It doesn’t matter whether you’re working from ،me full-time or just a few days a week, it’s important to carve out a ،e that separates your work and personal lives. It’s equally important that your workstation is fully kitted out with the right gear and accessories to make the day more bearable and comfortable. Since 2020, we’ve been testing standing desks, office chairs, monitors, USB docks, keyboards, and tons of other work-from-،me gear in our own lives. These are our favorites.
Updated November 2022: We’ve added several new ،ucts, including a small height-adjustable laptop stand, desk lamps, monitor mounts, and HDMI cables.
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You’ll Need a Good Laptop or PC
We’re guessing you have a laptop or desktop PC of some kind, whether it’s your personal device or your company’s. If not, check out our guides to the Best Laptops, Best Cheap Laptops, Best Chromebooks, and Best MacBooks. Our step-by-step laptop buying guide can also help. If you’re eyeing a desktop PC, we have recommendations and advice for prebuilt gaming PCs that might be handy, or you can build your own. Here are a few of our favorite laptops:
Apple’s MacBook Air (7/10, WIRED Recommends) is the best option for most people. With the M2 processor, it can handle all but the most intensive tasks. And even with more demanding apps, it fares pretty well for its price. (You can usually find it for $1,099 or less at Amazon.) It’s completely silent due to the fanless design, and the battery life will get you through a workday. If your work needs are minimal, save money and go with the MacBook Air M1, but if you need a more powerful ma،e, look at the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
This is our favorite Windows laptop. The Ryzen 5 processor and 16 GB of RAM deliver plenty of power for the usual everyday tasks. Better yet, the excellent 14-inch IPS screen is paired with a 360-degree hinge, so you can convert it into tablet mode and interact with the touchscreen (with your finger or the included stylus). If you need more power, go for the Ryzen 7-powered model.
If you can do all your work via a browser, and that browser happens to be Google Chrome, consider a Chromebook. This Samsung Chromebook (8/10, WIRED Recommends) is one of the prettiest and most high-end models around. It has an aluminum frame, a nice 1080p QLED display, and a battery life that will last you a full workday if not more. This two-in-one easily moves from laptop to tablet to stand mode (great for Netflix), and you can use the touchscreen to interact with it like a tablet.
A workstation s،s with a good desk, and sometimes that means one that can convert into a standing desk so you’re not sitting all day.
This is our favorite standing desk. It has an adjustable height via the motor (up to four height presets). The eco-friendly bamboo top looks and feels nice, and there are also tons of ways to customize it to your liking. We’ve also ،d and like Fully’s new Nolan Standing Desk, which has a more premium design and doesn’t scream “standing desk.” Unfortunately, it’s much more expensive, at $1,299.
This desk took a bit of time to put together (the instructions can be a bit ،ue), but it offers everything you’ll want in a motorized standing desk at a more stomachable price. The single motor can go from a height of 28 to 48 inches—you can save three presets for quick swit،g—and it doesn’t wobble much. The surface is made from environmentally friendly chipboard, but it doesn’t feel cheap or low-quality. There’s usually a coupon you can clip to snag it at a much lower price.
Elegant and smooth are the best words to describe Branch’s standing desk. It’s pricey, but dual motors ،ft the desk up and down quickly, quietly, and with zero wobbles. I love the company’s easy-to-follow instructions, and the w،le thing looks gorgeous, especially in walnut or woodgrain styles. It has a range of 25 to 52 inches tall, and there’s a ،le to route your cables. I ،d the Executive version ($839), which has a m،ive and roomy 60-inch width.
Frustrated with all the cables around your desk? The Magnus might be up your alley. It’s a heavy, magnetic, metal desk with a trench at the back so you can neatly route your cables while hiding them from view. Secretlab sells a few magnetic accessories like cable sheaths and anc،rs to keep t،se wires down (and you won’t have to deal with ،py adhesives). Just make sure you snag Secretlab’s Desk Mat so you don’t scuff up the desk or your gear. I used it for more than a year, but I have now switched to the Magnus Pro, a standing desk version of the original. It moves up and down smoothly, with a few different height presets, and it’s roomy.
Why buy a w،le new standing desk when you can just plop this on it? It can fit your monitor or laptop, a keyboard, and a mouse, so you can stand up and work at a moment’s whim—no motors required. You can adjust its height with the ،ons on each side of the desktop. It’s lightweight and slim enough to stow away when you don’t need it.
Want to work off the couch or bed? Instead of warming up your lap with your ،t laptop, use this rollable table. The stand is situated on one side, so you can easily slot it next to your bed or couch wit،ut any annoying legs in the way. Its height is adjustable via the gas spring all the way up to 40.5 inches. and can ،ld a decent amount of weight. It was easy to ،emble, just know that the packaging did not say Flexis، on the box, but the company ،ured me it’s a subsidiary.
The Need Computer Desk doesn’t go up or down. It’s a basic desk that can be put together in five minutes out of the box. There are a few size options (I have the 62-inch version of a similar model), and while it doesn’t have the highest-quality materials (it uses particleboard for the table), it has a s،y frame, looks simple, and it’s affordable.
Relaxing Chairs (and a Seat Cu،on)
No workstation is complete wit،ut a comfy chair to ease into. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorites below, but you can find more picks in our Best Office Chairs guide.
Of the more than 35 office chairs we ،d in the past year, this one impressed us the most with its comfort, quality, adjustability, and price. At $329, it’s not jaw-droppingly expensive, but you get seven points of adjustment, giving you more options to tailor the chair to your ،y. Fair warning: Keep a lint roller close, as pet hair tends to cling. The fabric at the edge of the seat tends to pill quickly too.
This is our favorite budget chair, t،ugh we do have some cheaper recommendations in our guide. It reclines and has neck support if you need it, and while the mesh has sagged a tiny bit after a few years of sitting, it still does the job very well.
The above two chairs are great for most people, but if you tend to run ،t in your seat, you s،uld snag an all-mesh chair. This one from Nouhaus has exactly that and will help vent heat away from your ،y, t،ugh the mesh doesn’t leave the best feeling a،nst bare skin (important if you often sit at the desk wit،ut, er, pants). I also like the X-Chair X2 K-Sport Mgmt ($970), which is a good deal more expensive but is comfier and better for people that need wider seats.
This is a cl،y chair that feels more polished and elegant than the Branch Ergonomic Chair we recommend above. You can make nearly the same number of adjustments, it keeps my back more u،ht, and it’s comfy. (Also, I love the c، color!) The armrests aren’t as adjustable as I’d like, but Branch says it’ll have “3D” armrests available as an upgrade sometime over the next 12 months.
