For the first time in quite a few years, I’m planning on a different desk setup at home. Actually, for the first time in about 16 years, I’m buying a new desk as part of the plan.
The small desk that I use has been slighted modified to suit my preference for keyboard on slab over its slide out keyboard tray. But otherwise, it’s about the same desk my mom bought about 20 years ago when we got a Pentium 4. Making the migration away from keyboard trays, and frankly having held up much better, is why it replaced my desk that I bought about 16 years ago when I got my own personal computer.
Here’s what I’m envisioning:
- A slab style desk about 40″ wide.
- Monitor riser to hold the big ass monitor.
- Laptop docked under the riser.
- Speakers to either side.
- Some means of swapping between tower and laptop.
For the desk part of this equation, I’m looking at this gaming desk
. It’s close enough in dimensions to my mom’s old desk that I don’t think Corky will notice it encourching on his beloved bedside corner unless the cupholder falls off and hits him in the snoop or I spill a drink on his head. The included riser should be just enough to handle my monitor’s stand, and I could probably go with one of those arms if that doesn’t work out.
This should allow sliding my development Latitude or my work MacBook Pro under the riser, and in theory, maybe I can get away from the annoyance of the monitor leg being under my mouse pad 😂.
Having a slab of comparable dimension should maintain the benefit of having the room to the side for my laptop / phone / whatever the crap I’m working on but put it at the same height as my desk instead of being a “Lowered” shelf the size of a PC shelf. The lack of a place to stow my PC other than on the slab means that Rimuru will probably end up on a little rolly stand of his own, or that I’ll duct tape some cardboard together to make one.
The part that I haven’t quite figured out is device swapping.
On the back of my monitor there are strips of Velcro affixing a Gigabit switch
and a USB hub
. On the top is my webcam and behind are my speakers
jacked into one of the dual USB-C 10 GBit/s ports on Rimuru’s expansion card.
Stack has a Dell docking station that solves most problems of interfacing if it fits but won’t be able to share much. Whether I replace it with a shiny XPS or a Mac someday, my next laptop is going to have USB-C ports much as this was a design requirement when I built Rimuru! Since most of my gear is either Bluetooth (keyboard, headphones) or USB-A (mouse, webcam, USB-A hub, Xbox controller adapter) it would be relatively easy to swap from desktop to laptop as desired by using a USB-C hub because the only Bluetooth device switching around is one with multiple device pairings. The sticky one is that my speakers require a USB-C for their data connection to actually
work. The only solution I’ve been able to figure on so far, is one of the few hubs readily available that has both USB-A and USB-C ports
. I figure that most connections of interest can be routed to such a hub, along with display/network for the laptop. Personally, I would prefer something like the 4-port USB-A hub on my monitor but as a 4-port USB-C hub, but those are still harder to find as most vendors are C-to-A style hubs and most have short cable lengths. The alternative would be having to switch my speakers between USB-C input and Bluetooth mode, which isn’t totally convenient since they would still need Rimuru to be powered on, making USB the better deal for toggling between devices.
A tricky part of this is the cable length such a hub. That effectively means that cable swaps would require running a USB-C to C extension cable from Rimuru to the hub and swapping the hub between that extension cable and whatever Stark’s successor is. And probably hoping that the new desk or riser lets me put binder clips on the back for cable retention, to keep the cable for falling off, lol.
Well, at least that is my concept for right now.