A good chair, or at least a back pillow or strap on lumbar support.
A comfortable, quality ergonomic mouse and keyboard. Consider a vertical mouse or trackball. Mechanical keyboards is a whole rabbit hole to go down, but even a quality traditional keyboard with a good shape will be heaps better than whatever $15 one most people are using.
Consider wrist rests (not a must, they can do more harm than good under some circumstances)
Desk fan, even a little 4 inch one. Maybe a space heater too.
Download f.lux to help reduce eye strain
Webcam with a privacy shutter. Headset with a physical mute button.
I don’t know if you’ll be able to find a headset that can manage all that in that price range (but curious if someone else can).
But what about using something like this on a room divider? I used to work at a crisis hotline that had a similar issues, we used these and they worked pretty well.
Just went through my Amazon orders and I bought https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T1W9DWS/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_D0W5380175SWD60WYE77
It seems they've upgraded and now they have smart capabilities, so guess I'm gonna have to get on that. It'd be cool to tell Alexa to do that shit.
Hey there, I have pretty much the same setup and use a Dell Displaylink to solve that issue. Similar to this model-
Dell USB 3.0 Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station (D3100) (Renewed) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B8BHMXN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_UyL9FbFTPXZCM
I have almost an identical setup, and made a post on another subreddit not long ago about this. I wound up using the secondary inputs on my monitors the same that you are, and a software KVM. Specifically I'm using Synergy from someone's recommendation: https://symless.com/synergy
I run Synergy server on my personal laptop, and run the client on my work laptop. I have a keybind setup (shift+pg up and pg down) to switch KB/M input between the two computers. The keyboard/mouse is plugged into my personal laptop and gets shared over the network.
I've only experienced two problems with this: latency and initial connection.
Latency is typically not a problem, but when I'm doing something bandwidth intensive on my WiFi I can see the mouse cursor stutter a bit on my work laptop. Depending on what you do this may be a bigger problem than it is for me. I'm mostly typing emails and working in spreadsheets.
The initial connection problem is annoying but eventually fixes itself. I have my work laptop on a schedule to turn on/off, and it automatically disconnects from Synergy. I typically have to VNC into it in the morning a few minutes before work and restart Synergy. It can sometimes take a while to successfully connect, too. There's been a couple of times I've had to restart the work laptop to get it connect.
It's not absolutely bulletproof, but for me it's way more convenient and flexible than having a hardware KVM.
I had an older Asus model (LINK) that I carried on business, no battery, flat (backpack-able) footprint. Was awesome. Just handed it off to a friend so someone could enjoy it as I don't travel anymore. This model is powered by the USB plug which I loved, I hate carrying extra equipment. Would work easily in a library. I paid $169 for mine.
I bought this one last year and love it. Goes up and down easily, and I just set it on top of a desk I already had. It’s an investment, but was worth it for me (and there are some cheaper similar options). desk
I use this standing desk: converter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0784HWPN6/
I quite like it.
You and I are about the same height.
Make sure you look for one with a pretty high weight limit, if you intend to put a lot of stuff on it. I have a dual monitor arm on mine, which includes a 24 inch screen and a 32 inch screen.
I bought some door weatherstripping that I use for my indoor bedroom door where my desk is located. It’s helped a lot. KELIIYO Door Weather Stripping,... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DDD6N3R?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have no affiliation with this product whatsoever and I have never tried it. But I have seen these before and people seem to say they work.
I had the same problem. I ended up getting some Alex drawers (Already had an Ikea desk), and one of these to put my monitors on, and I can put other peripherals underneath
Here's a picture of my set up with those things
Before I bought a webcam that mounts on my monitor, I would just open my laptop and put it in front of my monitors for zoom calls. I could still use my keyboard and mouse.
Limited-time deal: 1080P Webcam with Microphone, Wansview USB 2.0 Desktop Laptop https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088D3VXC6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_8CXAG4T0SRN898T570F2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I got a set of these recently - great noise cancelling, comfortable but the mic doesn't block out much ambient noise: https://smile.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07TJRGPHL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_X49WG4D8ZQQXD6Y0C706?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
A friend purchased one of these for their kid for Christmas was quite impressed with it for the price https://smile.amazon.com/Acer-Display-Graphics-Keyboard-A515-43-R19L/dp/B07RF1XD36
I had a similar stand up desk when my kids that age. While I didn't let them play with it, it didn't move fast enough for it to hurt them, and it would be hard for them to touch the control panel while they had their hands where they could get pinched.
