We concur. Working from home is great, especially all that commuting time saved! But the endless conference calls and online meetings? Not so much. It certainly doesn't help when there's incessant construction works around the street, and your neighbor Karen's explosive arguments with everyone.
Quite frankly, work from home can get tiring, very fast.
But hey! Although we are unable to keep Karen hushed, we can certainly help you function better with our work from home essentials that will not only improve your productivity, but also lets you communicate clearly and effectively to your co-workers and bosses.
With WFH essentials ranging from webcams to wireless Bluetooth® earphones to desktop DACs and mic amps, don’t you worry. We have got you covered for all your work desk necessities.
Everyone knows that looks shouldn't matter that much, but it certainly does. Looking presentable and professional during for your weekly online roundtables keeps everyone focused on you, and allows you to lead the call with confidence.
Tips: To look better on video calls, make sure that your webcam is at your eye level, and that you’re in a well-lit room where there isn’t bright light behind you. Don’t like having your room as the backdrop? Apps like Zoom and Teams have a background feature that super imposes a background of your choice, or from its image gallery itself!
Make a strong impression during an important web conference, and connect with your loved ones more intimately with full HD video and improved call quality!
The Creative Live! Cam Sync 1080p V2 is smaller than its predecessor and has been further enhanced with improved built-in microphones for better voice pick up that's more natural-sounding, and is equipped with our latest audio innovation—the SmartComms Kit, a suite of smart communication features which works in tandem with the integrated microphones on Creative Live! Cam Sync 1080p V2 to improve the way you communicate online.
Insanely easy to set up (just plug it into the USB-A port on your computer!) with a mounting clip for any desktop monitors or laptops, this webcam works with all the popular web conference apps like Zoom, Teams, Skype, WebEx, and Messenger, and displays you in full HD. It also allows 360° horizontal rotation and 30° vertical tilt so you can pivot it around at will to find your best angle. Just in case your laptop’s mic is faulty, the webcam also comes with dual built-in mic so you can be heard clearly at all times.
For: Those who want a better wireless Bluetooth connection with their headphones
Windows is infamous for their numerous Bluetooth issues (just Google it!). If you’re one of those having issues getting a stable and high-quality Bluetooth connection with your headphones, or if your laptop doesn’t come with Bluetooth, don’t worry.
With our Creative BT-W3, this small plug-and play dongle fixes your faulty wireless Bluetooth connectivity and upgrades your wireless experience with low-latency, lag-free premium codecs like aptX™ HD, aptX™ LL, and aptX™. Best part—it works perfect with your headphones for all those conference calls!
For: Folks with broken audio on their computer
If your PC audio, headphone jack, or even laptop’s built-in mic just stopped working, it doesn’t mean you need to drop another few hundred for a brand-new computer! This $20 (USD) upgrade solves your onboard audio malfunction and upgrades your audio quality at the same time! Primarily a USB DAC and Amp, the PLAY! 3 also boosts your audio volume while providing higher resolution audio over your default sound, and works perfectly for conference calls. All you need to do is to plug it into the USB-A port on your computer, connect it with your headphones, and you’re good to carry on.
For: Folks who wants an easier way to communicate online during work calls
Like how the PLAY! 3 fixes your computer’s broken audio, the PLAY! 4 does that (just better), and is purposefully designed to simplify the way you communicate online with an all-new SmartComms Kit for Windows PC. Featuring a suite of smart communication features, the SmartComms Kit debuts VoiceDetect that automatically mutes and unmutes your mic during a call without you lifting a finger, as well as NoiseClean, a two-way noise cancellation feature that helps get rid of all static background noises (fans, vacuums, hair dryers) in your own environment as well as your co-workers’ on the other end!
Not only that, we've also kept it simple with a direct mic mute button to manually control your mic and a built-in EQ button with quick audio enhancements like Bass Boost for more impactful sound, and Dynamic that expands your soundstage—all accessible with a press of the button—for better sound and better communication.
