Scotty Here, with the Start of My Christmas Wish List

I know that many of you work from home when you can.  And y’all know, my job takes me all over the country galaxy.  Being able to work from home or while traveling is becoming more and more important.  So I thought I’d tell the PJ Media gang about some of my favorite gadgets, seeing as it’s getting close to Christmas.

While my DroidX2 has a pretty darned good speaker built in… it’s pretty good only compared with getting a ticket for holding the phone up to my ear because I forgot my Bluetooth at home.  And since I often end up holding conference calls in the darnedest places, like hotel rooms, I was tired of sounding like some yahoo.  So years ago I bought myself a small Bluetooth speaker.  While a lot of people use them in their cars to listen to music as well as talk on the phone, it’s also a dynamite gadget to make conference calls so much clearer. While my unit is no longer made, I’ve found y’all two other options that I’m sure your telecommuters will love.

My first choice is portable and can be used in your car, home office, hotel room or where ever you want.  The Jabra Cruiser2 is advertised for the car, but I’m telling you, the difference in quality between using this kind of speaker versus the speaker in your cell phone will make you sound like you’re in a big office with one of those fancy 16″ speaker phone deals.  And at 61 bucks, it’s a good investment in convenience and professionalism.

This next one is not portable, but if you have occasion to have others come into your home office and you want to do a conference call without banging heads huddled over your iPhone or Droid – this is your baby.

Sound Freaq SFQ-01R

The Soundfreaq SFQ-01R Sound Platform Bluetooth Audio System is a complete audio system with FM radio and has that bluetooth speaker capability. This is a really attractive piece of electronics and comes in 3 colors: red, black and white. It’s small, only 11.8 x 6 x 5.9 inches, but has pretty darned good sound quality. No, it’s not going to compete with a full size Bose speaker system.  But it’s smaller than a bread box.

And it will provide you with music in your home office, as well as the capability of having professional “real office” sounding conference calls.  I mean wouldn’t it be great to be able to just switch between listening to your tunes and picking up a phone call without having to take your hands of your computer keyboard?