These days, it seems almost everything can be done at the click of a button, and from anywhere. You can be in the comfort of your own home while paying your bills, booking your flight for your next vacation, and even doing your grocery. Some even have the privilege of working from home. This is why most households now feature a dedicated area for a home office.
Whether you use your home office for work, for errands, or for simply connecting online, having an efficient home office allows you to do twice as much in half the time. And if you wish to optimize your home office for productivity, here are some device and software upgrades that you can add to your arsenal.
iMac Retina, Beyond the Box, Century City Mall
Experience the difference in the iMac’s Retina 5k display. With the use of new graphic technologies, images shine more vividly, and graphics appear in a billion colors. Faster and more powerful processors ensure we can do anything on iMac—all at maximum speed. The iMac Retina does not disappoint, even when you have to edit multi-cam video projects or work on visual effects and 3D graphics.
Office 365, App Store
Microsoft’s apps, Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, are commonly used in offices. Now, Office 365 has been designed specifically to support Mac features such as the MacBook Pro Touch Bar and the trackpad. If there’s a need to distribute these apps to other members of your team, you just have to use the Apple Business Manager to deploy devices, apps, and licenses.
Mac Pro, Beyond the Box, Century City Mall
Don’t be deceived by the small size and sleek design of the Mac Pro—this one packs a punch and brings any home office to a whole new level. It has two graphics processors, so professional applications for video editors and musicians render faster. The Mac Pro also promises to deliver in terms of storage, expansion, processing power, and memory. Plus, you can edit full-resolution 4K video while rendering effects in the background, without delay or error. Also worth mentioning: the Mac Pro has earned exemplary energy ratings for being highly recyclable and PVC-free.
Efit Office Chair, Boogi, 830 Arnaiz Ave., Makati City
Upgrade to a chair with a backrest that adapts to your movement. This chair is made from polypropylene and glass fibres, with a built-in back support. It also has a distinct aesthetic while offering design, comfort, and ergonomics so you can be more productive while working in your home office.
Diplomat Safe, Office Warehouse, Century City Mall
How often do you find yourself wasting an entire morning trying to locate important paperwork? Stash all important documents and keep them secure in a fireproof safe. These drawers can hold up to 50 kilograms, with heavy-duty side rails supporting each drawer. You can even program selected drawers to remain unlocked for general access.
Amazon Echo, VillMan Computers
Use this hands-free speaker to play your music from Spotify, set calendar reminders, call or message anyone hands-free, and provide news and information in an instant. Control it with your voice even when you’re standing across the room. Simply say the wake word, “Alexa,” and Echo responds immediately. You can even connect it to other devices in your home!
Brother Label Maker, Office Warehouse, Century City Mall
You can now create professional-looking labels using this PC-connectable label maker. Using the full-color graphical display, you can preview how the label looks before printing it out. Tape sizes are also adjustable, not to mention the tapes are durable and can withstand water, heat, and fading. You can also spend less time printing by saving up to 99 commonly used labels.
Epson EcoTank WiFi Printer, Authorized Epson Dealers
Print out photos, scan important documents and receipts, and make copies of your presentation using a single printer. The integrated ink tank ensures spill-free and error-free refilling, not to mention that it lasts long enough to print thousands of pages. Use Epson Connect to print from and scan directly into your device.
Dyson Desk Fan, Dyson, Century City Mall
You can now keep your home office cool, minus the noise of a rotating electric fan, so you can focus on your task at hand. The spinning blades are actually what produce noise, so by eliminating the blades, this desk fan is 75% quieter even while generating powerful airflow. Using a remote control, you can program the desk fan to turn off after a specified time. Plus, it’s easy to clean and consumes less power, too.
Trello, App Store and Google Play
Imagine having your own boards, lists, and cards to keep track of your projects–minus the clutter. This app lets you organize your tasks, work with your team, and prioritize what needs to be done using colorful boards. You can even set due dates and upload attachments, so you’re sure that you and your team accomplish your respective tasks from start to finish.
A home office equipped with these amazing tech upgrades is perfect in a luxe, residential property set in a mixed-use office and residential building like Century Spire, one of the few PEZA-accredited buildings in the country. It’s nothing like any other condo in Manila, and its unique and illustrious design by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind is set to revamp the Makati skyline. Taking the tower up a notch is the impeccable interior design by Armani/CASA.
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