Do you think better while walking around at the same time? You’re certainly not alone. Don’t get restricted (creatively and physically) because you’re all wired up to your desktop during an online meeting! With some of our best wireless options, unleash your think tank and stay at the top of your productivity game.
With up to 22 hours of battery life and weighing less than 100g (3.5 oz), breeze through your work day and stay productive with premium Bluetooth audio with advanced audio codecs like aptX™ LL and aptX™ HD.
It comes with dual microphones and Qualcomm cVc 8.0 noise cancellation technology to handle any online conference professionally regardless of where you are. As a bonus, you can also access advanced communication features like auto-mute and two-way background noise cancellation in our SmartComms Kit on Creative app in wired mode!
This pair of on-ear headphones also features Multipoint connectivity to save you precious time without breaking your work flow—listen to music on your laptop and answer a call on your phone with the same headphones without having to waste time on reconnecting.
Hear and speak in high-definition! With the most premium aptX™ LL, aptX™ HD, and AAC audio codecs, Qualcomm’s Noise Cancellation mic technology, and up to 20 hours of battery life, you’re more than equipped for any high-stake online conferences.
The neckband is lightweight at just 40g (1.41 oz) and rests lightly on your shoulders—you'll be able to wear it throughout the long work day without feeling weighed down. Pair it up with foam ear tips to isolate yourself from noises to stay focused and in the zone, and deliver that well-prepared presentation that you’ll soon be rewarded for.
BONUS: It also supports Multipoint Connectivity so you can connect your phone and laptop at the same time, and switch easily between the two without having to reconnect. Talk about convenience!
The V2 is an improved version from its predecessor—Creative Outlier Air—with enhanced features for controls and voice call. The V2 sports a new intuitive touch controls for easier and comfortable commands, and is boosted with a total battery life of 34 hours at 12 hours per charge. It also features a built-in MEMs mic for better voice calls, and comes noise-isolation ear tips—perfect for use during indoor conference calls.
If you constantly find yourself at different spots around the house (and not necessarily seated upright), you’ll appreciate these true wireless earbuds. They are lightweight, sits comfortably in your ear, and long-lasting at 13 hours per charge and 39 hours in total. Plus, the perfect combination of high-quality audio, noise-isolating ear tips, and built-in mic means you can make a quick video call any time of the day.
Lighter on the wallet for the budget conscious and sporting an understated metallic black, these earbuds fits perfectly with just about any personality. With similar features as the Creative Outlier Gold, the Outlier Air lasts up to 10 hours on a single charge at 30 hours in total.
Super wallet-friendly and comfortable, this pair of behind-the-neck earphones are perfect if you want to have them just hang around your neck occasionally, and pick them up when a call comes in. Plus, #stayfit with the set of secure fins and the IPX5-certified water-resistant rating that comes with it–great for your after-work exercise–because it is important to stay active to remain productive.
There’s nothing more annoying than muffled or distorted voice during an online call. Not only do you lose your audiences’ focus, you don’t get your point across effectively. Our USB microphone lets you communicate clearly with crystal clear clarity so you not only sound well-prepared, but professional too!
Our plug and play solution to improved voice clarity on your PC or Mac, Creative Live! Mic M3 features a direct mute / unmute button so you can react instantly (like muting your mic when a noisy neighbor starts drilling for no reason at all), and stay aware of your mic’s status with the LED indicator.
Set to Cardioid polar pattern to best capture your voice if you’re taking the call alone, or switch over to Omni pattern if you’re having a group call! This microphone works with popular conference apps like Zoom, Skype, Teams, and more!
And if you’ve a few gigs on the side or run your own streaming channel, you’ll be glad to know that Creative Live! Mic M3 supports real-time mic-monitoring and studio-quality recording of up to 24-bit / 96 kHz, so you’ll sound clear all the time.
Unhappy with the subpar audio or mic quality with your computer? The root issue to this lies in PC and Mac’s cheap built-in OEM audio boards that exist just to produce audio, without much regard for clarity, fidelity, and quality.
