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Desk Setup, 2021 Edition

I often get asked about my desk setup. I’ve put a lot of research and thought into my setup, but each desk is personal, and should be modified to fit your space.

For example, I have a window in front of my desk, so I only run one light panel, because of the window. That being said, the gear that I have picked out is pretty solid, and has for the most part withstood the test of working at home 100% over the last year and a half, as well as being fully remote for well over 12 years.


I currently use the following gear for my standing desk:

  • Razer Kyo Pro camera - not the best in the world, but not super expensive and reasonable quality. Hit and miss with Mac - sometimes the camera needs a hard reboot to work. – UPDATE: after upgrading to MacOS 12, the camera has seemed to stablize. Also, protip - do not install Razer’s software.
  • Rain Design M laptop stand - I’ve had this stand for going on 15 years. It’s a tank.
  • Dell 4K UHD 2160p Monitor (U3219Q): Looks like it EOL’d but a solid USB-C driven monitor. My only complaint is that it does not have enough ports.
  • Elgato Key Light: Two (one on each side) would be better, but I have a window in front of me, and Seattle willing sometimes I get natural light.
  • Blue Yeti Mic: Good solid microphone.
  • Rode PSA1 Boom: I played around with a few, and landed on this one. It’s worked for going on 3 years.
  • Blue Yeti Shockmount - EOL’d but they have a newer one called a Radius III.
  • Sony MDR7506 Wired Headphones. I have a extension cable running from my mic around to the underside of my desk, and then the headphones plug into that, to keep my desk fairly cable free.
  • VocalBeat Foam Windscreen for Blue Yeti - the best $15 I have ever spent on my desk AV set up.
  • Caldigit Element USB4 Hub: I just upgraded my hub, and now when I switch computers, it’s one USB-C cable for everything.

I run my keyboard and trackpad in wired mode to make swapping computers easier, and to just never have to worry about charging them.