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1 Share Tweet Pin Email Five-Monitor Arc The Boston office of Mitch Haile is a great introduction to the world of seriously overpowered home offices. Haile, a software developer, built this workspace in 2011 around a U-shaped desk in the attic of his house, which helped him grind through 60-80 hours a week writing code. One side of the desk boasted a quintet of monitors that allow him unprecedented screen space, hooked up to a 12-core Mac Pro with a grotesque 50TB of storage space. This guy’s into some serious projects. Unfortunately for fans of epic displays, Haile has cut back on the real estate of his setup and is now rocking a mere three monitors. 2 Share Tweet Pin Email Apple Fetish It’s inarguable that the industrial design coming out of Cupertino has changed the way we think about computer hardware, so when entrepreneur David Wu decided it was time to rebuild his home office, he went Apple all the way. But this isn’t your typical Mac geek layout. Wu installed a black pillar in the corner with a glowing Apple logo and HD LCD screen built in and streaming Apple TV, which he uses for music while he works. A replica of the maple Fetzer desks from the Apple Store holds his workstation. Shelves along one wall hold the original boxes of most of the Apple products he’s bought through the years. It’s minimalist compared to others on this list, but Wu’s attention to detail is insane. 3 Share Tweet Pin Email The Flying Coffin One class of PC gamers that revels in hardware is flight simulator wonks. Sure, you can replicate the experience of piloting a jet with a keyboard, but it’s a lot more fun with a flight stick and all the accoutrements. A Reddit poster with the handle “recoilfx” shared his incredibly stylish battlestation that lets him game to his heart’s content and then folds up perfectly into a small table. Dubbed the Flying Coffin, the setup includes a built-in force feedback seat, steering wheel, flight stick, and rudder pedals. When it’s stowed away, you’d never know it was there. 4 Share Tweet Pin Email Double Six-Monitor Setups There’s a point where your computer setup goes beyond “home office” and into “the CTU set from 24,” and Stefan Didiak passed that point a long time ago. Didiak is a software developer who works on incredibly complicated projects that often require a hideous amount of computing power. To give himself the hardware he needed, he constructed a home office that is absolutely flabbergasting. The main work area boasts five monitors (two turned vertically), while the adjacent server area has another five. Didiak has an aversion to overlapping windows when he’s working, so he felt the need to create a display setup that could accommodate a lot of information. The PCs running all this are insanely beefy as well, and Didiak notes that if he powers everything in the office on at once it will actually dim lights throughout the neighborhood for a second as the load balances. 5 Share Tweet Pin Email Gamer Cave Not all of these amazing computer rigs are being used for work. Gamers are legendary for wanting to push the envelope with their battlestations, and forum user “Flarex” posted this incredible shot of his subterranean gamer cave. With atmospheric blue-and-red lighting on the walls, a six-monitor setup for the main station and a dual rig on the side, along with a huge HDTV, this is a setup that you could retreat to in case of an apocalypse and never come out again. 6 Share Tweet Pin Email Six-Screen Backlit The golden age of home office setups has been in part due to advances in display technology. Just a few decades ago, computer monitors were hefty CRT models that would collapse any wall you mounted them to. With the rise of affordable flat-screen LCDs, workstation designers can now explore panoramas of visual data that boggle the mind. This six-monitor setup with red backlights by Reddit user heartbraden features a large screen for media, a trio at the bottom for graphic design and gaming, and two more for monitoring security cameras, weather feeds, and other stuff. With 15TB of hard drive space, this puppy’s one serious contender. 7 Share Tweet Pin Email Internet Marketing in Toronto Similar to stock trading online, internet marketing is a competitive field and this setup in Toronto, Canada, helps give Rank Study founder Darryl Peddle the edge. Analyzing and comparing websites all day can be a tedious and time-consuming task requiring marketers to open and close several windows at a time in order to get the data they need. Darryl built this seven-monitor rig with more than 100GB of ram to help him quickly crawl and assess multiple sites in any market to quickly identity gaps and areas of opportunity. 8 Share Tweet Pin Email L3P D3SK One of the most famous computer mods of all time, the L3P D3SK takes the guts of a high-end computer and transplants them into a liquid-cooled desk that looks like something out of a science-fiction movie. As developed by electrician Peter Brands, the setup is driven by an Intel Core i7 processor with a pair of Nvidia GTX 980 cards, and more hardware than you can shake a stick at. The liquid-cooled system is displayed in its full glory in a wall-mounted desk under a translucent top, letting you admire the guts of the system while you’re waiting for a YouTube video to buffer. If you want one of your own, Red Harbinger’s Cross Desk is a commercial version based on Brands’s design. 