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Remote Essentials Guide

Maybe you're reading this hunched over your dining room table, or you're preparing for another Zoom call with bad lighting. Maybe your spouse has started complaining about their back while working. Or maybe you just have $500 in your "work from home stipend" to spend this year.

Whatever your remote work situation looks like, we've curated the ultimate list of the best products for remote workers. We've categorized by three budget categories, so whether you only need a cheap fix or you're investing in a high-tech home office for the long haul, we've got suggestions for you. As a heads up: most links on our site are not affiliate links, but some are, which helps us continue researching for you.

1. Budget Items

For the more cost-conscious remote workers.

OlumiRing from Oluminate: Retail $40.00 -- Currently on sale for $24.00
This might be the most convenient way to ensure you will always have great lighting on your video calls. Especially useful for someone who likes a frequent change of scenery, this will allow you to have proper lighting from wherever you take your next virtual meeting - whether from your home office, an Airbnb, or your couch.

HP VH240a 24" Monitor: Retail $206.42
While it's on the less expensive end for displays, it's still high enough quality that you won't have to worry about getting a pixelated screen in a year or two. This was recently on sale during Cyber Monday for $99.99.

VariDesk Essentials 30: Retail $219.99
Vari, formerly VariDesk, is one of the stalwarts when it comes to ergonomic office solutions. This option is for those who don't want to commit to a full standing desk, but want the ability to sit and stand as they please while working. There are several variations of this, too; it's worth browsing their site to find what's best for your space.

Anker Wireless Phone Charger: Retail $19.49
Wireless phone chargers are ideal for your desk, especially stands that allow you to see notifications as they roll in. Recently on sale for $12.99, the Anker charger is one of the least expensive charging stands available.

Moft Z 5-in-1 Sit-Stand Desk: Retail $69.99 -- Currently on sale for $59.99
Collapsible, lightweight, and holding up to 22 lbs., this laptop stand is great to have if you're going to be using your laptop on different surfaces around the house.

LuxFit 36" High Density Foam Roller: Retail $24.80
Keeping your body healthy as you work is crucial, and a foam roller is an inexpensive way to ensure you're staying loose. It's helpful any time of day, especially when you catch yourself sitting or standing still longer than expected.

2. Value Items

For the remote workers looking for the most bang for their buck, willing to invest in better equipment for the long haul.

The X-Stand: Retail $107.00
Durable, collapsible, and still lightweight, the X-Stand is handy for bringing your laptop up to eye-level wherever you're working from. We like that it's made from bamboo, has two height options, and can be used at home or at a coffee shop.

Twelve South CaddySack: Retail $59.99
Twelve South makes products that are primarily for Apple products - so this case is made specifically to hold MacBook and Apple chargers when traveling. If you expect to be on the road in the future, or even just working at different locations mid-week, this may help ensure you always know where your charging cables are.

papalook 1080p Webcam: Retail $49.99
If you're still looking to upgrade your webcam for better video call quality, this webcam from Amazon is a great option for a much lower price point than the most popular Logitech cameras.

Lume Cube: Retail $69.95
The Lume Cube has been making waves since remote work took hold earlier this year. It combines pretty good portability with pretty good adjustability, a best-of-both-worlds "Goldilocks" lighting solution between the less expensive OlumiRing and the pro-level solutions.

The Xebec Tri-Screen 2: Retail $499.00
Depending on how you work, this could fall into any of our categories. It can be a makeshift home office, or a top-tier travel companion for the road warrior. In a pandemic, it's probably more likely to be a budget replacement for a home office.

Bluelounge MagWrap Cable Ties: Retail $9.95
There are certainly cheaper ways to organize your cables - like, using the twist ties that come with every loaf of bread - but these MagWraps provide a level of convenience that most other solutions won't. The magnets in the ends allow for a strong, easy hold, and if you have a desk with materials that allow for magnets, they further ensure you can keep cables out of sight. As someone who's constantly rearranging or packing up cables, these make my life a lot easier.