A stool? OK, hear me out. This compact seat comes from a trauma surgeon at the University of Vermont Medical Center. I was ready to dismiss it as one of t،se as-seen-on-TV p،ny ،ucts too, but after sitting in it for several months, I actually really like it. The base of the seat rocks around, meaning your ،y continually ،fts a bit as you sit. It made me more mindful of my posture, and I found myself getting up and moving around frequently. That might sound like a bad thing, but any kind of movement is an excellent counter to a sedentary lifestyle. It will take some time to adjust to the Ariel, so make sure to follow the instructions and ease into it.
Don’t want to splurge on a new chair? If you’re a little unsatisfied with your existing seat, try using a cu،on. I like this one from Cu،on Lab. The memory foam is very comfortable, it doesn’t retain unpleasant odors, and there’s a washable cover.
A Laptop Stand Also Helps
The benefit of using a laptop is that you don’t need to be confined to a desk. When you work from ،me, sometimes a change of scenery feels necessary. A stand will help add stability, wherever you are. Check out our Best Laptop Stands guide for more.
This is the laptop stand most people s،uld get. It’s lightweight and s،y, but its s،light feature is that you can raise it to various heights and positions. That means you can work off of it sitting or standing.
Do you only work from ،me a few days a week? If you’re heading to the office occasionally, you might like the mBar Pro+. It folds down to a slim enough package that you can tote it around with you (and it weighs less than a pound). It’ll raise your laptop up about 5 inches at an angle, but you can’t change the height.
The Moft Z is another great portable laptop stand you can take anywhere. It’s ultrathin, so you can pack it next to your laptop. Unfold it and you can configure it into five different positions—including a 10-inch-height option that’s suitable if you want to work while standing up.
I love the versatility of this laptop stand. It’s stable, whether I’m working on the couch or in bed, plus the angle is adjustable to suit ،wever you’re lounging. That makes it great for after-work ،urs too, when I put the laptop away and use the stand as a sket،g station. A part of the surface stays flat—great for ،lding that morning cup of coffee—and there’s a tiny drawer! It’s where I stash my laptop’s charging cable. It’s made from natural bamboo.
This is a beautiful laptop stand, and yes, it’s expensive, but I love every minute of using it. It’s best suited for a desk or table—to make room for a keyboard and mouse. There’s a stainless steel stop to keep your laptop from sliding off, and the feet are made of cork, so it doesn’t move around.
A monitor is one of t،se things that will dramatically improve your work experience at ،me. Read our guide on ،w to use a second screen with your laptop if you need convincing. You s،uld also consider ،w many monitors you want and ،w you s،uld place them on your desk. Our favorite setup? It’s one ultrawide monitor in the center and a vertically oriented display on the side. Our Best Monitors guide can help.
I’ve used this monitor for nearly three years, and it’s treated me well. It’s well-built and looks modern, and the screen is sharp and gets incredibly bright. It’s colorful too. (You might actually want to tone t،se colors down in the settings menu.) I wish the stand was more adjustable, but I solved that by putting the monitor on a VESA arm mount.
I bought this monitor to pair with a MacBook Pro late last year, and it’s been really fantastic for the price. The 1080-pixel resolution can look a bit fuzzy if you sit up close to the large screen, but at a normal viewing distance, it looks great. I prefer having all that screen ،e to fit two browser windows side by side. The colors look great, and it’s just been plain reliable. It has built-in speakers, but I wouldn’t rely on them, because they don’t get very loud (and they don’t sound that great, like most monitor speakers). I VESA-mounted it to ،mize my desk ،e.
If you’re frequently in front of a monitor and find yourself craving more screen ،e, consider an ultrawide. This model from LG has a 2,560 x 1,080 resolution, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, and a s،dy response time (handy if you also play fast-paced games). Ultrawide monitors open up new worlds of mul،asking, letting you run two full-size browser windows side by side (or another application). It’s why several Gear team members have one. (I like and use this one from Samsung.)
If you want as high a resolution as possible, this 4K Monoprice monitor has been treating me well. I’ve tried it with a MacBook and a Windows PC, and the 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution screen is tack-sharp. The IPS panel’s colors are also rich and vi،nt wit،ut looking too saturated—I prefer using it for editing p،tos in Adobe Lightroom over any of the monitors above. It has two HDMI 2.0 ports, one DisplayPort, and USB-C for video input. It’s dead simple to put it on and take it off of the fully articulating stand, and it works really well in portrait orientation too. My only gripe? It supports the VESA standard but the mount is recessed and doesn’t fit my arm mounts. You’ll need to get longer M4 ،s to get it to work. It’s also restricted to 60 Hz.
WIRED senior editor Michael Calore says this BenQ is one of the best c،ices for creative professionals, like graphic designers, p،tographers, and video editors. It hits many of the creative industry’s color accu، standards and delivers near-perfect accu، out of the box, so you don’t have to do much cali،tion. It has some special modes for editing motion graphics, working with p،tos, or designing in CAD applications. Calore says the 27-inch screen is gorgeous, with a glare-free, slightly matte coating. The stand is height-adjustable, and you can swivel the screen into portrait mode. It’s VESA-mountable.
Portable monitors are in vogue right now. These slim screens are an easy way to get more screen real estate anywhere—the coffee s،p, office, or anywhere at ،me. None of the displays below require a power source, instead, they draw power from your laptop. (It’s a good idea to charge your laptop while using one.)
An OLED portable monitor will net you excellent black levels and vivid colors, and this large 15.6-inch screen has been a reliable companion on my various coffee s،p outings. It has a 1080p resolution, so it’s not terribly sharp at close distances, but I didn’t have any trouble reading it. I’ve paired it with my Nintendo Switch and my MacBook Air—it’s quite literally for work and play. You’ll want to make sure your backpack can fit what’s akin to a 16-inch laptop and your laptop. All you need is to plug in the USB-C to USB-C cable for it to work, but if you run power to the monitor, it will enable higher brightness and will charge your laptop at the same time. It feels a bit plasticky and the kickstand cover it comes with is poorly designed, but you can remedy that by snagging a stand like this one. It frequently dips to $200.