One thing I would be worried about would be them grabbing the edge when it's extended fully and it falling over. If you don't have any now, be sure to get some furniture straps especially if yours is a climber like my youngest.
I really like my Sennheiser. I tested it when I first got it. I sat right next to a very loud AC unit. No one on the call knew anything was on around me, VERY good noise cancelation. They're rather lightweight and don't seem to cause fatigue or pain (I wear glasses).
No way to connect your laptop to your gaming rig to make one computer out of them, but you could use an HMDI splitter
( HDMI Switch,GANA 3 Port 4K HDMI Switch 3x1 Switch Splitter with Pigtail Cable Supports Full HD 4K 1080P 3D Player https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VX1PKQ7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ebggFbWZNH1TG )
This will most likely add a few milliseconds response time to your gaming rig as it has a pass through now, so if you’re a serious gamer with a low response time monitor, it could hinder the response slightly. But this way you can use your gaming monitors without having to swap cables back and forth, just hit a button instead.
I've got 2 of these screwed into the underside of my standing desk. Works perfectly.
I'm assuming your LG headset is wired. If it's wireless via Bluetooth, that's awesome. But I have usually run into Bluetooth headsets having really bad latency and connection issues when trying to listen to video or interact on video calls. I do know that some of the more expensive Logitech headsets have low latency Bluetooth hardware like your Plantronics headset. However, while the headset may have a fast transmission rate, you're still bound to the receiver quality on your PC's Bluetooth reception, which can be a problem in itself.
A wired headset won't let you down. Of course you lose that cool factor. But it will guarantee the best possible connection and sound quality. Something as simple as the Logitech H390 has a nice long cable, uses USB, is slim and relatively discreet, and has a simple mute button and volume rocker. https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Headset-H390-Noise-Cancelling/dp/B000UXZQ42/
Just my two cents. Hope this helps! :)
I worked in a call center for one and a half years. It was my second job.
Getting hired was exciting; quitting was the best sensation of my life, no joke.
It depends on your family's finances, but I recommend you quit as soon as possible. This type of job will eat your soul little by little (no joking).
If you would like resources, At the time I did CXL, they offered scholarships, but if you can, it is completely worth paying for it.
I also did Udacity. They do offer scholarships. https://www.udacity.com/
Another resource is Coursera. Recently, they've been partnering with Meta and Google, and they have amazing courses.
What about adjusting for a part-time position? Or look for another part-time job? And in your spare time, take a course or attend a BootCamp. This is how I got my current job. It is also remote, has good pay, and the environment is really nice.
I don't have my degree yet, but with those courses, I got hired after the 5th month (after doing internships, all of them paid)
My advice would be to not be stuck by fear. This is the worst enemy. Things never end up as bad as our brain thinks they will end up. Believe me.
By the way, this is assuming you would be interested in learning digital marketing and website optimization and totally based on my journey. I hope it helps.
I've used this one since 2020, like it very much. It's absurdly bright if you need it, I'm usually running it at 40 backlight (out of 100).
My wife just ordered this Viewsonic, 32", it's a good size, but not ultrawide.
If these are for work, I highly recommend you go multimonitor. I used the 35" ultrawide for work for a long time, but eventually switched to a smaller 29" ultrawide and another monitor in portrait on the side. It's working much better for me.
>Silly question but what IS a UPS?
Uninterruptible Power Supply. Example: https://www.amazon.com/CyberPower-CP1500AVRLCD-Intelligent-Outlets-Mini-Tower/dp/B000FBK3QK
>. what about a mobile hotspot? Would that still work if there was an outage?
Sometimes. Depends on your local infrastructure. Cell towers have their own battery backups and may still work, but it depends on the nature of the outage and what is affected. Now way to answer that question for everyone in every geographical area, in every possible instance.
But if the rest of your equipment has no power, what good will a mobile hotspot do?
