Episode 022 - Efficiency Redefined: Xu Teng's Minimalist Desk Setup for Creatives

Episode 022: Xu Teng

Xu Teng

Blogger/ Photographer

Name: Xu Teng
Location: Qingdao, China
Occupation: Blogger / Photographer
Room Size: 20 ㎡
Cost of Setup:
Around 40,000 RMB
Social Media: Youtube: @大头君有点困 Bilibili: @大头君有点困

Product List Item 
Netease Yanxuan Ergonomic Chair
Desk Shelf
IKEA Cabinet
Mac Studio
Docking Station
Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Dock
External Storage
OWC Express 1M2 USB4 External SSD Enclosure; QNAP NAS
iPad Pro 11-inch 2021
BenQ SW270C and BenQ PD2700U
Monitor Light Bar BenQ Screenbar Halo
Bose Companion 50
Filco Majestouch 2
Logitech MX Master 3S
Desk Mat/Mouse Pad
Moero Carbon Fiber Desk Pad
Web Camera
Logitech USB Webcam
OPPO Find X7 Ultra; Samsung S24 Ultra; VIVO X Fold 3
Sony FX3; Sony a7R3
Baseus 100W; Baseus 65W Power Strip

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Xu Teng. I transitioned from a photographer to a tech blogger. My passion lies in refining and optimizing my desktop and work equipment setups.

What’s your favorite item on your desk?

My favorite item on my desk is the TourBox Elite. Its functionality greatly enhances my workflow.

When did you start to work on your desk setup?

I started planning and acting on it in college, with a serious setup beginning in 2015.

What's your desk setup aesthetics?

My desktop setup aesthetic prioritizes functionality and minimalism. I keep only essential items on my desk and ensure they are within the same color scheme for a cohesive look.

What books, blogs, or podcasts recently caught your attention?

I am currently reading "Audiovisual Language" to improve my video production skills.

What niche interest are you up to recently?

I have recently developed an interest in collecting and modeling excavators.

What does your typical day look like?

I work throughout the day, with breaks for meals and occasional outings with my girlfriend for location scouting.

Your advice for beginners getting into Desk Setup.

For beginners, particularly those who do not game daily, I recommend minimizing the use of RGB lighting and prioritizing a clean and functional workspace.

Any tips for other makers who want to improve their workspaces?

My advice is to first clearly identify your needs and budget. Then, invest in significant upgrades within that budget to notably enhance your user experience.