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My 2021 Work From Home Setup

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My company has allowed us to return to the office on a voluntary basis (requiring proof of vaccination). I go every day because I really value being able to discuss something easily without having to set up a Zoom meeting. Also, how could anybody possibly say no to free snacks and coffee?

Despite the abundant nourishment, there is one thing I miss about the roughly 10 months of work-from-home that I did - my setup! I spent a lot of time researching and refining my setup, so I want to share it with the world.

Monitors #

For monitors, I have two 27" LG 27UL500-W 4K monitors (Amazon). I have them mounted using a dual arm mount, which allows me to move them around very easily.

Having used both 4K and non-4K monitors, I will say that 4K is 100% worth the extra price. Even moving to a 1440p monitor feels so much different after experiencing 4K resolution for so long.

As far as configuration, I have one monitor directly in front of me and one directly to the right of it, tilted toward me. Currently, both are horizontal, but I had the right one oriented vertically for about half of WFH. It was really useful for code, but I still find that it is easier to manage multiple applications when viewing them horizontally.

I also have my laptop on the left side of my desk on a simple laptop stand.

Mouse #

I had a very cheap $10 mouse for most of WFH, which treated me well. However, until I upgraded, I never knew what I was missing out on. I recently bought the Logitech MX Master 3 (Amazon), and it completely changed the game. The ergonomics are absolutely incredible, it’s configurable beyond belief, and it has a horizontal scroll wheel (more handy than you might think).

I have an extended mousepad that I also put my keyboard on. It has seen it’s fair share of spills, so it may be time to replace it soon.

Keyboard #

Currently, I am using the Apple Magic Keyboard with an additional numeric keypad (Apple). I have it in black, which matches my mouse and mouse pad exquisitely. I have thought a lot about upgrading to a mechanical soon. I ordered a switch tester (big brown fan) and will order once I feel that I have researched enough.

Camera #

I have the Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam (Amazon) sitting on top of the monitor directly in front of me. It has excellent video quality, but the part that really surprised me is the audio quality. It comes with a built-in microphone that works incredibly well.

My setup is always a work in progress, but I feel that I have made a good start. There’s just a few more things that I need - plants, plants, and more plants!