SetupSeries # 3 – UrAvgConsumer’s Ultra Minimalist Productivity Laptop Setup Tour (2017)

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Who Is This Person, And Why Should I Care?

Today’s entry in the SetupSeries™ is the YouTube phenom UrAvgConsumer. Judner is an old man in YouTube years, having uploaded his first (saved) recorded video 5 years ago in 2012. Judner (if you didn’t get it by now) is a tech reviewer on YouTube under the name UrAvgConsumer.

Now you might be wondering “Why UrAvgConsumer?” Well the reason behind it is pretty simple. When he was first starting out he looked around the tech YouTube landscape and didn’t necessarily like what he saw. He felt there was something missing. Then it clicked. There just weren’t enough reviews on technology products based on the average consumer’s mindset/needs.

If you’re anything like Judner, you might look to really popular tech sites/blogs for your information on the newest gadgets. He found that these spaces weren’t always catered to the average consumers standards or needs. Many can get lost in some of the tech jargon that is thrown around.

From that point on he knew what he had to do. Soon after UrAvgConsumer was born. Since his humble beginnings in Brooklyn, he has grown his brand to a whopping 1,110,554 subscribers on YouTube, 118,000 followers on Instagram, 146,000 followers on Twitter, and 40,291 likes on Facebook.

If you are interested in checking out UrAvgConsumer I will provide links to his social media accounts where you can connect with him. Now without any further ado, lets dive right in to 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.

Laptop (PC) Specs:

Dell XPS 15 – $1,847.19

  • Price = $1,847.19 (Amazon)
  • CPU = 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor (6M cache, up to 3.8 GHz)
  • GPU = NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 with 4GB GDDR5
  • Display = 15.6″ 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge touch display
  • RAM = 16 GB DDR4-2400MHz (expandable up to 32GB)
  • Storage = 512GB PCIe SSD (Solid State Drive)
  • Operating System = Windows 10 Home 64-bit
– Cheaper Alternative –

Dell XPS 13 – $829.95

  • Price = $829.95 (Amazon)
  • CPU = Intel Core i5-6200u 2.5 GHz Processor, Intel HD Graphics 520
  • GPU = Intel HD Graphics 520 with shared graphics memory
  • Display = 13.3 in Full HD LCD InfinityEdge touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support
  • RAM = 8 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • Storage = 128 GB SSD Storage
  • Operating System = Windows 10 Home 64-bit

Display

LG Ultrawide 38″ display (38UC99-W) – $1499.99

  • 38″ 21:9 UltraWide Curved WQHD+ IPS Display
  • Response Time: 14ms / 5ms GTG, 1ms Motion Blur Reduction
  • USB Type C & USB 3.0 Quick Charge
  • AMD FreeSync Technology
  • Bluetooth Speakers with Rich Bass (10W x 2)
  • Weight = 20.5 lbs
– Cheaper Alternative –

LG 4K 27″ display – $777

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Monitor
  • sRGB over 99%
  • Color Calibration Pro
  • USB 3.0 Quick Charge
  • USB Type-C
  • On-Screen Control with Screen Split 2.0
  • Weight = 13.3 lbs

Audio

Bose Companion 5 Speakers – $399.00

The Bose Companion 5 speaker system is a two-speaker system that flips the script a bit on the surround sound game. Most surround sound systems are used for home theater setups, but they’re not so sensible (financially, or space-wise) for your laptop or PC entertainment setup.

“These speakers are designed for 5.1-encoded music, games and movies, using just two desktop speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module . You’ll hear multi-channel sound in a way that seems to surround you—without the clutter of five speakers. And setup is easy, with a single USB connection to your computer.”

Sony MDR-1000X – $398.00

The Sony MDR-1000X’s are one of Sony’s latest top of the line noise canceling Bluetooth wireless headphones. They feature a personal noise cancelling optimizer that adapts to your environment and eliminates noise. However an interested feature is if you need to turn off noise canceling temporarily, you can cup one the the ears, and it turns off.

Thanks to Bluetooth connectivity you can connect easily to your favorite devices via Bluetooth with NFC. The MDR-1000x’s provide a near Hi-Res experience when wirelessly streaming your music with built-in LDAC enhanced codec support and 40 mm drivers.

There are touch controls on the side of the ear cups, and Sony claims the batter lasts up to 20 hours straight.

– Cheaper Alternative –

JBL Wireless Bluetooth Desktop Computer Speakers – $67.95

Cool wireless speakers from JBL. These compact speakers feature a built-in power amplifier and a Slipstream port that helps create rich bass with low distortion. This powered 2.0 computer speaker system also has a 1/8-Inch (3.5mm) headphone jack built in, so that you can enjoy a more personal experience with your music. While the small and discreet speaker system fits comfortably on any desk, feel free to roam about and stream music from your favorite-enabled devices via HARMAN TrueStream.