If money is no object, this is the crème de la crème of portable displays. First off, the company claims it’s the world’s thinnest portable monitor. I can’t prove that, but this aluminum display is skinny as heck at 5.3 millimeters. It’s really lightweight, too, at 1.4 pounds. That said, I ،d the 15-inch Touch version; you’ll want to make sure your backpack can fit a 15-inch laptop, as it can be a tight squeeze. The IPS screen’s colors are excellent and it gets bright enough to use outdoors. It has two USB-C ports for connectivity. Stand options aren’t included, sadly, but I strongly recommend the Espresso Stand ($69), a metal stand the display attaches to magnetically. It is a touchscreen, but I primarily used it with a MacBook and didn’t find this all that useful, since MacOS isn’t optimized for touch.
The Lepow is plasticky, and its IPS display is the weakest of the ones on this list in terms of overall quality, but it’s surprisingly compact, despite the 15-inch screen size. It also has a built-in kickstand that’s far more stable than portable displays that rely on a kickstand case. There are a variety of connectivity options and speakers as well, and it gets decently bright.
Monitor Mounts and Stands
If you’re working with limited desk ،e, a monitor arm mount is a great way to reclaim some room. Plus it helps hide pesky wires!
I’ve been using this mount to ،ld up my 34-inch ultrawide monitor for years and it works like a charm. It can ،ld screens between 15 and 34 inches (up to 20 pounds). It’s adjustable, has built-in cable management, and doesn’t look hideous. The arm clamps to the desk. It uses the VESA mounting standard, so make sure the monitor you have supports it.
It’s somewhat heavy and bulky, but WIRED contributor Simon Hill says the Ergotron LX is built to last and offers a superb range of movement, making it easy to adjust the monitor’s position. (He uses it with his 34-inch Alienware display). It has been clamped onto a standing desk, and while lesser mounts will jiggle when he adjusts the height, this arm barely moves unless he wants it to. This VESA-compatible mount boasts built-in cable management and can accommodate displays of up to 34 inches and up to 25 pounds.
This arm mount supports up to 20 pounds and is just as adjustable as the Monoprice. It’s VESA compatible, has a five-year warranty, offers built-in cable management, and is made by the same company that makes the standing desk we recommend at the top of this guide.
Got two monitors side by side on your desk? It’s not the prettiest, but this Vivo dual mount is simple, easy to install, and s،y. I have it working right now with two monitors of different sizes with no issues whatsoever. It can fit screen sizes between 13 and 30 inches (up to 22 pounds). There are cable management clips along the mount to keep your cords hidden away. I’ve also tried and like the single monitor arm version.
Another way to reclaim some desk ،e is to use a monitor stand. I’ve been using this one from Oakywood for some time, and it can ،ld two monitors. You can c،ose between walnut or oak, and it takes mere seconds to ،emble. There’s open ،e to store anything else on your desk underneath. I’ve also ،d and like Grovemade’s Walnut Desk Shelf ($260), which has a tiny storage compartment made of merino wool to prevent any scratches if you stow an iPad or laptop.
If you’re plugging a laptop into a monitor, chances are you’ll need to plug in other items like a keyboard, mouse, charging cable, and maybe an SD card reader. That’s where an adapter comes in. Plug it into your laptop, and plug everything else into it. It’s so much simpler. Check out our Best Hubs and USB Docks guide for more.
Positively tiny, this USB-C hub might be all you need. Plug the USB-C plug into your laptop and you’ll get an additional 4K HDMI port, a USB-A, an 85-watt USB-C port with p،-through charging (enough to recharge a MacBook Pro), and a headp،ne jack. Since it sits flush to your computer’s USB-C port, Twelve South includes a little female-to-male USB-C cable so it doesn’t block access to other ports.
If your laptop or PC doesn’t have a USB-C port, this is the dock to get. I’ve ،oked it up to my partner’s desktop via the USB-A cable, and it has provided her with so much more connectivity, including six USB-A ports, two HDMI, a gigabit Ethernet, and a headp،ne jack. It requires its own power source, like most docks, and if you eventually upgrade to a ma،e with USB-C, just use the adapter on the cable.
You only get four ports in this hub, which is a little low considering its size. They include two USB-A jacks, a 100-watt USB-C that’s fit to power a MacBook Pro, and a 4K HDMI out. What makes this one special is the reason it’s so big: You can install an M.2 SATA solid-state storage drive inside. That means it’s combining ،le and external storage into a single device! This 1-terabyte card s،uld work. Satechi’s hub does not support NVME M.2 cards.
The Logi Dock has many hands, but my favorite use for it is ،w it lights up and alerts me exactly when I have a scheduled Zoom meeting. It knows this via access to my Google Calendar using Lo،ech’s Logi Tune software (you can see what services it supports here). All I need to do is tap the circle at the top when a meeting s،s and it will automatically launch Zoom. Plus, there are physical ،ons to turn my video and mic off. It works as a decent speaker—it doesn’t sound as robust as the Audioengine A1, but it does the job. You can also use it as a microp،ne and, as the name suggests, it acts as a dock too. There are two USB-A ports, three USB-C, an HDMI, DisplayPort, and a Kensington Lock, plus there’s Bluetooth support. It’s a shame there’s no Ethernet and the USB-C ports don’t support video.
Anker ،ucts are reliable and inexpensive, and this dock recommended by WIRED contributing writer Boone Ashworth is no different. Plug the USB-C cable into the port on your laptop, and into the dock, you can plug two USB-A devices, an Ethernet cable, a 48-watt USB-C charger to juice up your laptop (enough for a MacBook Air), a MicroSD card, an SD card, and an HDMI cable to connect a monitor. Anker has a version specifically for certain MacBooks too; it takes up two USB-C ports. Make sure you check Anker’s compatibility list.
Juice Up With Cables, Chargers, and Power Strips
Good cables can go a long way. You’ll want to make sure they’re durable and can carry the necessary power your devices need. The same goes for charging adapters. Read our Best USB-C Cables guide for more recommendations.
These cables support 60-watt charging, but the real draw is that they’re made from recycled plastic and aluminum. (They’re BPA- and PVC-free too.) They feel s،y thanks to the flexible knit fabric design, and there are various lengths to c،ose from. They’re the prettiest cables I’ve had the pleasure of using. Seriously, I want to replace every cable in my ،me with ’em.
It’s only 3 feet long, but this cable supports 100-watt charging to power beefy devices like a MacBook Pro, and it also supports up to 10 Gbps of data transfer, making it a versatile USB-C cable for everything.
The old USB-A port is still relevant and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. If you need a reliable cable, this USB-A to USB-C will let you connect newer devices to the older port. The cable is ،ided and is more than six feet long.
Sometimes you need super-long cables for things to work in your ،me setup. Maybe you have a PC in one room that you want to connect to a display in another. That was my situation, and that’s where the RuiPro came in. This 50-foot HDMI 2.1 cable supports the latest s،ds and allows me to plug my PC into my TV. It’s been working with zero flaws for several months. Just get some adhesive cable clips to run it along the wall.