Also, mobile hotspots sucks. They're OK when you have nothing else and need to do the basics, but I imagine it sucks to work off of one. Of course, I'm thinking of my own work set up where I need to have 9 applications and chats open at all time.
I went through a couple wired different headsets before finally being told about the Poly Voyager. It's awesome, and so far no issues. Very long battery life/talk time. After 8 hours on the phone, it's still got 10 hours left. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09BBWGM4T
Although I have a Sony A5100 with a Sigma 1.4 lens that I can use as a webcam, and I did for a while, I've found just using the laptop webcam for work is quicker and less hassle. With basic persona hygiene, good lighting, and a nice looking background you'll still look better and more professional than 90% of your co-workers.
Take some time one day and really make sure your cables aren't tangled. The tie them all together with some of these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001E1Y5O6/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&aaxitk=d161e66d815989d32e18249c908d78bc&content-id=amzn1.sym.552bcbb2-81a1-4e8b-b868-3fba7d5af42a%3Aamzn1.sym.552bcbb2-81a1-4e8b-b868-3fba7d5af42a&hsa_cr_id=9... and be done with it.
I used to use the old school plastic ones but turns out everytime I did within 3 days I'd be clipping them off and re routing one.
Thanks for everyone's feed back. I just ordered this from amazon and I think it will do the trick.
I can just plug my monitors, mouse keyboard switch with the touch of a button. Im going to loose the 3rd monitor when I switch to the company laptop but thats ok i use it mostly for watching video anyone its not part of my main work space. Ill just leave the laptop closed and powered on and it should feel pretty similar to my normal setup.
Probably just going to go with this and not add the 3rd monitor to the switch. It's mostly used for watching videos/movies and whatnot anyway. Thanks all for your help.
The Logitech H390 does have a mute mic button that flashes when mute.
Does yours not have that?
At least that is what the Question/Answers section on Amazon says about that product.
Absolutely love my trackball mouse
I got you , bro!
get you some rope lights and light diffusers.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07KDSYLGG/ref=ox_sc_saved_title_5?smid=A1B9Y6W82NYEDM&psc=1 (you can get them in smaller size but I've been doing research on remodling my loft next year)
Run em along your baseboards and right at the top of the wall against your ceiling. You can control the color and intensity of the light and add some real character to your room. I'm probably going to generally use red as my loft is very dark (extremely small windows and full of ac units) but it will be bright enough for me to read a piece of paper etc. Add in if you have an alexa device you can make it learn how to change color on a whim.
There's probably other and possibly better ideas but that's what I'll do.
Expensive, but I have a Poly Savi 7310. It goes over one ear only, but there is a double ear option.
I use mine with a Polycom SIP phone for call center work - while I am in management, and not on the phone all day, it is far superior comfort to the old standard headsets I used to use when I worked in the office.
It's SUPER CUSHY and soft. I used to have issues with the stem of my glasses digging in to my ear when wearing my headset, not anymore.
I bought this one recently and am very happy with it.
I walk on it for probably 1.5 hours daily during work, and a couple times a week I also slide it out from the desk and pull up the arms so I can jog on it.
My husband and both work 100% remote and use this chair. It’s very comfortable, ergonomic and not too pricey. Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y8BXBX8?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
My job supplied us with this, but I hate it ONLY because it doesn't stay on my ear at all. Everything else about it is good:
I just had to get something else, so I bought this w/ my own money & it's good too & stays good on the ear:
I had the same problem. I looked up "extra thick carpet roller chair mat" or similar on Amazon and got myself this one, I think. It doesn't stay put too well, slides around a little (not badly) but it's thick, doesn't bend/crack. My chair rolls around great:
Equivalent of a snow day now is if internet or power goes out. My internet is almost never out (in-ground fiber optic line) but my power can get flaky during or after snow, rain, or wind storms.
Got me some Ecoflow batteries to last through outages, and am looking into a more permanent hybrid rooftop solar solution with battery backups for the future.
I've seen this accomplished with IFTTT applets and a wifi-connected smart bulb (or in this specific case it was using LED strip lights). The battery-powered part I can't really help with. Do you have an outlet on that wall that you could plug in to?
Here, this should help you. It is an Ethernet adapter. You plug one near your router, and plug that Ethernet connection into it. Then you plug the other one in a wall outlet near your PC and use that one to connect Ethernet to your PC.
