With widespread social distancing measures in place, more people are working from home than ever before. Part of this involves meeting on camera and participating in video conferencing calls to ensure colleagues, teams and departments are working together efficiently. Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams are just a few of the video chat software that people are using to check-in online. Whichever platform you choose to use, it’s time to up your game with the correct gear, including webcams, headsets and routers.
Whether you are working from home occasionally or are regularly hosting team conference calls, our roundup of the best equipment for online meetings will ensure you have the right tools to stay connected and make your virtual presence look professional at all times.
Upgrade your webcam
A good quality webcam is a great device to include within your home office setup. This versatile device allows you to communicate with colleagues online for face-to-face meetings. This compact Full HD Webcam has a built-in microphone which combined with smooth video provides an ideal video-conferencing facility. Providing a clear and stable image quality with Full HD specification, also makes this webcam a great tool for chatting with family and friends as well as network teaching.
Fortunately, this Plug and Play HD Webcam doesn’t require any drivers for operation and connects via a simple USB interface, whilst the multifunctional base allows the camera to be placed flat on any desktop or alternatively can be clamped to the top of a computer or TV screen.
Connect via Bluetooth
Bluetooth headsets are an invaluable accessory for those who work from home, especially if you’re frequently dialled into online meetings. It’s much easier to be hands-free when you’re communicating with colleagues or clients remotely.
The Plantronics M70 Bluetooth headset is so lightweight and comfortable you may forget you are wearing it. This headset allows you to control your music and stream audio using headset buttons instead of your smartphone, whilst delivering HD audio clarity when on a call. With up to 11 hours of talk time and 16 days of standby time, you can talk more, charge less.
Get comfortable with a laptop stand
Have current circumstances got you missing your in-office desk setup? A laptop stand can help to free up some space, provide ergonomic comfort and help to get a better viewing angle whilst you are attending an online meeting.
The Nexstand K7 Foldable Carbon Fibre Reinforced Laptop Stand can help to relieve the discomforts such as back and shoulder pain and a stiff neck that laptop users often experience – whilst the compact, foldable design will instantly change your laptop into an ergonomic desktop workstation. This laptop stand will raise your laptop off your desk to the perfect eye level so you can keep focused on the meeting ahead.
Cancel out noise
Depending on your job, the right headset or headphones can really help to make working from home, work for you. If you find yourself switching between the need to take calls and blocking out distracting noise, it may be beneficial to invest in a good quality headset.
The Plantronics Entera stereo Headset is available as a single speaker model that can be worn on either ear or a dual speaker model. Whether you want to keep one ear free, or completely cancel out noise, this headset from Plantronics provides wideband telephony to deliver natural-sounding audio and decrease listening errors and repetition. The noise-cancelling microphone filters out background sounds, whilst a flexible design and adjustable boom angel maximize voice quality.
Strong internet connection
Perhaps one of the most important things to consider to ensure your connection is solid is a reliable internet connection. Freezing during a video call or dropped audio may not happen often, but if your Wi-Fi setup hasn’t been upgraded in a number of years, you may start to experience these issues. A modern Wi-Fi router will improve your connection and ensure your internet is reliable for online meetings.
The NETGEAR AC1200 Dual Band WiFi Router offers improved performance and wireless coverage for your entire home. Delivering AC WiFi speed three times faster than older standards, this router provides fast download speeds up to 1200 Mbps for better video streaming. Simultaneous Dual-Band WiFi provides two separate WiFi networks—2.4GHz for legacy devices and 5GHz which is less interference-prone for media streaming.