These trying times see a lot of us working from home. Whether you’ve set up your desk at the kitchen table, from your bed, or the corner of another room we’re all finding ways to get our jobs done.
Working from home does, of course, come with its challenges. And it’s always good to look at ways to make it a little easier and optimise your work-from-home-workflow. Try saying that five times really fast. So here are our top picks of the technology that can make things a little smoother.
Whether you’re creating content for digital or print, colour is of paramount importance – ensuring the work you deliver looks right on industry standard screens or cinema projectors (or more likely TVs right now). Our suggestion is the EIZO CS2420. It’s budget friendly and comes with Quick Colour Match to help you automatically adjust to the best settings.
You might be used to using one of Wacom’s Intuos tablets in the studio or even for personal work, but there are a couple of options to boost even an established tool like this. The Cintiq range provides an incredible user experience, but the new Wacom One is definitely worth checking out. What makes this little number so appealing is that you can plug it into your Android smartphone for instant connectivity.
We always want more GPU power. It’s just addictive. And it’s worth looking into NVIDIA’s Quadro range if you fancy a boost to your at-home workstation. These GPUs are designed to take some punishment, which is where they really shine. ISV certified for most major software applications, they are robust and professional solutions designed to give you many years of powerful performance in a demanding environment.
For those of you still using spinning disks, it’s time to upgrade. And if you’ve already switched to solid state then take a look at M.2 drives for even faster throughput. It’s one of those oft-overlooked areas of compute speed when we see our workstations slowing down. The first instinct is to think RAM, or CPU cores, but more often than not you can breathe new life into your tin by switching to faster storage. You might consider getting an ICY Dock to add a RAID to your tower, or simply pop in a couple of striped together disks to speed up your workflow.
If you’re really looking to upgrade and you have the budget available then there’s nothing quite like revamping the heart of your home office: your workstation. The HP Z4 is an ideal balance of power and price, without consuming too much of your electricity bill. Our Creative Pros build provides enough RAM, CPU compute, and graphics capability to really pack a punch and put a dent in almost any creative project. And because it’s part of our Creative Pros Club it comes at a more affordable price.