Jabra this is the headset that I used when I was on the phones for my job. I have it to my wife after I took a position as a Licensed Chat Sales Agent. This headset lasts well over 40hrs on one charge and you can connect via Bluetooth or 2.4htz usb dongle. I also used a Logitech H820E DECT wireless headset from Amazon for Teams/Zoom and Avaya softphones but it’s hard to find this headset now and it’s pretty expensive because it’s a DECT wireless headset. With the Jabra, the battery life is long, it’s super clear in the mic, earpiece, and isolates your voice and drowns out background noise which I imagine is what you want.
Let me know if that works for you.
I have my personal PC/Linux, Mac, and work computer into the same monitors and using the same wireless trackpad, and wired keyboard.
I tried a couple of cheap KVMs, and they sucked. Can't find a single one on Amazon with a 5 star average. I almost fell into the trap of spending more and more until I realized I really didn't need a $200+ KVM just to do one thing.
My monitors take 3 inputs, 2-HDMI and 1-Display. My personal, Mac, and work computer are plugged into the 3 options. '
For my computers, I use Synergy https://symless.com/synergy , and just toggle the displays to the input of the computer I want to use.
To do the same with my work computer, where I cannot install software, I stared out with a KVM...it sucked...so I settled on a 2 simple USB hubs (one to my personal, one to my work laptop) mounted to the back of my desk. I move the mouse and keyboard to my work computer in the morning, and move them back to my personal computer when work is done (where they can be used across the MAc, PC/Linux machines) . https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GYN7HHK
Works much better than the KVM did and no hiccups or latency. I was going to spend $200 for a KVM to do the same thing.
I use this one in both my office and at my personal desk. Very comfortable. Might be able to do better with a higher budget, but once adjusted to preference this is the most comfortable office chair I've ever sat on, including much more expensive ones that work provided in the past.
Think about replacing the Magic Keyboard with a Logitech MX Keys cheaper and better. I handed my MX Keys to a Mac Fan Boi at work and he gasped and said "Is this an Apple product?" LOL no, it is better
Sony XM5 and an Antlion ModMic Wireless.
Fantastic headphones, fantastic mic, and works really well with the snap-off magnetic microphone. Not exactly a cheap set up, but I don't think you can do much better.
I'm (soon to be) rocking 3x https://www.amazon.com/Dell-S3222DGM-31-5-inch-FreeSync-Monitor/dp/B09FCR5658/ref=sr_1_3?crid=BS3CCE62BA3H&keywords=S3222DGM&qid=1657125946&sprefix=s3222dgm%2Caps%2C82&sr=8-3. I have 1 and am waiting on 2 to arrive by they say tomorrow. So I prefer the screen space of the 34 in your case.
They do, but they're a bit more expensive, because its not just a cable, but its actually converting the signal. Just make sure it says "HDMI to Displayport"
Here's one that should work from Amazon. I have no knowledge of this specific cable or brand, but seems to be what you want. I make no promises, and am not endorsing this specific cable.
https://www.amazon.com/AT-CL2909-Corded-Speakerphone-waiting/dp/B00715UBHE this is the phone that I have used for over two years now.
You're looking for a conference speaker. I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/INNOTRIK-Conference-Microphone-Omnidirectional-Speakerphone/dp/B098DKS637/ref=sr_1_6
My wife uses a Jabra 510. They both work great.
NEUBACH® Self-adhesive sealing tape, 6 x 3 mm, foam sealing tape for perfect window seal, ideal seal for doors and windows, sealing tape from Germany https://www.amazon.de/dp/B09GM9HFXZ/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_6BWV9FJQGRAV4XGADN8S
Ignore the brand and everything, the point is that it's to seal the window and doorframes a bit better so sound doesn't intrude as much.
I live in a house build early 1900s and it helped some.
And then I invested in very good noise cancelling headphones with good microphone that filtered that the noise my mic was picking up -- airpods pro & bose QC35 & bose qc45 come to mind.
I use this to flip between my personal desktop and my work laptop. When in "work mode" I have my laptop open and extend to my personal monitor and use my keyboard an mouse. In "home mode", my laptop stays on, and my personal desktop controls the monitor, keyboard and mouse.
