Last year I started working on the home setup, which I never thought would become my home office one day.
I recently purchased a new Laptop for my Home Office Setup:
- The laptop comes with Dual Screen as visible in the image above. The second image is known as ScreenPad+. You can use it as a secondary screen. Also, it comes with an app to manage your apps. Looks like below You can drag and drop all the applications to keep your desktop clean.
- It also has the option to group multiple apps, and once you click on that group, they will start, e.g., I want VS code to open on the primary screen and on ScreenPad+ I want to open Terminal and my music app that can be done and you can add 4 shortcuts like that Below, Gif shows how it works. You can open all apps you want to group and click capture. You can update that too.
- Swap screen: Yes, you can do that too. If you want the content from screen 1 to be shifted to screen 2 and vice versa, you need to select the below option
- Performance: I have been using it for a week and playing AOE (Age of Empire) a few times; no issues were found. Boot time is within seconds until there are no Windows updates.
- RAM and Storage: I was lucky to get the 2nd generation 2020 build, which has improved a lot, especially the Thunderbolt port. It has 32GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB SSD storage.
- Screen: It has 39.62cm(15.6") OLED 4K (3840 x 2160) 16:9 touchscreen, even scrennpad+ has the same resolution and touchscreen as well. It comes with an ASUS pen, if you are a fan of using it, added advantage.
- Numpad + Touchpad: You might have noticed, there is no extra touchpad visible. The Numpad can be used as a touchpad; you can disable and enable the Numpad by pressing the key shown in the image.
- Cooling: While playing games and running VS code and multiple browsers, I can feel the heat coming from the laptop, but in this generation, cooling is improved. It takes really less time to cool down once I stop playing the game.
I will say this laptop is worth investing in. I love it so far.
Why I purchased it? Of course, I did a lot of research before buying this one. My other 2 options were Dell XPS 17 and Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Gen 2.
I purchased this one for one additional reason, I give talks and conduct sessions online, and now I can easily open the Terminal, code snippets on my secondary screen while presenting my talks or sessions. And it will be useful even once we have in-person conferences and meetups.
Amazon Basics products are pretty cool, and cheap so I went with AmazonBasics Ventilated Laptop Stand
I purchased my microphone last year, and I was short of budget and bought Blue snowball. The best thing about this mic is support from Blue Customer Care. I was having some hard time using it with Microsoft Teams, the support team offered to refund the money, of course, which I denied as I am happy with this Mic and for Teams call I can use my other headsets, but if I had the budget I would have purchased Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone
I am using SRK CLOUD S16 Professional Recording Microphone Stand though I had to do some hack to adjust with my mic. It serves the purpose.
I started building my setup last year; as I mentioned, I decided to go with this 24-inch monitor and Full HD. Of course, due to budget constraint again, My first choice for a new monitor would be either HP EliteDisplay or any Dell UHD monitors, which are too costly or LG 29 inch Ultrawide Full HD
I am like using a USB keyboard and mouse.
The mouse is silent, and the keyboard does not make much sound, which is good to record videos.
I needed a green screen to use Virtual background for my talks. I use StreamYard for streaming and use a background image.
Once you have these many things, the biggest problem is you have a lot of cables visible. For cable management, I was using InstaNeat Cable Management Box, which I moved in my hall for other stuff, and currently using ORICO Cable Management Box
I tried many USB headphones, but none of them were good, I use
Sennheiser PC 8 Over-Ear USB VOIP Headphone just for the Audio Input
I need to add a good webcam, I am using Logitech B525, I am looking to buy DSLR and Elgato Cam Link for streaming. I run my Tech Channel https://www.youtube.com/TechTalksWithSantosh.