I really wanted to do the Linnmon/Alex combo but of the 4 Ikeas near me, not a single one had either. So I went ahead and decided to do it myself and I am very happy with the final result!
This creation only requires two parts.
The best solution for a setup like that is definitely going to be Synergy. You can use one keyboard and one mouse to control multiple systems, and configure it so one system is (virtually) beside the other, which would replicate your current setup almost perfectly (just drag your mouse left/right to move to the other system).
However, you may not be able to install (or use) it on your work computer, depending on just how restricted the network access is. For instance, if you are using a VPN, Synergy may not work if ALL traffic has to be routed through the VPN.
Additionally, it does not (currently) support Chrome OS natively, so you would have to enable developer mode on your chromebook and install some Linux distro.
Alternatively, you can always get something with a touchscreen to use as your personal machine, that way you wouldn't actually need a mouse or keyboard for it.
I would highly recommend getting an anti-fatigue footpad. I got one of these and it's incredibly comfy. Makes standing for longer periods more bearable.
If you want to save yourself some headache, get a mouse and keyboard and attach to whichever machine you consider your primary (you don't have to do this step, but it allows you to push your laptops back a bit to free up your workspace). Then install Synergy (https://symless.com/synergy) on both systems. This will allow you to move your mouse across to the next machine and still use the same mouse/trackpad & keyboard. You can also drag/drop files between machines and copy/paste from clipboard.
There are some options out there. This one is one of the most popular.
You can also do things like: -An ultrawide monitor (which has 2 inputs) and a Keyboard/Mouse that control multiple Machines (like the Microsoft Precision mouse).
For me: I have a Surface Pro running on an ultrawide. From there, half of my Ultrawide 34” monitor is an RDP session to my desktop, and the other half is the surface itself.
It is Grafana (https://grafana.com/). And it runs against Zabbix as the collecter.
It is good but not great. I would love the ability to link so status into one. For example the large sections of Green Squares are showing my SAN drive status, I would rather have just 1 sqaure showing all of them and it changes if any one of the sub-squares need addition instead of taking up so much space for 24 squares. Same with servers/switches.
If you go the /r/Grafana/ reddit you can see some of the dashboards I have loaded.
Then the only thing you need is a vga-to-hdmi converter, as you already have the other hdmi port.
Something like this:
You’ll need a couple of parts.
The Joy Factory MagConnect Universal Tablet Mount
And the desk mount
The Joy Factory MagConnect Carbon Fiber Wheelchair Mount (Mount Only) MMU109
Neo Chair With rollerblade wheel inserts to protect the floors
It is a cast iron industrial bar stool. I purchased it on Amazon, but there are many sites online you could purchase them from.Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Tractor Seat
The Keychron keyboards are popular bluetooth options for Mac. There are tons of stands online: this one raises the laptop up substantially and matches the silver finish too
Keychron K8 (Prime Day Deal)
I use this for a simular situation like you.
UGREEN USB 3.0 Sharing Switch Selector 4 Port 2 Computers Peripheral Switcher Adapter Hub for PC, Printer, Scanner, Mouse, Keyboard with One Button Swapping and 2 Pack USB Male Cable https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N6GD9JO/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_24mMFb5TN7KNQ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Also in the CT/MRI suite at my hospital (because a random 2'x4' cloud in the ceiling helps when you're having panic attack-level claustrophobia, I guess...)
I got a ton of results on Google with "troffer lights cloud cover". Looks like even Amazon carries them.
We have hardwood floors throughout our house, so when my wife and I got new chairs for our home office we ordered a set of these for each: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CTIG4GE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Basically, they're soft Rollerblade wheels - they don't damage the floor at all and I assume they would work really well on carpet too (depending on the thickness). We've had them for the last 2 and a half years, no issues.
The trackpad is the now defunct Apple Magic Trackpad. Paired with software like BetterTouchTool for custom gestures, it super useful.
Mousepad is just a big desk pad from amazon
You could wrap chalkboard paper around it and have a nice place for rando doodles or possibly work related notes.
Left is htop which is a pretty version of top. Center code is legacy C++ I was implementing a minor feature for. Right is my .vimrc. The ergodox/trackpad setup helps with RSI
What about an adjustable hospital type table? That should work over just about any chair and depending on the model could probably handle a monitor mount.
Got it off Amazon for $20 - Lamicall Tablet Stand
Works great on the desk, and good at keeping it off the counter in the kitchen. Definitely a no-frills sorta stand though.
