Working student Chris Reed told Cult of Mac he put a year of work into his “slow build” home office and computer setup. In that year he strove to achieve a clean and balanced look, and, judging by his pics and comments, it seems he got there.
Reed said he wanted to go with dual monitors rather than a wide screen display to save some money. He’s pleased with his choice of 32-inch Samsung 1080p curved monitors, run along with his 2020 MacBook Pro and his iPad Pro.
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Clean and balanced setup for work, school and play
“My work station is primarily used for work and school with a little play mixed in. Work consists of email, Teams and Zoom meetings, document review and spreadsheets, [and] school is much of the same,” he said. “So it was not critical to have 4K monitors. I think the best way to summarize my approach would be balanced.”
Reed emphasized a need for good performance, easy connectivity to the workstation and the ability to use multiple devices with the setup.
“The area that I could not sacrifice was having a clean look. I wanted the wires and any hardware that did not need to be visible to be well hidden,” he explained.
His “must-haves” on the desktop included monitors, speakers, webcam, mouse and keyboard. Everything else had to be neatly tucked away, from the laptop and docking station to the power strip tower and cables.
“The only other devices allowed on the desk periodically is my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil,” he added.
Smooth connectivity and ready power
Reed’s 2020 M1 MacBook Pro is connected to a Targus DOCK190 docking station with a nine-pin magnetic USB-C adapter, which makes it easy to connect and disconnect the laptop. The dock also feeds video to the two Samsung monitors. They’re attached to the desk with an Atdec dual monitor desktop mount.
Reed said he “enjoys great sound” through his Creative Pebble v2 desktop speakers or, when he wants to “be a little more discrete,” through a pair of Bose SoundLink headphones or AirPods.
Everything gets power from an Aukey 12-outlet power strip tower. It supplies power for everything with outlets to spare for future add-ons, he said. The towers also has two USB-C and three USB-A charging ports to charge up devices, such as his iPad, iPhone, bluetooth headphones, AirPods and more.
Tidy cable management
Reed worked pretty hard to keep his setup neat and tidy.