Tech tips to make the most of working from home

Working from home has its perks, but it’s not all smooth sailing. Setting up the perfect home office can be challenging for even the most organised office worker. If you think it’s as simple as converting your dining room table into a desk, think again.

Thankfully, technology has given us a much-needed boost to help overcome – or even minimise – some of the challenges of working from home. Here are our top tech tips to help you get the most from your home office:

Drown out the noise

Noisy neighbours are one of the biggest obstacles you face when you work from home. And while you can't control their decibel levels, you can invest in a good pair of headphones to help drown out their noise. Wireless Bluetooth earbuds are perfect if you move around a lot during the day. But if you’re dealing with next-level stomping and lockdown home renovations, it’s best to opt for noise-cancelling headphones. Your sanity will thank you.

Our top tech picks:

Apple AirPods Pro

Maxell Noise Cancelling Headphones

Invest in a reliable machine

We all know the frustration of working on an outdated or slow PC. The last thing you need – with everything else that’s going on in the world – is to wait for your inbox to refresh or to stare at the spinning wheel of death on a video call. Investing in a quality, affordable new laptop will help to boost your productivity (and save your existing machine from a one-way trip out of the window).

Our top tech pick:

Point of View 14.1", Celeron, 4GB/64GB Notebook with hard drive bay

Tech on the go

Cabin fever is a daily struggle for most remote workers and it’s essential to get out of your home for a change of scenery. Using a full-size laptop when working from home is necessary, but you want something more portable when working from a coffee shop or even a park. Enter the tablet. Yes, they’ve been around for years now but the employee on the go has unlocked the tablet’s true potential. They’re affordable, portable, have decent processing power and allow you to stay connected and make phone calls.

Our top tech pick:

Point of View 10.1" inch 32GB Dual SIM 3G Tablet

Stay connected in the dark

Loadshedding is another work-from-home obstacle you have to tackle if you’re in South Africa. But fear not, there’s a tech solution to help you get through the dark hours too. You don’t need to invest in a fuel-guzzling generator or pricey UPS – all you need is a power bank and your smartphone to stay connected. This combo allows you to check and respond to emails, communicate with your colleagues and clients and conduct basic digital tasks while you wait for the dreaded loadshedding to end.

Our top tech pick:

Canyon Li-Polymer 20 000mAh Power Bank with battery-level display

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