Hi! I hope you’re doing better with seating and I am going to try your floor sitting idea!
This is a chair pad I have used in my seat, and I’m gonna try it on the floor too: ComfiLife Gel Enhanced Seat Cushion – Non-Slip Orthopedic Gel & Memory Foam Coccyx Cushion for Tailbone Pain – Office Chair Car Seat Cushion – Sciatica & Back Pain Relief (Gray) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014F18ZGU/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_AMRHDW4K92KMDFYZAKPW
I use this Lenovo dock provided by my employer. My laptop is a ThinkPad T490. I have two 23” monitors, two printers, a webcam, Ethernet cable, audio cable for my speakers and a wireless dongle for my keyboard and mouse plugged into it. I used some velcro adhesive to mount it to my monitor stand, so it doesn’t take up any desk space. It’s got a power button on it to put the computer to sleep and wake it up without having to open the laptop. Just one USB-C connection to the laptop. I’ve been using it for 2.5 years now and it’s always worked flawlessly. I also occasionally use it to connect my personal MacBook Pro and it works just fine.
Side note, have you checked with your employer and/or IT department to see if they can supply you with a dock at no cost? Or if they’d be willing to reimburse you for one? I’d consider a docking station a “must” for employee productivity these days, so I’m surprised they didn’t issue you one with your work computer.
If you think you would use a standing desk, uplift desks are awesome and good quality.
For chairs, if you’re willing to spend $1500+ Herman Miller chairs are the best. I didn’t want to spend that much so I bought this “dupe” on Amazon and I’m very happy with it. Gabrylly Ergonomic Mesh Office Chair, High Back Desk Chair - Adjustable Headrest with Flip-Up Arms, Tilt Function, Lumbar Support and PU Wheels, Swivel Computer Task Chair https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07Y8BXBX8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Q7SNVEBPN428HKK3YC2T?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
VPN’s will change your IP, but that will depend on the VPN server you hit and where it’s based. I’m in Canada, and the VPN I use, NordVPN, only has servers in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. So I can’t really use VPN to pretend I’m in a different Canadian city outside of those.
Plantronics - Blackwire 3320 USB-A - Wired, Dual-Ear (Stereo) Headset with Boom Mic - USB-A to connect to your PC, Mac or Cell Phone - Works with Teams, Zoom & more
If your forced to wear the headset and can't install anything there's nothing you could do. If you can switch microphones a boom arm directional microphone to that you could put very close to your mouth. Something like this https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-Microphone-Computer-Condenser-Professional/dp/B081RJ9PLP/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?crid=1LCSEAA5L5DO2&keywords=boom+arm+microphone+kit&qid=1652965836&sprefix=boom+arm+microphone%2Caps%2C163&sr=8-3
You want something like this USB 3.0 Switch Selector,ZIYUETEK KVM Switcher 4 Port USB Peripheral Switcher Box Hub for Mouse, Keyboard, Scanner, Printer, PC, Laptop with One-Button Switch and 2 PCS USB3.0 Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0952L6DRN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VR6PG4RMWTF6YMQJ3MTZ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
But if your pc is on another desk this won’t be worth it
Your better off just getting another keyboard / mouse
And most likely it will be track like you mention
I remember speaking with my supervisor about the tracking , they aren’t actively monitoring people unless your productions slows down
If you're comfortable enough with computers or think you can be, get yourself a linux book (maybe Linux Bible or The Linux Command Line, either is an excellent place to start) and a networking for dummies book or something akin, then install Linux on a PC and study for the Linux+ and Network+.
Guarantee even with no experience beyond the learning and certificate(s) you'll find a job. It'll cost a few hundred bucks but will pay dividends quickly. There's never enough IT people for all the work that needs doing, even with automation.
If you already have a solid desktop, you can retrofit a cheap set of sit-stand legs on it. I had a custom desktop I built just from 2ft x 4ft pine board that got at home depot and attached these legs to it.
One thing I've done in the past is screw a long board of wood along the ceiling (the edge where the wall meets the ceiling) on the wall you are getting the most noise from. Then buy a moving blanket that has loops/holes similar to this and find a way to pin the holes to the wood (typically you'll just find a large enough screw that will hold it in place, but whatever you can realistically do will work fine)
Make sure to install the blanket a few inches away from the wall. The blanket itself will do a decent amount of sound dampening, but those few inches of space will provide an air pocket that will also aid with sound dampening. I forget what the science is behind it, but it helps.
