For many, working from home hasn’t been all its cracked up to be. You’ve lost that sweet, dual display monitor set up, people can hear your children/dog/cat/partner/mother/amazon delivery in the background of your calls, connecting anything is clunky without the gadget draw in the office, the connection is terrible and as for video calling… you’d rather stick to the phone.
IT directors are being inundated with calls, daily, to try and improve the homeworking conditions for colleagues unable to enter the office. At Voicepath, we have been working closely with our clients to come up with some smart improvements that have made a big change; In this short series, we talk about the performance of this technology.
- Star Tech Dual Monitor USB C Docking Station 2X HDMI/DisplayPort/Thunderbolt
The number One desktop companion, allowing you to create the perfect dual display solution. Easily managing up to 4k 30Hz combined with 2 USB-A, power pass through and gigabit ethernet access support, this little device creates a desktop wherever you are.
- Crestron HD-MD 4X2 4K HDMI Switcher
Probably the most straightforward switcher on the market, the HD-MD 4X2 will automatically handle any signal issues on your behalf and provide a seamless switch for four inputs to up to two displays. For the homeworker who is reliant on multitude of input sources, this is a gamechanger. The onboard OLED display allows you to switch between feed and the in-built ‘QuickSwitch HD’ technology manages source keys in order to avoid blackouts due to encryption. The smart EDID management system ensures all sources relay at their optimal resolution (up to 4k 60Hz and format. This product does require a small amount of set up but the in-built display walks users through what is required.
- Google Chromecast
Aside from the multitude of apps that can be cast directly via the Chromecast, there is a useful addition that allows you to cast most modern laptops and tablets. This feature has been a life saver on more than one occasion when the need for rapid display expansion has occurred while the workstation area in my home is in use or just to produce a larger scale/resolution image in a quick and efficient manner.