If remote work is now your norm, you might have discovered that the technology you have at home isn’t up to the task of creating a productive workspace. Fortunately, it only takes a few good pieces of tech equipment to help ensure your work-from-home life is not only productive but reliable.
Note: The pricing and product availability information was accurate at the time of publication.
2020 MacBook Air M1
If you’re looking for a replacement laptop, look no further than the 2020 MacBook Air M1. This 13″ form factor laptop will be all you need to be productive while keeping untethered from your desk. With a best-in-class keyboard and trackpad, you’ll find yourself pounding keys and navigating menus with ease.
For only $799.99 (down from $999.00), you get 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD storage, a backlit keyboard, Touch ID, FaceTime HD camera, and a desktop user interface that has been a cornerstone of Apple laptops and desktops for years. Powered by the M1 chip, you’ll be surprised at how fast this piece of hardware is.
SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable SSD
You can never have too much storage. This is especially true when you’re buying laptops with smaller internal SSD drives. Purchase a laptop with a mere 256GB drive, and you’ll find space can vanish faster than you might have assumed. When that happens, you’ll be glad you have a SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable SSD on hand.
This drive is compact and offers 1050MBps read and up to 1000MBps write speeds. This drive also features up to 2-meter drop protection, IP55 water, and dust resistance, a carabiner loop, and 256-bit AES hardware encryption. The Sandisk 2TB Extreme Portable SSD is on sale for Prime Day at only $159.99 (down from $459.99).
Synology 2 Bay NAS
If you need to store a lot of files, you might consider a network-attached storage device. Amazon Prime has a special on the Synology 2 bay NAS DiskStation. This device could easily serve as your primary in-house storage solution and offers simple use from Linux, macOS, Windows, Android and iOS. Not only can you store and work with files, but you can also stream media directly from the device.
The one thing to keep in mind is that this device does not include disk drives. The Synology 2 bay NAS can use a 3.5-inch SATA HDD or, with the help of an optional disk holder, 2.5-inch SATA HDDs or 2.5-inch SATA SSDs. You can start with a single drive and add another later, which will be added as a Raid 1 drive. The original price of the Synology NAS was $219.99, but the Prime Day deal is $149.99.
Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro Mechanical Keyboard
Whether you use a desktop computer and must have a keyboard, or you work primarily from a laptop and would like a much larger footprint for your hands, a good keyboard can make a world of difference. Take, for instance, the Razer BlackWidow V3 Pro mechanical keyboard. Yes, this is meant as a gaming keyboard but you can still leverage this outstanding device for everyday work.
The keyboard offers three modes of connection: HyperSpeed Wireless, Bluetooth, and USB C for charging during use. The keyboard switches are yellow and offer 1.2 mm of travel with no tactile feedback. The keyboard is RGB backlit and includes Doubleshot ABS keycaps, so the labels never wear off. The original price of the Razer BlackWidow was $229.99 and is on sale for Prime Day at $129.99.
Logitech Blue Yeti
If you create audio content, you owe it to yourself to use a quality mic. When I first started podcasting and audiobook narration, my first serious mic was a Blue Yeti. Since then, the company has been purchased by Logitech, but the products are still just as incredible as they always were.
The Logitech Blue Yeti offers incredible sound and even includes an internal shock mount to isolate the cardioid mic three-capsule array. With the Game Streaming Kit, you’ll also get a custom blue pop filter, advanced voice modulation and HD audio samples. The original cost of the Logitech Blue Yeti was $139.99, but you can get the streaming kit for $109.99 during Amazon Prime Day.
Samsung 32 Inch Odyssey G5 Gaming Monitor
You need a good monitor when working from home. Although you might opt to carry your laptop from room to room, there are times when you need a larger screen to best view those complicated worksheets and dashboards. When that time comes, you’ll be glad you opted for a larger monitor like the Samsung 32″ Odyssey G5 Gaming Monitor. This curved display features WQHD (2560×1440) with 1.7 times the pixel density of full HQ, a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response times, HDMI and Display Port outputs, AMD FreeSync Premium, HDR10 for more vibrancy, and deeper blacks. The regular price for the 32″ monitor is $379.99 but the Prime Day deal is $279.99.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13 Inch laptop
You also might need a work-specific laptop. Sure, your company might have supplied you with a device that’s adequate for the job, but why settle for adequate when you can get superior performance and a sleek design that will make your work more efficient? If this sounds like your situation and you’re permitted to work on non-company-issued machines, consider the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 13″ convertible laptop, which comes with 16GB of RAM, 256 GB SSD internal storage, an Intel Evo Platform Core i7 CPU, a 13″ display running at 2880 x 1920 pixels, detachable keyboard with backlit keys, built-in kickstand and an active Slim Pen 2. The regular price of the Microsoft Surface 8 13″ laptop is $1,599.99 but is on sale during the Amazon Prime Day event for $1,139.99.
Google Nest Wifi - Wi-Fi Extender - Mesh Router for Wireless Internet
With your wireless network, if you constantly find dead spots as you migrate from room to room, it’s time you go the mesh route. With a mesh network, you can be certain your home will be fully covered, no matter where you work. Google Nest WiFi is an outstanding option. With just a two-pack, you can cover 4,400 square feet to eliminate dead spots and prevent the dreaded buffering. The Google Next WiFi mesh router 2-pack can handle up to 200 connected devices and can stream multiple 4K videos simultaneously. The two-pack Google Nest WiFi mesh router’s regular price is $299.00, but it’s on sale during this Amazon Prime Early Access sale for just $149.00.
Razer Kraken Ultimate Gaming Headset
When you’re in one of those never-ending Zoom meetings, you want coworkers to be able to hear you and for people in your house to not hear what your colleagues are saying, so why not buy a headset built for those very things? The Razer Kraken Ultimate RGB gaming headset is a great option because it not only has outstanding sound and mics, but it’s also comfortable for long-term usage. This headset sports cool features like RGB lighting, a retractable mic, on-earcup controls, ANC noise-reducing technology in the mic, and a frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The regular price for the Razer Kraken Ultimate Gaming Headset is $129.99 but is on sale for Amazon Prime Day for just $56.99.
DuroMax XP13000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator
The elements outside are not always in our favor. For numerous reasons, power outages happen and when they do, it might affect your ability to work. So why not be prepared? With the help of a powerful enough generator, you can be certain to keep your technology running when Mother Nature strikes. The DuroMax XP13000EH Dual Fuel Portable Generator is powered by a 500cc OHV Duromax Engine with 3600 RPM speed and a 10″ wheelbase. This generator can be powered by either gas or propane and features 1 120/240V 50A heavy duty outlet, 1 120/240V 30A twist lock outlet, 1 120V 30A twist lock outlet, and 2 120V 20A household outlets. This generator is CARB approved for use in all 50 states and can deliver 13,000 starting watts and 10,500 watts, so it strains under heavy loads. The regular price of this generator runs $1,499.00, but it’s on sale for Amazon Prime Day for just $959.20.
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