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Jun 11, 2018

I have a dock + 2 monitors at a desk. I've found that one of the biggest limiting things is VPN or whatever your firm uses as a shared drive system. My old fund had BEYOND shitty VPN so working remotely was pretty much impossible.

Jun 11, 2018

I'll leave talk of monitors to everyone else, but I would highly recommend a standing or adjustable desk if you can get one. I'd also recommend a balance board or some sort of unstable surface to stand on sometimes.

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Jun 12, 2018

Agreed on an adjustable desk. Sitting for more than a dozen hours a day for a decade will probably ruin your back.

Jun 13, 2018

A lot less sitting than that will ruin a lot more than just your back in a lot less time than a decade.

heister:

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Jun 13, 2018

I agree with this. If you're on a budget, check out Varidesk. They have their cheapest model for $395 and you can just throw it on top of your current desk.

Jun 13, 2018

I wouldn't pay that much. I got this and it is awesome:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01COQZQOM/ref=o...
And my point of reference is a $1,500 desk my old company bought me.

Costco has a tabletop one that looks very good for like $200, I think.

Make sure that whatever you get has a crossbar so it doesn't wobble like the one I posted. And I'd avoid electronic ones and just go with hand crank so it doesn't break.

heister:

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Jun 11, 2018

Ensure your internet speed is excellent and get the higher speed package from your provider if you can. The VPN can be difficult to work with (especially on days where everyone in the office is working from home i.e. snowstorms or Fridays in the summer) and a slow connection can exacerbate that.

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Jun 11, 2018

Good choice working from home. Some suggestions:

  • Have a different room strictly for work. Helps you mentally "box up" your work. I don't do this but all my other friends that work from home do and it's widely considered a must.
  • Headset! I use a plantronics one with a ton of bluetooth range and it's super lightweight. If you're working from home you'll probably be on the phone a lot. The only issue with my Plantronics headset is that audio quality isn't super amazing given the price of the unit. Good bluetooth range is crucial if you want to do things like eat/cook while on conf calls or stretch/roll.
  • Maintain a backup computer. I have two high spec gaming laptops that are identical and use a docking station @ home.
  • Multiple screens for sure. Get at least one super wide screen because it makes fucking with Excel a million times easier. If you can only buy one thing, this is it.
  • Proper filing/storage. Seems stupid but I finally did this late last year and it's great if you're a disorganized hack like me normally.
  • Proper desk + chair. Don't overpay for some bullshit ergo chair. Just go to a store with a lot of chairs and try them out, get whatever you like most.
  • Keyboard....I use a gaming keyboard, I think it's a corsair mechanical keyboard.
  • Mouse. Again, gaming mouse with a ton of programmable buttons. You can do a lot of cool things with those buttons. No need to overpay for anything stupid, just grab something off Amazon. Get one of those mice you can use without having to angle your wrist as well for when your wrist/tendonitis acts up.
  • Bitchin speakers. You will need these to play Rick Astley's classic *Never Gonna Give You Up *every morning.
Jun 13, 2018
m_1:

* Have a different room strictly for work. Helps you mentally "box up" your work. I don't do this but all my other friends that work from home do and it's widely considered a must.

This can also come in handy if you want a tax-write off. You need to show your office is solely used for business, which generally is easier when it is a separate room. You can not only write off housing costs (e.g. rent or mortgage & property taxes) associated with the space buy also things like utilities, insurance, etc. (link)

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Jun 13, 2018

No we're fuckin talking. If work is going to be my life I should at least be able to deduct it from my taxes.

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Jun 11, 2018

Same as above, VPN situation can suck but that's not what you're curious about so:

  • 4 x 24, 2 over 2 monitor setup (different industry than you, FYI) - Dell
  • Logitech peripherals: keyboard mouse and headset
  • Dell/Alienware laptop, total tank - if the gamers like them us normal folk shouldn't have issues

In general, and as mentioned above, a lot of the gaming equipment tends to be of good quality and can take beatings. Look into brands like Corsair, Logitech Gaming Lines, Razer, MSI, Alienware, etc.

Edit: and do yourself a favor and get a good chair, seriously

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Jun 12, 2018

Very helpful. Thank you very much

Jun 13, 2018

If you are creating an at home station that will permanently be used solely for at-home work (or if you already have a portable work laptop) please don't buy a gaming laptop for your station at home. You can easily out-spec ANY laptop on the market with a cheaper desktop (even cheaper so if you build it yourself).

Jun 13, 2018

Nerd comment - but no one who considers themselves a gamer uses Alienware. Its over priced and building your own computer is very easy.

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Jun 13, 2018

100%

I bought an ACER in 2014 for ~$1,200 that out-specs half of the current alienware line. Build a desktop for ~$1000 and you'll use it for years. I built one in 2013 and still use it for my home setup. Only added an SSD... It's going to go for years.

Jun 13, 2018

Unless you snag an Alienware from a sweet deal. Company discount knocked 1k off the laptop price, made it totally worth it for the specs it gives + being portable.

Jun 12, 2018

two screens, mechanical keyboard, gaming mouse.

Shell out for a high-power computer, i made the mistake of getting a less powerful comp to save $150 and regret it.

Remember to get antivirus.

Jun 12, 2018

Personally I use an IPad and make all of my spreadsheets using the Google Sheets app. However, I also own 3 Microsoft surfaces to impress women. Occasionally if I'm feeling spunky I'll whip out my magic mouse, but that's pretty rare. I would also buy several chromebooks- they're great.