I hope that made sense. If you need further clarification, just let me know and I can provide a crude ms paint drawing lol. I know the pains of trying to make my environment as quiet as possible as well
An Ethernet connection is "supposed" to be more reliable, but I am not so sure that is the case any longer.
But if you want an Ethernet connection from anywhere in your house, then just get a Ethernet Adapter kit that you plug one into an outlet near your modem, then plug modem into the Ethernet connection. Then you plug that other one into a wall outlet near where you want the Ethernet connection, then plug the wire into the adapter and into your PC/Laptop.
Here is an example of one:
As an IT Manager for a fully remote company, yeah, we can tell. But. Truly, I doubt they care if your wireless connection is stable and fast.
However, if plugging in isn’t feasible for you, you can get something like this: https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Multi-Mode-Pocket-Router-WL-330NUL/dp/B00CWIRMRC
It’ll connect to your WiFi and convert it to a wired connection, and they won’t be able to tell the difference.
I use this Kraken headset. It’s wired, has mute, and is super comfy & lightweight. I was using a Corsair headset for a while but it was so heavy it gave me a headache.
Razer Kraken X Ultralight Gaming Headset: 7.1 Surround Sound Capable - Lightweight Frame - Integrated Audio Controls - Bendable Cardioid Microphone - for PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch - Mercury White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086VSVBBY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_J21HR8YJQXVBKCGXRYFR?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It’s pricey but this is the only one that’s ever worked for me.
Jabra Evolve 40 Professional Wired Headset
You could also try one of those mini stair-steppers. Something like this.
If you're in any decent sized city, you should be able to buy something like this locally.
Yeah I know it sounds messy but it will work lol, I've had to do a similar thing in the past more than once.
This is like what I have in my toolbox
GreatNeck 74009 10 Inch Close Quarter Hack Saw, Compact Hacksaw for Cutting Wood, Metal, PVC, and Foam, Dual-Action Blade Lock, Adjustable Aluminum Frame https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08YS4BLPY/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_R6TRN7WE1NFP183FBGE3
But it could take a little while to get through the metal (probably 5 to 10 minutes - depending on the thickness of the frame)
A normal large hack saw has the problem of the frame getting in the way once you get down to near the desk wood.
Here's a cheap electric no name brand which would take very little time. I'd get and wear safety goggles with this for sure and have a vacuum ready for cleanup (with either method lol)
I guess if the back bar under the desk is most likely holding everything together then unless you can brace it further in somehow prior to cutting you may be best to return the stand and look for one with a bigger c-clamp or different design. Good luck with it ✌️
Do you mean a portable monitor? I recently purchased this to add a second monitor when I don’t want to work at my desk. It comes with mounting magnets but also a stand so you don’t have to attach it and no software needed. Also comes with a plug that has both usb c and standard usb.
Wife uses this with a data plan for backup
I just hooked up a 4g LTE router for my wife. AT&T sells 100gb a month data only service for $55 a month. Plenty of data for work
80 meg down, 20 up. It's fast. Bought unit from Amazon.
5g is overated at this time
Blackout curtains in front of the wall + empty cardboard egg crates between wall and curtain! In the US we bought our curtains from Amazon US $37 per set. Egg crates can be accumulated. Attach egg crates to walls (push pins) and hang curtains. Saw this in band rooms as a cheap way to get control of room acoustics.
You can do an Ethernet adapter kit. Basically it has two plugs. Once you plug into a wall outlet near your Router, then plug an Ethernet cable into it from your router, then you take the second one and plug it into a wall outlet near your office, then plug Ethernet cable from it to your PC/Laptop/Phone.
