What’s on your desk, Alice Newcome-Beill?

As Alice Newcome-Beill describes herself, she is currently the “commercial/deals writer for” The edge, 35 years old, a Scorpio and a chaotic neutral.” Together with the other members of the commerce team, she helps with handling The Verges daily deals and newsletters, in addition to keeping up with “best deals” announcements and other buying guides on the site.

Tell us about the two desks in this room. Where did you get them and where in your house did you place them?

The desks are really nothing special. They are both identical versions of Ikea’s Alex desk and an attached drawer. They could be a little more durable, but they get the job done for the most part. The secondary desk was my fiancé’s workstation before she got a job that required her to be on-site for the most part, so it currently serves as a sort of junk storage facility.

Tell us about your seat(s).

My chair is an older model of the Secretlab Titan Evo that has collected quite a few cat scratches over the years. While I’ve wanted a slightly more luxurious seat for a while, I’m often reminded that we live with a variety of animals that will happily destroy or molt any available surface.

A variety of science fiction characters overlook a hi-tech workspace.

A custom desktop computer.

A custom desktop computer.

Stream Deck, Mouse, Clock

A Stream Deck to control lights (and other technology).

Okay, here’s the long one: we want to know more about the technology you’re using. Let’s start with the computer itself.

Phew, okay. Yes. The desktop is a disgusting custom build I put together a few years ago. The short version is that it is an NZXT H710 case with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. Of course, it’s decked out with a ridiculous level of RGB lighting, which I’m convinced helps to go faster.

And those impressive displays?

The screens are a pair of 34-inch curved gaming monitors from Gigabyte, most notably the G34WQC. I bought them just before I started working from home. They may be a little over the top, but I consider them a solid investment given the time I plan for them each day. Frankly, these screens have ruined all other monitors for me, which all seem small and crowded by comparison.

And then there’s the keyboard and Stream Deck. And your audio equipment. And the rest – can you give us an overview?

The keyboard is a riff on a model I tested earlier this year, the Mountain Everest Max. Aside from the mix of aftermarket keycaps, I also replaced the switches with my own set of Kailh box silver switches that I modified myself to be just a bit quieter.

The Stream Deck isn’t something I use very often, but I still find some use for it every now and then, even if it just controls the lights around my house. Currently I have it set up to quickly switch between my different gear in Lot 2

During working hours I use the Razer Nommo Pro speakers, which offer a decent sound profile and come with their own dedicated subwoofer. I also have several headsets and headphones on hand because I tend to forget to charge them. Currently, my go-to set for private listening is the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro… with cat ears, of course.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro

The wireless version of Razer’s pilot-style esports headset is lightweight and comfortable. This model also has a detachable boom microphone and volume knob.

For Zoom calls and other fun stuff, I use the Razer Seiren Elite microphone and recently upgraded my webcam to the AnkerWork B600 Video Bar.

With all that technology, I see you’re still using paper notebooks and post-its.

Kind of ironic, I know, but sometimes the best way to remind myself of the important things is to just put pen to paper, which has resulted in an unhealthy collection of notebooks. I’ve tried migrating some of this to digital media, but in the end I’ve found that there’s very little that can take the place of physically checking items off a list or just keeping a Post-it in plain sight.

Headphones with cat ears.

Headphones with cat ears.

Post-its hanging on a monitor

Post-its can still come in handy.

You have an amazing number of books and figures and toys on your shelves. Are there certain genres you like? How did you come up with such an impressive collection?

Haha, I can’t take any credit for the collection in our “study” (yes, it’s a home office, but studying sounds cooler). The collection is mine and my fiancé’s, which gives us a fairly eclectic range of reading material. The bulk of my collection consists of concept art volumes from video games, graphic novels, and some essential science fiction.

The bulk of her collection consists of art reference works and an assortment of books and memorabilia around Jim Henson’s Labyrinth and The dark crystal

And don’t forget the Lego figures of famous astronauts.

Yeah, just a bit of a self-proclaimed space geek. Those models are specifically from the Lego “Women in NASA” kit featuring Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Nancy Roman, and Margaret Hamilton (not pictured). I even have a tattoo of part of the plaque that was placed on the pioneer probe.

LEGO Women of NASA building set

Contains four LEGO constructions that illustrate the areas of expertise of the four women of NASA: Nancy Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

That’s a very nice compass.

Thank you! It was actually a gift from The edge‘s own Victoria Song many years ago. I can’t remember exactly what the sentiment was, but I like to keep it on my desk as a reminder of where I’ve been and where I’m going.

Are there any other important (or just interesting) items that we missed?

Lol, ask me about the green box.

Shelves full of books and figures and toys.

Shelves full of books and figures and toys.

A gold compass and a green chest.

A gold compass and a green chest.

Lego astronauts and shuttle

In honor of the astronauts.

Okay, what’s with the green box?

Haha, nice of you to ask. That’s the box my fiancé built to keep my engagement ring when she proposed to her. The spider inside is a placeholder ring while we choose some nicer rings for each other. She proposed on Friday the 13th, which is really our whole vibe.

And of course you have to tell us about the cat and the dog. (And how does the cat get in that shelf?)

The dog, Lu (short for Ludo), as seen in his natural state, lives in the corner of the office while I work. I often joke that we should have named him Elmer just because he sticks to you like glue. The cat, Ted, sometimes makes his presence known throughout the day. Since we adopted Lu, we’ve had to provide Ted and his brother, Bill, with some unreachable places to give them some peace of mind from the dog. However, they still seem to surprise us with where they can get.

Black cat on leather shelf by window

Ted on his perch.

Dog sleeps on the floor

Lu (short for Ludo) rests in the corner of the office.

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