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Computer desks are where we spend a huge portion of our professional and home lives. It is worth paying for an optimal setup to maximize the efficiency, effectiveness and safety of the time spend at your desk.
Here we will outline five of the top accessories that can help you get the most out of your desk setup.
Ergonomic Office Chair
If your passion involves computer and tech, the chances are you rack up countless hours sat down at your desk every week. Whatever you pursue in life, it is important to look after yourself and your health. An ergonomic office chair will improve your comfort, maintain your posture and prevent and any health problems related to having a poor practice of sitting standards. The desk chairs that will tick these boxes come in a wide range of prices, from just a couple $100 up to over $2000 if you go for a reputable brand such as Herman Miller. Yes, this is expensive, but, your health is number one when it comes to your pursuits.
Monitor Mounting Arms
These do exactly what they say on the tin. Standing monitors take up desk space which can lead to unsightly cramped clutter. A mounting arm will give you a floating monitor look as well as freeing up your desk space and some more breathing room. The arm itself is usually comprised of two or more pieces which give you flexibility to push it towards the wall or pull it closer to yourself. There is flexibility with the angling of the screen too. Top monitor arm brands include Ergotron and Jarvis.
External GPUs (eGPUs)
Imagine being able to game like on a PC but on your laptop – with external GPUs (eGPUs) you can. An external GPU is a desk accessory that houses a dedicated graphics card and connects to your laptop via thunderbolt 3, allowing you to use the computing power of the dedicated graphics card whilst running your laptop. This means you are able to game at a far superior graphics level and FPS than you would able to compared to regular gaming on a laptop. This accessory is perfect for the PC gamer who doesn’t necessarily want a large bulky gaming laptop to carry around but still have the graphics capability at hand when you want to game. Comparing the top external GPUs in 2018, 2019, the most popular model currently is the Gigabyte AORUS Gaming Box, which can be preconfigured to have a RX 580 or GTX 1070 included out of the box. It has everything you would want in an eGPU – thunderbolt 3, solid build quality and excellent reliability.
The growth of the popularity of smart speakers with inbuilt hubs are possibly the most significant consumer tech trends of recent times. The integration of the likes of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant into many devices, has brought game changing control and automation of homes. This makes the perfect desk accessory for controlling any connected device in your room. Whether it be to turn down the lights, access huge music libraries or even control your PC, these hubs are incredibly practical. The best smart home hubs include the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Samsung SmartThings.
Audio Switcher Software
This simple software is a fantastic solution to the over complicated nature of switching between audio devices via Windows Control Panel. The Open Source project lets you set hotkeys to go from one device to another instantly. If you’ve just finished a movie using your speakers for audio and you fancy some gaming on your headphones, the transition is easy. The best part about Audio Switcher is that is completely free. One thing to note is that it only works on WIndows Vista, 7 and 8 currently.