Most home offices require a few key pieces of equipment, including laptops, desktops, displays and docking stations. When working remotely, your ideal workstation will be a combination of the products that best fit your specific needs.

PCs for working remotely

Your PC will serve as the centrepiece of your home office, so selecting the right one is an important decision. Start by considering whether you’ll need a notebook or desktop PC. 

Notebook PCs: One of the main draws of portable notebook PCs is that they afford you the mobility to work remotely in different areas of the house. In addition, you’ll have the freedom to take your office on the road, allowing you more opportunities to be productive.  Popular features include webcams, touch screens and the ability to flip the model over to use as a tablet.

The higher-end, work-from-home laptops can render video, edit photographs and do complicated engineering tasks as well as most desktop PCs. If you work from the road as much as at home, a laptop is a must-buy, and HP® has several models with smaller screens that fit nicely behind the airplane seat in front of you. For more robust processing needs, an HP mobile workstation performs well in any environment with the same features you’ve come to love from your desktop PC.

Desktop PCs: If mobility is less of a concern than increased media power or large screens, try one of HP’s desktop PCs — their versatile power will give you the ability to meet both your everyday business and entertainment needs. The classic computing model has evolved to include thinner, lighter desktop PC towers that connect to your choice of monitor. Connect to more than one display for twice the productivity, all while harnessing more processing power and speed for the money.

Today’s HP desktops also come standard with the top software options useful in a business setting (more on those programs below). With multiple USB slots, and options for optical disc drives and card readers, you’ll spend less on accessories and have plug-and-play accessibility for your favorite gadgets.

Home office monitors: Why two screens are so important

Having two displays is generally more productive in most situations because it lets you look at two things at the same time — for example, a Word document and a PowerPoint slide or your Outlook calendar while you are working on a project. When joining a virtual conference, having dual screens is even more important. When you are presenting, you can share one screen with your slides, while still being able to see the faces of the people watching your presentation. With the HP S430c 43.4″ Curved Ultrawide Monitor you can experience the benefits of two screens in one 43.4″ diagonal display.

Home office docking solutions

Get the best of both worlds with docking solutions that will help turn your notebook PC into a more complete workstation. Reinvent docking and boost productivity with HP’s most versatile Thunderbolt dock, the small, sophisticated HP Thunderbolt Dock 120W G2 with Audio Module. Designed for workspace flexibility and network manageability, it delivers USB-C device connectivity and audio.

A device designed for the modern work desk

The beauty of all-in-one computers is that they combine a tower and monitor in one slim product. This is particularly important for working remotely in small workspaces. Not only are these PCs streamlined, they’re also plug-and-play ready right out of the box. If you prefer a sleek device that packs a lot of power into a compact frame, consider an HP All-in-One PC for your work from home needs. They offer the same reliability as the larger desktop models but have fewer parts to connect. You’ll have less to worry about with your shopping list because compatibility between components has been figured out for you.

For more HP solutions that can help you when working remotely, visit CDW.ca/HPI

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