- 1 The best laptop stand
- 2 A mechanical pencil great for lefties
- 3 Great for video editing and coding
- 4 Powerful speakers for folks who work to background music
- 5 A small yet powerful charger
- 6 An affordable gaming mouse
- 7 The Best Gifts for People Who Work From Home
- 8 How to Stay Sane When Working From Home With Kids
- 9 The Best Tech and Apps for Your Home Office
- 10 The Best Home-Office Furniture and Supplies
- 11 Related
When the work from home directives were issued back in March, many folks were so optimistic that they’d be back in the office in no time that they never bothered to spruce up their home setup. But now that it seems like working from home will be the norm for the foreseeable future, it’s time to transform that “home office”—which, for all too many people, is actually a spare bedroom with a rarely used treadmill—into a comfortable, functional workspace. The Wirecutter Deals team wants to help, which is why we’ve unearthed the best discounts we think will make your WFH routine a breeze.
The best laptop stand
By this point, you’ve likely been working from home for the last six months… and hunching over your laptop for eight hours a day has done nothing but cause neck and back pain. Remedy the situation by investing in a laptop stand, like our top pick, the Rain Design iLevel 2. Now discounted to $52, the iLevel 2 is sturdy, high-end, and stylish. Most notably, this laptop stand is adjustable, so you can customize the stand’s angle to your preferences by easily sliding the stand’s knob. This laptop stand almost never sees price cuts, which makes this deal in particular a good find, especially if you’re trying to ditch the literal pain in your neck.
Read our review of the best laptop stands.
A mechanical pencil great for lefties
Taking notes by hand during long meetings is somewhat of a lost art—so be different from the pack and touch pen to paper (or, in this case, pencil) the next time your group convenes in Zoom. You’ll have an especially good experience if you use the Pentel Sharp Kerry Mechanical Pencil, a comfortable-to-grip pencil that uses refillable 0.5 mm graphite to create sharp, clear lines. The Sharp Kerry, while no longer an official pick, is also great for left-handed writers who are tired of smearing graphite across the page while jotting down notes that, scientifically, you’ll have an easier time remembering because you wrote them down by hand. Now down to $8, the Sharp Kerry rarely sees deals, which makes now a good time to pick one up if you’re nostalgic for the scratch of graphite on paper.
Read our review of the best mechanical pencils.
Great for video editing and coding
13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports (16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, Intel Core i5)
Deal price: $1,600; street price: $1,800
If you spend a lot of your time doing processor-intensive work, like video editing or app development, and don’t like being tethered to a single desk—and why would you when the couch is right there—you’ll need a laptop with some muscle. The 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020) has a fast quad-core Intel Core i5 that can run for long periods of time without overheating, meaning you’ll be able to encode videos, compress files, and compile apps with ease. Though the graphics aren’t as good as they are on the 16-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch Pro is lighter, smaller, and more affordable. This deal, available from both Costco and Amazon, knocks the price of this MacBook down to $1,600. If you’re a member, we suggest buying from Costco since shipping from Amazon will be delayed until September 25.
Read our review of the best MacBooks.
Powerful speakers for folks who work to background music
If you like to listen to music while you work—then plan to play a lot of immersive, cinematic video games on your desktop after you clock out for the day—a pair of high-quality computer speakers can make the experience even better. The Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX has the best sound quality of all the 2.1 systems we tested, and the system comes with a subwoofer to add punch to those deep bass notes. On sale for Costco members, the simply-designed ProMedia 2.1 speakers produce a balanced, pleasing sound and don’t take up too much deskspace. The only downside to the ProMedia 2.1 system is that it doesn’t have many connectivity options, but if you plan to stick to streaming media from your computer rather than by Bluetooth, it shouldn’t pose an issue.
For folks who would rather invest in a refined speaker with a touch of portability instead, the Klipsch The One II Home Bluetooth Speaker is also on sale right now for $187. The Klipsch The One II, our top pick, is small, stylish, and offers high-quality sound. It’s a powerful speaker that can easily fill a room, and it’s retro design makes it an aesthetically pleasing addition to a home office in need of some flair.
Read our review of the best computer speakers and best home Bluetooth speakers.
A small yet powerful charger
A small charger that won’t block other plugs will come in handy since you’re still working from home and finally fed up with the outlet situation around your “temporary” desk. The RAVPower 90W 2-Port is a tiny yet powerful charger that can charge both a laptop and a smaller device—or even two low-power laptops—at the same time. As our guide writer notes, few travel-size chargers offer two USB-C ports and none are as powerful as the small RAVPower charger. If you plan to pick up one of these mighty chargers, just be sure to clip the on-page coupon to get the discounted price.
Read our review of the best USB-C chargers.
An affordable gaming mouse
If you’re an office worker by day and a gamer by night, buying a versatile mouse that works in both scenarios can save you time and money. As our budget pick, the Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed Wireless Gaming Mouse doesn’t have as many features and buttons as our other picks—but it covers the basics well and it’s understated enough that it won’t stand out as a gaming mouse among your work-issued laptop and keyboard. It’s also comfortable use and can be connected wirelessly via USB or Bluetooth, which is a nice option to have. Because it has a mechanical switch (instead of an optical switch like the Ultimate, our upgrade gaming mouse pick), the single AA battery lasts considerably longer (from 285 hours via USB or 450 via Bluetooth). The HyperSpeed is also very affordable, even before this discount, which takes the price down from $55 to $45.
Read our review of the best gaming mice.