Minimalist Desk Idea (Feat. @amazingmaze)
Matthias has posted only this one set of his desk setup pictures and it received a lot of compliments from our followers. So we have decided to share his setup on our blog and Matthias cooperated with us to complete this post. We hope you enjoy his setup and make sure to follow his Instagram account @amazingmaze for future updates!
Hi, my name is Matthias and I'm an art director / graphic designer from Hamburg / Germany. When the pandemic started and I worked more and more from home, I thought I have to refresh my home office situation. It started with me wanting to have a new wall color. Then one thing led to another. New MacBook Air M1, new monitor, etc.
Monitor: BenQ EW3270U
Screenbar: Xiaomi Mijia Lite
Speaker: Audioengine A2+
Speaker Stand: Kanto S4 Stands
Desk Lamp: MARKFROST
Laptop: Macbook Air M1
Laptop Stand: Wooden Vertical Laptop Stand
Keyboard: Apple Magic Keyboard
Mouse: Apple Magic Mouse 2
Desk Mat: Black Leather Mat
Wall Shelves: Floating Shelves
If I have a favorite part of the setup, then it is perhaps the 31.5 inch BenQ monitor. That's one of the main reasons not to sit on the couch with the laptop ;-)
This is a good monitor for most uses. It's more suitable for dimmer environments as it can't get very bright, but it can display deep uniform blacks thanks to its VA panel. Its large screen size and 4k resolution are great for productivity and immersive gaming experiences. It can handle reflections well, but unfortunately, its ergonomics are quite bad, making it difficult to adjust to your optimal viewing position. It has a low input lag and its response time is good, resulting in very little motion blur.
Xiaomi Mijia Lite
This is a great rival of BenQ ScreenBar. It is a metal lamp body and comes with wireless remote control. The remote control uses 2.4GHz and it allows to control the temperature and brightness. The body is connected with magnetic fixation that can rotate within 25 degrees.
Then the Audioengine A2+ speakers and that's it. I've always made sure that it all fits together well in terms of color. I think that I succeeded quite well.
A2+ Wireless Speakers provide clear, full stereo sound and can easily connect to all your music in seconds. Great for your desktop or smaller rooms. The Integrated Bluetooth bypasses your phone and computer audio card to deliver better sound than you have ever heard through the audio jack - simply connect wirelessly! Built-in analog power amplifiers, dual analog audio inputs, USB audio input, aptX codec, hand-finished wood cabinets, variable audio output, subwoofer connection, custom aramid fiber woofers, and silk tweeters, power-saving idle mode, cables included, works with Mac or PC, no software to install, designed for desktop use, but will fill a room.