Sony XB950N1 – $248.00

These are another pair of Sony’s high end, digital noise cancelling technology enhanced headphones. They are quality headphones, especially if you are a bass lover as they feature “EXTRA BASS” (Sony really wants you to know this so much, they feature it in all the marketing material). Although these headphones are all about the bass, these still feature quality mids and highs with a broad frequency response.

These allow you to stream high quality wireless audio with Bluetooth and NFC, plus LDAC. You can also optimize your sound settings with the Sony Headphones Connect app. Easily take calls wirelessly with the built-in mic, and listen to your favorite music longer with up to 22 hours of battery life. Oh and you get a swanky soft carrying case included.

Peripherals

Xbox One Elite Controller – $140.63

The grand-daddy of Xbox controllers. Odds are you’ve seen an Xbox controller, so I’m not going to spend too much time on this. Some interesting facts about the Elite controller though. The packaging comes with a few items: An Xbox Elite Wireless Controller, a carrying case, a set of 4 paddles, a set of 6 thumbsticks, a set of 2 D-pads: faceted and standard, a USB cable, AA batteries and a quick set up guide and product manual.

You get extra items, cause you can change them out. You can swap thumbsticks and D-pads for game-changing accuracy and speed. Achieve greater control with interchangeable paddles and rubberized diamond grip. “Fire faster” with “Hair Trigger Locks”. And to take it steps further you can customize your experience further with an easy-to-use app on the Xbox One Console.

Xbox Controller Wireless Adapter – $24.99

This is a cool little piece of tech as it allows you to wirelessly connect your Xbox controllers to devices other than an Xbox. It supports up to 8 wireless controllers, plus up to 4 chat headsets or 2 stereo headsets. If you plan to play a lot of PC games, but want that familiar controller experience, consider picking this up.

Logitech G602 Mouse – $39.99

Logitech G602 Gaming Wireless Mouse with 250 Hour Battery LifeLogitech G602 Gaming Wireless Mouse with 250 Hour Battery LifeLogitech G602 Gaming Wireless Mouse with 250 Hour Battery Life

This is one of Logitech’s gaming mice (hence the G), but it can also function as a productivity mouse with the 11 side buttons acting as useful macros. The mouse boasts an insane “up to 250 hours of battery life”, which if true is massive. They claim to attain this rating from their power-saving, high-accuracy Delta Zero sensor technology.

And for all the gamers who intend to use this more for a gaming setup, it has “lag-free” gaming-grade wireless. And sports two Performance and Endurance modes to maximize battery life. Lastly the buttons are solid too. Logitech calls them long-life buttons rated to 20 million clicks.

Logitech K380 Keyboard – $28.99

  • Multi-device Bluetooth keyboard: Universal keyboard for typing on all your computing devices*: Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Android, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV 2nd or 3rd generation (*Any Bluetooth-enabled computers or mobile devices that support external keyboards with HID profile. Check with device manufacturer for details)
  • EasySwitch: Connect up to three devices simultaneously and switch between them at the touch of button
  • Compact mobile keyboard: Easy to carry around your home for familiar typing in any room
  • OSadaptive: Automatically recognizes each device and maps keys to give you a familiar layout, including shortcuts
  • Two year battery life*: Virtually eliminates the need to change batteries (*Keyboard battery life calculation based on an estimated two million keystrokes/year in an office environment. User experience may vary.)

Audiotechnica Headphone Hanger – $22.20

This is a headphone hanger, and a pricey one at that. You don’t need something this pricey as there are sub $20 ones that work well. HOWEVER, those will mount with some sort of adhesive, where this one has a clamp style mount. So if portability, and/or cleanliness mean something to you, it might be worth the extra $10.

– Cheaper Alternative –

Xbox Wireless Controller – $46.54

Its an Xbox controller. Not much more too it than that. If you have an Xbox and want to play games, then you should pick this up.


 

For Those Looking To Recreate This Setup

Things Done Well?

  • Flawless execution on the theme. Very minimalist indeed.
  • Great portability being a laptop setup.
  • Ease of use, and functionality. Everything exists for a purpose.

What Can Be Improved?

  • This is SUPER EXPENSIVE, even the lower priced options are still expensive.
  • The chair is an often forgotten afterthought when building setups, but is very important. (However since this is a setup for someone who is often on the go, it being a laptop setup, I can understand).

Final Thoughts

UrAvgConsumer is making waves in the tech community for his Fire setups (really, he created a setup called the Fire Setup). And this is no exception. He puts a lot of time and love into his builds and works hard to make sure PC building, PC gaming, gaming/productivity themed interior design is accessible to everyone.

His interests align with that of my own, so that makes him a friend to the Best Tech Setups blog. If you are interested in seeing any more of his videos, then go ahead and follow some of the links below and let him know Besttechsetup.com sent you.


 

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