Somewhere on here there’s a blog post about my desk setup at work. I’m not going to link to it because it’s old and my desk no longer looks like that. But I thought it was time to write about my home setup (or at least my current home setup)

This is where I work, where I record MacBites and where I act as Technical Assistant when Elaine is delivering MacBites Learning webinars

My Desk 20131207

My setup consists of:

A mid-2011 21.5 inch iMac running OS X 10.9 Mavericks. The iMac has a 2.7Ghz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive and a 1920 x 1080 display.

A 24 inch external Acer V233H monitor capable of displaying at 1920 x 1080.

A Blue Yeti microphone. Until last year I was using a Blue Snowball and the main reason that I bought the Yeti was for the mute switch. When I’m delivering training (especially when working with Elaine in a “two-hander” situation where we are switching presenters) or attending a virtual meeting, it’s a lot easier to hit the physical mute button than activate the mute feature in the software (if indeed one exists).

The microphone is hosted on an arm which not only frees up desk space, it also reduces the amount of noise picked up from mouse clicks, keyboard taps and humming hard drives.

For input I use an Apple wireless keyboard and Logitech wireless mouse

Under the iMac is an 3TB external hard drive used for backup and a portable Bluetooth speaker.

Not in the photo:
Under the desk are 2 x 1TB external hard drives and a 7-port USB hub which is connected directly to iMac. I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD202 headphones.