Be it coffee shops or the comfort of your own home, more employees are choosing to work remotely, and the tech we use is changing to keep up with the demands.
Tech expert Avery Swartz highlights portable gears and gadgets to help you stay better connected on-the-go.
Working at the coffee shop? If you bring your own portable power bank, you won’t need to fight other remote workers for the seat next to the power outlet. The Jackery Bolt power pack is easy to throw in your bag and has built in chargers for iOS and Android devices. The Jackery Power Bar 75 can charge your laptop and other devices, while still being lightweight enough to be on-the-go (it’s just 1.5 pounds).
SMART NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES
Good tunes (and noise cancellation features to block out other noise) is essential to the remote worker lifestyle. These Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones pair wirelessly through Bluetooth to your laptop, Apple or Android smartphone and they use “smart” technology. For example, you can tap the headphones to control volume and skip tracks.
Most laptops and smart phones only have so much built-in storage space for your files, and things like photos and videos eat that space up quick. Seagate’s Backup Plus Super Slim portable hard drive has two terabytes of storage for on-the-go backups.
A key component of the remote worker lifestyle is “going paperless”. The Doxie Go SE portable scanner is super portable (at 1 x 2 x 12 inches, it’s smaller than most umbrellas) but can scan a full sheet of paper. It’s handy for scanning paper, photos and receipts on the go. Because Doxie is WiFi enabled, it doesn't even need a computer - it can scan documents, convert them to PDFs and upload to the cloud.
A GOOD BAG
With all the portable gear a modern worker needs, you’re also going to need a great way to organize and carry it all. Cocoon Innovations’ Grid-It system is versatile and available in a bunch of different sizes. Cocoon also makes backpacks that have the Grid-It system inside, creating the ultimate tech gear bag.
The Grid-It system can be placed inside a more traditional briefcase, like the Soren briefcase made by Montreal-based Matt & Nat. Pairing the Grid-It organizer with Matt & Nat’s vegan leather bag is the perfect mix of modern function and style.