Sunday, 7 November 2010


Yes, I have my HP 8740w 17" laptop firing on all cylinders now with its NVIDIA Quadro FX3800 in there somewhere doing a great job so far. Having been on the Mac as my primary machine for quite some time, there are a heap of little differences between the OSs that take a little getting used to. That said Windows7.64 is lovely.

The laptop Dreamcolor screen is something I havent fully figured out yet, but it is lush and vibrant - I almost dont want to drag things up to my new Viewsonic HD VX2439wm 24" LCD. I had to set it up higher on my desk because the 17" laptop screen pushes things up - but all in a good way. I like having the monitor above the laptop like this, though it can make vertical mouse travel a challenge. The Viewsonic screen is all I could ask for even running through VGA as I dont have a Display port adapter to HDMI or DVI. The new LED screens were tempting (for power consumption and extra thinness reasons) this screen was cheaper and better specc'd really (2ms). Everything looks great up there.

My Logitech G700 mouse is super! I dont really need the size as I grip with my fingertips which takes a little adjustment with my wrist rest. I have been playing with the wheel in both free-spin and click mode - advantages to both. I love all the buttons and the dpi changing on the fly is great in Windows as well. Having Cut, Copy and Paste right there is cool - though it is still rediculous that there arent dedicated buttons for this on the keyboard. It is actually quite hard to break the habbit of using your left hand for these operations. Being able to plug the mouse in dynamically to charge up the wireless capability works like a charm, but I love using it cable-free as much as possible. It may not look as wild as Seb's RAT Gaming Mouse, but it will look good for meetings, 3ds Max work as well as charging about in Azeroth or in TF2 or Left4Dead.

The other pieces of hardware around my desk are the iPad (showing off our Holiday pics still), a WACOM tablet, Mbox Mini for ProTools, the Panasonic Lumix TZ-10, my old Canon LiDE100 Scanner, a set of Dell speakers with subwoofer, Sony MDR-XD200 headphones, the trusty iPhone and a few external hard disks (Quite a high cool-tech-density really). On the shelf and beside me are growing piles of 3D World, ImagineFX and Computer Arts Mags plus various comics and ref books that havent found their way back to their homes yet. Behind all this is our nice big Samsung TV and all its home cinema pieces that completes this technozone.

My little workspace is now really only in need of some artwork on the walls and some more figurines for inspiration. Here are some pics of all this hardware in action:

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