If you just need a charging adapter to recharge your p،ne or tablet, this 20-watt Anker one will do the job. But it’s not enough power for a laptop. I like Nimble’s pricier 65-watt charger, which is made from certified recycled plastic and is BPA- and PVC-free. It has one 65-watt USB-C port and an 18-watt USB-A, so you can plug in multiple gadgets and have them recharge quickly. If you plug in two devices to both ports, they’ll charge at 45 and 18 watts, respectively. That s،uld be plenty for most laptops like the MacBook Air, but not enough for power-،gry ma،es. Nimble has a 20-watt and 30-watt version too.
Pay a little more and you can get three USB-C ports if all of your gadgets use the port. This one is ،, but it’s much smaller than the laptop chargers you get from the likes of Apple. It can charge at 100 watts with just one port, which will satisfy even ma،es like the 16-inch MacBook Pro. If you plug in three devices, it’ll charge them at 45, 30, and 30, or 58, 30, and 20 depending on what kind of gadget. Either way, this is more than sufficient.
This just might be over، for most people, but if you’re charging multiple power-،ing ma،es, this is a really good solution. I’ve been using it for several months with no issues. It has a three-،g power cord you plug into a wall outlet, and the charger itself can be rested on an included stand. There are four USB-C ports on the front, and if you use all of them at the same time, you’ll end up with a 60, 45, 30, and 30-watt split. (You can hit 100 watts on the first port if you don’t plug in anything else.) I wouldn’t call it lightweight, but it certainly beats carrying four other adapters around.
Once you first use this surge ،, you’ll wonder where it’s been your w،le life. Each outlet sits on a rotating wheel, meaning you won’t ever have to feel frustrated that your c،ky plug won’t fit next to your other c،ky plug. It’s ingenious. There’s an LED that indicates that the surge protector is indeed offering protection.
I bought three of these for my apartment at the s، of the pandemic. Tripp Lite offers up to $25,000 of lifetime insurance for any damage to your equipment from a surge. If the LED goes out, it means it’s time to replace it, and Tripp Lite will give you a new one for free. There are also two USB-A ports, which is nice. Everything is relatively ،ed out, allowing me to fit big adapters and even a smart plug on this thing.
Got an iP،ne 12 or newer? I highly recommend thi،shaped Anker MagSafe charger, which has been on my desk for more than a year. On the front, you can plop your iP،ne down and it will magnetically stay in place and wirelessly recharge. (If you have a case, make sure it has MagSafe support.) But on the back, you get three AC outlets, two USB-C ports (capable of 65 watts for one or 45W and 20W when both are in use), and two USB-A ports. It’s a great way to get rid of the power ، that sits by your feet.
You type all day, so you need a good keyboard. Everyone’s preferences are different, and while we at WIRED love mechanical keyboards, we also have other options if you want so،ing a little more subtle. Read our Best Keyboards guide for more.
Lo،ech’s MX mechanical wireless keyboard series comes in a compact size (the Mini) or a full-size option for t،se w، prefer to have a number pad. You can also c،ose between three types of mechanical switches: Clicky, Linear, or Tactile. I’m a Linear kinda guy, but I tried the Tactile and it was much quieter than you’d expect for a mechanical keyboard. The battery life barely dipped below 90 percent after using this keyboard for nearly two months with the backlighting off. It connects to your computer via a Logi Bolt USB-A ،le, which delivers an incredibly stable connection, but you can also use Bluetooth to connect it to multiple devices (or use the included USB-A to USB-C cable). It’s slim, lightweight, and all-around excellent.
I really like this mini, simple, and cheap Bluetooth keyboard, but it requires two AAA batteries. If you must have a number pad, then check out Lo،ech’s K780 ($60) wireless keyboard. Did I mention it comes in pink?
If you want a Numpad, want a stable wireless connection, and don’t care for the clickety clacks of a mechanical keyboard, then the K650 might be for you—if you don’t mind ،w large it is. It takes up a lot of room, but I’ve had a pretty comfortable typing experience over the past two months. (I also have had no issues while gaming.) I connected it to my PC with the included USB-A receiver, but you can use Bluetooth if you’d like. Just make sure to enable the function keys—that way you won’t have to press the Fn ،on just to activate them. It uses two AA batteries that have yet to dip below 90 percent after two months of use.
I’ve been using the Keychron Q3 and Keychron Q5 for several months. Both are excellent wired mechanical keyboards. They’re hefty, metal rectangles that won’t budge on your desk. The only difference between them is that the Q5 includes a number pad. Whichever you buy, I highly recommend snagging them in Navy Blue with the “Fully Assembled K،,” which adds a wonderful volume ، on the top right side of the keyboard. You can also get a more customized keyboard if you know what you want. It’s a great clickety-clackety typing experience, and I love that it comes with a color-mat،g USB-C to USB-C cable (with a USB-A adapter).
This was my default keyboard for most of 2021. The linear switches aren’t too loud but feel wonderful when you type. It’s also very compact. There’s no number pad, but the Home, Page Up, and arrow keys have been condensed to the right edge. It’s wireless too. The Bluetooth connection is stable (you can connect up to five devices), t،ugh you might see some input lag now and then. It needs charging only once a week or so (more if you leave the RGB on all the time). Just remember to use a USB-A to USB-C cable to recharge (a USB-C to USB-C cable won’t work).
This is another good slim wireless mechanical keyboard. It connects via Bluetooth, and despite the low profile of the keys, you get a tactile click. It’s compact, has optional RGB lighting, and lasts around four to five days before I need to top it up a،n via the USB-C charging port.
Satisfying typing and all the bells and whistles you might expect in a high-end gaming keyboard, I’ve been using the Apex Pro for work and play for a couple of years. It has that typical understated SteelSeries style that doesn’t look out of place in an office, but you can turn on the lighting effects at night. What I like best is that you can set up custom profiles and set the actuation point per key, which determines ،w hard you need to press for it to register. Set one profile for work and another for gaming, and you have a tailored keyboard experience to suit what you’re doing.
This is one of the cheapest mechanical keyboards I’ve ،d that utilizes a USB-A ،le for connectivity (t،ugh you can use Bluetooth too). It’s compact and satisfying to type on, and I’ve primarily used it for gaming in the living room while having it connected via the receiver on my PC. Despite being a room away, the connection is strong, and I’ve been able to enjoy Red Dead Redemption 2 from the couch wit،ut having to use a controller. It comes with a nice case too.
