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Thanatosian
Apr 16, 2013

Angrier, Bitterer Man


Grimey Drawer

So, for the Uplift desks, I've found comparisons for advantages/disadvantages of laminate vs. bamboo (bamboo handles liquids better, but scratches/dents very easily, laminate is far more resilient), but what about the hardwood options? How does the reclaimed wood compare to the rubberwood? How do either compare to the laminate or bamboo?

I'm a huge klutz so I think bamboo is out, and solid wood seems like it'd be way higher quality; leaning towards the rubberwood, but why is it so much cheaper than the reclaimed or walnut tops? Just easier to come by, not about the quality?

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Wasabi the J
Jan 23, 2008


Walnut is a quality hardwood that is valuable.

Rubber wood is not, bamboo is not.

Bamboo is pretty durable and not a bad option, in my personal opinion, unless it's the color or aesthetic you don't care for. I have a bamboo desk that's about 8 years old and served as a kitchen storage counter for a couple years, and it's back to desk duty no worse for wear.

Wasabi the J fucked around with this message at 09:14 on Jan 30, 2021

Head Bee Guy
Jun 12, 2011

Retarded for Busting

Grimey Drawer

i keep banging my loving knee on my cheapo 3M keyboard tray. I plan on replacing the knee-seeking hand crank knob with a nut, but my i still smash my meniscus into the mechanism. Anyone fix this problem without just buying more poo poo?

hypnophant
Oct 19, 2012


Thanatosian posted:

So, for the Uplift desks, I've found comparisons for advantages/disadvantages of laminate vs. bamboo (bamboo handles liquids better, but scratches/dents very easily, laminate is far more resilient), but what about the hardwood options? How does the reclaimed wood compare to the rubberwood? How do either compare to the laminate or bamboo?

I'm a huge klutz so I think bamboo is out, and solid wood seems like it'd be way higher quality; leaning towards the rubberwood, but why is it so much cheaper than the reclaimed or walnut tops? Just easier to come by, not about the quality?

fwiw my experience with the Fully bamboo top is itís extremely tough and hard wearing. They have some process that increases the normal hardness of bamboo, and a couple years of normal use have scarcely put a dent in it. Uplift may not be using the same stuff though.

Rubberwood is a rubber-producing tree from malaysia, which has a productive life of 30 years and then must be cut down and new trees planted. Historically nothing could be done with the cut-down trees since theyíre very vulnerable to insect damage, but modern stuff is chemically treated which prevents this. Itís an unattractive wood but it is very cheap since itís made from the leftovers of industrial-scale rubber production. Rubberwood wasnít an option when i got my desk but iíd still have gone with bamboo since i think it looks a lot nicer.

Zarin
Nov 11, 2008

I SEE YOU


I'm using a pair of Magellan sit/stand desks (electric drive) from OfficeMax/OfficeDepot and they loving own.

They're about 6' wide and 3' deep; the package was heavy as gently caress, but a single UPS dude (who presumably must be swole af) delivered it, and I was able to gently manhandle it down the stairs. The packaging and assembly instructions were - no joke - the most beautiful things I had ever seen in my entire life. Like, the ex-manufacturing engineer in me wept. Each step of the assembly had its own bubble-wrapped hardware and assembly tools (unless it was using an assembly tool from a previous step) and the instruction book was practically idiot-proof. Just completely amazing work.

Both of them went together without issue and have done a fine job so far. I've had one for maybe 3 years now, and the other for almost a year.

3D Megadoodoo
Nov 25, 2010

BENIS


Head Bee Guy posted:

i keep banging my loving knee on my cheapo 3M keyboard tray. I plan on replacing the knee-seeking hand crank knob with a nut, but my i still smash my meniscus into the mechanism. Anyone fix this problem without just buying more poo poo?

Hand crank to nut is a natural progression.

Ihmemies
Oct 6, 2012



I finally got *most* of the RGB working with Corsair iCue. I had to buy a Lighting Node Pro RGB controller + some cable adapters so I can use my RGB lights with the Corsair RGB controller. Corsair software is actually functional compared to the hosed up garbage Asus keeps pushing to consumers.

For whatever reason Jonsbo's VC-4 GPU support doesn't work. I have no idea why. It worked while it was connected to the motherboard.



24" Dell, 32" curved dell, Fractal Design S2 case.

I have a cable tray waiting for installation but it has been too much so far. Maybe next weekend!

Hughmoris
Apr 21, 2007
Let's go to the abyss!

