My Desk Setup – The 2021.5 Edition

After posting my desk setup last week, I made some changes based on the fact that there were things that I didn’t like about the setup. So with some advice from my wife I have a new desk setup. Let’s have a look at what my desk setup looks like after the changes that I made.

The first thing you’ll notice is that I have moved everything to the left and I now have my 16″ MacBook Pro slightly left of centre with my Acer Nitro XV271 Z 27″ Gaming Monitor just above it on a Fellowes monitor stand. My desk phone is just to the left now and the pens and stapler are just to the right. I believe that this makes for a much better work space for me.

Let’s start with the monitor and the computer. This is the Acer Nitro XV271 Z 27″ Gaming Monitor and the 16″ MacBook Pro. This configuration works way better for me than having the monitor off to the right in my previous setup. On top of that the monitor is a decent match for the screen of the MacBook Pro because of the ability do 120 Hz (or higher but I have it locked at 120 Hz) and HDR400. Both are connected using USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter from Apple which also has the connection to my UPS, and the MacBook Pro is powered by USB-C to MagSafe 3 cable that is plugged into the Apple 140W power adapter. All of this sits on the FlexiSpot Electric Height Adjustable Standing Desk which has the ability to raise or lower at the push of a button. That means that I can dial in my perfect position that is ergonomically correct. You can read my review on it here. One thing that I had to do was to put in longer power cables on the monitor to ensure that no matter what height I had the desk, the cables would not become an issue. Likewise, I used a short HDMI cable from the monitor to the multiport adapter to make the cables on the desk neat and tidy. In case you’re wondering, the phone to the left is a Vtech DS3111-2 which is has DECT 6.0 Digital technology which is Vtech’s name for their phones that use the 1.9 GHz frequency which is exclusively set aside for the purpose of voice communication. Thus they will not interfere with my WiFi or Bluetooth devices, or vice versa and ensure that the call quality is top shelf.

Something that I didn’t change is the fact that I still have the InvisQi wireless charger which is placed under the desk so that I can charge my iPhone 12 Pro or AirPods Pro as you see here. Beside it an Asus mousepad that I got at an Asus event a few years ago along with a Logitech V470 Bluetooth mouse. It’s a simple mouse powered by two AA batteries that works well for me.

With the exception of the desk which is plugged straight into the wall, all the electronics are powered from the APC BackUPS 600. In my condo, I have UPS units all over it to protect my various electronics as a UPS or Uninterruptible Power Supply will keep your gear running if there is a blackout thanks to the built in battery. Plus it will protect you from power surges (which is too much current) and sags (which is too little current) thanks to said battery. It also has a USB-A cable that connects to your computer so that if the UPS needs to shut down your computer due to a power event, it can use that cable to send that command to your computer. In my case I have it running into the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter from Apple. But it won’t shut down the computer because Apple notebooks don’t support that functionality within macOS for reasons only known to Apple. But it will recognize when something happens and use UPS power until it runs out. Then it will switch over to the internal battery. I highly recommend these to any computer user to make sure that their equipment is protected from any electrical issues as it is cheaper to replace one of these rather than replace your computer should the worst happen.

One thing that I needed is storage for things like cables, portable hard drives, tools and the like. That’s where these multi-coloured slide out bins from Really Useful Boxes which I got at Staples comes in. They allow me to keep my cables organized so that I can find what I need, when I need it with ease.

Below that, I have a old Rubbermaid clear storage bin which holds more cables. And at the bottom is a Gry Mattr Three Drawer Cabinet that I got at Staples. This holds my files, pens, and assorted stuff like external hard drives and tools. It also can be locked which is a big plus for me.

So that’s my revised desk setup. The changes that I made I think have really helped me to have a much more functional workspace. But I’m open to suggestions as to how that I can make this even better. If you’ve got suggestions, please leave a comment and share your thoughts.

One Response to “My Desk Setup – The 2021.5 Edition”

  1. […] of the things that you might have noticed in my desk setup article is that I have connected my 16″ MacBook Pro to my Acer monitor and my UPS via a big white […]

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