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Work Smart with these 6 Gadgets Based on Your Work-Life Setup

Jun 23, 2022
By Karess Rubrico

4 min read


By now, you’ve probably gotten used to working from home (or anywhere), and have established routines to ensure that you can focus on your tasks. But have you considered beefing up your day-to-day with smart gadgets to enhance your productivity?

Workstation upgrades that’ll boost your efficiency

We’ve rounded up a few devices that can help you get the job done. Here are some of our picks based on your current work-life setup:

Set up your home office, the smart way: smart tools for nine-to-fivers

Studies have shown that lighting affects our productivity, with natural light being the best option. However, not all of us work during the daytime, or may not have windows in our spaces. Installing smart lighting, like Xiaomi’s Yeelight Smart Bulb, is a great option to illuminate your workspace.


The Xiaomi Yeelight Lightstrip comes with a wide range of color choices to match your preferences. Additional strips can be purchased separately to help you achieve the ambiance you want to set. What’s more, you can adjust the lightstrip’s settings from your mobile phone or smart assistant.

If you need a smart printer, the HP Smart Tank 750 allows you to print and scan documents through your smartphone. The HP Smart app can also help you organize the files you need to print, providing you seamless convenience, even if you’re away from your desktop or laptop.


From HP Philippines Official Website

Stay organized on the go: smart gadgets for freelancers

One of the perks of freelancing is flexibility. Unlike a regular 9-to-5, you can wake up as late as you want to as long as you’re completing your hours or accomplishing your deliverables. There’s a lot of freedom that comes with the job.

Of course, with this freedom comes a heightened level of responsibility. Managing multiple projects, attending to clients, and even taking care of personal errands can be taxing. Thankfully, smart assistants, like the Google Home Mini, help manage your schedule and make your work life easier.


From Google Store Official Website

With just a few simple voice commands, the Google Home Mini helps you keep track of your schedule for the day, update you on the day’s weather, and even set an alarm for anything that you have coming up. You can also stream music from your phone as you work.

If you’re not working from home and need a durable and long-lasting pair of headphones to get you through the day, the Jabra Elite 45H is your best bet. These wireless headphones seamlessly connect to your laptop or mobile device, deliver superior audio quality, and can be used for up to 50 hours from a single charge. What’s more, the Jabra Elite 45H is designed with 2-microphone call technology, letting you take calls while you’re on the go and making sure that you can be heard clearly.


Photo from Jabra Official Website

Get things done: smart devices for creatives

Whether you’re a designer or videographer, you need a fast, high-powered device so you can do your work seamlessly and efficiently. That’s why we recommend the ASUS Zenbook Duo 14 so you can deliver high-quality results.

The Zenbook Duo stands out because it comes with two high-quality touch-capable displays. Depending on the specific model you choose, the laptop also comes with the latest Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. RAM options go up to 32GB, while storage can go up to 1TB. With all these features, it’s no wonder that ASUS dubs the Zenbook Duo “the Laptop of Tomorrow.”


Photo from ASUS Official Website

Wacom is a popular choice for digital artists and graphic designers, and their smart pad, the Bamboo Folio, lets you bring your sketches to life. With just one tap, anything on paper can be instantly digitized, and you can share your drawings on your mobile device. You can save up to 100 pages on the Bamboo Folio, which you can sync much later. Choose between A4 and A5 sizes to suit your needs!


Photos from Wacom Official Website

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Karess Rubrico

Karess serves as the lead writer for Next Upgrade’s Productivity and Steals & Deals sections. She is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Outside of work, she takes care of 20+ houseplants and binges on comedies, musicals, and true crime documentaries.