Finally joined the Standing Desk Crew. Splurged on a desk from Uplift, just received everything today (ordered it 7 days ago) and assembled it. A bit of a heavy bitch for one person to swing around but got it done. My cable management looks even worse than before but I just wanted to get it done towards the end.

Picking up a standing mat from Amazon, will see how that goes.

Been working from home for the past year, definitely excited to start standing more during the day.

CommanderApaul
Aug 30, 2003

It's amazing their hands can support such awesome.


Hughmoris posted:

Finally joined the Standing Desk Crew. Splurged on a desk from Uplift, just received everything today (ordered it 7 days ago) and assembled it. A bit of a heavy bitch for one person to swing around but got it done. My cable management looks even worse than before but I just wanted to get it done towards the end.

Picking up a standing mat from Amazon, will see how that goes.

Been working from home for the past year, definitely excited to start standing more during the day.

Stand mat made all the difference in my knees and lower back. Wearing shoes all day helps too.

.random
May 7, 2007



My new desk is on its way at last, so I'm looking at ways to improve my wire situation

Naturally, I am therefore coming to The Experts

My current situation:

I've got a desktop under the desk and a laptop on the desk - the laptop varies between a work laptop and my personal laptop.
I'm using:

a ugreen 2 port USB switch... This has to be accessible either above or below the desk so I can press the button on it... It is connected to:
  • Computers to output to (which plug into the back of the switch):
    • desktop from under the desk
    • an anker 7-in-1 "hub" adapter, plugged into my laptop
      • has HDMI from the monitor
      • has power from below the desk
      • maybe has a webcam plugged in (it does right now, but this can potentially go elsewhere)
  • Shared USB devices (which plug into the front of the switch):
    • keyboard
    • mouse
    • maybe the webcam

Then there's like speakers and (off screen), an amp/DAC and a long headphone cable running to it, but eh. I can live with that if the rest is nice and pretty. I just don't know how to fix the bundle of wires D: Is all I can do getting a shorter cable for the keyboard and between the switch and the hub?

I'm willing to potentially get different hardware if it can make things much nicer and isn't prohibitively expensive. Thank y'all <3

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hypnophant
Oct 19, 2012


Semi-serious suggestion: upgrade your monitor to one of the dell ultrawides with built-in kvm

e: or get a real kvm instead of using a separate hub and switch

e2: not endorsing that specific model but thatís the kind of thing to look for

hypnophant fucked around with this message at 21:10 on Feb 14, 2021

.random
May 7, 2007



Appreciate the thought on a different monitor but I wanted an IPS with high refresh and didnít find anything like that with a KVM-ish functionality, alas!

Speaking of KVM, I did some digging, but it was hard to find one that explicitly said it supported both USB-C from a laptop and 2560x1440 @ 144Hz (or just, say, 120Hz). Might just need to look harder

hypnophant
Oct 19, 2012


Wellll the one i linked claims to do 4k@60, so itís at least theoretically got the bandwidth to do 1440p@more but not guaranteed to actually support that. Hereís a benq page that does explicitly claim 144hz works over usb-c, so it might be worth trying it out and just returning it if it doesnít work as expected.

e: Hereís the only kvm iím aware of that explicitly supports high refresh rate monitors, but it doesnít do usb-c.

hypnophant fucked around with this message at 13:52 on Feb 16, 2021

.random
May 7, 2007



For high hz DP, looks like Level1 makes a couple (a DP1.2 and an upcoming DP1.4), as does ConnectPro (DP1.4, sounds like? Up to at least 120hz, maybe higher at my res).

These are each in the $300-something price range which is Not Cheap, but they should be workable with the laptop using the Anker hub in combination... but then would be potentially be DP from the monitor to the KVM, then from the KVM running a DP-to-HDMI cable and a USB cable to the Anker hub, and then the Anker hub connecting to the laptop, which sounds like in the finicky world of KVMs may or may not work properly. It would still require me to have the Anker hub on the desk (with additionally the power cable running to it), but it would eliminate at least a decent amount of the messy cables. Definite maybe.

There is also a 3 computer (2 DP, 1 USB-C-all-in-one) KVM from some other company but it is Very Expensive ($800+?) and doesnít support over 60hz.

TheDK
Jun 5, 2009


You're going to lose the ability to enable G-SYNC if you introduce something between the GPU and the monitor, which would be a deal-breaker for me.

