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Ergotron 3-way LCD wall-mounted arm
Why have I endured the crappy stands that come with LCD displays — and for that matter, the crappy mounts that came with CRT displays — for so long? They never seem to be at the right height, and even the adjustable ones don't really seem to offer that much in terms of adjustability.
Then I got an LCD wall-mounted arm and wondered why I didn't buy one years ago. Mine is an Ergotron LX arm, and it is truly awesome as it allows me to put the display exactly where I want it, and move it quickly and easily.
Don't want to drill holes in the wall? No worries, Ergotron also make a version that clamps to the desk.
SKB iSeries notebook case
For some reason I thought that a notebook was better protected by a soft case than a hard one. I assumed that the softness of the case added to the protection offered.
Then I got my hands on an SKB case and discovered that I'd been wrong that whole time.
I have an iSeries 1813, which is not only strong, but waterproof, and resists everything thrown at it, from solvents to harsh UV. And not only is it big enough for my notebook, but it also holds my charger, external storage, cables and more.
Wacom Intuos Pro tablet
Why try to make precise movements with a mouse shaped like a bar of soap when you can use a pen?
The Wacom Intuos Pro tablet — I use the medium-sized version — has revolutionized my photoediting, and for precision tasks I can't imagine going back to a mouse or trackpad. I even take the Intuos Pro with me on the road.
The tablet also features a raft of buttons that I can designate to take over commonly used tasks in Photoshop, and the surface is also touch-capable, which adds a new dimension to using the tablet.