10 months ago our home was destroyed by a tornado, luckily our office was one of two rooms spared from destruction. After having our home rebuilt we finally moved back in today. I’d thought I’d share a couple pics of my setup as it stands today.
At 6’6" I don’t like having drawers above my legs as they are knee knockers. My deck is a Jarvis sit/stand desk (their extra tall one) with a custom walnut top that I made. It’s about 6’ wide and 28" deep. I love my desk as it works well and does everything I want. The file cabinets on either side act as my main storage. I’ve had them since college and my desk for many years was just a door on top of those cabinets.
The lamp is a desk lamp my wife has had since childhood.
Nothing special there. The pen holder I made with scraps from the desktop.
The speakers are Mackie CR3. I had Rokit 5 G3 speakers but I listened at low levels while I wrote code and they would turn off every 30 minutes thinking I wasn’t sending a signal. It drove me nuts, so I repurposed them.
The computer is a 2018 Mac Mini with user upgraded 32GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 10GbE network, and the i7 processor. Instead of paying Apple prices for storage I bought a Glyph ATOM Raid 2TB that is super fast and can handle all the 4K video projects I need it to. I love that I saved money and still get killer speeds off of my drive.
I also broke down and bought a Blackmagic eGPU. I used to have a 2016 MacBook Pro that I used a lot in clamshell mode with the LG 5K that I’m still using today. I hated that computer (because the keyboard made me sad) and bought much of my current setup with the money I sold it for. The Mac mini does fine driving the display (as long as you have 16GB or more of RAM), but I’m doing more and more 4K video work and wanted/needed the extra horsepower.
I have an Amazon Basics arm holding up my two monitors.
The vertical monitor is a LG 4k Ultrafine. I bought it used for cheap. I wanted a second monitor but I wanted something that matched the 5K in terms of pixel density and colors. That was about the only option and it was cheap, so why not. The 5K is run off the Blackmagic eGPU and the Mac mini runs the 4K.
There’s also a current generation iPad Air sitting there with a Brydge keyboard. I don’t find myself using it very often. I don’t leave the office much (especially right now) and I rarely use it at home. I don’t know why. Thinking of selling it. Usually the headphone holder has a pair of Bose QC35s. I love those headphones. The only time I use the noise cancellation is on a plane or mowing the yard. Other than that I can’t stand the nauseating feeling I get from them.
Under the desk is a shelf I built to hide cables and house my Blackmagic eGPU. All you can see is black from the front.
Here’s a terrible side shot of the shelf.