The working from home thread: tips and advice

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  • Cheers.

    I will be using it with a separate keyboard and mouse and the laptop will be on a stand like this:

    So I guess double checking the stand options first is the way to go.

    Which screen did you get in the end?

  • Also idk if it makes a difference but this will almost exclusively be used for PowerPoint, Excel, and more PowerPoint.

  • That's a bit different then. You can pair it with something like this https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B08G1­F4LJ5 (no idea about that specific one but you get the idea) and it's a much better setup than just the laptop.

    Mine is some Asus one I got from work but it's used when traveling most of the time so no nice set up. Still far preferable to a single monitor though.

    If I was buying my own I'd try and get something with usb and hdmi connections.

  • Anyone got experience of the Håg Capisco?

  • Good point.

    This is what I was looking at Portable Monitor, ARZOPA 15.6 Inch, 1920×1080 FHD, 100% SRGB IPS Monitor Screen with HDMI/Type-C/USB-C, Eye Care Gaming Portable Screen, Dual Built-in Speaker for Laptop/PC/Mac/PS3/PS4/PS5/Xbox/Phone https://amzn.eu/d/4ZH8aN9

    Should also probably have a look to see if the W10 laptop-to-laptop screen sharing/casting thing works with this new laptop and my old personal one. As that would be a pretty neat solution.


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  • Seems pretty good, the colours aren't terrible or anything like that and I've not had any problems with it connecting or whatever. I've not really used it for actual work I'm afraid - really as everyone else said the issue with it (if there is one) is that it might not be comfortable to work with a low down screen without a separate keyboard and mouse. I'm yet to try that.

    If that's not going to bother you due to to having it on a stand I'd say go ahead. You could maybe find smaller or larger one if you don't/do anticipate needing to travel with it, 15.6" is okay but quite a bit bigger than my 13" laptop.

  • Cheers.

    Definitely looking at 15.6" as I've currently got no expectation of travelling with it and I want something bigger than my 13" laptop.

    Seem to have hit a road block with using my personal laptop as a 2nd screen. Do thsrs.

  • Yes—used for c.12 months, I really like it: I've got one that can go tall enough to work with standing desk, and it always feels stable and supportive. The range of motion/position it supports is also nice.

    I did go to sit on one at the shop on Wigmore Street to check how it felt.

  • Did you try the 8020 version as well? Big difference?

    8020 is about half price here, but wonder if it will hold up for long daily use

  • Afraid not, but I had the same concerns as you and I wasn't that fussed about trying it out.

  • one of my clients has a few, I took the piss out of them a few times for it, then sat in it. WOW. so good.

  • Diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my hands (Bouchard's nodes). I think the trackball is exacerbating it (worst joints are index and middle finger of right hand).

    Tips for a good ergo-mouse? Fine with #buyer spec.

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