Working from home can be a rewarding experience. You get to spend your working hours in a comfortable, familiar environment, perhaps even in your favorite comfy clothes. You don’t have to commute to work and face brutal traffic. And it can be easier to maintain a healthy work-life balance. If you’re just getting set up in this environment for the first time, however, it can be tricky to choose the right PC, peripherals, and networking gear you need to get into the groove. Worry not: the Edge Up staff are all seasoned veterans of remote work. We’ve created a guide to the best ASUS work-from-home gear to keep you running on all cylinders wherever you need to set up shop.
Our products give you the flexibility you need to stay productive in the hustle and bustle of home life. We keep you collaborating and creating wherever you need to set down your PC. And the other members of your household can work, learn and play alongside you while staying connected to the communities that matter most to them.
The centerpiece of a home office: your PC
The first element of your home office to consider is your PC. It’s your primary tool for collaborating with your team, organizing files, creating presentations, sketching out your next idea, or relaxing with a favorite show or a game, so you need a machine that fits your unique needs.
Your work-at-home gig might include a device allowance to spend on technology, or perhaps you’re logging in from the family PC and it isn’t working as well as it once did. It’s one thing to tolerate some minor annoyances from an old PC that you only use occasionally. It’s another to suffer through them for your entire work day.
Either way, if your home office needs a new PC, you have a few decisions to make. The first is whether to get a desktop or a laptop. If performance and value are your primary concerns, desktops are a good choice. They offer easy upgrade opportunities down the road. Graphics cards, processors, storage devices, and memory are all usually accessible in standard-sized cases. Replacing an aging peripheral or display is as easy as unplugging one device and plugging in another. And if your workflow requires some serious CPU or GPU horsepower, desktop PCs can offer the highest performance.
If portability is your primary concern, a laptop is a natural companion as you move between your home office, coffee shop, client meetings, and business trips. Laptops range from ultra-compact traveling companions to full-fledged desktop replacements that harness the most powerful components that can fit into portable form factors. Many people have found that a laptop handles all of their needs from a PC, and it’s quite likely that one can do the same for you.
A desktop PC for any home office
If you don’t need your PC to travel with you, a desktop is an excellent choice for your home office computer. Desktops are available in all shapes and sizes, from compact mini-PCs to massive, powerful workstations, and they offer a wide range of performance to meet any user’s needs. The sheer number of options can be a little intimidating, so we’ve consolidated the world of desktop PCs down to a few options that we think make the most sense for folks setting up a home office for the first time.
First, a brief note about DIY PC building. It’s easier than ever to custom-build your own desktop with our components. DIY builds let you assemble the exact PC you need for specialized workflows. We’re a leader in motherboards, graphics cards, cases, power supplies, CPU coolers, peripherals, monitors, and more to help you construct carefully tuned, high-performance desktops that last, and if you’re a seasoned builder looking to upgrade, now is a great time.
Here, though, we’ll focus on turn-key desktop PCs that you can set up and deploy quickly. These desktops range from all-in-one PCs for everyday users to high-end computers that deliver the performance content creators and other power users need for their projects.
The easy-peasy Chromebox 3 delivers cloud-connected essentials
Need to quickly set up a basic PC for email, the internet, and everyday office applications like a word processor for work at home? Our Chromebox 3 gets you up and running without fuss.
This affordable, space-saving desktop is a great choice. The setup process hardly takes longer than plugging in a mouse, keyboard, and monitor. The Chromebox 3 runs Google’s lean and fast Chrome OS. If your organization is one of the many that rely on web applications such as Google’s G Suite of office apps, this diminutive device might be all the PC you need.
Efficient and capable Intel processors up to the Core i7-8550U power the Chromebox 3. It’ll easily keep up with your everyday web applications. Chrome OS automatically keeps software updated and applies the latest security patches, so you’ll have peace of mind as you work. There’s plenty of USB ports for plugging in all your peripherals, including a reversible USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, and you can use the HDMI port or DisplayPort over USB Type-C to connect the Chromebox 3 to up to two monitors. If desk space is at a premium in your office, you can attach the Chromebox 3 to the back of any monitor that has a VESA mount.