LG 27UK850-W 27" 4K Monitor: Retail $545.70
If you know you'll even be spending one day a week working from home, an external monitor should be a no-brainer. They boost productivity and easily improve posture by bringing your vision to eye-level. A 4K option will be compatible with laptops for years to come, and 27" means you'll always have plenty of real estate - at that size it can double as a small TV, too.

Jarvis Laminate Standing Desk, from Fully: Retail $539.00
The Jarvis standing desk has wide acclaim, and their laminate version comes in at a lower price point than their bamboo option.

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Headphones: Retail $299.00
Bose headphones are known to reduce outside noise as well as - if not better than - all options out there.

Autonomous.ai ErgoChair Pro: Retail $499.00
Did you miss out on our giveaway last November? We had friends who swear by these, so it became the primary chair for one of our home offices.

Herman Miller Sayl: Retail $595.00+
While it's not the flagship Aeron, the Sayl is a still a great value option, and certainly has the most unique look of any Herman Miller desk chair. The design was inspired by the Golden Gate Bridge, and provides the level of comfort and flexibility you'd expect from a Herman Miller.

Apple AirPods: Retail $159.98
First-generation AirPods, which come with a wired charging case, are often on sale these days. That usually makes them about $100 less than the most recent generation AirPods Pro, which sell for $249. Making the leap to wireless headphones was a lot more convenient than expected; we highly recommend doing so if you haven't yet.

Lifepro Vibrating Foam Roller: Retail $54.99
A step up from a regular foam roller is a vibrating foam roller. Keep it turned off for normal foam rolling or add a vibration for better relaxation. Again, great to have something like this around when you catch yourself sitting/standing for longer periods of time without moving.

3. Executive Items

For remote workers who don't want to compromise when it comes to their professional setup - or who have the largest stipends to spend!

Elgato Key Light: Retail $199.99
If you want the best possible lighting for your setup - the kind professional gamers and streamers use on a daily basis - the Key Light is your best bet. With programmable options for light color and strength, and plenty of adjustable positioning, this will ensure the lighting highlights you perfectly for your video calls.

The Evolve by Rocket Mission: Retail $2,285.00+
A top-tier option for any home office, The Evolve smoothly combines reliable sit-stand technology with customization and storage. Having big drawers at your disposal will keep your desk clutter-free, and the size and color choices ensure it will work in any office.

Satechi Quatro Wireless Power Bank: Retail $99.99
Especially useful for those who often work outside their home office, a wireless power bank ensures you don't need to find a coffee shop table with access to an outlet nearby.

*Herman Miller Aeron: Retail $719.11+
Arguably the most recognizable desk chair in the world, the Aeron has a reputation for being the best for a reason. Its comfort level and attention to ergonomic detail are unrivaled among the competition. It's even featured in the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Options directly from the site will be $1,095.00+, but distributors like this one on Amazon will give you a better price.

Steelcase Gesture: Retail $1,030.67+
The Steelcase line of chairs has a few chairs that are comparable to Herman Miller; the Steelcase Gesture is one that often competes with the Aeron for top overall desk chair.

Samsung CRG9 49" Curved Monitor: Retail $1,187.15
Multiple monitors can really boost productivity, but if you'd like to have everything conveniently on a single screen, this is one of the best possible options for you. This monitor was on sale for $999.99 on Cyber Monday 2020.

*Jabra Elite 85t Wireless Earbuds: Retail $220.99
If you're not married to the Apple product family, these earbuds are worth your money for a few reasons: they have eleven levels of noise cancellation, they charge wirelessly, and they connect to multiple devices at once. Switch from your PC Zoom meeting to your iPhone call in seconds.

*Opove M3 Pro Max Massage Gun: Retail $199.99
What's even better than foam rollers for releasing tension? A massage gun. And since we're recommending products for remote workers, this one is known specifically to be quieter than the leading Hyperice and Theragun massage guns. Great for use mid-conference call!

Are there other options out there today that should be listed here? Email us: info@remotesource.com.

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