The Birth Of Odin – The 2019 Productivity Workstation

To begin my career as an attending physician, I purchased an iMac Pro (dubbed Odin at the time), to handle the majority of my day-to-day productivity tasks. I bumped up the specifications slightly to make the device more “future proof” and also added two, vertically-oriented monitors to facilitate programming, web browsing, etc.

My desk in May 2022
BaseiMac Pro
OSApple macOS
CPUIntel Xeon W 10-core (20 threads) at 3 GHz (boost 4.5 GHz)
Memory64 GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC RAM
GPUAMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 (16GB HBM2)
Storage1 TB SSD
Drobo 8D Thunderbolt
3 x WD 5TB My Passport Ultra
Monitors27″ Apple Retina 5K display
27″ LG Ultra HD
27″ LG E2742
MouseLogitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse
KeyboardLogitech MX Keys Mini Minimalist Wireless Illuminated Keyboard
CameraSony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera
LensSigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Lens
Camera AccessoriesDeity V-Mic D3 Pro High SNR Super-Cardioid Directional Shotgun Microphone
Elgato Cam Link 4K, External Camera Capture Card
Aputure AL-M9 Amaran LED Mini Light
Joby Gorillapod 3K Pro Kit
Gonine AC-PW20 NP-FW50 Dummy Battery ACPW20 Power Supply Adapter Kit
SMALLRIG Cold Shoe Adapter Relocation Plate
HeadphonesBose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
MicrophoneShure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone
Audio InterfaceScarlett Solo 3rd Gen 2-in, 2-out USB Audio Interface
Inline Mic ActivatorCloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1
BoomBlue Compass Premium Tube-Style Broadcast Boom Arm
Audio AccessoriesMic Stand Extension
1/4” Male to 1/8” Female Stereo Headphone Adapter
ChargersSatechi 7-Port USB Charging Station Dock
LightsNanoleaf Light Panels
ChairNOUHAUS Ergo3D Ergonomic Office Chair – Rolling Desk Chair
DeskArozzi Arena gaming desk

In January 2020, I wanted to organize the cables a bit better and purchased an under desk cable management tray as well as the Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub.

I installed both cable trays under my Arozzi Arena gaming desk and then secured a surge protector under the desk using Velcro fastener strips. I then adjusted the HDMI/power cables running along my triple monitor mount to hide the display-related cables as much as possible. Here are the current items that connect to my surge protector:

The Satechi monitor stand’s hub functionality allowed me to get rid of the ugly USB hub I was using earlier and elevated the iMac Pro a little more to be in line with the flanking vertical monitors.

Here are some pictures from the project:

In September 2020, I purchased a Drobo 8D Thunderbolt direct-attached storage server. I back this server up to a few WD 5TB My Passport Ultra drives.

In late 2021, I mounted my mirrorless camera to the workstation and purchased additional audio equipment to record lectures, presentations, etc. See the hardware table at the top of the post for information on the camera, lens, and microphone equipment.

Other items on my desk:

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