This is the hardware that makes up my office. These items are all I need to run my business from wherever I am around the world. Since this year I am doing less work on-the-go and have mostly been working from Barcelona, I’ve had the opportunity to make a few additions to my setup. While some items are not very portable, most of my hardware can easily be packed and moved around to new locations.
The main change compared to last year’s setup is the addition of an Apple iMac 27″ computer, and my selling of the MacBook Pro 15″. I now use just one monitor for working, so it’s either the iMac or the small MacBook when I’m working from cafes or traveling. I still have the Dell monitor but I am planning to use it to set up a business dashboard when I have time. The MacBook was getting very hot on a daily basis with the fans making a significant noise especially during the frequent video editing and production that I’m now doing due to padel match recording. With the iMac I have significantly more power and don’t have problems of noise or slowness anymore. As always, I was able to sell the MacBook at a very good price. It’s one of the reasons why I always purchase Apple hardware; their resale value is incredibly strong and they are quick sells.
The iPhone is getting slow lately, and I plan to substitute it with this year’s iPhone X when that is released later this year.
Another minor upgrade is the Rode Podcaster microphone, switching from the ATR2100 mic. My friend James Laws had a few of these mics lying around after modernizing his studio and upgrading to better mics, so he generously sent me one. I don’t think it’s worth spending money to upgrade from the ATR2100 if that’s your current setup, but since it came at no cost, it was a worthwhile upgrade for me.
I also upgraded to the GoPro 6 from the GoPro 3+. There is a significant difference in quality, color profile and of course image stabilization which is worth the upgrade alone.
I have a very strict policy with myself to get rid of items that I don’t use frequently. This helps me stay on the minimal side and not clutter up our home with gadgets that are never used. It also makes me think twice before purchasing something that I don’t really see myself using very regularly. Whenever I need to get rid of something that I don’t get enough use out of, I use Wallapop or donate it.
Without further ado, here’s this year’s setup. New items are in bold. Wherever I replaced an item from last year’s setup, the replaced item appears crossed out. That way you can easily see what upgrades I made.
- iMac 27″ |
Macbook Pro 15 inch (MJLT2B/A, mid-2015)
- Macbook 12 inch (2017 model)
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPad Pro (16GB – 2016 model)
- Kindle Paperwhite
- Logitech MX Master
- Apple Pencil
- Bose QuietComfort 20 Acoustic Noise Canceling headphones
- Bose QuietComfort 35 Bluetooth Noice Canceling headphones
- Beats X wireless sports in-ear headphones
- Aftershokz Bluez2 Wireless Bone Conducting headphones
- Klipsch S4 in-ear headphones
- GoPro Hero 6 | GoPro Hero 3+ action camera
- Seagate 4TB External USB drive
- Sony DSC-RX100M III camera
- Ledger Nano
- Dell UltraSharp U2715H 27 inch monitor
- Synology Diskstation DS916+
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Logitech K380 wireless keyboard
- Roost laptop stand
- Rode Podcaster | Audio-Technica ATR2100 microphone
- Rode Smartlav+ lavalier microphone
- UE Megaboom bluetooth speaker
- Joby Gorillapod (with Griptight Mount XL)
- Synology DiskStation
- UGreen cable organizer
- Raspberry Pi 3
- USB Fan
- Ikea Bekant table
- Ikea Markus office chair
- Dell UltraSharp U2715H
- Griffin Elevator Laptop stand
- Apple Magic Trackpad
The iMac is where all the serious work gets done. The Macbook is what I travel with, and is my constant companion when I’m working out of libraries and cafes.
The iPad Pro is part of my morning routine. While having breakfast I read about any of my interests and spend the rest of the time either reading a book (via the Kindle app) or watching padel matches on YouTube.
During metro commutes or while driving, I usually go through the saved articles on Pocket or listen to a podcast. Both of these activities are done on the iPhone of course.
I use the Kindle exclusively for books, since all articles are consumed on the iPhone or the iPad.
As you’ve probably deduced from the number of headphones I own, audio (in the form of music, podcasts or audiobooks) is my constant companion. During my workouts, I tend to listen to podcasts by hooking up the Beats X bluetooth headphones to the iPhone. If I want to push particularly hard I will listen to music downloaded via Spotify Premium instead.
While working it’s usually the Bose QuietComfort wirelessly connected to my Mac (streaming music from Spotify Premium or Brain.fm). I really enjoy working in my own bubble so to speak, and hate distracting noises, whatever the source, with a passion. These headphones have allowed me to create this cocoon in which I can really immerse myself in my work with almost zero sound distractions. They work very well with just the noise cancellation feature switched on, but they really shine when you combine them with Brain.fm or electronic, instrumental playlists from Spotify. If you work in a noisy office environment or in cafes don’t hesitate on going for these headphones, they are the absolute best your money can buy.
While cycling I use the Aftershokz Bluez 2 as they use Bone Conduction technology which means I can keep my ears open for any important sounds such as traffic, which is a safety concern.
Whenever I need good quality photos I use the RX100M III which is a really amazing camera, especially considering its size. I previously had the first generation model of this camera, but this newer model has a tilt screen which is great for selfies. On the other hand, it is slightly bulkier, but that doesn’t really affect its excellent portability.
I use it in conjunction with the Joby Gorillapod especially when filming short movie clips for my wife’s travel blog outdoors. The Gorillapod also doubles up as an iPhone holder when combined with the Griptight Mount XL.
In the photo above you will notice a small white plastic foldable stand. I use that to hold my Kindle or iPhone when I need them to stay comfortably on the desk in front of me while I read off them or use the iPhone as a clock. It’s very handy to use on airplane trays or for those cafe reading sessions.
The GoPro is used when I need to film movies in adventurous environments or padel matches.
So there you have it, my semi-mobile office for 2018. Anything else you feel I should try out in the coming months?
Note: Photo is from last year’s setup, I didn’t take one this year given the very few changes there were.