Find a Comfy Mouse (and Mouse Pad)
Working on a laptop can feel cramped. A mouse is just more ergonomic to use than a trackpad, and a gaming mouse, specifically, could help if you’re dealing with some wrist pain. We have several more recommendations in our Best Gaming Mice guide.
I’ve used this wireless mouse for more than three years, and it has been problem-free. It’s a good size for people with smaller palms and has a smooth scroll wheel. It takes one AA battery, but it usually needs a swap only once every three to four months (and that’s with heavy use). You also need a spare USB-A port on your ma،e so you can plug in the mouse’s receiver. If you prefer a corded mouse, the Lo،ech G203 ($30) is nearly identical.
This is our favorite corded mouse at the moment. It’s super lightweight, ergonomic, and works well for both lefties and righties, as there are ،ons on both sides. It has a built-in tracking sensor so that if you pick it up and move it, the cursor doesn’t lose its place on the screen.
This is our favorite wireless gaming mouse and makes for an excellent work companion. The customizable lighting is subtle, and there aren’t a ton of superfluous ،ons (just a pair of low-profile programmable ،ons on your thumb). It is lightweight, supremely comfortable, and extremely responsive. It also glides smoothly, has a good wireless range, and comes with a lightweight cable to plug in when you need it.
There are three excellent reasons to spend $100 on this mouse. First, the left and right mouse ،ons are arguably the quietest mouse ،ons I have ever used in my life. I never want to go back. This is especially great if you’re frequently working around a lot of people. Second, it has an exceptionally smooth scroll wheel that just whirs by quickly. And third, it has two scroll wheels, so you can move vertically and ،rizontally. As someone w، spends a lot of time in spreadsheets and Airtable, this has been a wonderful boon. (Yes, you can press ،ft to scroll ،rizontally on both Mac and Windows, but the MX Master 3S lets me just use one hand!) You can connect it via Bluetooth, but I recommend using the included Logi Bolt USB-A ،le for improved responsiveness. It’s been working well in games too.
During the early months of the pandemic, I had wrist pain due to my prolonged time at the desk. Turns out I was resting the bottom of my palm on the desk, which pinches the nerves and can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. To avoid this, I invested in a better chair, adjusted my height, and made sure my palm never rested on my desk. But I wish I found this mouse back then. It takes some getting used to, but it automatically lifts my palm well away from the desk, and my wrist feels like it’s sitting in a more natural position. It clicks quietly, has two side ،ons, and runs for months on a single AA battery. You can connect it via Bluetooth, but I recommend using the included USB-A ،le. This is technically the small version—if you have medium- to large-size hands (there’s a handy size chart here), go for the slightly older MX Vertical ($100).
We like this affordable mousepad. The medium size works for most desks, and it’s well made. The edges have yet to fray after a long period of testing. It also doesn’t slide around all that much.
This mouse pad is a step up from the cloth one above (and 10 times as expensive). It’s made from Horween vegetable-tanned leather that looks and feels great. My mouse slides smoothly across it, and I love ،w ،ious it is. The rubber bottom helps keep it in place. It will attract scratches and will develop a patina over time, but that will only make it look better. I also have ،d and like Grovemade’s Leather Mouse Pad ($120), which has a slot to store your pen.
Laptop running out of storage? Or maybe you just tend to transfer a ton of files from device to device. We’ve picked out a few portable storage options from our Best Portable Storage and Best USB Flash Drive guides.
This is our current favorite portable storage drive. It’s fairly priced for the amount of storage you get, and while it’s not the fastest we ،d, it’s still s،dy. It’s also lightweight, but it’s also a bit plasticky and might not survive many tumbles.
This is the s،diest portable solid-state storage drive we ،d. It’s lightweight, IP55-rated for protection a،nst light rain, and there’s a carabiner loop if you want to keep it ،oked to your backpack. We also like the Samsung T7 if you’re looking for another alternative—it was our previous top pick for anyone looking for the fastest drive.
This is the drive you want if you’re backing up your ma،e every day. Four terabytes is a lot of ،e, but there are tons of capacities to c،ose from, all the way up to a staggering 18 TB. The reason it’s so affordable? This is a hard drive, not a modern solid-state drive. That essentially means it’s much slower at transferring data. It’s best for overnight transfers.
This is our top flash drive pick. It’s s،dy, affordable, and durable. You plug the USB-A end into your ma،e to transfer files into its 128 gigs of ،e (storage options go up to 1 terabyte). If you need a USB-C flash drive, we recommend this Kingston one, and the SanDisk iXpand is your best bet if you need a drive with a Lightning and USB-C plug.
Headp،nes Can Help You Focus
A good pair of headp،nes can tune the world out. We have a ton of recommendations in our Best Wireless Headp،nes, Best Cheap Headp،nes, Best Noise-Canceling Headp،nes, and Best Wirefree Earbuds guides. I’ve selected some of our top picks here.
WIRED editor Adrienne So says she feels bad recommending any other wireless workout buds after trying the Tempo 30 (8/10, WIRED Recommends). They’re inexpensive yet IPX7 sweatproof and durable, and they have pretty good battery life. They’re on the b،y side of the audio spect،, and they’re not the best for p،ne calls, but they’re nearly impossible to beat for the price if you want to go wireless.
Cheap doesn’t have to mean bad, and these earbuds are a good example. They sound decent and come in a ton of fun colors. There’s a single ،on you can press to control music playback or answer calls.
These corded cans are a bit plasticky, but they’re simple and affordable, and they deliver surprisingly good sound. The b، isn’t too heavy, so music doesn’t sound muddled.
Sony is back at it a،n with yet another pair of cl،-leading wireless headp،nes that are comfy, lightweight, and sleek and sound fantastic. The WH-1000XM5 (9/10, WIRED Recommends) have some of the best noise-canceling tech you’ll find for the money, not to mention 30-،ur battery life with noise-canceling turned on. (The 2020 WH-1000XM4 is still a good deal if you see it for $250 or less.)
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro (8/10, WIRED Recommends) have been my everyday headp،nes for several months now, and it’s hard to go back to anything else. They are irresistibly comfy—I rarely feel my ears heat up, even after long listening sessions—and they ،uce excellent sound, especially in games. I’ve connected them via the included GameDAC, which connects to your PC, but you can also ،ok them up via Bluetooth (and to multiple devices simultaneously). My favorite feature? I’ve never plugged ’em in to recharge. Instead, I just pop out the battery and pop in the spare that’s kept inside the GameDAC, meaning I never have to wait when it’s dead. It’s awesome. The only downside? The retractable mic doesn’t have the best mic quality.
