Editors’ Picks: Digital Discoveries
Bo Moore, hardware lead, and Alan Dexter, executive editor, reveal the tech that’s been getting them excited
I recently redid my home office setup, part of which included a new PC build (a lovely glowing setup, thanks to three LED strips, a handful of RGB fans, and a nice clear viewing panel), as well as the introduction of a second monitor. I’ve been using two monitors on my office PC for a while, but I decided it was time to step up my at-home situation as well.
My main problem was that my desk at home is not terribly big, so the prospect of fitting two 27-inch monitors on there (I know, I’m spoiled) did not sound easy. To save space on the desktop, I installed this two-arm desk mount from Echogear to hold my monitors. It has gas-powered springs to make adjustments easy—I don’t need a tool for anything, unless I want to tighten the adjustment tension. And to keep my desk clean, there are little channels in the bottom for me to feed cords through.
I’m a big fan of the new setup. My desk is clear and I can adjust everything as needed for maximum comfort throughout the day. More importantly, my cats are pleased with the new addition. With all that desk space freed up, there’s plenty of room for them to nap next to my mouse and keyboard. $199, www.echogear.com I have broken my Sennheiser Momentum headphones. They have suffered numerous yanks, drops, smashes, and other careless moments over the years, but kept soldiering on regardless. Until now. This month, I forgot I was wearing them as I walked away from the machine to go and sort something out. From that point on, I was limited to audio in the left ear only. Wiggling the wire briefly brought stereo back, but this merely confirmed my worst fears—I’d broken a trusty friend that has been with me for over two and a half years.
This is MaximumPC, though, and a new set of cans is never far away. Zak rooted through the gear cupboard and handed over the Sennheiser HD 650. Consider this day one of a long-term test. Initial impressions are that they’re a bit tight on my head, but comfortable enough. The fact that they have detachable cables means hopefully I won’t damage them in the way I did their predecessors. The sound quality is impressive, and as these are open-backed, I can hear my colleagues—an improvement over the Momentums (at least for the office).
The real takeaway, of course, is that I need to show more care around my headphones. Or wireless may be a better idea…. $500, https://en-us.sennheiser.com
ECHOGEAR DUAL MONITOR DESK MOUNT
SENNHEISER HD 650