What’s On My Desk? Ep. 4 – The Keeblog


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So… It’s been a while. But welcome to another episode of What’s On My Desk?! Lots has happened since I last featured my own setup. I’ve been working mostly and when I’m finally off, I usually work on some other projects or study – I’m an actuary by trade so there is a LOT of studying. With the whole work from home shift following the pandemic, I’ve arranged for my desk setup to be easy to switch between “work mode” and “out of office” mode. With a few cable management tricks and some handy gadgets, I’ll show you how I make the switch seamlessly. Here’s what I’ve been using for the past year!

The Keyboard

  • Keycaps: MT3 Profile, Serika Colorway
  • Case/PCB: MHKB a.k.a. The Minivan Hacking Keyboard
  • Switches: Zealio™ V2 Switches (Tactile)
  • Cable: I ONLY USE MECHCABLES – This one was custom built with Aviator connectors.

Yeah, I fell in love. I’ve bought and sold and built so many custom keyboards in the past few years but I keep coming back to this MHKB. It’s a similar setup to what I used back in the office (See WOMD Ep. 1) with some slight changes. I’m kind of bummed that The Van Keyboards closed up shop – definitely wouldn’t mind picking up a few more of his keyboards.

I think over time, artisan keycaps have lost their appeal to me so there are none in this setup. I also kept the same-ish color scheme but with my preferred keycap profile by using MT3 Serika. Also, realizing that this board is here to stay, I splurged and got Purple Zealios (still can’t find a switch I like more). And… MECHCABLES, I can’t stress enough how good they are. I’ve tried every other custom cable shop in the hobby and still can’t find anyone that does it better. Please check them out.

Also, if you are interested in MT3 profile keycaps, check out the MT3 section of my Overview of Different Keycap Profiles. Here are some options available on Drop.com, ready to ship:

Click here to shop MT3 Profile Keycaps Directly from Drop.com!

The Gamepad

The Mouse

For the longest time, I’ve been using the Corsair Scimitar and while it’s been great, I’ve been wanting a wireless MMO mouse. I’ve switched to the Razer Naga Pro which lets me choose between dongle 2.4Hz connection or Bluetooth. This lets me easily switch between work PC, home PC, and my personal laptop on the go. I use the default 12-key side panel since I usually play MMO’s (when I have 5 minutes…).

Razer Naga Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse: Interchangeable Side Plate w/ 2, 6, 12 Button Configurations – Focus+ 20K DPI Optical Sensor – Fastest Gaming Mouse Switch – Chroma RGB Lighting

Corsair Scimitar PRO USB Optical 1600DPI Right-hand Gaming Mouse

Razer Naga Pro Wireless Gaming Mouse: Interchangeable Side Plate w/ 2, 6, 12 Button Configurations – Focus+ 20K DPI Optical Sensor – Fastest Gaming Mouse Switch – Chroma RGB Lighting

Corsair Scimitar PRO USB Optical 1600DPI Right-hand Gaming Mouse

The Desk Pad

I recently found an amazing Etsy seller that makes desk pads and other leather goods from scratch. These desk mats are custom made to order and made from the best materials – and I’m so glad I found this shop! While there were more customization options, I opted for the stitched and finished black leather. In the largest size available.

As I’ve said in the past, Grovemade is steep in price and I personally don’t see an incredible amount of value in their desk mats. The shelf system is amazing, I admit. But when it comes to high quality leather, do yourself a favor and visit BreannaPradoLuxury. They are also able to make a custom deskmat with pockets and mouspads exactly how you need it. Here is a sample of one of their more elaborate customs that showcases what they can do (I will be featuring them soon!):

Click here to check out BreannaPradoLuxury

The Sound

Might not have been the easiest thing to spot on my setup but if you haven’t caught it already, I’ve tucked away a compact VIZIO sound bar under my Grovemade shelf – the perfect fit! Really powerful sound with a lot of great features.

Also for music and voice recording stuff I love the Blue Yeti (It’s stashed away at the corner of my desk). Super great value – I’ve used tons of other professional grade microphones including the Blue Bluebird.


Blue Yeti USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac, Blue VO!CE effects, 4 Pickup Patterns, Headphone Output and Volume Control, Mic Gain Control, Adjustable Stand, Plug and Play – Blackout

  • Custom Three-Capsule Array: Produces clear, powerful, broadcast-quality sound for YouTube, game streaming, podcasting, Zoom calls and music.
  • Blue VO!CE Software: Craft the perfect broadcast vocal sound and entertain your audience with enhanced effects, advanced modulation and HD audio samples. Advanced Blue VO!CE is compatible with Yeti, Yeti Nano and Yeti X. To access Blue VO!CE, please download Logitech’s free G HUB software.

Under my desk, I have a Plantronics Voyager 8200. Very solid sound and noise cancellation.

