Dream Desk Setup 5.0 | Big Screen Productivity and Gaming

With all the time I spend at my desk these
days, I made some changes to my setup this year to better accommodate me using it for
both work and entertainment. A laptop docking setup to enable its full
potential while working during the day. To a PC gaming setup while taking breaks,
or relaxing on the big screen to some console games, a movie or a show. Hi I’m David and this is my updated Dream
Desk Setup for both work and play. First and foremost my desk setup is designed
to be productive. And generally most of that is done on my older
laptop. Similar to one of my older videos, I have
my laptop docked on a monitor arm for additional flexibility.

It allows me to easily access ports and power
the laptop, I can reposition the built-in webcam for a better angle, and for late at
night emails and meetings I can easily check in while occupied with other matters. And when I’m done it moves out of the way
and keeps the desk clutter free. The setup I’m specifically using consists
of an Amazon Basic laptop tray connected to this expensive but modern looking Ollin Monitor
Arm. To connect the laptop to the rest of my peripherals
I bought this Anker Thunderbolt Docking Station. From this dock I can connect my USB keyboard,
mouse, wired network, charge the laptop and connect that giant LG 48 inch OLED TV but
more details on that later. I also swapped out the included 70cm Cable
with a longer 2 meter Cable so I can route it along the entire arm and handle the height
of my standing desk.

But keep in mind this cable length reduces
the bandwidth in half but that isn’t an issue for my single display setup. I’ll also note that the dock does runs hot,
the power brick is huge, and my older XPS laptop only support a max 65W charging from
3rd party chargers like this but other than that it’s been working fine for this setup. And just like in my older setup, In order
to use my keyboard and mouse on both my desktop and laptop. I use this Ugreen USB switch that’s wired
to both my systems. This allows me to quickly switch my keyboard
and mouse between the two devices with a simple click. Another important part to my productivity
setup is the display. And what I’m using here is the LG C10 48
inch OLED TV as my monitor screen. Full disclaimer this video is sponsored by
LG, but honestly, I was going to buy and use this TV as my main screen regardless. At 48 inches with 4K resolution, it is big
the first time you put it on your desk but if you really think about it, it basically
like having multiple 24 inch 1080p display with two of them in portrait mode on the side.

So utilizing the screen with multiple small
applications tiled across the display is a great way to utilize it for multitasking. Or you can also simulate an ultrawide screen
for tasks like video editing. To make this TV work a little better as Monitor,
I swapped the default stand to this Ergotron HX monitor arm with a VIVO adapter. This allows me to push the TV back a little
further and adjust the height and angle to better suit my needs.

And since I don’t really use applications
in full screen, I bought this app called Wallpaper engine to animate the background. Using this there are some pretty interesting
animations that you can use to show off the screen while idle. But I prefer a subtle particle effect or waves
that’s less distracting while working. To be honest while using this TV for productivity
works well for my needs, if that was my only priority, I probably would have just stuck
to my previous 49 inch super ultrawide for that higher pixel density and wider aspect
ratio. But where this LG TV really excels is the
versatility to switch over and provide an unmatched entertainment and gaming experience. The OLED panel with those self-lit pixels
are gorgeous for those vivid colors and perfect blacks and having a large 16 by 9 screen means
I can kick back and immerse myself with typical videos. That chair I’m sitting on is the Logitech
and Herman Miller Embody collaboration. It’s not perfect for lounging like this,
where a headrest would have been nice, and sometimes I wish it would lean back a little
more.

Also, I do keep an ottoman nearby for better
leg comfort too. But for PC gaming sitting upright with a keyboard
and mouse, it’s a comfortable chair but with some caveats and an expensive price tag. Speaking of the keyboard and mouse, I bought
the Logitech G915 Ten keyless keyboard. And I really like this keyboard but have the
same complaints as everyone else, this being super expensive at $300 US, and that it still
use Micro USB for charging, but there’s nothing else like it in the market with the
low profile clicky mechanical key and lightspeed wireless for low latency gaming. Same thing goes for that LG OLED TV for PC
gaming. It’s pricey at $1500 but for the features
you get with HDMI 2.1 support for 4K 120Hz, Gsync and FreeSync support, and high quality
HDR with that OLED panel.

There isn’t anything else like it. For my PC I’m still waiting to get my hands
on those new GPUs for full HDMI 2.1 support. But for now with my current 1080 ti, I’ll
either play games in a custom ultrawide resolution, or for faster paced games I’ll switch to
4K 120Hz that has Chromasubsampling, turn BFI on, and just play games in windowed mode. I also use this setup to play on my PS4 or
Nintendo switch. So with all these consoles, docks and a PC
I put together this rack system with a IKEA besta unit. It’s still a little work in progress where
I’ve left room potentially for a new console, I might look for better computer case that
designed to sit horizontally, I have a bit of clean up to do with all the cables shoved
in the bottom.

But overall I’m pleased with how I’m able
to consolidate everything cleanly together and have a little extra table space. So that wraps up my updates to my dream desk
setup for 2020. A place where I can work from home, and escape
to relax; all in a clean and minimal space. But hope you guys enjoyed this one. You know what to do.

And I’ll see you in the next video..

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