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Welcome to episode 18 of Mastermind.fm! This week our resident masterminds Jean and James will continue last week’s discussion of office hardware & tech. Last week we talked about standing desks, ergonomic office chairs, and the monitors of choice around the WP Mayor and WP Ninja offices. This week we’ll explore more of what we use around the office.
As always, the shownotes are below for your convenience, but tune in so that you don’t miss a thing!
Jean swears by his wireless Apple keyboard. It’s slim, lightweight, and you don’t have to fool with batteries on the newest model- you just charge it with a USB cable. It’s perfect for traveling and hauling around in general. It’s also rechargeable and holds its charge for a long time.
James concurs here: the newest model Apple keyboard is his bread and butter. He does point out that there are a handful of different keyboards around his office, though. The WP Ninjas dev team prefers mechanical keyboards with lots of tactile feedback, for example.
Jean is using a Logitech MX Master and feels it’s one of the best on the market currently. It can be connected via USB or Bluetooth, has a number of programmable buttons, and is comfortably ergonomic. He also uses an Apple trackpad for gesture navigation at his left hand.
James prefers the Apple Magic Mouse. The native functionality means a lot to him for navigation. While he concedes that it’s not terribly ergonomic, his use case finds his hands on his keyboard much more frequently than on his mouse, so it’s not that big of a deal for him.
James uses three different headphones for the different tasks he takes on from day to day. The basic Apple headphones serve for common tasks, Bluetooth Beats headphones come into play for exercising, and V-Moda Bluetooth headphones for traveling and noise reduction.
Jean uses B&O Play and Bose headphones. He uses his B&O Play primarily for watching movies and relaxing to music. The Bose headphones are work headphones that reduce office noise nicely. Several other bluetooth headphones get use when he’s moving around or at the gym.
Jean and James both emphasize the importance of continuing education in business. Both of them appreciate the Kindle for reading and staying up on news and industry movements. Jean swears by the Kindle exclusively for reading, while James oscillates back and forth between that and his iPad. They both agree that nothing really beats the Kindle for reading, though.
James primarily backs up to the cloud, which is a practice he’ll tell you quickly that he doesn’t recommend. Physical backups are important. Jean uses BackBlaze and Apple Time Capsule. Photo backups and cross-device photo management is an area that they both find a lack of solutions for. Suggestions are welcome!
Featured On The Show:
- Magic Keyboard Apple
- Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse
- Magic Mouse Apple
- Magic TrackPad Apple
- Apple EarPods
- Beats Headphones
- V-Moda Crossfade Headphones
- MyHeadphoneCollection by Chris Lema
- The Wirecutter
- BeoPlay H6 Headphones
- Bose Quiet Comfort 20 Headphones
- Monster iSport Wireless Headphones
- Klipsch S4 In-ear Headphones
- Aftershokz Bluez 2S Wireless Headphones
- Kindle Voyage
- AirPort Time Capsule Apple
- Transcend StoreJet External Drive
- Sony RX 100 Mark III Camera
- Go PRO 3 +
- Joby Gorilla Pod
- DxO One