What's on My Desk?
January 09, 2020
I've been working remotely full-time since 2015, and the following are what I've been using:
Cost: $10 bedrisers to elevate my existing desk
It's a lot cheaper than spending $300-1000 on a fancy desk that goes up and down depending on whether you want to sit or stand. If I want to sit, I'll grab my $10 used stool.
If this $10 experiment didn't work out, then I would have just returned the bedrisers. But now that I know I actually take advantage of my standing desk (where the goal is add movement -- not standing -- to my day), I now have the option of sticking with my $10 setup or knowing that I'll take advantage of any $300 sit/stand desk I decide to invest in in the future.
2014 MacBook Pro
It works fine. I rue the day it's going to break down because of all the dongles I'll need to get.
The one thing I appreciate about this MacBook Pro is that it allows me to attach 2 external monitors while using the built-in display, aka I'm using 3 monitors at a time. MacBook Airs of the same era have traditionally only allowed one external monitor to be attached.
2x 23" LCD monitors
Cost: $50 each on Craigslist in 2012/2013
My trusty monitors have been holding up just fine for years. No need to spend hundreds of dollars if you're on a budget!
2x AmazonBasics Metal Monitor Stands
Cost: $20 each
This ensures the tops of my monitors are at eye-level, thereby allowing for a neutral spine.
AmazonBasics Laptop Stand
This elevates my laptop so it sits at about the same level as my other monitors. It's works just as well as $40+ alternatives.
Apple Magic Mouse
Cost: $70 new, $15 used
I'm unable to use my laptops built-in trackpad (nor any external trackpads) because the joints in my index finger start hurting. I suspect any mouse would help eliminate this pain, but since the Magic Mouse is basically a standard mouse with a trackpad build on top of it, it's my go to choice. Now I can use it as a regular mouse while having access to any of my special macOS gestures! With BetterTouchTool, I can customize everything about my mouse/trackpad even further.
Huion Drawing Tablet
It's relatively inexpensive compared to its $80+ alternatives, and it's smaller than a half sheet of paper, so I can carry it with me when I'm traveling. It's been a staple of my setup since November 2015.
I get pretty bad eyestrain (self-diagnosed). I'll have a dedicated post for this later, but I got these glasses as an experiment NOT for the blue light filtering, but for the slight magnification. My headaches come significantly less frequently now!
120 Minute Time Timer
I can't believe I spend $35 on an oversized timer, but it's been one of the most used items on my desk for many months now.