Remote Work Items
Note that many of these items may be difficult to get right now, or may only be offered by third-party sellers at ridiculous prices. Most of these items must be purchased through your department business office - they may direct-ship it to you or ask you to purchase it and get reimbursed. For logistical reasons, SSCF will no longer be direct-shipping remote work items once the last of our existing stash of webcams is distributed.
Most other Logitech models should work, C615 (should be under $35) has been tested and is decent quality for a slightly lower list price if you can find it. The video quality of the BRIO 4k camera is good, but it is very expensive and device driver installation on Windows can be a problem. (The microphone on the BRIO also doesn't always work well on ChromeOS.)
Works fine with Windows, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS. No need to install drivers.
(The standard model also seems to work just fine with USB A-C adapters.)
You'll also need an ethernet cable of the appropriate length - any cable that says it's "category 6" and gets a 5 star review with a decent number of purchases should work.
Pro: You can hear people on the Zoom call clearly, and they can hear you with less background noise.
Con: You look like you're flying a spaceship. (Assuming this is a con.)
Laptops can be hard to come by, but we've found a few that are readily available and can serve in a pinch. (Note that we are still able to get our "standard" laptops, so these options should be viewed as stopgaps when you have the need for an inexpensive machine for somebody who wouldn't normally have a laptop.)
Lenovo 100e Chromebook (11" screen) - Best Buy (no fan)
Motile 14" Windows Laptop - Walmart (fan is bit loud)
HP 14" Windows Laptop (AMD) - Walmart (fan is a bit loud)
Of the two Windows options, the Motile has a nicer screen. the HP has a nicer keyboard. Both Windows machines have built-in ethernet adapters, the Chromebook will work with the standard USB adapter recommended above.