundings.
If you’re simply looking for the best headphones for music and conference calls, and aren’t looking to spend thousands of dollars on a high-end audiophile pair, then the WH-1000XM5 are your best bet. These wireless Bluetooth earbuds offer up to 30 hours of battery life from a full charge and with just three minutes of fast charging you’ll get three hours of battery life. You can also connect these headphones to multiple devices, meaning you can use them in your office (connected to your desktop computer) and then take them on the road (connected to a laptop or phone).
Monitor: Samsung Odyssey G7
Besides offering an incredibly sharp image, one of the best things about the Samsung Odyssey G7 is that it offers a 1000R panel, which means it matches the curvature of the human eye. This will not only give you better immersion in your work and play, but it will also help reduce eye strain after eight or nine hours of watching.
The Odyssey G7 is also very fast, with a 240Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA G-SYNC support and FreeSync Premium Pro — meaning you won’t suffer from dropped frames in videos and/or video. or gaming — as well as 1ms response time and 1.7 times the pixel density of the Full HD monitor. So not only is this WQHD monitor visually stunning, it can keep up with just about anything you throw at it. Your blacks will be blacker, your whites will be whiter, and your colors will be more accurate.
If you’re serious about working from home, you need the right technology. The above three options will be very useful for you. If you have the budget, I highly recommend purchasing every item on this list. If you can only choose one, I would choose the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard because it will make the most difference to your workflow. Ideally, though, you’ll go with each to dramatically improve your remote work setup.