From PC to M1 Pro MacBook: A Journey of New Home Office Setup

Journey to New Home Office

From PC to M1 Pro MacBook: A Journey of New Home Office Setup

After recently relocating to a new home, I seized the opportunity to revamp my workstation. It was a chance to transition from my old computer setup to a new, more ergonomic workspace. This transformation was not an overnight process, but rather a gradual evolution from a basic PC laptop to a more sophisticated dual monitor setup, complete with an electric height adjustable standing desk and a comfortable office chair.

A few years back, my workstation was nothing more than a PC laptop perched on a watch box on a cluttered desk. However, as I delved deeper into writing about tech-oriented setups, I upgraded to a 2021 M1 Pro MacBook Pro. This new machine was paired with a 27-inch Dell 4K external display and Logitech input devices, marking the beginning of my journey towards an improved workstation.

Throughout this journey, I experimented with various peripherals. For instance, I tried the Keychron K6 mechanical keyboard but found it too noisy. The highly acclaimed Logitech MX Master 3S wireless mouse did not suit me either due to its right-hand-only design. Despite being right-handed, I preferred using the Anywhere 3 mouse from Logi with my left hand. I even tried the Magic Trackpad 2 but realized that I’m more of a ‘mouser’. Nevertheless, it found its place in my new setup.

As a product reviewer for various tech websites, I had the privilege of testing different audio gear, docks, and chargers. Some became permanent fixtures in my setup, like the Haber London leather desk mat and mouse pad, Soundcore Q45 over-ear headphones, and the second of my dual external monitors – the Alogic Clarity Pro Touch 27-inch. This monitor is positioned straight on and centered for optimal viewing while the Dell display sits angled on the right, serving as a secondary screen for less urgent tasks.

Moving to a new condo marked a significant turning point in my workstation’s evolution. It was the perfect excuse to indulge in some online shopping for new gear. The most crucial additions to my setup were the Silybon Ergonomic Office Chair and the Fezibo Electric Standing Desk and Monitor Stand. Despite not being from well-known brands, these items boasted excellent ratings and were affordable. With the help of my engineer brother, we assembled the motorized desk, complete with LED lighting. The setup of the chair, along with other household items, was left to me.

The new desk and chair have been a revelation so far. There is a slight wobble in the Dell monitor when I work, but it’s negligible. What’s more important is that I finally feel ergonomically comfortable. I hope this new setup will alleviate the neck pain I’ve been experiencing lately.

One aspect of my setup that’s still a work in progress is a multi-device charger. I have several options to choose from, and I’m currently testing the Ugreen Nexode 100W charging station. Despite having capable USB-C hubs in my monitors, I haven’t felt the need for a dock recently. However, as my peripheral collection grows, I might reconsider this.

In conclusion, setting up a new home workstation has been an exciting journey. It is an ongoing process of trial and error, experimentation, and learning. However, the end result – a comfortable, ergonomic workspace that caters to your needs – is worth all the effort. Whether you’re looking for the best sit stand desk or exploring the health benefits of an electric stand up desk, remember that creating an ideal workstation is a personal journey that should reflect your preferences and requirements.

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Guy Director
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

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Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

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Guy was very accommodating with meeting him at a time that suited me. He assembled the desk prior to me collecting so I only had to carry it inside with help (it's pretty heavy). The desk is great, the storage racks underneath with the 6 x built in powerpoints was worth the extra money. I have a functioning & tidy workplace.
Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.
Janette

Nickel 10/05/24

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Have now purchased 2 stand up office desks off Guy, benchmark sales service from him, all via email, so easy; from quote to plug in, only matched by the strong quality of these machines, solid and stable. If only everything in life was this easy and reliable.

Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

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I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

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I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

Google
Great service from Guy and the team at Ergomotion! Helped with all my queries and was able to source a standing desk part for me when many others weren't able! Highly recommend!

Shao Lei 30/11/23

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Decent desk and awesome service. Highly recommend

Rod Hathway 10/11/23

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Awesome experience. Great value, super customer experience, ordered, assembled and picked up in 24 hours!

Dom K 06/11/23

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Skip the big name brands and buy from Guy instead, 10/10 linak parts with a very well built tabletop.

Chris Wu 06/11/23

Google
I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.
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