When tech YouTuber Dan Barbera built his desk, he wanted something that gave him a lot of space and flexibility. He runs his rig off a 2019 MacBook Pro, so his computer is not chained to his desk. The Autonomous SmartDesk 2 is roomy and gives him the option to sit or stand.
The most accommodating thing on the desk, though, is a 32-inch Samsung Space 4K Monitor. Designed to save space, the hyper-adjustable Samsung Space allows him to push the monitor against the wall, or tilt it all the way down onto the desk, freeing up valuable desk real estate underneath it.
Like many of the folks featured in our Setups posts, Barbera uses Logitech’s high-end peripherals duo. The MX Keys wireless keyboard is backlit, which gives it an edge over the Apple Magic Keyboard. The Logitech MX Master 3 mouse comes loaded with buttons and side-scrolls for easy multitasking.
Because the Samsung Space does not have any built-in USB-C ports, Barbera was forced to get a dock. He went with a Glyph Thunderbolt 3 NVMe that gives 1TB of storage and has an SD card slot for video editing. He also rocks a LaCie 2big Dock hard drive. This mammoth device gives him additional USB ports and provides him with 20TB of RAID storage.
When he records videos, Barbera uses a Blue Yeti X condenser USB microphone. This no-nonsense mic is professional-grade and amateur-budget-friendly. He uses an Audioengine HD3 wireless speaker system for audio. These little 60-watt powered speakers are great for blasting tunes.
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- 16-inch MacBook Pro
- Autonomous SmartDesk 2
- Samsung Space 32-inch SR75 UHD 4K Monitor
- Logitech MX Keys
- Logitech MX Master 3
- 1TB Glyph Thunderbolt 3 NVMe Dock
- LaCie 2big Dock 20TB external RAID hard drive
- Blue Yeti X condenser USB mic
- Audioengine HD3 60-watt wireless powered desktop speakers
- Twelve South BookArc Stand for MacBook
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