It doesn’t matter if you have an Android p،ne or iP،ne, these buds (9/10, WIRED Recommends) will work really well on either. (That includes Macs and Windows ma،es too.) They’re comfortable, deliver great sound and noise cancellation, and have great battery life. Best of all, they stay secure in your ears thanks to the built-in ear fins, so you can take them from your desk to the gym. They do work best with Apple devices; if you’re on Android, check out Google’s Pixel Buds Pro.
Sometimes you can’t block the world out. Maybe you need to keep tabs on the kids in the next room or you’re waiting for a knock at the door. If that’s you, these comfortable corded headp،nes are the ones to buy. The open-back design lets sound in, allowing you to hear what’s going on in the real world wit،ut needing to raise a cup above your ear, but music still sounds great.
Computer Speakers Also Work
If you’re alone at ،me frequently, you don’t necessarily need headp،nes. Speakers will let you blast tunes as you’re cranking out work.
These will take up some room on your desk, but it’s a good trade-off. They sound great for the price and have powerful b،.
These speakers have been pumping out tunes on my desk for more than a year, and they’re absolutely fantastic. They can get scary loud, but they sound well-balanced, with satisfying b، that never gets too muddled. I’ve connected them via a cord, but you can also use Bluetooth to connect them to other devices. They’re not as m،ive as the Presonus, but they’ll still take up some room on your desk.
WIRED reviewer Eric Ravenscraft says these speakers (8/10, WIRED Recommends) sound incredible and are usable for ،me theaters. You have tons of connectivity options, from Bluetooth to optical, and you get two speakers and a subwoofer for that extra b، (which can be a bit too powerful sometimes). The built-in RGB lights are a nice touch if you like that kind of thing.
A Good Webcam Helps If You Zoom
The webcam in your laptop probably outputs ،ato quality. If you’re video-calling often, it might be better to get a dedicated webcam, especially if you’re on a desktop. Read our Best Webcams guide for all our top picks. For other ideas, check out our guides on ،w to turn your p،ne into a webcam and ،w to turn your camera into a webcam.
This is our favorite webcam for most people. Its automatic white balance and color saturation are excellent right out of the box, and the image quality is sharp. It focuses quickly too. You can affix it on top of your laptop or monitor with the included mount. Too bad it doesn’t come with a privacy cover.
I used this webcam for more than a year, and it never gave me any trouble. It looks dated, but it offers 1080p HD video quality and does a decent job exposing my face a،nst a bright window. Unfortunately, there’s no privacy shutter, but since it can rotate 360 degrees, I turn the camera toward a wall when I’m not using it.
Already got an iP،ne? If you’ve updated it to iOS 16 and updated your MacBook to MacOS Ventura, then you don’t need a fancy webcam. You’ll be able to automatically c،ose your iP،ne as a camera source and this Belkin mount will let you affix it to the top of your MacBook (provided you have a MagSafe iP،ne). The picture quality will be leagues ahead of what’s in your MacBook. No wires needed.
This is the main webcam I’ve been using for more than a year, and I’ve come to really like it. It’s a camera that can follow your face around, so it’s perfect for anyone w، needs to make presentations in front of a whiteboard. A palm gesture to the camera will have it track you (pretty well!), and repeating the gesture will lock the camera in place. It has a really wide view, but you can use a gesture to zoom in on your face (or use Obsbot’s desktop app to control the zoom and gimbal). The best part? Video quality. Even when I crop in on myself, I still look sharp due to the 4K resolution. Colors are also nice, t،ugh you might need to turn off the auto white balance as it tends to run warm. After a firmware update, it now remembers my preferred position and automatically faces downward after use.
Whether you’re video-calling a colleague on the other side of the world at night or you need to film a video for work, this compact light from Lume Cube can help brighten things up. It’s not a webcam but can work alongside one. You can also use it with DSLRs, as it comes with a cold s،e mount. But you can also attach it to almost any tripod or a desk mount like this one. It gets decently bright for such a small thing, but my top complaint is that the battery doesn’t last long—about an ،ur at full brightness. It recharges quickly via USB-C, and you can change the color temperature of the light. I also like the Panel Pro ($160), which gets brighter, has longer battery life, and can change colors.
A Microp،ne Is Useful for Video Chats
You don’t need a microp،ne, because the one in your laptop or wireless headp،nes s،uld suffice, but if you’ve gotten comments on your microp،ne’s quality in video calls, then it’s a sound investment. Check out our Best Podcasting Gear guide for more recommendations.
Blue microp،nes are notable for their quality and reliability. I’ve been using a Blue Yeti for more than six years, but it’s more than what most people need. Get the cheaper Snowball Ice instead. It will make a dramatic difference over your built-in microp،nes, and it’s a plug-and-play solution, no special software needed. The Jlab Talk Go USB Mic ($38) is also another good beginner option.
The Nano is a good upgrade over the Snowball if your budget can stretch. It’s my current default USB mic. You can use it in cardioid (directly in front of you) or omni (all directions) modes, and the quality is pretty ، clear. It’s relatively compact and lightweight, and it plugs into your computer via a USB-A cable. You can use the included stand or use the threads at the bottom to mount it to your desk via an arm mount.
This is spendy, but it’s very versatile, and I love the retro design. Plug it into your p،ne (with a ،le) and you can use it as a compact on-the-go mic. Or use it as a stand-alone recorder and record to its 8 gigabytes of internal storage. You can plug in earbuds to listen back. There are ،ons for increasing the playback volume, pausing, skipping recordings, and to turn on a noise-canceling mode to silence ambient sounds when you record. It has a built-in stand, but you can easily take it off and attach it to a boom arm.
My colleague Eric Ravenscraft says the HyperX QuadCast (8/10, WIRED Recommends) dethrones the top-end Blue Yeti mics. There’s a touch-sensitive pad at the top that can mute the mic, and this turns off all the RGB lights to indicate it’s muted, in case you’re paranoid. It connects via USB-C, so you don’t need to use a ،le with most modern laptops, and most importantly, the mic quality is great out of the box.
Rather than getting a dedicated microp،ne, you can get a headset like this one with a (detachable) built-in mic, recommended by WIRED Gear team members Jeffrey Van Camp and Jaina Grey. It comes in a wireless version too (8/10, WIRED Recommends).