Vertical laptop stand is a good idea. I think you want to go as vertical as possible since you share a small space.
Like some have already mentioned, also go with a dual monitor stand.
I would also suggest to buy cable management sleeves. I use the one in neoprene with a velcro. You can cut them to size and even cut holes in them to pass cables. I think having all the cables tied up together will declutter your desk a bit.
Of course, if you can afford it, go wireless on the mouse and keyboards.
As for a foot rest recommendation, I use the ErgoFoam Adjustable footrest.
One other option I thought might be nice, but I don't know your desk size, and I can't say if it will help decluttering or not, but it might give you a bit of storage space, is to go with this type of monitor riser instead of using a monitor stand: Dual Monitor Stand. This can give you storage space for either book, paper or even laptops.
HumanCentric Headphone Stand with USB Charger (White) | Under Desk Headset Hanger and Mount with 3 USB-A Ports | Gaming, Computer, and PC Accessory https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08RF27RNH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_YV4894MS95R00JSWJ3SE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I recommend not cheating out on a mouse and keyboard because extra buttons and comfort can be very productive. Here is a decent option For a monitor, you can buy the Lenovo q24h-10(can’t find the link). Usb c is very convenient and gives a lot of power. Also, the ppi is good and it won’t seem that distant from ur MacBook Display. I’ve been using it for a while and it’s amazing!
This is the dock [OWC 14-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock with Cable, Compatible with Windows PC and Mac, Space Gray, (OWCTB3DK14PSG) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JMH6BSY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_TxwQ4vTZS3JPH] And here’s the clock! [Digital Alarm Clock, with Wooden Electronic LED Time Display, 3 Alarm Settings, Humidity & Temperature Detect, Wood Made Electric Clocks for Bedroom, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083S6SKZM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_exdPUZCfiW2XG]
We must be the same age then. I used to get CCS catalogs in the mail all the time in middle school. Never had the money to buy anything, but I always dug Ed Templeton's work. The completes in the photo were a few I designed when I used to work at a skateboard company a few years back.
As for the mount, there are several on Amazon, but this is the one I like the best. It's pretty heavy-duty, looks cool, and can accommodate a complete deck.
Wow this blew up overnight, thanks all for the love!
For anyone interested this is the screen bar I bought, I was looking at the BenQ Screenbar Plus for ages but wasn’t willing to spend £120 on it.
This £40 one I got on Amazon is really good quality, feels solid and allows you to change brightness and temperature with a scroll wheel and button on the right end of the lamp.
Bro getting the Beam to work with the Mac was the most annoying yet at the end easiest thing to do. There's literally nothing online to point out how to do this, but I figured it out. I bought this:
And it works flawlessly. You can even turn the sound up and down from the Mac. The device with a green glow is my wireless router, it's a AmpliFi ALIEN Router
Thanks! They are Dell UltraSharp 27”. I didn’t actually choose them myself (they came from work) but man do I love them.
I purchased this mount for them which really changed the game for me. Much better than the large stand they come with.
VASAGLE L-Shaped Computer Desk, Corner Desk, 54-Inch Writing Study Workstation with Shelves for Home Office, Gaming Table, Space-Saving, Easy to Assemble, Industrial, Rustic Brown and Black ULWD72X https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KG67ZQ5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_6oFOFbPXHWWAV?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Thank you! I do enjoy working here.
The speakers are the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks I picked up years ago (you can see a glimmer of the subwoofer on the floor) and the lights are a cheap RGB LED strip I got on Amazon for cheap (linked).
I would second the sculpt. I love mine... I looked at Amazon and found mine for $54 there. ( https://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Ergonomic-Keyboard-Business-5KV-00001/dp/B00CYX26BC/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=sculpt&qid=1556319141&s=gateway&sr=8-2 ).
It did not come with the mouse, but I bought the Anker Ergonomic wireless mouse which has paired well for it, and a great trial for the price.
Haha I finished it 2 am this morning. I was definitely smiling going to bed.
Monitor arm is https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01J6KMNOK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and its the Dell dell U3419w
Something like this maybe?
Get some cable ties to tidy up the cables. You could also use some 3m tape to put that power stop under the desk or on the leg of the desk
These would help too: OHill Cable Clips, 16 Pack Black Cord Organizer Cable Management for Organizing Cable Cords Home and Office, Self Adhesive Cord Holders https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071FXZBMV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_mqRgFbPJ65NPJ
The chair was also from Amazon. It was my first purchase before diving into the WFH upgrade rabbit hole. It is nice for the price. I kind of wish I waited to try and go for the aeron or something similar. I can’t complain though!