Here is one from Amazon:
I purchased a couple of these recently, great stands if you don't have a desk with a lip. I'm currently working on a makeshift workbench I made in the garage. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08SLRF65R/ref=ppx\_yo\_dt\_b\_asin\_title\_o03\_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
Purchased this mic back in October. It keeps up pretty well for me with great sound quality. I've been working in a garage (not a whole lot of soundproofing) for about 3 mo. https://www.amazon.com/Samson-Meteor-Studio-Microphone-Titanium/dp/B00FQE337M/ref=sr\_1\_5?crid=3AC1J0B6ODKWP&keywords=travel+microphone+usb&qid=1648656611&s=electronics&sprefix=travel+microphones+us%2Celectronics%2C94&sr=1-5
Try something like this (plugged into an outlet obvi) to jiggle the mouse:
Tech8 USA, Undetectable Mouse Mover, Jiggler- Made in Texas with US and Imported Parts- No Software, Moves Mouse Automatically, Keeps PC Active- Maze https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MV99RNV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_4GJFGF34N10JFCVWGSMD?psc=1
Here you go :) I’m using this one right now 😂
I use this one personally for both meetings and listening to music. Love it so far!
Noise cancelling and connects via Bluetooth.
I use a KVM and it's been a godsend. I hate working directly from a laptop, too. I've had this cheap one from Amazon for 2 years and it works fine. I'm only using one monitor though, and then my laptop screen (on a stand) as my second monitor for work.
I use a 35" 3440x1440 curved monitor by Sceptre. I'm very happy with it. Not sure what your budget is when you say "fairly inexpensive." I paid $379 for it on sale, looks like it's currently $429. :(
Still, great monitor and I have no complaints. I tend to work either full screen on it, or with windows side-by-side and a third window for Slack on my laptop's display.
I use 2-29" LGs. For me, they're the perfect compromise of extra screen real estate, and priced well enough for me to have 2 of them.
These are probably my last stop before a 49", however, being that I run multiple computers (PC, Mac, Work) on these, I like the separation of having 2 monitors right now.
Thank you for all for the suggestions. The corner is a bit uncomfortable.
Thinking of getting this type of monitor
Setting this up on probably the lefthand side of the desk.
My only concern is that the monitor arm is a clamp down system. With the desk I have, it has those support beam bars under the edge of the desk. I wonder if that will be an issue with getting this monitor.
Never had an issue with it. My current home has a dedicated office space for work, but previously I worked at my desk in my living room with my work laptop and my personal desktop for over a year.
I just used this USB switcher for devices and had my monitor going out to the laptop and the desktop on separate HDMI and Displayport outs.
To be fair, that was just my general desktop though, and I only used it for general use and sometimes LAN gaming with my wife. My dedicated gaming rig has always been under the TV so I can game from the couch/recliner.
Look at using Calendarly. It’s a free scheduling site that integrates with your regular calendar (Outlook, Google, work, etc). When a client says they need to meet you send them then link and tell them to pick a time from your calendar so they can connect with you. You set your own hours.
I did a triple vesa mount— laptop mounted in the middle and screens on each side. If your laptop sits on the table, you are bending your neck to use it which is bad. Get something similar to what is linked and then also get a laptop tray. I also like to have one monitor portrait- positioned for email inbox or long spreadsheet and then the other landscape (traditional) positioned for website and other stuff.
May need a docking station to keep cords under control.
MOUNTUP Triple Monitor Stand... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z7ZWC6S?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I have option 2 and I love it but I would also add something like this. What are the models of each of your monitors because I feel like there are more secure options for the vesa mount kit. Also, how are you hooking up your monitors and keyboard and mouse to the computer?
Gibbon Mounts Single Monitor Desk Mount Fit Full Motion VESA 75X75 or 100X100 Monitors with Free Removable Strong Steel Tray for Laptop 13" to 17" https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078WNGF9N/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_xupVhb4BJQozH
Samson MBA28-28” Microphone Boom... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XY4YMGH?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Very happy with both of em.
I went from 3-24" HP monitors, to 2-29" LG Ultrawide. The 2 ultrawides are much better for my productivity and use case.
I need 2 separate monitors, instead of one 49" because I have multiple computers including my work computer hooked up to them and at any given time I could have any combination of computers up.
You may be OK with just one, or the 34" or better.
monitor - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B08MVG653F/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
monitor arm - https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N5FTCJE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
How many inputs does your monitor have? If enough for you to input both computers, just toggle the input to which ever computer you want to use.
KVM for your USB devices will switch your peripherals.
