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Working from home and going to school are part of the new normal. A pleasant, comfortable, and efficient home office setup can be difficult and time-consuming, but fortunately for you, we have been working from home at Ars for many years.

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Naturally, as a discerning connoisseur of technology, we provide you with all carefully selected gadgets and furniture to make your home office setup comfortable and efficient. If you have mastered the basics, then we have also made some nice upgrades for your workspace.


It’s Dell’s Big Boy monitor,

It's the same swollen little brother. Their diagonal dimensions are 49 inches and 34 inches, respectively, and they are wide but not wide. 49 pixels have a 60Hz refresh rate at 5120 x 1440 resolution, while 34 pixels also reach 60Hz at 3440 x 1440 resolution.

You may have noticed that the 49-inch aspect ratio is 32:9, making it wide and narrow, essentially forming two seamlessly connected 27-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) displays. In fact, in addition to using this ultra-wide screen as a single seamless “dual” monitor for one computer, you can also use Dell’s “Picture-in-Picture” feature to split the monitor in half and display two separate computers side-by-side . You can even swap the mouse and keyboard between them through Dell's built-in KVM function, and use hot keys to trigger the swap on a Windows computer.

The 34-inch has the same function in the aspect ratio of 21:9, but the limitation of using two computers on a 49-inch screen is much lower than that of the 34-inch screen, although this feature is very useful on either display. it works. Both displays have two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, at least four USB 3.0 downstream ports (the 49-inch has five), two USB 3.0 upstream ports, and USB-C to charge the device.

They can also be used in games, although at all resolutions, the upper limit of the refresh rate is 60Hz, but this may not help hardcore players.

If you are a MacBook user,

Use a laptop with a non-Intel discrete GPU to correctly configure the resolution of 49 to a maximum of 5120 x 1,440. Otherwise, you will be stuck in a 3,840 x 1,080 dilemma, although it is still fully usable and easy to get used to, it will slightly reduce the clarity. The HP Spectre Elite x360 and Dell XPS 13 I tested did not have these problems. They can display perfect and clear full-resolution images without causing any fuss.

In addition, on a Windows PC, you can also use Dell's software to make certain adjustments, such as setting hotkeys for KVM, and ensure that the settings of all open windows are the same every time you plug in and unplug the computer. Although the previous function was unique to Windows, the monitor seemed to remember that the windows arrangement on my Mac was fine without Dell's Display Manager software.

Nevertheless, even though the resolution displayed by my 13-inch MacBook Pro is slightly reduced, the extremely usable size of these displays is still a beautiful help to productivity, and their controls and flexibility are so intuitive and quick to As for I can hardly imagine going back to a smaller dual-monitor setup.

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Although the appearance is also very wide and beautiful, there are no grainy controls to adjust this display correctly under different lighting conditions that Dell particularly appreciates. In addition, the cable management on this model is poor, and the menus are frustratingly unintuitive. It's been a few months and I still never click the button I want, partly because there is no visual representation on the screen, but the layout is not good.

If you plan to buy a 49-inch or 34-inch ultra-wide monitor, then Dell's version will not let you down.

Dell has 49-inch and 34-inch curved monitors, they have many features that we like,

The smaller 27-inch flat screen packaging can provide you with all these benefits. It does not have a "picture by picture" mode, which allows two separate computer inputs, just like a larger ultra-wide-angle lens, but at this size, this is by no means the best experience.

Otherwise, you will still get similar intuitive menus, clear image quality and highly customizable color profiles, as well as options for display via DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0 or USB-C with power.

If the USB-C function and charging the device through the display are not important to you, and the PBP mode is important, then

It is your second best choice. It measures 27 inches and is about $200 cheaper. Because of their small size, they fit most desktop areas and can also be rotated, so the screen can be used horizontally on the shelf that comes with it.

USB-C has finally become a frequent visitor to electronics manufacturers, and even the most recent iPhone comes with a USB-C to Lightning cable. Instead of equipping all your devices with a bunch of chargers, it will block your work space. Otherwise, it is best to use an all-in-one desktop charging solution to avoid confusion and cable tangles. Of course, when doing this, you don't want to lose the degradation of charging performance.

If you are engrossed in desktop chargers and want more wall-mounted mobile chargers that can be moved around the house, please consider

. It includes two USB-C PD charging ports, when two devices are connected at the same time, they can respectively provide up to 90W of power or distribute power. For example, you can charge two low-power laptops each with a power of 45W, or charge a device with 60W of power, and the maximum power of a mobile phone is 18W. The charger is not USB-IF certified, but has received high feedback on the Internet and has an 18-month warranty. It is paired with the cable to become a

(GaN) charger, small size, only 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.2 inches. The best part is that its retail price is usually less than $50, so it has excellent performance and versatility.

These are a package of recommendations, but for those who want to spend less time waiting for the device to refill, there are many other fast chargers that are worth recommending:

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