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Minimalism, Part II

In my last post, I talked about how to make your computer’s (virtual) desktop minimal.

In this post, I will talk about how to make your physical desktop minimal.

Take a look at your mouse and keyboard. They probably have long unsightly wires resembling spider legs that loop this way and that towards the back of your computer. I don’t know about you, but this really drives me nuts. In 2016, there has to be a better, more efficient way to compute. Well, there is!

The obvious and correct solution would be to consider wireless products.

Let me show you some products that we use in our own office environment:

1.  Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750:

While summer may be winding down now, there are still enough rays for this keyboard to catch to keep it going. You will never have to plug this in! This keyboard is thin and built with quality. It also features function keys to help you manage your media playback.

Logitech Wireless Marathon Mouse M705:

We have looked for similarly solar powered mice, and from what we can find, they don’t exist. This is the next best option. With great ergonomics and long battery life, this mouse satisfies above and beyond. When the mouse does eventually die, you can recharge your batteries (we always recommend rechargeable batteries over throw-away/one-time use) batteries.  A nice feature that Logitech thoughtfully added was an extra spot on the bottom of the mouse to store any spare USB transceivers. If you like to use the mouse with multiple computers or on the go, this is a perfect option.

Now that we have checked these items off the list, what else can we cut the cord on?

Your headphones! While many people already are familiar with using Bluetooth headphones with their smartphones, many often do not think to use them with their computers.

To be frank, you can get a workable and quality pair of Bluetooth headphones for less than $50. A quick search at your local electronics store or online shopping behemoth will provide you with a multitude of options. Differences include sound quality, shape, size, battery life, and additional features (microphones). Most pairs will give you a healthy 10-30ft range in signal, so you can be free to walk away from your computer without missing a note.

If you have any suggestions for wireless products, please let us know!

by:  Mekkel Richards

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