Dear journal, it’s the 8th day in quarantine and I’m bored! Feeling us? There are only so many things that you can do inside your home. Or are there?! What if we told you there are some tech products that could totally amp up your lockdown? We need to stay creative and stay active. Congratulations on deciding to stay home, you’re being a responsible citizen. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun to take your mind of what’s happening in the world right now. So, embark with us on a technological journey to better times inside your home!
Best VR Headsets to Pass the Time During Quarantine
This category is a no-brainer. You can do lots of stuff with a VR headset – get entertained, watch mesmerizing clips and even stay in shape! If you felt like you never had the time to play with a VR headset, well, now you do?
If you want to know more about the subject, we have a couple of articles you could check out:
- Best VR Headset for Android Phones
- Samsung Gear VR vs Google Daydream View: Better Buy?
- Best VR Games for Android Mobile – Virtual Reality Mobile Gaming
There are lots of reasons why to love this headset. It’s one of the best ones for people who want an immersive experience, it has smooth graphics with almost no latency and the controllers are intuitive and really adaptable. On top of that, there’s a huge game library to choose from. Sounds great, right?
Well, as you would expect, there are a few downsides – after all, nothing’s perfect. In order to use this headset, you’re going to need some space and quite a few electrical outlets. Also, there’s no built-in audio. But if you can get past that, you’ll get the built-in room-tracking, various creative accessories and a cool subscription service to get new content every month.
Additionally, you can connect to your Android smartphone’s camera in order to take a peek at the real world, if you need to, without taking the headset off.
Panasonite 3D VR Glasses
If you don’t want to spend a fortune on high-end VR headsets but still want a decent experience, this headset is your best bet. It’s lightweight, comfortable, with a pleasant design. It’s compatible with a large number of smartphones, but you should check if yours is on the list before buying, of course. Also, you can use it for both VR and AR applications. Cool, right?
Unfortunately, there is a little bit of light leakage, but not enough to be a deal-breaker, you can still get a great immersive experience. If your phone still had a headphone jack (or if you have an adaptor), the headset has an aux input; if not, it also has built-in headphones.
Best Headphones to Amp Up Working From Home
Most of us have to work from home due to the current situation. And it can be a little bit daunting to work without the office chatter, the jokes in the common room or the small talk breaks you used to take with your office colleagues. But that doesn’t have to be this way! With an amazing pair of headphones, you can make the best of the video calls and conferences that you have to take part in and you can also make justice for your favorite songs!
We’ve covered the headphone subject in a number of articles, so feel free to check them out too!
- Best Android Headphones, Earphones, and Earbuds on the Market
- Best Bluetooth Headphones with Reviews
- Best Wireless Headphones on Amazon
- Best High-End Headphones for Audiophiles and Not Only
This is a pretty neat pair of noise-canceling over-the-ear headphones. It comes with an incorporated microphone, a 30 hours battery life, amazing, broad and clear audio sound and 3 modes of functioning. The cool part is that they have touch-sensitive pads so that you can control the music with simple gestures, directly from the earpads!
There have been reports that the hinges are a bit fragile, and also the price is a bit steep – but if you’re a fan of high-end headphones and a little bit of an audiophile, you won’t be disappointed by these guns. You can customize the sound to fit your preferences or control everything through Google Assistant.
Jabra Elite 75t
If you’re a big fan of sound clarity and tight bass, then these babies are for you. With a 7.5 hours battery life and USB-C charging (no wireless, sadly) this pair of earbuds is here to pump up your working hours. They fit most ears perfectly – since they come in a bit of a smaller size and they are quite comfortable, meaning that you can wear them for a long time and forget they’re on.
They also have built-in microphones – 4, to be exact, 2 for each bud. The right bud can be used, in turn, for playing mono music or for calls and, if you remove the left bud while music is playing, it will automatically pause. You can resume momo music in the right bud by pressing the multifunction button – small accessibility gestures that increase productivity.
Best Home Assistants for a Conversation Partner During Quarantine
All jokes aside, home assistants are always a good idea. Not only can they lift your mood with a quirky joke, but they can keep you up to date with the news or weather or, if your house appliances allow it, make your life substantially easier. If you want to know more on the topic, how about these interesting reads:
- Best Home Assistant Devices: Google Home and Alexa Alternatives
- Worthy Google Home Compatible Light Switch
- Best Google Home Compatible Speakers
- Google Home vs. Amazon Echo: Which Smart Speaker Is Better for You?
- Best Smart Thermostat: Intelligent Heating and Cooling
Google Nest Hub
You could just get a Google Home Smart Speaker, but with the Nest Hub, it’s much easier to visualize the information Google Assistant gives you. Additionally, it’s much simpler to manage other smart devices, if you have them. Also, you can use the device as a tablet – to watch videos or scroll through pictures.
The Nest Hub can be a great assistant – in the kitchen, it can walk you through recipes step-by-step, it can tell you the weather, the latest news, play your favorite music and many more. All it needs is a wireless internet connection and your Google account. It’s simple as that!
Alexa Echo (3rd Generation)
An affordable smart speaker, the 3rd generation of Echo devices looks pretty neat with its fabric finish. You only need to connect it to your wi-fi home network and you can unlock its full potential. You’re going to need the Amazon Alexa app – where most of the settings need to be made.
You can get news reports, weather updates, play music from any online app that you like to use – Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer or TuneIn. You can even use your Echo device to manage your calls from your smartphone or, if you have 2 speakers, you can use it as an intercom for the two rooms. Pretty cool, right?
Best Devices to Get Some Reading Done During Lockdown
You always wished you had time to read more, right? Reading is one of the most popular habits people wish they had. This might make you look at the current situation in a different light. If there’s one thing you have in a b u n d a n c e, it’s the time! So get your book recommendations and get on reading!
If you’re interested in perfecting your digital reading, check out our related articles:
- Best Tablets for Reading eBooks
- Best Free Book Reading Apps for Android
- Best Archos Tablets for Android: Affordable Reading and Watching
You probably expected this one to show up – it’s probably the first thing that pops up when it comes to digital reading. Water-resistant – 2 meters depth for 60 minutes, great battery life – about 21 hours, lightweight – 182g and great dimensions for comfortable holding make this device a great option.
However, there are a couple of downsides. The device is kind of locked into the Amazon ecosystem, as you would expect. Apart from that, some other shortcomings are the lack of page-turning buttons, the brightness doesn’t adjust automatically and, well, there’s the microUSB. But if those don’t bother you, we highly encourage you to give the Kindle Paperwhite a try.
Lenovo Yoga Book 10.1”
This is the cutest tablet ever. It’s said to be one of the slimmest, thinnest and also lightens tablets on the market and, from the looks of it, it’s truly believable. Don’t be fooled by its dimension, though, it still packs some power under the hood. With a 10.1 inch Full-HD display and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, your PDFs will look great on it.
The cool part is that this tablet is actually a 2-in-1 laptop, and this makes you able to take notes, sketch or even highlight your favorite paragraphs of the book you’re reading. This is a great device to use in your free time, or even for productivity. Easy to care around, convertible and versatile and still packing some performance.
Tech Products for Quarantine Time – Be Responsible and Have Some Fun!
Yes, the most important thing is to not panic! If you’re handling this okay, then we can move on to the new step. Stay sane! Make use of all the time you’ve got on your hands! So whether you decide to take control and catch up with all those episodes and games you didn’t get to play, or you decide to learn something new and improve your skills, we genuinely hope you’re safe and sound at home. Take care of yourself and your loved ones – and become a better person in the meanwhile! We’re here for you.
So what products did you like most? Which ones did you get? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments down below!