My Work and Gaming Environment
I know a good bandwagon to jump on when I see one, so I’m also going to write about my personal work space. Joking aside I don’t consider this sort of post to be just filler. As a self-employed person my desk and PC set up has a major impact upon how I make my living. I spend a significant part of my week based at my desk, so it’s essential to me that it is an organised, efficient and healthy work space. As I use the same set up for recreational purposes, it is doubly important that this is an agreeable environment.
First off there is my chair. It is an executive model that is two years old and has certainly seen better days. It conforms to all the usual health and safety regulations, being fully adjustable and fire resistant. However it doesn’t matter how well designed a chair may be, if you don’t sit in it properly then all its health benefits are mitigated. I have a tendency to slouch but when I do sit properly my trusty chair has proven to be comfortable and supportive.
The desk is actually a dining table I bought back in 2008. It is a little higher than the average office desk and as a result my monitor is directly level with my line of sight. I favour a clear desk and tend to avoid the miscellaneous bric-a-brac that usually accumulates. I keep an A4 notepad to hand as well as my 7 inch Android tablet. I use this so I don’t have to tab out of games to web browse and to also playback podcasts. This has the benefits of not placing additional system demands upon my PC. I tend not to eat at my desk while at work or gaming. I use a coaster for drinks because someone has to maintain standards.
My primary display is a single Samsung SyncMaster T240HD dual monitor and TV. This is a curious hybrid with a native resolution of 1920 x 1200. It’s becoming increasingly hard to find 24 inch screens that accommodate this resolution these days. Although seven years old this screen still has a bright and vivid image quality. Audio is via a pair of Logitech LS21 stereo speakers and subwoofer. These are over 12 years old but still provide adequate sound quality for gaming.
Having worked in IT for twenty years, I have until recently maintained a stockpile of spare peripherals. These were mainly surplus stock from corporate rollouts and tended to be Dell or HP items. I get through a keyboard and mouse every twelve months as I wear them out through constant use. This summer I exhausted my stock and had to buy a new gaming mouse. I chose a mid-range Steelseries Rival Optical mouse which I’ve found to be perfectly adequate. My keyboard is the one that came with my Zoostorm PC when I last upgraded in spring 2014. Cataloguing the finer details of one’s PC is incredibly tedious. Let is suffice to say I have system based around the ubiquitous Intel Core i-5 processor, an acceptable amount of RAM and a suitable Nvidia GPU. I recently upgraded to Windows 10.
Overall I am content with my work and gaming environment. Much of the hardware could be upgraded if I chose to but everything that is currently in place is both functional and a known quantity. The space in which you work and play is just as much about comfort and familiarity as it is about performance and reliability. So at present I am happy to maintain the status quo. It suits my needs eminently and ensures that my desk is free from water marks. Finally before anyone asks, yes I do dust my desk and PC about twice a week. I am not a barbarian.