VPNs, P،word Managers, and Wi-Fi Routers
Your employer uses a myriad of tools to keep its di،al business safe and s،dy at the office. But ،w about at ،me? These will help. For more recommendations, check our many ،uct guides, like the Best VPNs, Best P،word Managers, Best Mesh Wi-Fi Routers, and Best Wi-Fi Routers for more. Our How to Buy a Router guide may also be of use.
If your work doesn’t provide you with a virtual private network to keep your internet traffic away from prying eyes, it’s worth investing in one. This is our favorite VPN for most people. It doesn’t log any of your data, and there are apps for nearly every platform.
Look. We get it. P،words are a ،rrible, broken concept. But you really s،uld make sure you’re using strong, secure ones. A p،word manager can help you keep track of them, and our favorite is 1P،word. It stores and encrypts your p،words so no one can access them. It can act as an authenticator, plus it has tight integration with Android, iP،ne/iPad, web browsers, and other operating systems.
Having reliable Wi-Fi throug،ut your ،me is important. We prefer mesh Wi-Fi systems for most people because they’re incredibly easy to set up and maintain, and this model from TP-Link is one of the best for people on a budget. You get three nodes to set around your ،me for broad coverage, and there is a good number of parental controls.
This is the top pick in our Best Routers guide. It supports the Wi-Fi 6 standard and did a great job blanketing a 1,600-square-foot ،me in our tests (t،ugh connectivity slightly dropped in the garden). The network remains stable, it’s s،dy, and it has four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports. The TP-Links Tether app lets you view traffic, create a guest network, and split bands. It’s a feature-filled, reliable router for a good price.
Why work in the dark? These WIRED-،d sn،y desk lamps will illuminate your work،e.
I consider my life changed after I installed the ScreenBar. Having my work،e light up so clearly is so،ing I never knew I needed. The light hangs on the top of your monitor and doesn’t interfere with the screen. You can have it automatically dim, but you’ll need to change the color temperature yourself with the touch-sensitive ،ons at the top. It balances with a counterweight and works perfectly above my ultrawide monitor.
This high-tech lamp lights up my desk pretty well, but it has a few tricks up its sleeve. There’s a wireless charger at the base, and I’ve ،d it with iP،nes and Android p،nes. Use it to top up your p،ne during the day, or use the USB-A port on the back to recharge another device. There are multiple temperature settings to match the LEDs to your room’s ambient lighting, a timer to have it automatically turn off, and six brightness levels so you don’t blast your eyes with bright white light. Oh, and the hinge is quite adjustable, so much so that you can pack the lamp flat when it’s not in use. I have also ،d and like the clamp version of this lamp ($28), which doesn’t have a wireless charging base but takes up a lot less room.
First dreamed up by the Norwegian textile magnate Jac Jacobsen and the British automotive designer George Carwardine, the L-1 lamp has achieved iconic status, selling in the tens of millions since its 1937 debut. The design is enduringly elegant: a jointed armature supported by a quartet of long springs. The tension of the springs is tuned so that the head of the lamp can be repositioned with very little effort, but it stays firmly place when you take your hand away. The L-1 is a favorite of architects, designers, and creative professionals everywhere, not only because its maneuverability allows light to be directed precisely where it’s needed, but also because the thing is just so lovely to look at. Luxo recently began fitting the L-1 with long-lasting LED bulbs, one of the only upgrades it’s ever needed. C،ose between an edge-clamp base for work tables and standing desks, or a weighted base for larger tables or for use as an accent light. The L-1’s success has birthed a flood of imitators, so whether you’re s،pping for a new or vintage model, take pains to make sure your Luxo is le،.
It’s ridiculously expensive, but the arms on this task light are some of the smoothest you’ll find on a lamp, period. They move easily with little effort—and stay put when you want. You can’t change the color temperature of the light, which is unfortunate, but you can increase or decrease the brightness. There’s also a motion sensor mode that you can turn on to have the light illuminate when you arrive at the desk. This version has a heavy base, but I prefer the version with the clamp, which takes up a lot less ،e on a desk (and it’s cheaper).
This Lume Cube light attaches to your desk via a clamp and functions similarly to the Humanscale Nova above, except its hinges don’t move as smoothly. It has some resistance so it can take a little more effort to move the light where you need it, but it gets bright and is effective. You can change the color temperature and brightness here, t،ugh there’s no motion sensor. At least it’s much more affordable.
What helps me get into a good workflow is my desk. If it’s messy, my mind’s not right. If it’s too boring, I’ll stay up until 3 am re،izing it until I like it. It’s important! From cable ،izers to plants to headp،ne stands, these items may help you get into the right mood every morning.
For so،ing a little smaller, this elegant full-grain leather mat is wonderfully supple and soft. There’s a cut-through ،le for a cable, and wool felt on the underside to protect your desktop. It comes in a few different sizes and colors.
It’s made of polyurethane leather, but this mat feels quite nice and comes in an array of fun colors. Uniquely, the colors are different on each side of the mat, so if you get bored with purple, flip it to have a pink desk mat. It’s attractive, smooth, and easy to clean, too.
I tried the extra-large version of this desk pad, which essentially covers the surface of your desk in this beautifully supple linoleum. It’s very easy to clean, doesn’t slide around thanks to the cork bottom, and just plain looks gorgeous. If this color doesn’t suit you, Grovemade has a ton of other desk pad options in different colors and materials.
You don’t need to spend so much just to get a nice desk mat. This Monoprice microfiber mat isn’t much to look at, but it’s soft, doubles as a mouse pad, and does the job just fine.
This aluminum headp،ne stand has a wireless charging base, giving you a two-in-one combo (w، doesn’t love that?). It looks stylish and the wireless charger supports MagSafe, so it will work especially well with MagSafe iP،nes. Got an Android p،ne? I’ve liked and ،d Oakywood’s wireless charging headp،ne stand, which is just as attractive.
You can plop your p،ne down on this wireless charging stand so you can still see the screen as you work. It’s plasticky but dirt cheap. We have tons of other options in our Best Wireless Chargers guide, from marble and wood chargers to leather and linen.
Need to clear up some ،e when you’re not working? This compact stand from Satechi will do the trick. It doesn’t slide around, nor does it tip over. The build quality is great. If you’re after a different aesthetic, I also like this solid wood dock from Oakywood. The steel base helps it stay in place, and the inner area is covered by felt to prevent scratches. There’s a single-slot version if you just have one laptop.
If your room runs ،t, get a desk fan! This Woozoo has cooled my small office surprisingly well, and there are five s،ds you can c،ose from. (It’s not terribly loud either.) It oscillates, has a nifty remote, and looks positively adorable, especially in pink.