I've had THIS LG monitor for 2 years and it is great. Charges my Macbook Pro, put it on a VESA arm that adjusts up/down in out and twists. Without a monitor arm, it felt like my desk was just a big monitor stand. I use 3x5 cards extensively and the arm allows me to arrange those across my desk.
I used a set like this (link to mine) at work, before WFH, and third shift used to steal my chair at night so they could sit on the cushion while working and sneak it back to my desk before I came in.
Consider getting an ergonomic mouse. I developed very irritating tendinitis from using a standard mouse and it's completely disappeared since I switched to using these: Anker 2.4G Wireless Vertical Ergonomic Optical Mouse, 800 / 1200 /1600 DPI, 5 Buttons for Laptop, Desktop, PC, Macbook - Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BIFNTMC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apan_glt_fabc_M0XWFZ4D6AG93J3KQ67P
An adjustable sit/stand desk works great for me. I have a cheaper hand-crank one from Target.com that works fine, but I kind of wish I’d just spent the extra money and gotten the electric one.
A very supportive desk chair, and/or a lumbar support + coccyx seat cushion make a great difference. I have this one on my regular desk chair and it definitely helps with posture/back support.
I’ve found using wrist supports for the mouse and keyboard to be great for carpal tunnel as well, there’s tons of combos available online but I have this one. It’s held up well for over 2 years.
I picked up an ASUS Zenscreen MB16ACE in mid November gor about $200. (Middle of the road of their options - no touchscreen).
So far I've been happy with it. My work laptop is a 13", and just isn't comfortable to work with by itself when traveling. This allows me to take a "working vacation" easier. So far I've only done that to visit family - especially if there's an evening event I want to go to but don't want to lose a day of work. Inalso occasionally move to work from other parts of the house or on the porch for a change in scenery. It works well in those situations too.
Triple check the connection types, and make sure you have the ports you need. This uses a USB-C, and draws power from the laptop. It will drain the battery fairly quickly if you can't plug in. It comes with a flimsy stand that folds like the iPad covers, but I hated it. I could get a good angle on it. Instead I picked up this cheap stand from Amazon. It folds up super small and hasn't broken yet. It holds the screen well, and it doesn't feel like it'll tip out if I bump it.
The screen itself isn't doesn't have as good of a picture as a normal monitor, but it definitely gets the job done. There also isn't any 3rd party software that you HAVE to download for it to work. Ehich is great, as my company locks down almost every software install. There is a screen adjustment app you can download that is easy to use - but the adjustments can be done through menu items on the screen itself.
Reviews said the screen is easy to crack, so I got a padded laptop sleeve for storage when traveling.
I had originally purchased an AOC screen, but it was AWFUL. It was incredibly pixelated and even a spreadsheet was too fuzzy to read. That one also required a software download, so back it went!
Things that will help
I personally use a Sure SM7B, and wired ear buds when I'm on video calls. The SM7B is a quiet mic that needs a gain booster, so it doesn't pic up a lot of noise. Wired ear buds give me consistent sound without having to worry about Bluetooth issues, and interference.
How many inputs do your monitors have?
I have my work laptop, my personal desktop (which dual boots), another laptop running PopOs, and a Mac Mini on 2 monitors, using the same keyboard and mouse across all.
The monitors have 3 inputs, so I switch between machines. I use the same keyboard and mouse across all using Synergy
Also, I got my g5 for free but it only has 1 hdmi port so I had to run my monitors to DisplayPorts, if I were to purchase a dock I would have bought one with 2 hdmi ports. Maybe something like this ?
You said "on my ear", so I'm guessing you don't want earbud style. But, I use the older model Sony earbuds (newer model here) and they're great. The noise cancelling is superb, and pretty comfy. I did spring for some better ear tips, however.
There's probably cheaper options but it hasn't failed me yet. Undetectable Mouse Mover, LED Power Button, Random Realistic Movements, Quiet Operation, Designed and Assembled in The USA https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086GRNHLL/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_C7412D2PFTE7KT2WTQ6X
Attach an under desk cable "reservoir" for the bulk of the cable lengths to sit in (like https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00008VFAP/). Then, route the remaining lengths along the back of one of the desk legs and into the wall.
This guy in this video does something very similar -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpk0GIpq5JM.