whexy1999
My desktop settings

My desktop settings

Created
Dec 14, 2022 03:43 PM
Last edited time
Dec 25, 2022 01:40 AM
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Monitors

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I have a dual monitor setup. Both of them have 4K resolution and HDR support.
The left one is Dell S2722QC, 27 inches.
Price: $285
Rate: ★★★★☆
Advantages: The monitor has good color accuracy. It supports Thunderbolt that provides charging🔌 and video signal transmission📽️ in one single Type-C line, which is suitable for MacBook.
Disadvantages: The monitor doesn’t contain a DisplayPort interface.
The right one is Samsung S70A, 32 inches.
Price: $299
Rate: ★☆☆☆☆
Advantages: Large screen, very helpful for work.
Disadvantages: The color is badly inaccurate. It only comes with one HDMI and one DP interface, which is not enough for my setup. When connected to external speakers, they often do not produce sound and must restart the monitor.

Computers

I own a PC and a laptop.
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MacBook Pro, 14 inches.
Specifications: M1 Pro, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD.
Rate: ★★★★☆
Advantages: Good for computer science students. Mostly I use it in my class and the lab. I’ve been a MacBook user for years, so I don’t need to say too much.
Disadvantages: Arm architecture is not suitable for computer system research. Many (old) tools are still only with x86.
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HP OMEN 30L
Specifications: AMD 5700X, Nvidia 3080, 48GB RAM, 3TB SSD.
Rate: ★★★★☆
Advantages: HP OMEN is a pre-built gaming PC with a powerful GPU and water cooling. I update it with a larger SSD and big-capacity DRAM. I install Arch Linux on it. My everyday friend.
Disadvantages: Light everywhere. I like my PC online 24/7, and I don't want too much light.

Speakers

I cannot live without music🎵. If you see me sitting (or standing) in front of screens, you will hear the music!
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HomdPod Mini
Rate: ★★☆☆☆
Advantages: If you have iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook, you will find it very comfortable as you can control it with all your Apple devices. Very useful to have Siri around and turn off my lights lying in bed.
Disadvantages: ONLY WITH APPLE DEVICES! No Bluetooth interface and no 3.5mm audio interface. You cannot use it with your PC and Android phones.
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Mackie CR3-X, 3 inches, in a pair.
Rate: ★★★★★
Advantages: Amazing sound quality. I never use studio monitor speakers before. This is absolutely awesome.

Gaming Consoles

Nobody can ask me, “PS5 or Xbox?” Because I have them all!
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PlayStation 5
Rate: ★★★★☆
I play most games on it.
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Nintendo Switch
Rate: ★★★★☆
Bad performance but great games. How can I hate you, Nintendo?
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Xbox Series S
Rate: ★★★☆☆
I only buy it because of XGP. But now I have a PC, so I barely use it.

Input devices

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Magic Trackpad
Rate: ★★★★★
If you use MacBook with a monitor, you must have a magic trackpad! Just as the name says, pure magic.
 
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Logitech Master 2S
Rate: ★★★★★
The best mouse I've ever used! Unfortunately, I once dropped my monitor on it, thus leaving a crack. Logitech, please consider stronger material in the next generation!
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Logitech G305
Rate: ★★★★☆
Good gaming mouse.
 
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Keychron K4, brown switches.
Rate: ★★★★☆
Advantages: Keychron K4 is a Bluetooth keyboard that can connect up to three devices. I was a red switches guy, but once I go brown, I can never go back.
Disadvantages: The layout is not good. I wrote a post about keymappings, and in the post, I drew the layout of this keyboard. You can check it out at:
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My Keymappings
. The right Shift is too short and close to the upper arrow button.