9 Share Tweet Pin Email 40-Monitor Trading Rig Stock trading requires the monitoring of an absurd amount of data, as minute fluctations in the markets can ripple out and have wide-ranging effects. For day trader Steve Price, the best way to keep track of all that information was through a home office rig he built in 2010 with a flabbergasting 40 discrete monitors. Six PCs drove the whole setup, which Price used for researching trades and developing software. Price’s original plan for his home office included 60 monitors, but after building out the space he had to cut back. 10 Share Tweet Pin Email EVE Online Command Post Let’s continue with our multi-monitor theme for a little bit with the rig built by Zhek Kromtor for playing EVE Online. The super-complex space game involves keeping track of a huge amount of action at one time, but this setup is over the top. Fifteen monitors laid out in three rows give Kromtor what’s called a “multiboxing” setup—he uses several of his six PCs to operate multiple accounts in the game, employing programs like Synergy to synchronize mouse and PC movements across multiple computers. It’s a lot of effort to gather virtual resources in an imaginary world, but EVE players are well-known for their dedication. 11 Share Tweet Pin Email Wall-Mounted Water-Cooled Rig Reddit’s r/battlestations is one of the best places on the web to find inspiration for amazing home office rigs, and one of the most popular posts of all time there shows a PC that thinks outside the box—literally. Wall mounting your components instead of stuffing them in a casing makes cooling much simpler, and if you’ve got a sense of style you can do some cool stuff with it. The wall-mounted rig, dubbed “MAXxPlanck2” by Reddit user GoodAtIt, features a water-cooled Intel Core i7 950 processor, a pair of 1TB hard drives, and a trio of monitors. It could probably pass as modern art in a very gullible gallery. 12 Share Tweet Pin Email Nine Systems, One Keyboard If you’re a software developer, testing across multiple platforms is the bane of your existence. Flickr user coyote.land has constructed a home office rig that takes away a good deal of that aggravation. Boasting five Macs, three PCs, and a lonely Linux box, this home office uses a single keyboard and mouse across all the platforms via an open-source hardware-sharing program called Synergy. Most impressively, screen switching from computer to computer is utterly seamless. The guy who owns it does native web app development, meaning that it’s actually necessary to have access to all that hardware in one place. 13 Share Tweet Pin Email Disco Revolution Remember those AOL CD-ROMs that kept filling up your mailbox in the ’90s? The free-trial discs, which reportedly cost America Online more than $300 million to hand out, were often repurposed as craft material for making shiny mosaics and children’s art. Or, for enterprising home stylists like Redditor 88squirlz, as wall and ceiling decor. “More than 50 percent” of the mirrored design is made of AOL trial discs; the rest are “old shareware CDs, printer drivers, old operating systems, my Windows 2000 MCSE school CDs.” As the CRT monitor and Red Bull cans might suggest, this photo was taken in 2004. But you have to admit: The retro battlestation made you miss your Tamagotchi and car phone.

Home Office Setup

Step 1: Pick a space You can use a portion of a room as a home office, but be sure the personal spaces are clearly separate from the business space. Your home office must be the primary area where your business activities take place, or if you spend most of your time elsewhere, the place where you conduct administrative or management chores (assuming you don’t make substantial use of any other fixed location to conduct those chores). When furnishing your home office, you should have only those decorative items that would be appropriate for a “real” office or cubicle—if you wouldn’t have something in a real office, it shouldn’t be in your home office. Your desk, computer, filing cabinets and shipping area (if you have one) should all be part of your home office space. Storing Inventory If you use areas in your garage, basement or attic as storage space for your inventory, you can add it to your home office space to take the deduction. You cannot deduct your entire garage, basement or attic if you use only a portion of that space to store inventory. The solution? Duct tape. Use it to set the boundaries of the “business” portion of your garage, basement or attic so that if you are ever audited, the IRS agent can see clearly where your home office space ends and your personal space begins.

Home Office Setup

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Home Office Setup

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Home Office Setup
Home Office Setup
Home Office Setup
Home Office Setup