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Palmsolo's Star Wars office: Product boxes, drawers of phones, and multiple screens

Engineer by day and mobile gadgeteer by night, Matthew Miller -- aka Palmsolo -- has organized his office to serve these dual professional roles. Look, it's not clutter if it all serves a higher purpose.

What's inside Matthew Miller's home office?

In 2006, I started writing about mobile tech on the Mobile Gadgeteer section of ZDNet. I was also employed as a professional engineer with a daily commute to and from Seattle that was more than two hours a day.

This extended commuting time on trains provides me with the opportunity to thoroughly test new mobile technology. In March, the commute stopped as our engineering firm went fully remote in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

I continue to test out new mobile technology and as you can see in the images boxes continue to stack up. My home office provides a separation between my engineering work and my freelance writing with many Star Wars items occupying the walls and shelves of my office.

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Here's a rundown of key products used daily in my home office. Don't worry, I won't list the nearly 100 phones, PDAs, tablets, and watches in my collection.

Engineering computer

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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Images: Microsoft

Since I've been working at a consulting engineering firm for nearly 20 years, I no longer spend time modeling or using advanced engineering tools on a daily basis. My computing needs have lessened a bit as a manager so I use a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 f

Keyboard

Keychron K2 wireless mechanical keyboard

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It's tough to beat the response, sound, and overall typing experience of a mechanical keyboard and the

Desk

Vari Electric Standing Desk

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After my initial home office article and video, Vari reached out to offer a test drive of a new Vari Electric Standing Desk View now at Amazon

Office chair

Herman Miller Aeron

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Herman Miller

While my engineering office has a Varidesk platform so that I can switch between standing and sitting, my home office and older Costco desk is currently not setup this way. Thus, I made sure to purchase a nice chair and had the opportunity to buy it fr

Freelance writing computer

Google Pixelbook Go

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Ever since the original Pixelbook, my primary platform for writing has been a Google Chromebook. For almost the last year, my primary writing computer has been the Google Pixe

Headset

Plantronics Voyager Focus UC

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Image: Plantronics

While I use various wireless earbuds during my commute and while running, for getting work done in my home office I rely on the Plantronics Voyager Focus UC heads

Hub

AUKEY Multiport USB-C adapter

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The AUKEY Multiport USB-C adapter provides two USB-A 3.0 ports, a USB-C male cable, an HDMI port, a VGA port, an ethernet port, a Secure Digit

A closer look at Matthew's office

My main office wall is covered with Star Wars artwork with shelves lined with more Star Wars artifacts. I have original Star Wars trading cards dating back to when I was an eight-year old kid and have been collecting Star Wars items for more than 40 years. 

As a mobile tech reviewer, I get sent a lot of products to review and this is an extremely busy time for new watches, phones, cases, and more. My office is littered with boxes and I have yet to come up with a cleaner solution.

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There are also lots of older phones in drawers, organizers, and shelves, dating back to my first PDAs I started using in 1997.

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