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  • Finding the ideal remote workspace can be a battle - from wifi connectivity, noise levels, and plugpoints, there's a lot to consider
  • iStore's latest MacBook Pro deals make remote working a breeze with its powerhouse battery and processing capabilities
  • Powered by SOC (system-on-a-chip) technology you have one less worry when finding your ideal remote working spots

As more and more people take the power of their productivity and place it into their own mobile hands through remote working – choosing the right office space for your day can be a game of Russian Roulette.

Between lagging WIFI connections to a lack of plug points available to help you re-juice your machine while mid-hustle or grind, it can be a touch and go situation knowing where you’re setting up shop for the day.

When choosing your go-to remote office spaces, it’s best to canvas a selection of options you can have on rotation to fit your mood and scenery needs for the day – and to give you options should load-shedding return unannounced. Whether it’s a quaint and quiet café in the heart of the CBD or a chilled seaside restaurant with a sea breeze and refreshing view – curate a list of places that you can easily reach, plug into, and unleash your inner productivity guru with ease.

Before you can choose your collection of remote office spaces, you need to have a device that can keep up with you and your workload on the go. This is where Apple’s exciting new MacBook range puts on a cape and stands in as a productivity hero with its impressive battery life and processing capabilities. With the inclusion of the Apple M1 chip processors, the new range of MacBook Pros and the MacBook Air M1 boasts a level of processing productivity that’s a force to be matched.

The MacBooks with M1 chip are powered by a leading-edge processing technology called SOC (System on a Chip) that allows you to get 100% performance and processing power on battery for longer than you’d assume. SOC is an engineering breakthrough in the industry that allows for several previously isolated processing components, such as laptop CPU, GPU, Neural Engine, and audio and image processing hardware, to live harmoniously on a single chip, with a unified memory and up to 57-billion transistors. This offers users a smooth and painless processing experience all organized together while not compromising on processing speed.

Treat yourself to a shiny new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air powered by the M1 chip at your nearest iStore or on the iStore website and enjoy a seamless remote work experience in any setting with ease. You can save even more by trading in your old Windows-powered laptop for up to R13 000 cashback that you can use toward the purchase of a new M1 MacBook or for in-store credit at iStore.

Now that you and your device are ready to work as you go, some things to consider when shifting your roving office space include:

WIFI available

There’s no point sitting in a quaint café or restaurant about to put your knuckles into the hustle and grind mode just to be met with no or a weak WIFI connection. Be sure to check and ask your chosen office space for the day in advance if they offer WIFI and the strength of the connection. Gracefully you’ll find most coffee shops situated near your CBD or business centres often offer up a solid WIFI connection for workforces on the move.

Plug point availability

Similarly, having an emergency plug point nearby should your device need a recharge nearby is vital. Apple users can find comfort in scoring up to 16-hours of battery power on the M1 MacBook Air and up to 20-hours of battery power on the new MacBook Pro range. This kind of battery power allows you peace of mind throughout your working day, but if you forgot to charge your device in advance, it’s good to know that your chosen remote workspace has you covered with plug points in-store should you need them.

Noise levels

Another factor to consider when curating your remote office space list is the noise level. It’s best to avoid cafes and restaurants in the heart of a busy mall or are that are known for family meals as there tends to be an increase in noise pollution in these settings. If you’re someone who needs quiet to work or to make the occasional call or meeting, try to find a place that meets your noise level needs. Use your free time to test out different settings to find which ones will work best for you and your production needs while also testing out the snack menu.

Once you’ve chosen your workspaces and have a device that can keep you going no matter where you roam – or hide from load-shedding, you’re ready to power up and get your grind on with grace, ease, scenic views, and tasty snacks. Get exploring and do so with ease by gifting yourself a productivity beast from your nearest iStore with the new range of M1-powered MacBooks.

This post is sponsored by iStore produced by BrandStudio24 for Business Insider SA.