Hbada Ergonomic Office Recliner... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PB37R7H?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I got it off amazon. The base is heavier than it looks so it’s pretty sturdy. Have to use two hands and some force for desired positioning. I also like using it as a book stand when studying.
Laptop Stand, Boyata Laptop Holder, Multi-Angle Stand with Heat-Vent to Elevate Laptop, Adjustable Notebook Stand for Laptop up to 17 inches, Compatible for MacBook Pro/Air, Surface Laptop and so on https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HBQSCM3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5g-zFbNA0PCM7
So... not so much a K*V*M but a KM. Interesting product I didn't know was out there. For others there are multiple software options to achieve ~~the same~~ a very similar thing for free with Barrier https://github.com/debauchee/barrier
One of the things that make the Apple ecosystem hard to leave. Basically allows you to share files and clipboard between devices. Finds nearby devices through Bluetooth, then after a confirming handshake creates a separate WiFi network on the sending device that the recipient device connects to to make the transfer. Your files stay on your devices and need not to transit through some third party. It's probably my single most convenient software magic that works reliably (I've heard some people have troubles though).
edit: TIL OpenDrop is a thing, though based on my luck with AirPlay which Apple proceeded to add strong encryption measures to that the community still hasn't fully cracked, it'll probably work like 50% as reliably if I'm optimist.
If your Logitech keyboard/mouse are Flow-enabled, you could also try using a HDMI switch (example).
Hey! I have one and I love having it, but there are some qualifiers. I don’t use it standing up as often as I’d like or perhaps “should.” However, I adjust the seated height constantly depending on what I’m doing and that helps a lot with back aches and various tasks. I do stand with it most often when I’m on Zoom. I like walking during phone calls, so this is a natural extension.
That said, I got mine for about $400 and wanted a new desk anyway. It seemed worth the risk to pay the extra couple hundred from the other options I was considering. That said many are way more expensive. This is the one that I got, however it was cheaper or on-sale when I got it (I paid 430 including tax). I like it and it was worth the money for me.
But you know yourself- do you shift a lot, do you feel like standing, if you set an alarm to stand for 5 or however many minutes (start small per hour and increase is suggested to adjust) will you do it? Look around for cheap ones. Just remember you may need to buy separate drawers or a shelf.
Seville Classics AIRLIFT Pro S3 54" Solid-Top Commercial-Grade Electric Adjustable Standing Desk (51.4" Max Height) Table - Black/Walnut https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075QWGLVV/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0FEA05Z4EKK4WC93RDDE?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Edit: PS- also make sure you get one both tall enough and short enough. That’s a big part of why I liked this one. It has a large range. The standard desk height is 29” (U.S.) but that’s actually too tall for most people. 27”-28” is more common, but if you’re short it’s nice to even have a sitting desk that is actually the right height.
What about this?
It’s a bit hard to recommend a device without knowing anything about your laptop. E.g. what ports do you have on your laptop? USB 3? VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort?
I gave up on finding Alex drawers as well and I used two Micke drawers from IKEA to hold a 60x30 Acacia Butcher Block from Home Depot. I did have to add two brackets per drawer that I got from Amazon to prevent slight rocking
Sydien 10pcs Stainless Steel... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CHGK3K3?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
But other than that it came out great!
I have a desktop and a work laptop, 1 monitor, keyboard and mouse (both USB).
I connect the keyboard and mouse to the km switch via USB to USB cables. I then connect my desktop to the km switch via USB to USB cable. I do the same with my laptop. I have a HDMI lead from monitor to desktop and another HDMI lead from monitor to laptop. There is a button on the km switch that switches the keyboard and mouse from laptop and the desktop.
You may have different ports on your laptop, in which case you get a cable that converts from the inputs.
You can also use a kvm switch (keyboard, video and mouse). With this switch you plug your keyboard, monitor and mouse into the kvm switch and it will share these 3 devices with your laptop and desktop. You will need to plug your laptop and desktop into the switch as well.
There is a connection diagram here...
If it were my set-up, I would. I've had solid-core doors that have warped over the years.
It can be as simple as:
The challenge with IKEA furniture is that the core is a very weak fiberboard so screws will not have a lot to grip into. I would pick a solution where you have enough surface area to apply some construction adhesive in addition to screws.
