Setting Up the Perfect Home Office to Maximize Comfort & Productivity
By Rahul Tikoo, VP, Commercial Mobility Prod Management | Global PG-Commercial
While I get ready to start my workday from my home office on this Tuesday morning, I can’t help but think about how remote work is the new reality for many people, maybe even longer term. In fact, according to 451 Research, up to 40% of organizations will shift to a more robust work from home environment permanently. While I’ve taken advantage of Dell’s flexibility to occasionally work from home in the past, I can say now – after three consecutive months of doing so – working remotely long term is a completely different reality fraught with balancing work and life.
Most of us probably got what we needed to work from home relatively quickly, but we might not have taken the time to get the right technology and tools to work comfortably and productively. Even as a Dell employee, there were adjustments with my home office that needed to be made.
If you’re looking for recommendations on the ideal home office setup, here are a few of our favorite devices.
Your PC is Your New Companion, so Pick the Right One
Our focus has always been to offer a versatile and secure portfolio of commercial laptops to help professionals easily work from anywhere, with fast and simple connections, powerful performance and smarter devices ranging from ultra-premium to more budget friendly options.
My personal favorite is the Latitude 9510. This is my new Work from Home PC. It is the smallest, lightest, most intelligent 15-inch business PC. It offers enhanced collaboration features with premium built-in speakerphone and intelligent audio solutions that cancel background noise, up to 34 hours of battery life for anyone who jumps from room to room throughout the day and 5G-ready design to boost your connectivity options. If you prefer a smaller laptop, the Latitude 7410 features Dell’s first 4K, low blue light panel on a premium business PC to help enhance eye comfort – something most of us could benefit from as we work longer or later hours at home.
For workers who prefer desktops or have minimal space, the OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a zero footprint desktop solution, with the PC module hidden in the stand. And for creators, engineers, and data scientists that require exceptional graphics and compute power, the Precision 5000 and 7000 mobile workstations should be at the top of your list. My favorite being the all new Precision 5750.
All of these devices include Dell Optimizer, our new AI-based optimization technology that learns how each person works and adapts to their behavior to improve overall application performance, while also advancing our commitment to sustainability.
Conference Effectively with an Integrated Adapter Speakerphone
The remote workforce is spending more time than ever in virtual meetings, but it’s not always comfortable to wear a headset for prolonged hours. If your PC doesn’t offer a high-quality speakerphone experience, the new Dell Mobile Adapter Speakerphone (MH3021P) is for you—it’s the world’s first multi-port adapter with integrated speakerphone. This sleek, compact and innovative design provides convenient conferencing experiences while increasing your productivity, even while multi-tasking.
The intuitive controls make it easy to navigate call functions and its numerous ports offer a wide variety of connectivity options. You’ll come across loud and clear during the calls thanks to the omni-directional microphone that can pick up voice from all directions, as well as echo cancellation and noise reduction features that eliminate background noise distractions.
The Dell Mobile Adapter Speakerphone can connect to a display that supports up to 4K resolution with HDR, transfer large media files in seconds and charge your laptop—all at once and while you are on a call. It is designed to be plug-and-play (no software downloads needed) and is optimized for platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and many more.
Maximize Productivity and Comfort with the Perfect Monitor
According to Forrester Research, 92% of workers believe ergonomically optimized monitors are critically important for improving their productivity and comfort as they shift to remote work more permanently. As the world’s leader in PC monitors for seven years running, we are committed to delivering the best monitors across our portfolio – from our premium UltraSharp line to every day affordable monitors like our P and E series – giving you the most ergonomic and productive workspace at home.
My personal pick is the Dell UltraSharp 27 4K USB-C Monitor (U2720Q). The 4K UHD resolution helps you see four times more detail than Full HD. VESA DisplayHDR™ 400 and wide color space coverage makes it ideal for workers and designers who value accurate color with striking clarity.
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