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More Setup Changes

Over the last week or so, I've been working on improving my setup. I've already written about the new Microphone and the new audio interface (both of which I'm really enjoying), but I've not talked about a couple other changes that I've decided to make.

First, the monitor on my standing desk died. As you know if you've read the previous blog posts about this, I'm working on getting my standing desk set up so I can do some voice overs and some videos from there. When the monitor died, I decided it was time for some changes.

I put one of the 27 inch HP monitors that have been on my main desk for a couple years on the standing desk. It is quite a change, as I'll talk about later. Then I ordered a 32 inch curved monitor from Sceptre. It's a lot bigger. I didn't think there would be that big a difference between 27 and 32. It looks like way more than 5 inches.

The Sceptre monitor I bought is okay. I don't know the model number off hand, so I can't share that with you, but it was around $250. I chose this one because it was one of the only 32" monitors that wasn't ultra widescreen. I don't have room for an ultra widescreen on my desk, not if I want to keep the other 27 inch monitor on my desk as well. Which I do. Eventually, I'm going to get a new desk, but that will be waiting until next year.

I say the new monitor is only okay because I'm not quite happy with the contrast. Blacks on it are pretty washed out. I think I can fix that in the settings, but so far that has not happened. There doesn't seem to be an auto calibrate function like there is on my 8 year old HP 27" monitors. Which I find disappointing.

I'm also somewhat unhappy that I went with 1080p for the new monitor. I still say I can't tell the difference between this and something higher, but I've only seen 4k and 1440p in friend's offices, so maybe I would on my desk. I'm not too disappointed. I can't see pixels or anything.

Right now the thing that is driving me nuts is that the second monitor, the 27" looks so much smaller. The two side by side just do not fit well together. It makes me think I want a second 32", but I don't think even with the curved nature of them, that I'd be able to fit two 32s on my desk. I may try it anyways though in a few months.

So yeah, my setup is slowly coming together. This will probably be the last change I make until I get my new desk next year, which I'm honestly quite happy about. Too much change and all that.

On another note, I think I'm going to be spending a month in qtile. I still love i3, and I doubt very much that qtile will win me over, but for a video I'll spend some time with it and see if I can make it work as well as I have with i3. Maybe do some ricing and work on a ricing script for it. That should be fun and provide some content, so stay tuned for that.

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