I also use a hole saw bit to make holes in my desktops for cords. Ditto, adding a cord tray underneath the desk.
It's hard to tell due to the phone camera perspective but there's plenty of room for a chair. The desk is also long enough that when I stand, I can push the chair back into the corner and still have plenty of room to stand centered on the desk.
Next purchase is a nice ergonomic chair, I'm using a cheap Serta one right now that works but isn't great on the back or arms. I tried a Sayl that I really like and will probably be the next investment once I recoup from this one.
I’ve not personally used this my dad has one of these and he seems to like it. It’s pretty much the same as the type of strip you attached a picture of but it’s a smart one so you can control it with your phone/smart speaker, as well as the buttons on it.
Thank you for the info!!! My iPad is the 11” M1 iPad Pro that released just little while ago. The arm I’m using to hold it up is the UGREEN Tablet Holder from Amazon! It’s currently holding up pretty well, if you ask me. Haven’t had any problems with it. If you do end up purchasing it, I hope you have the same experience I’m currently having with it!!!
Here’s the link to the arm:
UGREEN Tablet Stand Holder for Bed Long Arm Tablet Desk Mount Overhead Compatible with iPad, iPad Air Pro Mini 4 3 2, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Nintendo Switch, E-Reader, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076HJVSC3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_K6E56HHQD5NYJYRVPG9T?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Hi! I also have a Mac & Windows setup. I keep one of the keyboard/ trackpad combos in my desk drawers and rotate as needed. It helps keep the area looking tidy. Or you could get a usb switch (like this) and a keyboard mouse combo that only has 1 usb receiver needed for both? Then just press the button to rotate between computers?
Wich year do you have? Because up to I guess 2012 you can remove the foot and add
Digitus Monitor Mounts and Accessories VESA adapter. Silver https://www.amazon.de/dp/B01HM0B6SU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_1JNZ5GE83E9820N5D55M?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Otherwise you can use what I use
HFTEK Apple VESA Adapter Kit https://www.amazon.de/dp/B076QG1253/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_66TP1ZQBPEASKD427SDM
Thank you. The chair is from Sihoo via Amazon UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B082XXGL8M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1).
The Altoids box is to hold up the Dell soundbar that I attached using doubleside gorilla tape, had to do that as the soundbar cant be directly mounted to the Dell P3421W monitor.
Since the cables in the back are more or less permanent, but you still need access to the ports in the front, a good spot for it might be in that space between your desk and the wall. It'll be strange at first, and you won't be able to use that power button on the dock, but all those cables coming out the back and the side are hidden (provided you cable manage them) and you'll still have easy access to all the ports on the front. If not the space behind your desk, then on the side of your desk. The cables will be much more visible but it achieves the same thing pretty much. Command Strip makes a fantastic velcro strip that would be perfect for this.
And the vesa stand you can also find a lot on Amazon. Can’t remember exact wich one. And the vesa mount for iMac Digitus Monitor Mounts and Accessories, Silver https://www.amazon.de/dp/B075FJV86Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_6JEF9CF9AE58QJRATR8T
Since you can’t remove it yourself on the models after 2011 I guess that’s the only way.
Amazon I got it years ago, it’s great!
No 24 ish.
ASUS TUF Gaming 24.5" 1080P... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08K2GYHD8?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
HP 23.8-inch FHD IPS Monitor with... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B072M34RQC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
LED Desk Lamp with Wireless Charger, USB Charging Port, Table Lamp with 6 Brightness Levels & 5 Lighting Modes, Touch Control, Auto-Off Timer, Dimmable Eye-Caring Desk Light with Adapter, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08PFMJR8C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_V2RA7XPXEVE605VFRT4T?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It's a Huanuo brand sold on Amazon. I was skeptical, but it's pretty decent at holding 2x 27" monitors that are about 10lbs each. It's the only one I found that has a wide range of motion and is tall enough to be arranged in a vertical stack. It's susceptible to transferring desk wobble because of how tall it is, so I need to replace my Amazon legs with something custom. The arms are half the price of my the Amazon Basics single monitor arm I have, not as heavy duty, or as smooth, but it's the best one I found that was both available and capable of this setup.
Here's the Amazon.ca link if you're interested. Hopefully it works for you.
I bought this desk mat from Amazon. It just arrived this morning and I already have it on my desk and it looks and feels really good. A bit on the pricey side but worth it.
bought it from amazon about 3 years ago
it was 200$ at the time. Would not recommend though def saving up for an herman miller or steelcase
I just received my EppieBasic 31.5" ultra-wide table lamp. It is awesome. I ordered 3 more for two WFH spots and my office. Nice find!