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Jun 12, 2018
ThatZipFurio:

I would also buy several chromebooks

Several chromebooks for sure. Charging your machine is for poor people. I just keep a stack of chromebooks in the corner of my office and open up a new one when the one I'm using runs out of juice. Everything's on the cloud anyways.

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Jun 12, 2018
ThatZipFurio:

However, I also own 3 Microsoft surfaces to impress women.

forreal?

Jun 12, 2018

Unfortunately due to space constraints right now I don't have my dream setup, but find my specs below:

  • Alienware X51 R3 Desktop (i7/3.4GHz, 16GB RAM)
  • Dell 24in monitor
  • Das Keyboard 4 Professional w/blue switches (have a Das Keyboard 4 Ultimate w/brown switches at work)
  • Razer DeathAdder mouse (have a Logitech MX Master 2S at work)
  • Corsair MM300 Gaming Mouse Pad (have a SteelSeries QcK+ at work)
  • Logitech Z200 Stereo Speakers (have AmazonBasics Computer Speaker at work)

Definitely agree with everything people have said - invest in a good chair, good monitor, etc. Hopefully you'll get to use your setup for more personal use than work use...

Jun 12, 2018
  • 2 Dell 24" U2415 monitors
  • Lenovo X1 Carbon with IPS screen and 16GB ram
  • Rain Design Laptop Stand
  • Logitech M705 Wireless Mouse
  • Adjustable sit/stand desk
Jun 13, 2018

How do you have your laptop connected to the two monitors? HDMI cord with a splitter? I am hoping to have a similar home setup but can't quite figure out how I should connect to be able to use all three screens. Thanks.

Jun 14, 2018

My laptop came with HDMI and multiple USB ports. You can just connect via a USB for some monitors. Obviously doesn't get the best performance though.

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Jun 14, 2018

using the x1 carbon, one is connected via hdmi and the other via a displayport to USB C cable

Jun 13, 2018

Just curious, why does no one use Apple products?

Jun 13, 2018

One can make an argument for Apple laptops because of the UI / OS preferences and screen quality (perhaps even the keyboard). But those arguments are really only valid for the laptops. Apple desktops are frankly dogshit... can't customize them, either under-powered for the price or overpriced for the power. Excel is a bitch to use on Apple OS...

I don't give a fuck what 3rd party addons people say "makes it feel the same"... why would I dedicate resources on my already weak apple machine to make it work like a windows machine...

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Jun 13, 2018

i think everyone covered the monitor/docking station set up already but...

i love my ipad pro. i can review and mark up comments, take notes, etc.
i bought the pencil as well and actually just tried today to take notes with it at a MP - works well highly recommend.

Jun 13, 2018

Surround sound with a keyboard that has back-light features along with a gaming mouse (Razer Basilik).

I am building a new computer system, so right now I am docking my laptop on the desk temporarily until further notice.

Don't forget the subwoofer. Gotta be able to blast and have the ground tremble as you do your excel modeling!

No pain no game.

Jun 13, 2018

Landline through VOIP. You will get sick of repeating yourself 3x every 5 minutes on your cell.

Jun 13, 2018

I typed a post and it didn't go through but I wanted to mention;

  • Logitech G600 Mouse
  • Anker Vertical Mouse (Game changer if you have a wrist or arm injury.)
  • SSD storage
  • Herman Miller Aeron chair
Jun 13, 2018

I work out of my home (pretty common on my side of the business) and these are a few things that really help me:

  • As stated above, having a separate room really helps. It makes you disconnect from all the other stupid distractions and you don't feel like your work life is taking over your home life.
  • Artwork, flowers, books, music, etc. If you're going to be spending hours there with little human contact, it's important to at least be comfortable and enjoy your surroundings. My productivity went up immensely when my office was finally "done."
  • Headset - I also use the Plantronics as @m_1 mentioned. It's solid and comfortable. I believe it's the CS55.
  • Get a chair with lumbar support (although this really applies everywhere).
  • As for set up I don't use anything too crazy. Dual monitors (Dell), comfortable keyboard and mouse (Logitech), and an HP stack.

Other than that as stated above you can get tax benefits. I don't know what they are off the top of my head but I just take my accountants word for it.

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Jun 13, 2018

How do you like the ultrawide? I am in the market for one to make my office setup look cleaner and I love the idea of multi-tasking on one big monitor. Do you use DisplayFusion or any other 3rd party software to better split up windows?

Jan 30, 2020

What computer do you use?

Jun 14, 2018
  • build a desktop for under $1k in 2009
  • upgrades since: new power supply, new graphics card, new heatsink
  • 2x asus 27" monitors
  • two desks, one hand me down PoS and one PoS from wayfair or whatever. one for computer stuff, one for reading/notes/writing/creative/admin/life stuff.
  • two giant calendars (or more)
  • white board with every pantone of postit available in square and tiny size, a few markers
  • pens - many colors
  • 3 box in-tray (david allens only good advice)
  • A file cabinet for paper stuff. 2018 and so much paper.
  • cat tree
  • a patio off of the office. key, get outside in a split second.
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Jun 19, 2018

I'd like to mount a power strip to my standing desk. Would prefer as long and low-profile a cable as possible. Any suggestions?

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Jun 19, 2018
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