Who Is This Person, And Why Should I Care?

Today’s entry in the SetupSeries™ is the Young Don Dom Esposito. Dom has been running his YouTube channel for 5 years, with his first video coming out in 2012. His old YouTube handle used to be Macmixing because he used to primarily focus on apple products such as the iPhone, the iPad, and the associated accessories. In addition to producing videos he also produces most of the music featured in his videos.

Since his early start in YouTube the Young Don has amassed an astounding 406,761 YouTube subscribers, 91,100 Twitter followers, 55,200 Instagram followers, and 25,549 Facebook fans. This growth can be attributed to his quality tech videos, and savvy digital presence. If you are interested in checking out Dom Esposito, I will provide links to his social media accoutns where you can connect with him.

Now without any further ado, let’s dive right into the setup goodness. Enjoy!


The Gear:

The following is a breakdown of the gear that goes into the setup that you have seen above. This section may contain affiliate links to product pages where you can purchase the items described. Buying product via these links do not cost you anything and help the blog run at full power.

In this section I will go over the gear that is being used, some pros and cons of each item, and alternatives you can pick up if you so desire.

PC Specs:

HP Pavilion Wave Premium Mini Desktop (2017 Model) – $499

NEW HP Pavilion Wave Premium Mini Desktop (2017 Model), Intel Core i3-6100T 3.2GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD, HDMI, 802.11AC, Bluetooth, Wireless Keyboard and Mouse, Bang and Olufsen Audio-Win 10

  • Price = $499 (Amazon)
  • CPU = 6th Gen Intel® Dual Core™ i3-6100T processor 3.2GHz (3M Cache)
  • GPU = Intel HD graphics 530
  • RAM = 8GB DDR4 Memory (2133 megahertz)
  • Storage = 1 TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • Operating System = Windows 10 home 64 bit
  • External Ports (I/O) = Headphone/Microphone Combo; 1 USB 3.0 (front); 2 USB 3.0 (rear); 1 USB 3.1 Type-C (rear); HDMI Out (rear); DisplayPort (rear); 10/100/1000 Base-T Network; HP 3-in-1 Media Card Reader
  • Misc. = Bang and Olufsen Audio, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • Weight = 6.39lbs


Dell SE2717HX Monitor – $159.99

  • Dell 27″ Full HD LED 1920 X 1080 Monitor
  • Aspect Ratio = 16:9
  • Pixel Per Inch (PPI) = 82
  • Color Depth = 16.7 million colors
  • Weight = 12.8


IKEA Hektar – $59.99

The Hektar lamp is a staple at IKEA for it’s high quality and low cost. It also features wireless charging for phones that can take advantage of that, and for phones that can’t there is a wireless charging cover, Vitahult (sold separately), to make your device capable of wireless charging.

You can charge 2 devices at the same time since there are also USB ports built directly into the base of the lamp. The Hektar also features an attractive industrial / modern design blend with a easily adjustable head and arm for positioning the light at the perfect angle.


GoGreen Power GG-16103MS 6 Outlet Surge Protector – $9.61

This is your everyday standard 6 outlet surge protector. If you need extra power outlets this is the perfect pickup. It has a 2.5 foot heavy duty cord, the switch trips at 15 amps to protect your devices from sudden power surges, and features a right angle plug to sit closer to the wall and be less obtrusive. Solid pick up.

TR Industrial TR88302 Cable Ties (100 pieces) – $5.99

100 standard black zip ties for you cable tying needs. These are hard to take off, so if you put these on something think long term.

VELCRO Brand  Cable Ties – $10.15

This is another type of zip tie except instead of plastic its made of VELCRO and straps to itself. This is more useful for situations when cabling isn’t permanent.

IKEA Linnmon White/Stained Oak Table Top – $39.99

A solid budget option for a modifiable table top. Easy to wipe down and clean like all other IKEA products.

IKEA Lergerg Trestle (Table Legs) – $15

Trestle style table legs. They have an industrial look, so if you’re into that aesthetic then these may be good for you. Definitely a modern design so keep that in mind when building your setup. Has a nice base that can act as a shelf if desired.

IKEA VÅgsberg / Sporren Black Swivel Chair – $49.99

Its a solid looking chair. It has wood, metal and wheels. There are no cushions so use at your own risk. Positive, it’s easy to clean. Negative, blisters in unsightly places with too much prolonged use. I’d upgrade ASAP if you plan to sit for long periods, (which you really shouldn’t be anyway, but I understand).


HP Premium Lifestyle Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse – Bundled w/ HP Pavilion Wave Premium Mini Desktop

These actually come with the computer and can’t be bought separately (not that you’d want to anyway). They aren’t special, but they get the job done. Unless you need something (read: anything), I would replace these with something more robust at the first chance.


Home Depot Black Chalkboard DIY Shelving – $9.99

Position this on the bottom of the table legs to form a shelf. Bonus: you can write on it.

IKEA Fejka Artificial Potted Plant – $5.99

It seems that fake plants are all the rage in the tech game at the moment. Nothing like a splash of green to liven up the setup right? Either way, love it or hate it, I think this trend is here to stay. So stack your green thumb and fool others into thinking you can keep a plant alive while banging out late-night CS:GO matches.


For Those Looking To Recreate This Setup

Things Done Well?

  • Very clean minimalist design
  • Economical options that stretch a budget
  • Easy entry level setup
  • Easy to clean/maintain setup

What Can Be Improved?

  • That chair. It will suck after prolonged use
  • Upgrade the mouse and keyboard
  • If you want to game, you won’t be doing it heavily on that desktop
  • It lacks an external audio solution. Pick up some headphones or some bluetooth speaker

Final Thoughts

This setup is a college student’s dream. It’s not overly flashy to the point where people will want to steal your stuff, but still looks high quality and well put together. While the chair, keyboard, mouse, and audio all could use an upgrade and leave a lot to be desired, they are relatively easy to upgrade as time goes on.

You also won’t be getting much gaming done for hardcore AAA titles, but you’re a college student so you wouldn’t do that anyway. You’ll be spending so much time studying and doing homework ;). In that regard though this should be all you need. Get homework and assignments done in style, and you even have a solid monitor for the Netflix binges.

All in all quality pickup that I would encourage people to check out if you’re in the market for a budget friendly and modern setup.


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