Unlike my previous battle station post, I’m not going to spend the time formatting to look so nice. So here’s a run down of my setup.
3x 27″ (2560 x 1440) Monitors
I was able to get these from MonoPrice for $249.99 each. Just be aware that they are DVI only. I’m only able to run them at 30 Hz which is annoying until I can find an adapter that will convert Mini DisplayPort to DVI for 60 Hz at the 2560 resolution. Meh. I do have for my primary one an Acer 2560 x 1440 that I got on Slickdeals a while ago which has native DP in it.
3x 22″ (1920 x 1080) Monitors
I got these from MonoPrice as well for about $99 each. The sixth one isn’t plugged in since I need to get a hold of a cheap DVI cable. For now, my laptop takes its place. But the 6th monitor isn’t so useful for me since on one of my 27″ I have it broken down to four quadrants with Skype, Google Contacts, Google Voice, and Evernote. I’m sure once I get it up and running, I can figure something out.
Since I was able to customize it, I decided on mounting all my monitors. The vertical 22″ monitor is on one of MonoPrice’s $22 brackets.
The two 27″ monitors are on this Heavy Duty Desk Mount I got from Amazon.
The two monitors on the right, 22″ and 27″ are mounted on one stand:
Ok, I know it’s nerdy to list it here, but I would be remiss not to mention these are from Ikea and for extremely low price. I they they ranged from $25 – $50 each. I don’t see why I would ever choose to purchase super expensive office furniture or desk when Ikea serves my purposes even better considering the brackets I’m using. Actually, with the office desks, I found them to be more cumbersome since the mounting options were a lot less.
For my keyboard tray, I opted for a much cheaper option than I had done before. And you’ll also notice I did a “hack” by raising up the mouse tray to be more on level with the keyboard.
This serves well enough, I suppose. I got it for $189.00. My main objective was finding one with a head rest so that I can go uber lazy and rest my head back as I type.
I don’t like it as much as my primary chair still in California. Perhaps I’ll eventually ship over the Humanscale chair. I really liked how it allowed me to flex my back so that I can move around in my chair. I suppose, I’ll have to be more cognizant about adjusting, which is the benefit of the blue exercise ball you see.
Keyboard, Mouse & Peripherals
I use a bunch of shortcuts that are programmed with AutoHotKey. They are essentially a must if you have so many monitors and frequently used folders, and programs. For the sake of simplicity, I’ll just list all my peripherals here: