Corning’s Thunderbolt 3 cable is more expensive than both the cables I used combined, so I opted for the safe and cheap(er) choice – there’s nothing stopping me from running new cables in the future.
This let me move my big, loud, and very warm gaming PC (with an AMD 7800X3D and a Radeon RX 7900 XTX) out of my office and into the comms cupboard, but still use it just as though it was next to me with the help of a USB dock. Since our TV is mounted to the wall directly behind the cupboard, it also meant that I could run cables from my PC to the TV and get back to some big screen gaming!
My desk is a 2.25 metre long worktop, cut to fit the space, sitting on top of a pair of ALEX drawers from IKEA. After going through a few cheap IKEA desk chairs and struggling with back pain, I bought a Herman Miller Mirra 2, and after a bit of adjustment, haven’t had an issue since. A lot of money for a chair, but well spent.
The monitor, a 49" Samsung CRG9, is wall mounted and although I was initially hesitant about having such a wide monitor, I’m quite happy with how it performs. A single big display is more-or-less a necessity since I’m using a Mac for work these days, but it’s great for gaming too.
My webcam is a Sony a6300 mirrorless camera, usually paired with a Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN “Contemporary” lens. I’ve been using it via a £10 HDMI-to-USB capture device since the initial covid lockdowns, and still get plenty of compliments for my webcam quality, so clearly it’s doing a good job.
All of my keyboards and mice are Logitech. My most used keyboard is the MX Mechanical, although I sometimes prefer the Chiclet-style keys on the MX Keys, which was my keyboard of choice when hybrid working. As for mice, I use whatever the latest version of the MX Master is until I wear it out, and currently use an MX Master 3S. I find the rubber on these tends to go before anything mechanical does, but they’re still the most comfortable mice I’ve ever used.
I had a pair of Audioengine A2s speakers on my desk for many years, however when the left one developed a loud rattle at certain frequencies, they were relegated to garage speakers and replaced with a pair of Ruark Audio MR1 Mk2 speakers that I think look great, sound fantastic, and unlike the A2s, support Bluetooth, so make it easy to listen to music from my phone while I’m relaxing.
I have a fairly big (by some standards) collection of Folio Society books, including a couple of limited editions (the complete works of Philip K. Dick being my favourite). When Tux (our cat) lets me use his chair, I even read some of them. I’m currently reading Roadside Picnic. ■