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All the gear you need to upgrade your stay-at-home setup

By Hoots the Owl - 11 May 2020

Pure minimalism

Monochromatic goodness

Moving over to the other end of spectrum, there are those of you who just want a clean, minimalist setup. Few things satisfy that criteria more than good ol' black-and-white gear, and it's an easy way to make your desk look like something out of a zen retreat. 

 

1. NZXT H210 

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The NZXT H210 is the smallest case in NZXT's iconic H Series. It features the same clean, angular lines and minimalist design, and it won't take up much space on your desk either. With a USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C port on the front I/O, it's also easy to connect modern smartphones and devices to your PC. 

The H210 is nothing if not modern, featuring also NZXT's signature cable management bar on the interior and a power supply shroud to help conceal messy cables. A tempered glass window sits on the side, allowing you to show off your hardware. 

You can find it on Lazada at S$145.

 

2. Cooler Master MM710

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While the Cooler Master MM710 may be targeted at gamers, it lacks any RGB lighting, and the matte white model and matching cable is a good fit for any minimalist setup. It is a featherweight at just 53g, so you'll be poised to jump into game after work if you feel so inclined. It is equipped with a 16,000DPI PMW 3389 optical sensor, which offers flawless tracking and is absent any issues like jitter or acceleration.

With its soft, flexible cable and compact design, it is nothing if not simple and supremely functional.

It is available on Lazada at S$79.

Read More: Check out our full review here.

 

3. Glorious XXL Extended 

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The Glorious XXL Extended gaming mousepad measures 910 x 460mm, large enough to support both your keyboard and mouse. Available in white with black stitched etches and a discreet Glorious PC Gaming Race logo in the bottom right corner, it'll look right at home in any monochromatic workstation. 

These pads are on the slower side, prioritising control over glide, but they offer consistent, reliable tracking over their entire length. And if you're worried about a white pad getting dirty quickly, they're also machine-washable.

You can find it on Lazada at S$79.

 

4. Happy Hacking Keyboard Professional Hybrid

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The HHKB Professional Hybrid in White offers a super compact, unique layout that lends itself to high-speed, efficient typing. While you'll have to get used to using certain shortcuts and the loss of the arrow keys and function rows, it's a joy to use after you adapt to it. This particular model is equipped with a wired USB-C connection and Bluetooth, so you can opt to cut the cord for an even cleaner setup. Compatible with both PC and Mac, it was designed with programmers in mind.

Compared to the previous generation, it now comes with a full set of PBT keycaps, including the space bar, making them very resistant to shine. But the highlight is the Topre capacitive switches, which provide deliciously smooth and tactile key presses that are unlike any other switch on the market.

It's available to buy from Fujitsu at US$281

 

5. Audioengine A2+ Wireless Speaker System

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The Audioengine A2+ Wireless is the latest iteration of the company's smallest 2.0 desktop speaker system. Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity makes it easy to connect them to mobile devices or your desktop, which means you can do away with the hassle of additional wires. It also supports both aptX and AAC, the two major wireless audio codecs.

Wired audio will, of course, give you the best sound quality, and the speakers are equipped with a Qualcomm CSR8670 SoC that can handle PCM music of up to 16-bit/48kHz. There are RCA outputs at the back as well, so the A2+ Wireless can also function as an external DAC and output music to something like a headphone amplifier.

Available in a Hi-Gloss White finish, they make a striking addition to any desk. 

You can pick them up at Treoo for S$469

Read More: Check out our full review here.

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