Last time, we looked at budget-conscious products, including a mouse, keyboard, monitor and headphones, making up the Best Desk Setup Under $250. But, what if you a little extra cash to spend? $500 is still a relatively low amount to spend when building your ideal desk setup, but it is enough to get your hands on some great gear. Take a look at the list we’ve compiled below for the best desk setup under $500.
For many years, the Logitech Performance MX was the go-to mouse for creative professionals who needed an ergonomic pointer that was comfortable to use for hours at a time. At long last, Logitech released a successor in the Logitech MX Master. Now that it has been out for a little while, you can find these new for a significant discount, making it an amazing device for the value.
Users of the Performance MX will find a familiar feel with the MX Master, given its arched design that fits in the palm of your hand and the programmable thumb button and frictionless scroll wheel. Outside of the obvious design modernization, The MX Master also introduced a horizontal scroll wheel that sits within reach of your thumb, in front of the forward and back buttons. Though that is a welcome addition, especially for people who spend time working in video timelines, it does make reaching the forward and back buttons a little more challenging.
All-in-all, it’s hard to beat the Logitech MX Master when you’re talking about a professional-grade mouse for less than $100.
If you’re looking for a superior typing experience (yes, there is such a thing as a typing experience) you might want to look into a mechanical keyboard. Praised for their tactile feedback and oddly-satisfying clicking, mechanical keyboards are a must-have for typists, gamers and overall computer enthusiasts. The Das Model S is an excellent choice for anyone looking to get into the mechanical space. It has a minimal, understated design, but also has some added features such as the dual USB-A ports on the right side of the device.
The Das Model S is most well-known for its intense clicking noise emitted with each key press thanks to the Cherry MX Blue switches found inside. If you work in an office environment, you may be met with some backlash after a while of obnoxiously answering emails all day. If that’s the case, the Das Model S offers some configurations that will be better suited for you like the more quiet MX Brown switches. The keyboard is also available in Windows or Mac key configurations and can purchased with or without the key lettering for those who are really confident in their typing skill.
Dell has been in the monitor game for quite some time obviously, but their recent line of screens are something to take note of. Depending on what you’re looking for (and in this case, what your budget is) you can find a few solid choices. The S2415H 24″ monitor from Dell is a great entryway into their lineup. For less that $150 you’re looking at 1080p IPS LED monitor that has a top-notch, bezel-less design in a fairly thin casing.
With built in 3W speakers, Dell’s S2415H monitor has surprisingly good audio quality. Compared to what you might hear from other monitors, the S2415H has very full sound, though the bass is still lacking. On the underside of the monitor, you’ll find a VGA, HDMI and AUX input, in addition to the 3.5mm headphone jack on the left side of the display.
At this price point, you won’t be getting the best of what Dell has to offer, but the picture quality, design and audio is perfectly acceptable for the everyday user.
If you’re looking for a set of headphones that will stand the test of time, look no further. Audio Technica is known for their high-quality and long lasting audio equipment, and the ATH-M50x headphones are no exception. This line of headphones has been around since 2007 when Audio Technica released the original ATH-M50, with its successor doing more than filling its shoes. The over ear cups are comprised of very soft, comfortable leather, and the leather band on top makes listening for long periods no big deal.
As for audio quality, you can expect great even tones through all ranges, including a smooth handling of high notes all the way down to deep bass notes. In this price range, the ATH-M50x provide great sound, but they do lack a little bit when it comes to hard-hitting bass. However, these are technically studio monitor headphones, so their goal is the most accurate sound reproduction, so if you’re looking for overpowering bass, you might want to look elsewhere. Overall, for comfort, sound accuracy, and for pure aesthetics, the ATH-M50x monitors are an excellent choice. Head over to our sister site SoundGuys for a full in-depth review.
Over at our sister site, <a title=”Sound Guys” href=”http://www.soundguys.com/” target=”_blank”>Sound Guys</a>, we’ve compiled a list of the best Bluetooth headphones, earbuds and wired headphones available on the market. Ranging anywhere from $33 to $499, you’re bound to find some great audio accessories to pair with your tablet, smartphone or ultrabook. Head to the links below for more information.
For $500 you can build a solid desk setup, including an ergonomic mouse, minimal-but-superb mechanical keyboard, bezel-less monitor and legendary pair of headphones. Keep in mind, these are only our suggestions for a great desk setup under $500, but their are a ton of peripheral options out there to fit in this segment if you do a little digging.
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