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

By Hoots the Owl - 11 May 2020

The space-saver

Minimise your space footprint

Not everyone has the luxury of a big desk. But if you've been forced to work from a tiny desk at home, there's still hope. There's no reason why you can't still have a killer workstation.

 

1. Samsung Space Monitor (S27R750Q)

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A monitor stand is one of those pesky things that can eat up a lot of valuable real estate on your desk. Sure, there are monitor arm options, but that is if you have a VESA compatible monitor to also go with it. Even then, it may not be aesthetically pleasing either because of the mix-match setup. To get around these issues, the Samsung Space Monitor uses a nifty clamp-type stand to free up more space on your table and purposefully designed for its screen. The stand lets you pull the monitor forward, or push it flat against the wall, so you can adjust it to suit your preferences. Pushing it back also means you instantly reclaim table space for other uses like craftwork and such.

The S27R750Q comes with a 27-inch 2,560 x 1,440-pixel panel, which is plenty sharp. The higher resolution also lets you create a wider workspace that can display more of documents and webpages with less scrolling and zooming. There are nifty features to make cable management easier as well, and the power and display cables run down a recessed channel on the rear and down the clamp stand to keep the clutter off your desk.

And if you feel so inclined, the monitor will work well for gaming too, boasting a 144Hz refresh rate for more fluid gameplay. 

You can get it at S$548 from Gain City's online store. If you need something bigger, Samsung also has a 32-inch model boasting 4K resolution.

 

2. Aftershock Vision Mini

Desktop PCs are generally large and bulky, but not all of them have to be. The Aftershock Vision Mini is a super tiny work PC, perfect if you don't want to work off your laptop but have no room for a more traditional tower chassis. 

It can be equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen 5 3400G or Intel Core i7-9700 processor, so there's something for a range of budgets. Measuring a mere 155 x 155 x 80mm, it should fit easily on even the smallest of desks and easily hide behind your monitor.

It is available now from Aftershock at a starting price of S$399

 

3. Logitech G304

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First announced in 2018, the Logitech G304 remains one of the most reliable wireless mice available today. If you're pressed for space, the last thing you want is the hassle of additional cables or charging docks. The G304 offers excellent tracking, flawless wireless performance and runs off a single AA battery, so you can simply swap it out whenever you need to. Not that you'll find yourself doing that often though – battery life on this mouse is absolutely phenomenal. 

You can find it on Amazon.sg at S$79.

Read More: Check out our full review here.

 

4. Keychron K2 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

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The Keychron K2 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard offers a more compact footprint while retaining most of the functionality of a full-sized keyboard, such as the function row and arrow keys. The K2 can be used in either Bluetooth mode or with a cable, and it will work with more than just your PC, with support for your phone and iPad as well. You can connect it wirelessly to up to three devices at once, and switch between screens quickly using Fn + 1/2/3. 

According to Keychron, the K2 can last up to 72 hours on its 4,000mAh battery, which translates to three full days of typing. It is available with a range of switches as well, and you can pick between Gateron Blues, Browns, and Reds.

You can get it at S$129 from Shopee.

 

5. Bluelounge Soba

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Cable management plays a big part in making your setup look good, and this is even more important if you're working with just a small area. After all, an uncluttered work area is the first step toward an uncluttered mind.

The Bluelounge Soba is a smart cable management solution that bundles up to three cables in its tubing to make them easier to manage. A convenient mechanism Bluelounge calls the Vortex zipper automatically closes up the tubing once the zipper passes, sealing the cables inside. Finally, there are three plastic mounting caps along the length of the Soba, so you can easily route your cables where you need them to go, such as under your desk or along the wall. 

You can get it on Amazon.sg at S$49.30.

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