A Modular Setup w/ Cable Management

For me, the shift to remote work following the pandemic inspired a lot of changes to my home setup. For one, I purchased a whole bunch of cables from MECHCABLES. Since there was a need to switch devices often, having extra host side cables available meant that I didn’t have to go to the back of the laptop or PC to plug in/out my peripherals several times a day. Now I keep two extra host side cables available in case I need to plug in a drawing tablet (for mathematical/whiteboard demonstrations at work) or a numpad. These along with my headset dongle are all plugged into a 2-way USB Switcher that makes switching between my work laptop and personal PC as easy as pressing a button. If you have two or more laptops/PCs on your desk, I highly recommend this UGREEN USB 3.0 Switcher – it’s arguably one of the best additions to my home setup.

Sale


UGREEN USB 3.0 Switch Selector 4 Port 2 Computers Peripheral Switcher Adapter Hub for PC Printer Scanner Mouse Keyboard with One Button Switch and 2 Pack USB Male Cable

  • USB 3.0 Switch Selector: UGREEN USB 3.0 KVM switch allows up to 2 users to share 4 USB 3.0 peripheral devices, such as printer, scanner, mouse, keyboard, USB disk, etc. Without constantly swapping cables or setting up complicated network sharing software, It’s a good choice if you have multiple PCs or Macs.
  • Increased Work Efficiency: The keyboard mouse switch supports ultra-fast USB 3.0 data transfer rates of up to 5Gb/s (10 times faster than USB 2.0), to work flawlessly with high-bandwidth USB 3.0 devices, such as external hard disks, high-resolution webcams, camcorders, video surveillance cameras, digital video cameras, multi-channel audio and more, and is backward compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 devices.

I like to keep my desk tidy with as much cables out of site as possible. Here is what I used to mount my monitors and for cable management:

OHill Cable Clips,16 Pack Black Adhesive Cord Holders, Ideal Cable Cords Management for Organizing Cable Wires-Home, Office, Car, Desk Nightstand

Changsuo Cable Management Box Small White Cable Organizer Box for Extension Cord Power Stripe Surge Protector Wire Management Concealer Organizer Cover Hider for Desktop Home Office Kitchen (Black)

ShellKingdom Cable Management Box, Cable Organizer for Cable and Cord Management, Storage and Holder to Cover and Hide & Power Strips & Cords (Balck 2 Set)

Alex Tech 10ft – 1/2 inch Cord Protector Wire Loom Tubing Cable Sleeve Split Sleeving For USB Cable Power Cord Audio Video Cable – Protect Cat From Chewing Cords – Black

OHill Cable Clips,16 Pack Black Adhesive Cord Holders, Ideal Cable Cords Management for Organizing Cable Wires-Home, Office, Car, Desk Nightstand

Changsuo Cable Management Box Small White Cable Organizer Box for Extension Cord Power Stripe Surge Protector Wire Management Concealer Organizer Cover Hider for Desktop Home Office Kitchen (Black)

ShellKingdom Cable Management Box, Cable Organizer for Cable and Cord Management, Storage and Holder to Cover and Hide & Power Strips & Cords (Balck 2 Set)

Alex Tech 10ft – 1/2 inch Cord Protector Wire Loom Tubing Cable Sleeve Split Sleeving For USB Cable Power Cord Audio Video Cable – Protect Cat From Chewing Cords – Black

Other Stuff

My Samsung Gear

SAMSUNG Electronics Wireless Charger Trio, Qi Compatible – Charge up to 3 Devices at Once – for Galaxy Phones, Buds, Watches, and Apple iPhone Devices, Black (US Version)

Samsung Electronics Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone US Version Smartphone Tablet 2-in-1 Foldable Dual Screen Under Display Camera 256GB Storage, Phantom Black

SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds Pro, Bluetooth Earbuds, True Wireless, Noise Cancelling, Charging Case, Quality Sound, Water Resistant, Phantom Black (US Version)

SAMSUNG Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm Smartwatch with ECG Monitor Tracker for Health Fitness Running Sleep Cycles GPS Fall Detection Bluetooth US Version, Silver

SAMSUNG Electronics Wireless Charger Trio, Qi Compatible – Charge up to 3 Devices at Once – for Galaxy Phones, Buds, Watches, and Apple iPhone Devices, Black (US Version)

Samsung Electronics Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G Factory Unlocked Android Cell Phone US Version Smartphone Tablet 2-in-1 Foldable Dual Screen Under Display Camera 256GB Storage, Phantom Black

SAMSUNG Galaxy Buds Pro, Bluetooth Earbuds, True Wireless, Noise Cancelling, Charging Case, Quality Sound, Water Resistant, Phantom Black (US Version)

SAMSUNG Galaxy Watch 4 Classic 46mm Smartwatch with ECG Monitor Tracker for Health Fitness Running Sleep Cycles GPS Fall Detection Bluetooth US Version, Silver

TIL I learned that I have way too much stuff on my desk, especially after writing this. Tune in next time for less stuff (?) !



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