The Best Desk Setup for $2,000 – Laptop Edition!

– Yo guys, Jonathan here. Welcome back to another episode of the Best Desk Setup, where this setup includes the computer. Drop a like if you’re excited for that, but more specifically,
we are putting together a complete laptop setup for
under two thousand bucks. (upbeat ambient music) So, kicking off the setup for this episode I went with the Monarch
Specialties Hollow-Core desk. This is actually very similar
to the latest $500 setup, where you can set up the drawers to sit either on the right or the left-hand side. It’s simple, but super clean. A little higher end,
a little more premium, and I love the metal frame that almost gives off this floating vibe. With the white desk, I wanted to accent it with dark grays and blacks. Keep it simple and not too over the top. Because honestly it is way too easy to want to throw eight
million things on your desk. And often times, especially
in this case, less is more. Next up as far as the laptop goes, LG reached out and said, “yo
Jon, you’re setups are cool, I’m gonna let you finish, but you feature way too many MacBooks. We want
to sponsor a Windows setup.” So, I was like, “funny you say that, I get a ton of requests
for Windows setups. What do you got?” They, in turn, sent out the
brand new 2017 13-inch gram, which is killing it in
the looks department, and one of the lightest laptops out there. So here, the setup looks beautiful sitting right there on the desk, but this guy weighs barely over two pounds and that makes it perfect
to also take on the go. (light electronic music) As far as the lightness goes, it is a little hard to paint
that picture through video, but if you pick one up
and hold one in person, you almost kind of double
take at how light it is. Now, with the LG gram you’re also getting up to 15 hours of battery life, which of course makes
it perfect for traveling and being on the go, but that also makes if
perfect for a setup like this. The goal here is to keep
things clean with no clutter, cables and wires out of
sight, so the fact that you are not tied to a
power supply is awesome. As far as the display goes, it is rocking a super pretty
13-inch, 1920x1080p display. It’s bright, the colors are fantastic, and I know you can see those
color popping behind me. As far as those sweet specs go, this is rocking a 7th Gen
Intel Core i5 processor, 8 gigabytes of RAM,
256 gigs of flash storage, and comes loaded with Windows 10. On top of the specs,
the beautiful display, it being super lightweight, there are also actual USB ports so you can plug things
in without an adapter. It’s got a fingerprint reader. It is also touchscreen, so you’re getting the best of both worlds. I think all that combined is the recipe for one of the best laptops out right now. With the gram having that
beautiful dark gray finish, I was on a mission to find the
perfect complimentary speaker and I think I found it. This is the Harman Kardon Onyx Mini, which matched the setup
perfectly and sounds even better. With the Onyx Mini it also allows us to keep the wire-free theme. One, by connecting through
BlueTooth to the laptop, and two, because there’s
a built-in battery it also allows us to not have to be plugged into a power source. Now, the Onyx Mini is
pretty compact and tiny but can surprisingly fill a room, which you will see right now. (soulful rock music) You can see, not only does it
sound great, it looks great. And just like the laptop, because it is so compact and portable, it’s
perfect for on the go. As far as the rest of the setup goes, below the laptop I have a dark
gray desk mat from Satechi which matches perfectly. It is one of my favorite
desk mats of all time. Next to the laptop is
for all of you out there who are always asking about
that fake plant in the setup. This particular one is
from Crate & Barrel. It is under 10 bucks. As far as that sweet lamp behind me, I know I am going to butcher the name because it’s from IKEA, so please correct me
in the comments below. It is a RULLAN and LAUTERS
combo which, together, is only about 50 bucks. The black base with the gray top sits really well with this setup, and I particularly like
the control you have over cable management and the fact that you can dim the light
straight from the lamp. Next, because I guarantee you someone is gonna ask about the canvas, that I actually picked up off Etsy and I then had printed out at Costco. They are not a sponsor, but I guess in addition to cheap hot dogs
and bulk household items, they do a fantastic canvas print as well. Last but not least, we are rounding this setup off with the chair. And if you think I butchered
the name of the lamp it is about to get ugly. This is the LÅNGFJÄLL from IKEA and for under 200 bucks
it is one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve sat on. Just like the lamp, it’s got a black base with a dark gray top, which is actually more of a heather gray. Really, if you’re looking
for a chair that looks good and is comfortable for
extended periods of sitting, this is a fantastic option. You can see right now I’m
rocking back and forth and does not have that squeak action. It’s like one of those
horses on the playground back when they used to have sand. Then they changed it because
kids would eat needles. (giggle) Aside from that, thank you
guys very much for watching. Hopefully you enjoyed the video. If you did, and you’re not subscribed yet, maybe hit that button here. If you love setup videos,
you need to watch this one. This is Jonathan and I
will catch you guys later. (beep) (soulful rock music) Oh damn! – [Man] Are you okay? – [Jonathan] I hurt my knees. – [Man] Did you really? – [Jonathan] Man down. No, I’m all right. I just Andrew Bogut-ed my knees.

76 thoughts on “The Best Desk Setup for $2,000 – Laptop Edition!


    Also, make sure you check out this custom desk if you haven't <3 😀

  2. Can you please do a similar video with a $2000 budget but without the laptop (or any computer)? I'm just interested in the desk and accessories on the desk (e.g. lamp, speakers, mousepad, mouse, etc.)

  3. Wtf? Rip off, here is a better one:

    1.2k PC – i7 6700 k, 16 gb ram, gtx 1070 etc.
    $259 motorised desk (desk goes up and down with a button.)
    ($75 chair – nothing special)
    Samsung 27 inch monitor with speakers $250
    Led strip $20

    You don't need a fucking plant or a big ass lamp, but you can add a poster for like $10

  4. I'd like to see a best office set up as I'm planing to build my first home and we are looking for a awesome office !

  5. Jonathan, I can't thank you enough for sharing these wonderful desk setup ideas with us. It's been really really helpful.

  6. Great video Jon. Your videos seem to get crispier every time. Good choice by going minimal, it's always nice to see simple setups. 👍👍👍

  7. Fantastic job JM.. You never fail to impress with your great content and slick video making and editing Skills. You make the tech look like "Tech-Porn". its that good. many of my friends have become a tech you tuber inspired by you and your content.. Keep up the "Crispy" work. #Respect #TechPorn

  8. luv ur desks! love the modern design. ever think about using steel case chairs or lumiy desk lamps? love them at work.

  9. Every time I check out one of your videos, I get introduced to new music. Thanks for the inspirations man!

  10. Is the small brackets under the desk and on top of the draws part of the desk or can you puck them up separately?

  11. I think the ikea langfjall (or whatever) chair is one of the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat in. That’s my desk chair of choice.

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