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This is how HardwareZone works from home #HWZWFH (Part 8)

By Aaron Yip - on 12 May 2020, 4:22pm

I think my love for most things Star Wars is quite obvious.

The Covid-19 pandemic will forever change the way we work, for better or worse. Some will no doubt prefer the freedom of working from home, while others would rather go back to a normal routine working life. I’m leaning towards the former but at the same time, I do miss the day-to-day interactions with my fellow HWZers. Anyway, by now you would have seen the Work From Home setups from my peers. Here’s mine.

I am fortunate to have my own ‘man-cave’. My man-cave isn’t just a room where I store some of my LEGO collection, reading materials and, as you would have correctly presumed from my role as the editor for gaming and lifestyle, gaming memorabilia that I collected over the years. It’s also my gaming room.

The Apple iPad Pro is my go-to mobile companion - even around the house.

With the circuit breaker in place since last month however, the gaming room now also function as a study/work room and test lab where I test and review products including gaming notebooks, PC components and of course, video games.

While Kenny picked an Omnidesk as his table of choice and Hongzuo kept faith with a very nice old-school Sitoca table (you’ve got to be a Gen-X or older to remember this brand!), mine is a glass table from IKEA. I can’t exactly remember the model name, but I do know they no longer carry the same table design any more.

A little dose, not too much, of RGB is my preferred choice.

The center piece here is my custom built DIY gaming PC, which is powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 9900K processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. RGB lighting is obligatory, but I have purposely toned it down – not overly blinding nor flashy. Complementing the PC is an Acer Predator X27 gaming monitor that supports 4K with HDR. Admittedly, I’ve been spoilt rotten by the GameAxis Test Rig in the office, which was built in the exact configuration, except it’s paired with an ROG Swift PG27UQ 4K/HDR gaming monitor, but I really do think the clarity (especially for texts) and colours that 4K and HDR offers make a difference for both work and gaming.

My casing of choice is the Define R6 by Fractel Design, and you're also looking at a Thermaltake AIO Liquid Cooler system, the Floe DX RGB 360 TT Premium Edition.

For my keyboard and mouse choices, I went for the complete Logitech Lightspeed solution. The keyboard we see here is the G913 Lightspeed Gaming Keyboard, which even though is wireless-capable, is permanently tethered to the computer. The mouse is the wireless G502 Lightspeed, which together with the PowerPlay Wireless Charging System meant that I never have to worry about charging the wireless mouse ever. Oh, and I know it’s a weird brand mix, but I do love the Razer wrist-rest that I got from a Razer Store in Las Vegas. I’m surprised the range isn’t available on their webstore. Every wrists deserve one.

Razer are known for their gaming peripherals and notebooks, but their wrist-rests are one of the best in the market.

I know many gamers prefer to use headphones these days, but I still prefer a good old-fashion 2.1 speaker system. My choice here is the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1BT, which I got for an absolute steal at 30% off the retail price. The audio quality is great for gaming and Spotify-ing, which is what I do most on the PC, and the sub-woofer is boomy enough for my spouse to complain about – so that’s good too.

The 'circuit breaker' kicked in sudden enough that I had to quickly set up this corner of the room.

I usually do my console gaming in the living room, but because the family is also having their own #WFH arrangements, I figured it would be better to set up a console corner in my gaming room and leave the living room as a no-work-allowed communal area. So I brought back our loan/review unit of the ROG Swift PG65UQ, a Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD), and hook it up to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One X and of course, a spare gaming PC. In my opinion I think BFGDs caters to an extremely niche gaming audience, but this ROG monitor is impressive, nonetheless. Stay tuned for my review.

Finally, my ‘throne’ of choice is the SecretLab Omega chair, a popular choice within Team HardwareZone. Mine is clad in Ash coloured PU leather and despite the humidity of Singapore, and I know of many whose similar chairs have had peeling leather issues, the chair is still thankfully in excellent condition.

That’s enough from me. In the meantime, please observe the Circuit Breaker measures and stay safe.

 

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Aaron Yip

Aaron Yip / Gaming & Lifestyle Editor

An industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. When not spending time on his gaming PC and consoles, he can be found in Hyrule solving ungodly puzzles and collecting gems.