I‘ll start with a TLDR list of hardware that I use. Click on the links on the tagged photo above will bring you to a more detailed section below.
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On the surface, this might seem redundant but for me, it helps with the glare and especially at night. Makes it easy for the eyes to stare at the screen. Every time I turned it off I keep noticing and wishing I have something to fix the glare, then that small burst of joy when realizing I have this. Best work when the room is dark.
Pack a punch with its size but to me, the lighting is too harsh for my liking, especially pairing it with the Sony a6400 and Sigma 16mm f/1.4. Perhaps need some softbox hacks or filters but so far I am not able to work it. It‘s ability to be charged with USB-C is quite a plus in its own right.
It‘s one of those things that I wished I got them sooner. My wrists have been painful after a long period of working. This helps with the wrist positioning and I feel better with it. I was trying to use the double Carpio setup but the k2 keyboard is pretty high. I am only using double Carpio when I am working from the office with slimmer keyboard.
I‘ve been using this monitor for a few years now. Best bang for the buck, monitor-wise. My only complaint is that I can‘t figure out how to power it via Thunderbolt that it claims. I am connecting it via DisplayPort on Brydge (used to be called Henge Docks) Stone Pro to get 4K at 60Hz. I am not sure if it‘s the laptop isn‘t supporting Thunderbolt 3 or it‘s the docking station issue 🤷♂️
Love this keyboard size and the ability to connect with 3 devices via Bluetooth. Definitely clutch. I just got custom keycaps in Dec 2021. So far liking it better than the stock keycaps. Feels tackier although not sure how it affect my typing speed.
My personal 2017 Macbook Pro recently died on me. It was really sluggish and I can‘t stand able to do anything figured I already have all the setup, why not just get a Mac Mini. My best workstation buy of 2021.
Mac Mini M1
It‘s one of the best buy and robust devices I‘ve had in this setup. The glides were better without Omnidesk Premium Desk Pad but for my day job, the slight friction actually helps with precision and stability.
MX Master 3
Love wireless charging and able to charge the Apple Watch at the same time. Sometimes I need to charge the Sonos, there is a USB slot at the back so really nifty tool. I also charge the AirPod Pro with it as well.
I am so glad I got myself a standing desk. It has been clutch especially for presentation and when I just need to stretch and not sit (like after lunch). This setup won most “Grab” workstations at Grab I/O 2021.
I was contemplating getting a pegboard but then the monitor wobbles a lot especially when used during standing. Also, I found myself having to put utility items in like Muji boxes and it‘s always a stretch. Having them at arms reach from the desk feels right.
I didn‘t even choose this mic, I wanted to get a USB microphone at first. The store owner where I was shopping recommended picking this up, along with the necessary gadgets to make it work. I was just following and here we are. I quite like it, it doesn‘t require a pop filter and so far been having good feedback from others on Zoom calls.
I am not a camera expert at all, just did a lot of research on Youtube and I discover that this exact Sony camera series + the Sigma lens are what I need to get that look and feel I wanted. Doubles as a decent camera for casual use like when going to friends' gatherings or traveling.
Mac Mini speaker isn‘t the best and I sometimes have a hard time hearing voices during calls. Did some research so this Sonos Roam is quite a beast although quite pricey. The fact that is portable is a clutch, I used it for a nighttime deep sleep songs player.
I‘ve tried at least 3 different brands before this but none of them worked for me. Finally, I found this one that works with k2 keychron‘s height. I wish I don‘t need this and stick with Carpio setup but at the moment I need this.
Subzero rest pad
I almost always use this with the laptop clamped but in a pinch (especially after a restart) when the office-issued laptop always has an issue detecting Bluetooth keyboard and mouse. So being able to pull the laptop nearer (to login) and push it away out of sight when done with it is clutch.
If there is a better version of this out there, then get that one. I am using this one with Dell U2720Q and a standing desk, so it has this micro wobble but is still noticeable and distracting. If you see in the photo of my setup, I “hang” the other side of the monitor onto a tray on the pegboard, which solves the wobble but not the aesthetic. I am a single-tasker so a single monitor setup works best for me, this makes space by having multiple arms on a single spine. A tradeoff I am okay with.
To be updated soon.