My Current Home Office Setup & Upgrades In The Near Future

“Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.”
Frank Lloyd Wright (Legendary American architect and also the inspiration for the character of Howard Roark in The Fountainhead)

With this being predicated on an online business that eventually generates consistent positive cash flow (meaning, no need to work a 9 to 5 job), these are some planned upgrades to my home office. It’s not a dream wish list of the most expensive gear in the world; these are items that I would actually pay for. Consider these a ‘poor man’s luxury’, as they like to say in the watch collecting world.

1. Fredde Computer Desk

This is gaming desk from Ikea that looks very functional (I’m not a gamer), with lots of space for a secondary monitor, document storage, and even wings for speakers. Plus I’m a sucker for black. It’s not as minimalist as Ikea’s Idasen which is sit/stand height adjustable, but that’s almost 3x the price of the Fredde. MYR 890 is still too expensive for me, so I’ll probably check around for a pre-owned. No rush. MYR 890, from Ikea

2. Secondary Monitor – Samsung 22inch LED LF22T350FHE

A secondary LED monitor will make it easier for me to have multiple programs open at the same time and will be pretty useful for my research heavy writing. Not a must-have by any means, but I think it would be very nifty and make a significant difference to productivity at not a very high cost. The 11.11 sale on Lazada has this discounted to MYR 308.

3. A Proper Work Chair – TTRacing Duo V3

My current chair is borrowed from the dining table. ‘Nuff said. Based on my research, this is good value for money. There are other ergonomic mesh style office chairs available on Lazada, but this one is the most sturdy and durable entry-level one. The 11.11 sale on Lazada that starts tomorrow has it discounted to MYR 359.

My Existing Setup

Top Row, Left: Ikea Skadis Pegboard System
Extremely customizable and utilitarian, this turns your wall into a neat storage system for your used items, all at arm’s length. The pegboards are standard, the accessories are where the magic lies. Pegboard starts from MYR 75, available on Lazada.

Top Row, Upper Right: Philips Hue Lightstrip
I use this tunable smart LED lightstrip as some contrast lighting behind the Skadis pegboards since I mostly work at night after the kids are asleep. You can control it with your phone or a separately purchased remote. Lazada’s 11.11 sale has it discounted from MYR 399 to MYR 319.

Please note: You need to have a Hue bridge for it to work. The Hue bridge is available on Lazada 11.11 for MYR 223.20 from an original price of MYR 279.

Top Row, Lower Right: Desk Lamp With E27 Bulb
The picture is of an Artemide Tolomeo, but what I actually have is a vintage Philips desk lamp that looks like a Tolomeo. You can’t get it anymore and I would never blow my money on a real Tolomeo, so I located a similar design with really good reviews on Lazada for MYR 29. Since it holds E27 bulbs, you can pick your ideal bulb wattage and color (or like me, use a smart bulb).

Bottom Row, Far Right: Philips Hue White Ambiance E27 Bulb
Like the Hue Lightstrip, this bulb is dimmable and tunable between warm and cool white light. For late night computer work, I’ll keep it very dim and warm so that it doesn’t disrupt my body clock. For evening reading (which I never get to do nowadays lol), I’ll set it to 4000K at medium brightness. Note: This is not the color changing bulb because I’m using it at my workdesk, don’t need colors. MYR 245.45, available on Lazada.

Please note: You need to have a Hue bridge for it to work. The Hue bridge is available on Lazada 11.11 for MYR 223.20 from an original price of MYR 279.

*Small confession: The Hue system can be expensive to get into, and I probably would not have spent the money to acquire it on my own. But in case you didn’t know, I used to work for Philips and was actually the sales lead for launching the entire Hue system. That said, it’s still the best and most awesome smart lighting system on the market.

Bottom Row: Second From Right – Cutting Mat As Table Layer
I use a regular cutting mat as a layer on top of the table surface. It just makes the table more comfortable and the laptop doesn’t move around at all. Also the table is protected when I need to cut paper with a knife or refill a fountain pen. The A2 version is what I use and it’s available on Lazada for MYR 29.90.

Bottom Row: Far Left – Lenovo Thinkpad T460
I got this refurbished laptop in 2019 for around MYR 1,300 without high expectations, but boy, it’s the best laptop I’ve ever owned. Compared to the HP and Dell ultrabooks I’ve used at my day job (admittedly not the high-end models, but neither is this one), this one outperforms all of them. Maybe it’s the lack of the heavy ‘big corporate software’ but it’s enough for me to stick with refurbished older gen Thinkpads when the time comes to upgrade. If things go well I’ll eventually go for an X1 Carbon (maybe 5th or 6th gen). For now, this T460 is available on Lazada and starts at around MYR 1,400 depending on what specs you want.

Bottom Row, Second From Left: USB Mini Clip On Fan
Just a little fan I mount on the pegboard when I want to save energy by not switching on the air-conditioning. MYR 15.90, available on Lazada.

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