I currently use this Monoprice USB switch for peripherals:
https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=38298

and switch monitor inputs with ControlMyMonitor batch files:
https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/control_my_monitor.html

This allows me to keep DP connections to my gaming PC and the other (USB-C or HDMI) work laptop. Switching systems involves pressing the USB switch button and running a shortcut.

It's pretty rad!

.random
May 7, 2007



Ahh, yes this was a concern I had but thought it was Maybe Sorted Out - thanks for the heads up.

Having a USB switch with a separate button sounds like it would help a lot. (Maybe even cooler would be a hotkey switchable USB switch at that point. Iím scared to ask if that is something that has been worked out. I saw a couple on Amazon with less-than-inspiring reviews )


(I am manually switching my monitor right now which is ok, but a batch script sounds snazzier. Iím hoping you switched the order and you actually run the batch script THEN toggle the switcher though or else youíre a wild man blind-clicking )

e: vvvv the hotkey I meant was for the USB switch itself to switch sources

.random fucked around with this message at 00:26 on Feb 17, 2021

TheDK
Jun 5, 2009


.random posted:

Ahh, yes this was a concern I had but thought it was Maybe Sorted Out - thanks for the heads up.

Having a USB switch with a separate button sounds like it would help a lot. (Maybe even cooler would be a hotkey switchable USB switch at that point. Iím scared to ask if that is something that has been worked out. I saw a couple on Amazon with less-than-inspiring reviews )


(I am manually switching my monitor right now which is ok, but a batch script sounds snazzier. Iím hoping you switched the order and you actually run the batch script THEN toggle the switcher though or else youíre a wild man blind-clicking )

Yeah I have two scripts, one for each 'mode', which I put into a toolbar. Click the icon, press the button. You can hotkey the input scripts using shortcuts but that wasn't very reliable in my experience.

Cheese Thief
Oct 30, 2020




This is my tabletop, which is right next to my desktop. I got lost in it for a few hours today. I like how simple this is. Could just run a printer wire usb out to my tower if I wanted to connect the sound.

Vintersorg
Mar 3, 2004

PRESIDENT OF THE OFFICIAL BRENDAN FRASER FAN CLUB





Jumping on the trend of butcher blocks on ikea cabinets but all the Karlby and Alex things are sold the gently caress out. Alex apparently not getting a restock till April now I read. So instead i've ordered something similar:

The Micke which is same height but a few inches less in depth:
https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/micke-drawer-unit-drop-file-storage-white-50213080/


And instead of the wheels I'll use the Eket feet for the bottom:
https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/eket-foot-adjustable-metal-70340044/


A local hardware place has a nice solid block of Acacia wood in dark expresso stain for only $15 more than Ikea's so I figure that's better than veneer over MDF.

(no pics yet till we move in)

Vintersorg fucked around with this message at 23:45 on Feb 24, 2021

Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



Vintersorg posted:

Jumping on the trend of butcher blocks on ikea cabinets but all the Karlby and Alex things are sold the gently caress out. Alex apparently not getting a restock till April now I read. So instead i've ordered something similar:

The Micke which is same height but a few inches less in depth:
https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/micke-drawer-unit-drop-file-storage-white-50213080/


And instead of the wheels I'll use the Eket feet for the bottom:
https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/p/eket-foot-adjustable-metal-70340044/


A local hardware place has a nice solid block of Acacia wood in dark expresso stain for only $15 so I figure that's better than veneer over MDF.

(no pics yet till we move in)

Is the Micke cart (that you plan to take the wheels off of) actually the same height as IKEAís table legs? If I were you Iíd grab a set of inexpensive legs from the table bar and screw them to the butcherblock, the cart will likely comfortably roll underneath. That will give you a more stable and easy to move, and probably more comfortable, platform than simply resting the wood top on the cart

It will look better as well.

Vintersorg
Mar 3, 2004

PRESIDENT OF THE OFFICIAL BRENDAN FRASER FAN CLUB





I am using the carts as legs actually. The "new thing" with desktops this year was people doing this. Karlby's and Alex's sell out QUICK.

This is the Karlby butcher block with Alex drawers.



This is with a butcher block and micke drawers.


The guy I spoke with used these from Home Depot:
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbil...-306229574-_-N&

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Ok Comboomer
Oct 20, 2007



Vintersorg posted:

This is with a butcher block and micke drawers.


gray shiplap wall

minifridge beer/Sig/Yeti/Apple stickers in lieu of personality

sheepskin on floor

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