2020 Gift Guide: The work-from-home file

Many of us learned in 2020 that we don’t really need to go to an office.

You may not have a formal home office, but when your boss hands you a laptop and tells you to work from home for a while, you can get things done.

If you’re just getting by with a laptop on your dining room table, here are some ideas that can make working from home a bit easier.

ViewSonic VA2456-MHD 24-inch LED Monitor

What is it? Laptops are great, but that small screen for your entire workday will get old fast. Open up your work to a bigger monitor, and your productivity will increase. This one has VGA, DisplayPort and HDMI ports to connect to your laptop. It has an HD resolution of 1,920 by 1,080 pixels. The stand isn’t height-adjustable, but for the price, you can put a few books under it if you need to raise it up.

Who is it for? Anyone who works from home with a laptop.

What does it cost? $140

Where can I get it? Staples

Accell Driver-Less Docking Station
Accell Driver-Less Docking Station(Accell)

Accell Driver-Less USB-C 4K Docking Station

What is it? This is a box you connect to your laptop via USB to your laptop. The Docking Station easily adds ports that you can use to connect to all sorts of peripherals. It has two HDMI ports, three USB-A ports, Ethernet and audio in and out jacks. If you need to connect one or two HDMI monitors or more USB devices, this is perfect for you. Leave everything connected to the Docking station.

Who is it for? Laptop users who need more ports.

What does it cost? $189.99

Where can I get it? accellww.com

Poly Sync 20
Poly Sync 20(Poly)

Poly Sync 20

What is it? This is a speaker/microphone that will make you sound great on your next Zoom meeting. It connects to your PC via USB or Bluetooth. It also has a battery that can last up to 20 hours. When the workday is done, you can pair it to any Bluetooth computer, tablet or phone to play your music. It will reduce echo and background noise so your voice comes through clearly.

Who is it for? Anyone who wants his or her laptop to sound better and needs to be heard clearly.

What does it cost? $169.95.

Where can I get it? CDW

HON Ignition 2.0 Mid-Back Adjustable Computer Chair
HON Ignition 2.0 Mid-Back Adjustable Computer Chair(HON)

HON Ignition 2.0 computer chair

What is it? I’ve tried to work from home in a dining room chair. It’s not great. This is a midpriced, very comfortable and adjustable office chair. If you are going to be working from home, this chair will make your back happy. It adjusts, swivels and has a nice high back.

Who is it for? Anyone who sits at a computer all day.

What does it cost? $301.50

Where can I get it? Amazon

Logitech MK320 Wireless desktop keyboard and mouse combo
Logitech MK320 Wireless desktop keyboard and mouse combo(Logitech)

Logitech Wireless Combo MK320

What is it? Sure, you can get by with the keyboard and trackpad on your laptop, but nobody really wants to use their laptop’s keyboard all day. Logitech makes some great keyboard and mouse combos. This is a midpriced version that uses a USB dongle to connect both keyboard and mouse to your computer. The keyboard has one-touch keys to let you control music and video playback on your computer.

Who is it for? Laptop users who would like a better typing and mousing experience.

What does it cost? $45.49

Where can I get it? Amazon

LumiCharge II all-in-one LED desk lamp
LumiCharge II all-in-one LED desk lamp(LumiCharge)

LumiCharge II Wireless Charging Smart LED Lamp

What is it? This desk lamp has a lot of functions. Besides being a desk lamp that let you choose warm or cool light, it is also a phone charger — wired or wireless — as well as a digital alarm clock with a calendar and thermometer. And here’s a bonus feature: Turn the light toward your face when you are on a Zoom call and you’ll look a lot better. It also has a motion-activated night light.

Who is it for? This works for anyone, but especially if you work from home.

What does it cost? $149.99 (watch for sales)

Where can I get it? thelumicharge.com

Logitech C920 HD PRO WEBCAM
Logitech C920 HD PRO WEBCAM(Logitech)

Logitech Camera C920

What is it? This is a better webcam than you have on your laptop. The C920 delivers full 1,080p video with dual microphones so you look and sound good. This camera can also be removed from the top of your screen, so you don’t have that “up your nose” view you can get from looking down on the camera.

Who is it for? If you have a desktop PC or a laptop with a lousy camera, this is for you.

What does it cost? $79.99

Where can I get it? logitech.com, Amazon or Staples

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