Home Setup

Update One - Since writing this article I have made several hardware upgrades, specifically my custom-built PC (November 2015) and MacBook Pro (November 2016). As a result, the article has been updated to reflect the changes.

Update Two - In May 2017 I made a number of additional updates, which can be found in the article “My Setup - Update”.

At home I switch between two devices. My daily driver is a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2016). It’s primarily used for productivity tasks, web development and photo editing. The full specification can be found below:

  • 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2016)
  • 2.9GHz Quad-Core Intel i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz)
  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM
  • 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Intel HD Graphics 530 and AMD Radeon Pro 460 4GB GDDR5

Alongside the Mac, I have a custom-built PC. It has a decent specification (listed below) and is used for gaming (including VR), video editing, after effects and virtual labs.

  • Asus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha (Intel Z170)
  • Intel Core i7-6700K 4.0GHz @ 4.6GHz
  • Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler
  • Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB DDR4 PC4-24000C15 (15-17-17-35)
  • Gigabyte GeForce GTX 980 4GB @ 1350MHz / 8000MHz
  • Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2 PCI-e NVMe SSD
  • EVGA SuperNova P2 1000W ‘80 Plus Platinum’ PSU
  • Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Speakers

In total I have three displays, two 27-inch Dell 4K IPS monitors used for productivity and color accurate work, as well as one 27-inch Dell 144Hz G-Sync monitor used for gaming. The exact model numbers are highlighted below:

  • 2x Dell P2715Q IPS 4K (3840x2160 / 60Hz / 6ms)
  • 1x Dell S2716DG TN G-Sync (2560x1440 / 144Hz / 1ms)

My workspace is kept fairly minimal, with all monitors mounted on third-party stands to help maximize desk space.

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The PC is hidden under the desk, with the case door exposed providing easy access to the components. As you can see, I primarily use the Apple Magic Keyboard and Trackpad, however I also have the Logitech K811 keyboard and T630 mouse. These peripherals were selected as they include “Easy-Switch”, which makes it simple to toggle between multiple bluetooth devices.

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A closer view of the two Dell P2715Q IPS 4K monitors. You will also notice the Oculus Rift, which is connected to the PC.

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The far end of the desk provides access to the Dell S2716DG G-Sync monitor, which can be pushed flush against the wall. You can also see the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1 Speakers, which are connected to the PC and Mac. The flat desk edge provides a clean surface for additional peripherals, such as my flight controller (Saitek X-55) and steering wheel (Logitech G29).

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Finally, a closer look at the PC and the hidden MacBook Pro dock, which also connects to the two Dell P2715Q IPS 4K monitors.

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The desk itself and matching pedestal is from Three Counties Office Furniture. They are both designed for corporate use, therefore are hard-wearing and include integrated cable management.

Although not pictured, I use a Herman Miller Setu chair, which includes the Kinematic Spine to control resistance and automatically support your weight as you recline.

Work Setup

At work I exclusively use the 15-inch MacBook Pro. This is connected to two 27-inch Dell Ultrasharp U2715H IPS Monitors.

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Similar to my home setup, the desk is very minimal, with the MacBook Pro docked beneath the table.

I also use a Herman Miller chair at work, however due to the longer hours, it is the more robust Mirra 2. This chair includes a phenomenal amount of adjustment, ensuring all-day comfort.