I have 2 USB switches that I use. One is for my headphones and one is for my keyboard/mouse.
MOUNTUP Single Monitor Desk Mount - Adjustable Gas Spring Monitor Arm, VESA Mount with C Clamp, Grommet Mounting Base, Computer Monitor Stand for Screen up to 32 inch, MU0004 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Z7ZGHD5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_RL-2Fb9G2BF6W?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Arm is here. I love it. Super sturdy and pretty easy to adjust.
Maybe something like this would work:
Oh and the link is Canadian but hopefully you can find something similar if you’re outside Canada.
VIVO Black Fully Adjustable 13 to 32 inch Single Computer Monitor and Laptop Desk Mount Combo, Stand with Grommet Option, Fits up to 17 inch Laptops (STAND-V002C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FOTABWY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_fabc_6p6TFbQ66RWFN
I've got a couple mounts made by mount-it. I bought them from Amazon. They have a single post that grips the side of the desk and then the laptop tray is on a horizontal arm that extends from that.
This says Wali, but its basically the same stand.
Right now I have two laptops on one post and it holds them securely enough that I could type on them if I needed to.
It's subjective (like what you're using it for, size of your desk, etc), but personally yes. You do get more screen with the two monitor way however. If you need to extend the display (have a long desktop where you can move open windows to) and not mirror it (have a copy of the laptop you can show other people sitting across from you), then I would recommend the LG. It's pretty cheap for what it is (ultrawide with Freesync for $250 on sale), and you don't need to manage all that cable as you would with a hdmi switch - just connect the xbox to HDMI, mac (mini displayport to monitor displayport - search amazon for the cable). It has software to split the screen from multiple sources, but I've never tried it with a xbox. ON a full screen, xbox might show blackboxes on the side but IDK - never tried. I would still recommend a deskmount (single this time) to save desk space and also allow for possible vertical use of monitor - just rotate the screen.
Yea so for longevity, I can't comment on it to a big extent, as I have only been using it for about 8 months now, but it has been holding up for me really well; however I do know people who have issues if they take it with them and the USB dongle around it can get broken. This isn't that big of an issue for me.
Also if I can last this a whole year and some change, that isn't that bad for me. I am willing to spend another 80ish dollars to pick up another because of how it has helped me out.
I know there are more expensive ergo keyboards, with mechanical switches and the works, so maybe that would be better of an investment for you?
For the mouse it really is good for me. I am actually picking up the Anker Mouse, the wired version is on sale for 11 dollars right now and is supposed to be very good also. There is also a wireless version that is 19. This may be a better thing to get. I can make a post later after using it if I enjoy it.
Here is the link. It is 11.19 if you have Amazon Prime, or 16.99 without.
Got mine in Asia, but it's this same model on Amazon. Looks to be on sale at 50% off which ends up to $19. I have no idea how legit this is, but if it's really the same one I have, then that's a pretty solid deal
I have one of these and love it. I also have back lighting to be extra fancy but turns out it makes it easier on the eyes.
Your setup looks great; I would just add some lighting to your setup. You can add an LED strip behind the table to add some accent lighting, or even a “screen bar” to help light your workspace evenly. I use both on my setup and they help to reduce eye strain when I work in the evening.
I use the Philips Hue LED strip for my setup. For my screen bar, I use the one made by Baseus (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085C8J6RM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_99EuFb845ERZ8).
Thanks mate! I am rocking the Edifier 1700BT
got the mug from a local comic book shop, only one in stock
I just recently mounted one of these to my standing desk. So far works great. I've got an NZXT S340 PC case for size comparison:
So I'm going to differ, I think a single 43" 4k monitor is the way, the truth, and the light.
You can probably do better on price, but here is a link to an example. Also check my recent post for an example of one in use.
Maybe a vertical laptop stand to regain that lost desktop space. If you almost never open the laptop when connected to the monitor. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0769G51R7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_evWgFbXPE1DFY
Samsung 34" - just got it up this week and it's been really sharp. Just taking a minute to get used to window management with such a large workspace. Thanks for looking! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CS3JB5K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ozUgFb7HQ4M9W
Thanks! Here they are:
Logitech M720 Triathalon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse – Easily Move Text, Images and Files Between 3 Windows and Apple Mac Computers Paired with Bluetooth or USB, Hyper-Fast Scrolling, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LF37K80/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_nIGgFb8261W7Q
PU Leather Mouse Pad with Stitched Edge Micro-Fiber Base with Non-Slip, Waterproof, Mouse Pad for Computers, Laptop, Office & Home,1 Pack, 8inch11inch (Light Black) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089517XSL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_9KGgFbAGMAG6E
There you go my friend Headphone stand
VIVO Single Laptop Notebook Desk Mount Stand - Fully Adjustable Extension with C Clamp (STAND-V001L) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CM9NG1W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_JOdqmbGE4FsnZ
VIVO Black Ultra Wide Screen TV Desk Mount for up to 55 inch Screens | Full Motion Height Adjustable Single Television Stand (STAND-V155C) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GFRP5HT/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_fGpxvZAzhq3is
I love them. It's just two of these from amazon
Hey, sorry for the late response. These are the lights I use. I usually prefer Hue lights, but these are <$15 on Amazon. I’ve had them for a while now - highly recommend.
Maybe this isn't what you want, but I'd buy a regular 2-monitor arm. Attach the monitor to one, and use this for the laptop:
I recently bought a MOKiN hub to handle my "on-desk" phone charger, wireless mouse, and wired mechanical keyboard. This is plugged in to my Dell laptop. The wire situation is getting a bit unruly and I'm having trouble coming up with a solution on how to wrangle them all in in.
In the back of my mind, I'm wondering if a dock would be more appropriate for my situation. I go in to the office 2-3 times a week, so I frequently need to unplug my laptop and bring it with me. I typically need to unplug the laptop charger to bring along with me, so I would buy an extra for my desk.
I would love for a single wire solution that handles the charging of my laptop and HDMI connectivity. Would a dock be more appropriate for me to have on my desk, as opposed to a hub?
The monitor is easy. The left monitor is only for my pc and the middle monitor is shared between personal and work PC. If I'm working, I just swap the input on the monitor to the HDMI cable and when I want my PC I swap to DisplayPort input. Very easy.
The keyboard/mice does not swap - I have 2 keyboards and 2 mice. They do make little KVM switches that allow for monitors, keyboards, and mice to be shared between two pcs. I tried this one out on Amazon and it works OK.
Cheaper than I remember.
I bought a thunderbolt USB-C extension cable as well, as the one on the hub is a bit shorter.
Hub claims 2x 4K HDMI so I think I just need better cables to get the higher resolution for my monitors.
I have this mount but I needed to get a couple of these to convert the M27s to a VESA mount. They attach to the monitor just like the stand would
It’s from Amazon and it’s thick foam with a silicon top. The bumps on it are like a fidget toy for your feet and I find myself constantly playing with them! The top is removable too, so you can easily wash it.
My 8 foot desk is a 8ft x 30inches counter top with cable sleeves underneath that house cables exceptionally well for
After they are threaded through the sleeves, I velcro tie them together to keep them succinct and tidy.
Hm, I have a Corsair gaming mat - this one. I'm not at all a gamer, but I wanted a mat and I liked the size and material, so I got it. I don't mind that it looks like a "gamer mat".
Idk if it's cat proof lol, but my specific cat has never shredded it. But then, I have a standing desk and my cat doesn't jump up on it for some reason. She definitely could - she jumps up on the cabinet, which is taller. Idk why actually. She sits on my chair as well since I stand almost all the time while at my desk. Idk why she avoids my desk surface itself. Maybe because the cabinet is closer to the window
It has worked great for me. I bought it refurbished
I love this thing! It folds small enough that I can carry it in my briefcase too
Happy to help, apologies if I went a little overboard. When you're close to the bleeding edge of what's possible things become complicated quickly.
I think swapping the cable between the two manually is the best solution for now. There may be a KVM in the future that can do what you want since Intel opened up the Thunderbolt spec and it's now part of USB 4. But we're still several years off from that happening, as there's only one actual USB 4/Thunderbolt 4 device in the wild.
I'm assuming the monitor you're looking at is the 38WN95C-W? If so then the way you have everything connected sounds good. Be sure to get a USB hub with a power adapter such as this one from Sabrent to make sure it can handle all of the devices plugged into it. I would also double check that you don't have any audio issues from connecting your interface to the monitor. Otherwise I think you're good to go.
There is no speaker, the one mounted on the left monitor is a webcam (link in one of my previous replies) and the one on the right is this light bar