What have you used to make your office more pleasant?
With all the time we spend at our desks, not just playing games and working, but also chatting with friends, watching videos and hopefully paying attention to our ergonomics, it doesn’t hurt. to afford a new accessory, a toy or any other pleasant gadget. sometimes. In the same way that we want a comfortable bed for all the sleep we get in our life, we want a comfortable environment in our offices.
Sure, we have our PCs, monitors, headsets, mice, and microphones, but have you added anything that makes your office more pleasant to hang out in? This is our question this week: What have you used to make your office more pleasant?
We’ve got answers from the PC Gamer team below, and we’d love to hear yours in the comments as well.
A coffee heater
Lauren Morton, Associate Editor: I cannot stress enough that I am not kidding when I say this this silly and very cheap coffee warmer changed my office life. A friend got me a year ago and I replaced it with an identical one after years and years of mugs finally scratching the heating pad coating too much. I drink three cups of coffee a morning, but very, very slowly. I used to go down to my microwave several times a day when I inevitably left a mug to cool by accident. Never again.
A monitor stand
Evan Lahti, Global Editor: Apparently this stuff costs $ 60, yuck, but the Fellowes Monitor Stand that I grabbed from our desks eons ago is still a big help. It’s just nice to have a second tier on your desk, another layer to sit stuff on top of and below. I put a speaker there that I use for general audio playback, when I’m not playing a game that deserves headphones. And the drawer is a safe for all kinds of necessary waste: stamps, batteries, chapstick, USB sticks, knives.
A wireless mouse
Tim Clark, Brand Director: In terms of computing, Wes introduced me to the joys of a wireless mouse a few years ago, and I’ve been using a Logitech mouse ever since. It’s a bit like switching from driving a shifter to an automatic – your old life suddenly feels absurdly primitive. It just makes more sense. As for the office thrift store, my second sister bought me one plasma balls there are a few birthdays, and although i don’t have it often, every time i do it delights me.
A fake cat
Graeme Meredith, video editor: There is a fake cat in the office. I used it to make my office more pleasant.
Tyler Wilde, Editor-in-Chief: My last pair of glasses came with a oversized microfiber cleaning cloth and now it’s my favorite office thing. The stains on your glasses suck (if you don’t wear glasses, imagine looking at your monitor through photographic evidence of ghosts) and regular cleaning cloths look like doll accessories once you use one. of appropriate size. No more spinning a small square of fabric, moving the stain in circles and then accidentally touching the lens while trying to find a cleaner cloth. Now I can cover my whole hand with microfiber and become something more than human. When the stains start to gain against even the large cloth, I wash it and let it dry, I clean my glasses with lukewarm water and Dawn dish soap, and then I use the large area of the washed cloth to dry them. . I will never go back to Small Cloth oafishness.
A brand new office
Natalie Clayton, Feature Film Producer: Is it boring to say “a better office”? When Scotland entered a second lockdown and I was forced to stop using my shared workspace in Leith, I was crammed into a plate-sized desk in the bedroom. before. The keyboard hangs on one end, the monitor stands on the other, with a slight wobble to make the whole thing even more precarious. It took a minute, but I ended up swapping it out for a perfectly mundane Ikea desk the other month – and beyond the immediate thrill of feeling like a DIY expert, that’s the little touch I got. needed to make this space look less like a guest room and more like a real office.
Just kidding, my real answer is this 3D Printed Apex Legends Gravity Elevator I got off Etsy.
Books. Kind of.
John Strike, artistic editor: I am currently working on a temporary desk which is a few inches too short. The books I have used to support it include:
The Future Dad’s Survival Guide: A Complete Need to Know Need to Know for New Dads that was also used as a coaster.
Pompeii: Erotic Secrets: An inexplicable Christmas present from my parents featuring some of the finest pornography from ancient Rome.
No One Home: The tenth book in Tim Weaver’s David Raker crime series. Fascinating Fact: Tim Weaver was my manager and editor of Xbox World Magazine.
The Every Day Chicken Cookbook: Condemned to a life on the ground by chickens demanding change.
A little fan
Christopher Livingston, Feature Film Producer: This small fan with fabric paddles. It’s relatively quiet, gives a nice little breeze as long as you’re close enough to it (and since it’s on your desk, you’re pretty close to it), and it doesn’t have a grille like most. fans so it never really gets dusty or dirty. The cloth paddles mean you can squeeze your hand into them and it won’t hurt (my silly cat loves to glide on the rotating blades with her silly cat foot and even try to bite them). I love it so much that I bought a second one for our living room end table.
Fraser Brown, online editor: This morning I drank Irn Bru, like most mornings. Does the empty bottle make my office more pleasant? Who can say? But my thirst is quenched, and that’s good.