Guitar-wielding student marshals nifty light show [Setups]

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Nanoleaf Shapes give you interesting lighting options.
Nanoleaf Shapes give you interesting lighting options.
Photo: arnaki_gkioulmpasi@reddit

If one thing catches your eye first about Redditor arnaki_gkioulmpasi’s setup, it’s probably the interesting light show on the wall behind it. That array is made up of Nanoleaf Shapes that can be arranged any which way.

Those cool-looking lights, along with a Yeelight Screen Light Bar Pro atop the Dell 32-inch curved 4K monitor and a standing lamp next to the desk, keep eyestrain to a minimum.

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That’s good, because arnaki_gkioulmpasi spends a lot of time at the desk. His MacBook Pro and iPad Pro (with Magic Keyboard and Pencil) help him study informatics and computer engineering, attend university lectures, use Photoshop and generally goof around online as people do.

He also keeps a PC under the desk for occasional gaming and whenever he needs to use Windows. His Razer Pro Click mouse works with either the MacBook Pro or PC via Bluetooth with one flip of a switch.

Marshall audio

But the setup also serves another purpose for arnaki_gkioulmpasi. He records music he plays on his Fender Telecaster electric guitar. That could help explain some of the audio choices in play.

It’s not every day we see setups with Marshall-driven sound. Marshall is best-known for its guitar amplifiers — e.g., the famous “Marshall stack” of rock ’n’ roll stadium shows. But since arnaki_gkioulmpasi plays electric guitar, the presence of Marshall gear shouldn’t be surprising.

In this case, Marshall provides sound on a more intimate scale. The portable Bluetooth desktop speaker is a Marshall Stockwell, the smallest portable speaker the company makes. It packs two 10-watt amplifiers for serious sound, whether that’s via streaming audio or an instrument plugged into it.

And hey, when something works, you stick with it. In addition to a set of AirPods, he has a pair of Marshall Major III Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphones that probably sound great when he needs to rock out without bothering anybody.

Comfortable mechanical keyboard

arnaki_gkioulmpasi recently switched from a Keychron K2 v.1 mechanical keyboard to the second version (v.2). He finds the new one more comfortable to use.

Other Redditors commented about the K2 being too tall, but he said he finds a convenient typing angle with it. He mentioned he has a wrist rest to use with it, but only if needed. He also defended its key quality and battery life. Overall, he prefers the K2 to a Magic Keyboard he previously owned.

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Computer equipment:

15-inch MacBook Pro (8-core i9, 16 GB RAM)

Keychron K2 v.2 keyboard

Dell S3221QS Curved 4K UHD Monitor

11-inch iPad Pro (WiFi/LTE 256GB)

Apple Pencil

Magic Keyboard for iPad

Other peripherals and networking:

Razer Pro Click Wireless Mouse

Magic Trackpad 2

Satechi Pro Hub USB-C Adapter

Anker PowerPort Atom PD 4

Audio:

AirPods

HomePod Mini speaker

Marshall Major III Bluetooth Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Marshall Stockwell Speaker

Oakywood 2 in 1 Headphone Stand and Wireless Charger

Lighting and accessories:

Nanoleaf Shapes Triangles

Yeelight Screen Light Bar Pro

Orbitkey Desk Mat (Large)

Twelve South BookArc laptop stand

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