It is a strange time: for the first time in history, we are being asked to stay at home to save humanity.
To help fight the current pandemic, the government’s message is simple: stay home.
Of course, we’re estranged from our friends, colleagues, and family members at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t always hang out or keep in touch with your friends and family.
If you are browsing the internet, there are tons of web tools out there that will let you stay in touch with your favorite people as easy as the click of a mouse, but which one is better?
Do not worry; We are here to help you !
We’ve listed the best, most useful, and definitely funniest web tools to help you stay connected during MCO:
Perfect for: Meetings with your best friends
One of the most popular group video chat apps during the entire stay-at-home period, Houseparty is a social networking service that allows you, your friends and family to have fun. video calls, play games and spend time in a virtual “house party”. Up to eight people can join in the fun, so go crazy with your favorite people.
The best part about Houseparty? It is free to use on the web as well as on your smartphone.
Perfect for: Large working meetings
Unfortunately for some of us, we have to work from home. There are plenty of web video conferencing tools out there, but after all that is said and done, Google Hangouts is probably the best. Google Hangouts lets you stay in touch with your coworkers through text messaging, voice calls, and, if desperately, video calls.
According to Google, up to 150 participants can be accommodated for a text meeting and 25 participants for a video Hangouts session. It’s perfect for a virtual business meeting or pitch meeting, or for hosting large catch-up sessions with your whole family from around the world.
Perfect for: Those with a small work team
If you have a small work team and want to keep track of their work on a daily basis, Monday.com is a web tool you can check out. Positioned as a web-based tool that “powers remote teamwork”, you can collaborate with your teammates on projects via work cards, virtual timelines, and a work board. You can also set up video calls from the website, in case you want to berate your home workers (if you are that kind of boss).
The only downside to Monday.com is that it’s free for only 14 days. But hey, since the MCO has been extended for another two weeks, you can just use and ditch Monday.com after the lockdown is complete.
Perfect for: A game night with the members of your family
Missed your usual Thursday quiz night with your friends? You can now do it virtually using Jackbox.tv, a party and virtual games website. This web-based tool has tons of board games for you and your friends to play, from trivia games to drawing contests and style guessing games to complete. All you have to do is start a video conference with your friends via Google Hangouts or Zoom, share your screen on Jackbox.tv and voila, you will spend the whole night having a good night’s sleep with your friends.
The only downside is that you will have to purchase the Jackbox Games app for $ 20.99 (RM91) first, but to be honest the investment is well worth it.
Perfect for: Those who prefer texting to video calling
If you are looking for a web tool that allows you to get in touch with everyone who is important to you, GroupMe is the best choice. A group messaging app, GroupMe consolidates all your contacts from your phone and social networks into one, allowing you to get in touch with whoever you want from a single web tool. GroupMe also allows you to easily attach and send photos, documents, videos, and web links.
The best part about GroupMe is that it works on all devices, from your desktop to your smartphones. So send a text, folks.
Now that you have the web tools, you will need the device to access them.
Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect device to help you stay connected, adapt, and stay productive: the HP Envy 13 and HP Specter x360.
In addition to being stylish, these two brand new HP laptops can meet the demands of your work and life.
HP Envy 13
The HP Envy 13 is a sleek, lightweight yet powerful laptop designed to let you live on the go.
Featuring an ultra-sleek design with an all-metal chassis, the HP Envy 13 is just right 14mm thick and weighs only 1.18kg. It also has an ultra-thin bezel with an edge-to-edge keyboard, making the HP Envy 13 a beautiful laptop.
But don’t be fooled by its looks, the HP Envy 13 is powerful enough to run your day-to-day operations as well. Under the hood, the HP Envy 13 is powered by a 10th Generation Intel® Core ™ i7 processor and one NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 graphics card for smoother system responsiveness and faster load times.
It also has an integrated HP quad speaker system, custom tuned in collaboration with experts from Bang & Olufsen.
The HP Envy 13 also has advanced security features that include a Privacy camera shutdown switch, a fingerprint reader and one HP Sure View Integrated Privacy Screen.
It also comes with a HP fast charge feature that allows you to charge your laptop from 0 to 50% in less than 45 minutes.
The HP Envy 13 is available in two colors: Natural silver and Envy Wood (made with real walnut wood).
HP Specter x360 Convertible PC
If you want something more powerful, the HP Specter x360 is the laptop for you. The HP Specter x360 combines good looks with exceptional performance.
The HP Specter x360 has a 90% screen-to-body ratio, which makes it the smallest convertible in the world. Its almost borderless display is fortified with Scratch resistant Corning® Gorilla® NBT glass to protect you from those annoying little scratches on the screen.
Just like the HP Envy 13, the HP Specter x360 is also powered by a 10th Generation Intel® Core ™ i7 processor. It is also equipped with several convertible modes, allowing you to switch between work and play with the click of your button.
But perhaps the most impressive feature of the HP Specter x360 is its battery.
With 22 hours of battery life, you can get through a full day of work and play all day without recharging. Even when you need to recharge, the HP fast charge This feature allows you to charge your laptop from 0 to 50% in about 45 minutes.
It is also equipped with a multitude of security suites, such as a fingerprint reader and one Privacy camera shutdown switch.
The Specter x360 Convertible PC is available in one color: Poseidon Blue.
You can now get the HP Envy 13 and the HP Specter x360 Convertible PC from the official website of HP Malaysia.
And that’s not all, when you hit one of the laptops – as well as other HP desktops or laptops (click here for the full list) – you’ll also get the Microsoft Office Home & Student suites. ‘worth RM519 preinstalled for free!
With preinstalled suites, you can take advantage of the full PC experience on your laptops to help you get more done.
For more information, follow the official HP Malaysia Facebook page here.