That’s where our plug and play external DACs and Amps come in. Each device is integrated with high-end components and audio technologies developed in-house by our R&D team (with over 3 decades of experience!) to keep your call quality clean and crystal clear. The best part—It’s not a one trick pony. Beyond your calls, these external solutions can transform the way you enjoy your music, movies, and games.
Imbued with essential communication features—SmartComms Kit and CrystalVoice—for better, clearer, and fuss-free conversations that just flows. Automatically mute and unmute yourself without lifting a finger, remove static background noise from both ends of a call and echoes that go on a parroting loop, or even reduce the harsh tones of your built-in headset’s mic using our Microphone Equalizer—it’s all possible with Sound Blaster X4.
It doesn’t stop there: The Sound Blaster X4 is also packed with 7 I/O connectors, 3 surround sound technologies, up to 7.1 discrete and virtual multi-channel support, built-in headphone amplifier that drives headphones of up to 600Ω with ease, and customizable EQ modes for any types of content, compatible with all kinds of platforms.
Capable of undeniably pristine audio, the Sound Blaster X3 is also the world’s first external multi-channel USB audio device to feature Super X-Fi®, our award-winning audio technology that is quite understated for WFH calls. With the spatialized effect of Super X-Fi, the expanded soundstage neutralizes the headphone fatigue that plagues long online meetings because of the enclosed in-your-head audio, to provide better absorption of chat dialogues during your call.
Plus, after office hours, it doubles up as a great audio device that upgrades the audio quality of all forms of media, including movies, music, and games. If you are particular about audio quality and you’re a multi-gadget user, you will be pleased with its compatibility across a multitude of devices and platforms.
One of our most popular DACs with the gaming crowd, the Sound BlasterX G6 is also a great accessory to your WFH setup. Where it excels in clear and undisruptive communications in games via our audio technologies available through its software, the same applies to your conference calls! This Gaming DAC is a boon for both gaming and work, and is also equipped with the highest level of detail and fidelity you’ll find in similar DACs at 32-bit / 384 kHz. Work smart, play better.
Improve your conference call sound quality without breaking a sweat, or breaking the bank. Can’t hear your co-workers because the headphones audio is still too soft? Boost your headphones’ volume with the G3! Just plug, play, and hear better. Like its mightier counterpart in the same series, this no-frills DAC also doubles up as a great Gaming DAC that works great even for your PS4 and Nintendo Switch consoles!
WFH means you can finally blast your playlist as loud as you possibly want. Besides, these desktop speakers can be used for video calls and gaming, too!
The perfect blend of form and function, Creative Pebble V3 is the latest installment in our best-selling Pebble speaker series that has garnered over 21k reviews on Amazon US. The newest in the series, the V3 features wireless Bluetooth 5.0 streaming and a single USB-C cable for audio and power delivery—this means less of wire mess and audibly louder, more powerful audio with no loss to quality.
Looks good and occupies minimal real estate on your desk, the spherical design of Creative Pebble V2 keeps any work space looking chic and modern. It also sports 45° elevated drivers that are specifically angled to place you in the audio sweet spot, so audio is directed straight to your ears for an immersive personal listening experience.
Not one to settle for just one function? The Creative T100 comes with a myriad of connectivity options including hi-res audio via the optical port, as well as Bluetooth 5.0. Performance wise, the 2.0 speakers deliver wide, lifelike soundstage with incredible depth, balanced audio, and amazing vocal clarity, perfect for those after-work movie nights.
One of the sleekest, most formidable, high-performance soundbars to complement your home office, the Katana is a 2.1 sound system with an accompanying subwoofer. Expertly tuned with a 5-driver design and capable of delivering up to 7.1 virtual surround via USB (at 24-bit / 96 kHz no less!), its acoustics performance is impeccable. It comes with a plethora of connectivity options including Bluetooth and Optical-in, and you can also switch to your headsets instantly via the headphone jack for more privacy. Slim, compact, and comes without the messy wires of the normal desktop speakers, the Katana occupies less space with bigger sound than you’ll imagine.