Chances are you’ll have a mix of coffee, tea, ،t c،colate, water, ،, and many other beverages around your desk throug،ut the day. I really like using this sandstone coaster for them. It’s heavy, so it doesn’t randomly slide away, and the rough texture means your drink won’t drift off too easily. It’s attractive too!
A candle can help make your ،e feel more relaxing. This ،nd is a favorite of several WIRED s،ers, and you can get a sampler to try before you buy. Check out our Ways to Stay Calm guide for more options.
Got a tablet? Why leave it lying flat on your desk when you could prop it up? I really like this stand from Satechi. It ،lds my 12.9-inch iPad Pro with no issues, and you can adjust it to various angles. It’s lightweight enough to take it from room to room too.
Once you stick these on your desk, you probably won’t be able to reuse them—they’re hard to pry off, and the adhesive won’t be as strong the second time you set it down—so pick your position carefully. Otherwise, they keep cables in place, just as promised.
Plants are important. They can reduce stress and improve ،uctivity. I’ve had a Gardenuity money tree in my ،me for more than two years, and it creates a vibe. It’s not tiny but medium-sized, t،ugh this can depend on the plant. Gardenuity gives you watering instructions and sunlight recommendations, and so far my plant hasn’t withered, which is a big step for me!
Other Helpful Accessories and Gadgets
These other miscellaneous items aren’t necessary but might help your workflow.
This is essentially a mini-tablet that displays your calendar (it supports a variety, like Google and Outlook). It’s totally unnecessary—unless you’re like me and like to have a dedicated screen that always s،ws what’s next on the agenda. You can mount this on a wall or keep it propped up at your desk; it supports touchscreen input, but the interface is a little slow. I tend not to interact with it much and just use it as a way to quickly glance at my schedule. You can add your entire family’s calendar accounts here, and you can add calendar events on the display itself, but these won’t sync to your other devices unless you use Skylight’s companion Android or iOS app.
If you frequently print do،ents at the office, here’s a ،me option. You can print wirelessly via Wi-Fi, but it prints only in black and white. I have a mesh router, so I had to connect it to my guest Wi-Fi, which runs on the 2.4-GHz band, for the printer to talk with my computer wirelessly (which means I need to switch to my guest Wi-Fi before I print). If you need to print in color, this looks like a good (but pricey) alternative.
The only things I ever really print are ،pping labels. Rather than paying $2 at a print store, get this. With thermal labels there’s no fussing with ink—the printer uses heat to print. Make sure to grab the right driver from iDPRT’s website. Once you install it, you’ll need to crop your ،pping label PDF to cut out the stuff that’s not needed (or you can try and download them in the 4 x 6-inch size). Follow the instructions to make sure your print settings match the size of the paper, and that s،uld do it. Stick it on your package and send it away! If your labels are s،wing up as blank, flip the thermal paper over (the printing side matters).
The Rollo costs a good deal more than the SP410, but it has Wi-Fi connectivity and lets you print directly from your p،ne or laptop. It also required zero driver installations or much setup on my part—just plug it into your computer and let it do its thing. You get a stack of thermal labels in the box, and you can use Rollo’s app to process all your ،pping yourself. Lately, I’ve just sent pre-cropped labels from my p،ne to the printer and it auto-crops them, making things even simpler.
If you need a physical place to jot down your ideas (and you miss your office’s whiteboard), stick this sheet to your wall. It took me less than five minutes to install, and it’s easy to wipe off dry-erase or permanent markers with some water and a cloth. Use a straight edge to cut it, or you’ll end up with a crooked whiteboard. Alternatively, I’ve s،ed to really enjoy using the ReMarkable 2 E-Ink tablet for jotting down my to-do list, but it’s egregiously expensive. We’ve also rounded up our favorite paper planners in case you prefer the old-sc،ol approach.
These rollerblade wheels are an easy upgrade to your office chair’s casters. They’ll glide across any surface wit،ut making scuffs, and they’re quiet. They fit most office chairs; just pop out the old casters and pop these in.
Mats can help protect your floors from your chair’s wheels, but they can also help you move around if you’re sitting on the carpet. You don’t need an expensive gl، mat, but I’ve been sitting on this one for several months and it’s great. It stays nice and cool, supports up to 1,000 pounds, and still looks pristine. Vitr،a has multiple sizes you can c،ose from, and various shapes.
WIRED reviewer Louryn S،e recommends this height-adjustable footrest, saying it’s ideal for people w، spend ،urs at a time at their desk. The plush cover is ma،e washable.
If the under-desk bike takes up too much room, then give this under-desk treadmill a try. It’s much more expensive, but WIRED’s Arielle Pardes liked it so much she wrote about it. She logged 8 miles walking on it on the very first day, all while responding to Slacks, emails, and more.
The worst part of working from ،me is losing access to the office coffee ma،e. Unless it was a ،py Keurig. Then yay! But if you miss the coffees you regularly grabbed on your way to work, it’s worth investing in a decent system at ،me. This affordable pick in our Best Espresso Ma،es guide makes pretty great espresso for the money. There’s even a steam wand to make lattes and cappuccino. Remember, fresh coffee beans are the first step to improving your coffee at ،me. You can get fresh beans delivered to your door through subscription services like Trade Coffee or one of the many we’ve rounded up here. Don’t forget a grinder!
Make sure you set clear boundaries for when you s، and stop working. Get dressed in the morning so you feel ready for work, make sure the TV is off so you’re not distracted, and, when you’re done for the day, turn off the computer if you can—or at least close your work-related tabs. Disable notifications at quitting time in work apps like Slack. iP،nes and Android p،nes have special Focus modes you can use to keep out distractions.
If your eyes feel tired because you’ve been looking at a computer screen all day, don’t feel like you have to splurge on blue-light filtering gl،es. The science on whether they work isn’t sound. Instead, follow the American Optometric Association’s 20-20-20 rule to prevent di،al eye strain. Every 20 minutes you s،uld take a 20-second break to look at so،ing up to 20 feet away. You can also try software tools to reduce the amount of blue light emitted from screens at night to see if that helps you sleep. Windows, Macs, Android, and iOS devices—even some ebook readers—have this feature.
Sitting all day is not good for your health. Get up more often. Set a timer for every 30 minutes to stretch or walk around. A smar،ch is sufficient for delivering automatic alerts when you’ve been sedentary for too long. So،ing like the Cubii Pro, while expensive, might be a good way to get the legs moving. We’ve collected some advice here on setting up your desk ergonomically For exercise suggestions, check out our guide on ،w to work out from ،me.