Whether you've been working from home for a few weeks or a few years, having the right gear can make a huge difference. The reality is that technology is literally what makes working remotely possible, but that doesn't mean it's always easy to sort through the best options for you and your business.
With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite pieces of tech to help you be more productive working remotely--all of which I actually use in my own work-from-home office.
The new MacBook Air is easily the best laptop option for most people. It's lightweight and powerful enough for most tasks, and Apple finally managed to get the price under $1,000. Oh, and they fixed the keyboard. If you're a PC user, the new Dell XPS 13 is both portable and powerful (though a little more pricey than the Mac).
One of my rules for working remotely is that you should have a designated place to work. Once you have one, get yourself a nice large monitor so that you're not limited to that 13" display on your laptop. I use a Samsung 28-inch 4K UE590 Series UHD Monitor that's big enough for multiple documents or a graphics or video project, but doesn't feel overwhelming to look at all day.
For what it's worth, it's pretty ridiculous that the built-in FaceTime camera on every Apple laptop is still only 720p. If you spend a lot of time on Zoom calls, it's worth it to upgrade to something better suited to the task. I like the Logitech 4K Pro Webcam. The other advantage is that it attaches to my external display.
I've said before that I think Apple's AirPods are a remote worker's best friend. I stand by that assessment, but would go further to say that the newer AirPods Pro are probably the best option for most people. Whether it's just for listening to music or improving your audio for videoconferencing, the noise cancellation is really helpful for getting deep work done. Of course, honestly, transparency mode is even better for when you want to at least know what's going on around you--like when the kids are home and you still have to jump on a quick Zoom call.
Plugging things in is so old-fashioned. Seriously though, getting a good wireless charger for your desk is a must. I move throughout the house a lot, but it's nice to have somewhere to drop your iPhone or Galaxy smartphone to charge while you're working. I like the Nomad Base Station because it will charge both my iPhone 11 Pro and my AirPods Pro.
Extra Power Adapter
If you plan to work in different spots in your house, having an extra power adapter can save you from having to climb under your desk to unplug each time you move. You could buy one of Apple's adapters, but I actually prefer the Anker PowerPoint Atom III, which delivers 60 watts, and has a USB-C and USB-A spot to charge both a laptop as well as your iPhone or other smartphone. Even with both plugged in, it still delivers 45W to the laptop, plenty to keep your MacBook Air going.
Portable Hard Drive
One of the drawbacks to using a laptop primarily for work is that you sometimes have to compromise on storage. Fortunately, portable drives aren't hard to find. I like the SanDisk 2TB portable SSD. You can also pick up a LaCie Rugged 2TB HDD Drive for around $100.
At any given time, I have three or four external hard drives, the power cable, a 4K display, a webcam, and occasionally my iPhone plugged into my laptop. That's a lot for just two or four USB-C ports, depending on whether your MacBook is an Air or Pro. Never mind when I want to dump images off an SD card. I use the HyperDrive Duo on my MacBook Pro (it's also compatible with the Air) and it gives you two USB-C (one of which is Thunderbolt 3), two USB-A, HDMI, and SD.
Though I don't get out much right now (none of us do), I still think having a solid backpack is a must for working from home. Even if it's just to keep everything organized as you move throughout your home, or keep everything out of the way. I like the Timbuk2 Authority Backpack. It has plenty of storage space, but it's still relatively low-profile. It's also comfortable enough to travel with--which will come in handy once we're able to get in the world again.