Photos: The 10 must-have tech tools for remote workers
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2. Google Chromecast
Google Chromecast is an easy, quick way to work on two monitors. The device, which can plug into any television, allows users to cast content from their computers or tablets onto the big screen. Whether you want to see content on a bigger screen, or just have more visual space to work, Chromecast is an affordable way to do so. Buy one here.
3. Bluetooth mouse
If you aren’t a fan of touchscreens or trackpads, then this little mouse will be your best friend. The Razer Atheris mouse is compact, lightweight, and has a battery life of 350 hours. Whether working at a coffee shop, on a plane, or just in a home office, this portable mouse can make navigating multiple windows much easier. Grab one here.
4. Bluetooth keyboard
Many remote workers turn to tablets for more mobile computing capabilities; however, the tablet eliminates a physical keyboard. The compact Arteck wireless keyboard is a great supplement, which would pair nicely with the previous bluetooth mouse. The keyboard is ultra-thin and lightweight, making portability easy. It also has a six-month battery life and two-year warranty. Order one here.
5. Portable phone charger
For employees working out of the office or on the go, finding an outlet can be difficult. Anker’s 4-inch tall portable phone charger can be a lifesaver. The charger is compatible with most iPhone and Android smartphones, and even comes with a little travel pouch. Purchase one here.
6. USB hub
A USB hub is ideal for remote workers who have a lot of gadgets to charge. The hub eliminates the need for a standard wall outlet, meaning you don’t have to be glued to one spot to charge your items. Anker’s USB hubs range from four to 14 hubs, buy any of them here.
7. Portable scanner
Portable scanners are extremely useful for business professionals who handle paper documents often. No matter where you are working, you can take this portable scanner out of your bag and get an important document uploaded quickly. This scanner even comes with a small travel bag too. Get it here.
The Booqpad case doubles as a padfolio and a tablet protector. Appearing on the outside as a notebook, the inside has a slot for an iPad, as well as a paper pad for users to jot down notes. The case is ideal for plane or train rides, placing a workstation and tech station in one compact place. Purchase yours here.
9. Work backpack
In order to carry all of your work items and gadgets, a work backpack is essential. Herschel makes a whole line of fashionable, but functional, backpacks. Most come with a laptop sleeve and have plenty of room for chargers and other necessities. Buy one here.
10. Universal plug
tIf you are a remote employee who travels often, a universal plug may come in handy. This adapter plug is compatible with outlets in Europe, Asia, China, England, Italy, New Zealand, Australia and more, and is small enough to easily fit in a bag. Here is where you can get one.
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