Some great workstations from /r/battlestations (2024)

Daniel Rosehill



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Feb 2, 2020

Whether you’re into Reddit or not, if you’re a multimonitor fan then you’ve probably come across the /r/battlestations subreddit.

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It’s the subreddit where gamers, day traders, and just about anybody else with an elaborate computer setup comes to post pictures of their ‘battlestation’ — which in normal / non-gamer parlance translates to ‘workstation’ (the ‘battle’ appendage refers to the fact that these workstations are often used for gaming).

As I’m always interested in improving my home office setup, I’ve spent quite a bit of time there drawing inspiration from other enthusiasts’ configurations.

I even posted my own for feedback (I’ve no idea why I don’t keep my monitors together, but my desk could probably still use a tidy!)

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I’ve been following this subreddit so closely, in fact, that I’ve even stashed a selection of my favorites in Google Photos — and used to order a photo album of some of them!

To give you a flavor of what’s in store (warning, the subreddit is weirdly addictive), here are some favorites.

Check them out — and get ready to plan your next upgrade!

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I love the massively wide table that this guy (or girl) has position on three trellises and its polished appearance (it’s described as a 12ft American walnut butcher block desk — that’s 3.66 meters!)

My first workstation table was a humble Linnmon / Adils combo from IKEA — which worked great until the table started warping and the mount looked like it was ready to burst through the table at any moment!

I swapped it out for a 200 x 75 cm chunk of solid wood which I bought in a local DIY store and it’s been rock solid ever since.

But this desk, at more than three and a half meters, puts mine to shame!

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This Redditor says that he “owns a travel agency and works as a real estate photographer.”

But judging by the post title, acoustic paneling, and mixer on the desk he is into audio production too!

Although there’s no evidence of natural light, which I would find offputting, I love how spacious this setup looks.

My home office has several of these components (couch, light, desk, speakers) but is cramped into about a quarter the size (at most).

Down with tiny Jerusalem apartments!

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This setup is described by the poster as a “48 core 3D rendering workstation with triple 4K [monitors]”

The poster describes himself as a “3D artist” and adds that “the programs used are very demanding” — necessitating separate machines for various stages of the workflow.

But what’s with that ….. exposed computer mounted to the wall you may be wondering?

The poster says that the three computers are “all connected to the main rig (desktop) on the bottom right.”

It’s not clear whether the poster uses a KVM, Synergy, or both to toggle the input sources.

But …. if you’re doing this, you should buy yourself some KVM switches …. and pay for a Synergy license, which is well worth the investment.

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I absolutely love dense urban planning and skyscrapers. I find something oddly comforting about being surrounded by tall buildings and signs of vibrant urban life. Maybe it’s the feeling of anonymity it provides? The feeling of being part of something big, like a huge metropolis?

Whatever the answer to that, I can think of nothing better than working in a room with a view like this.

That’s Atlanta, Georgia, by the way in the first picture and Long Island City in the second.

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If high-rises don’t do it for you, then perhaps this beautiful scenery would?

Location 1: Traverse City, Michigan. Location 2: Atlanta (again) surprisingly.

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This post was entitled “A week after I move out, my Dad has taken over my old room.”

I think this guy’s dad strikes a nice balance between modern workstation and old school charm — mechanical keyboard enthusiasts will immediately spot the IBM Model M on the right.

What impressed me more, though, was the comfortable L-shaped desk and the fact that the guy has set up two different computers on either side of it.

Once I have more home office square footage to play around with I would love to set up a distraction-free non-internet-connected secondary desktop/laptop whose sole purpose is for capturing drafts.

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Some great workstations from /r/battlestations (14)

Source 1

Source 2 (a doctor’s lodgings in a hospital)

Another weird future aspiration of mine: rent an office with a bed in it!

This looks like the poster’s apartment but — besides being surrounded by skyscrapers — how nice is it to roll into bed after a grueling day’s work?

Okay, probably not the healthiest or most work-life-balance-friendly option out there but if this guy or girl has to pass out the sofa bed is waiting!

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Him-and-her battlestations are another recurrent theme on /r/battlestations., particularly among the gaming crowd which makes up the vast majority of the posters.

This one is a little too heavy on the RGB (artificial lighting) for my liking, but otherwise it looks like a cozy setup.

You know what they say — couples that battlestation together stay together!

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I’ve yet to experience life (truly) on the road.

But if this can be fit comfortably into a camper van, then I’m all in.

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If you’re the proud owner of one of these workstations and I got something wrong, or you have another need to get in touch, please do so here.

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How do I improve Battlestation? ›

Ambiance and Personalization
  1. Lighting: proper lighting can enhance the atmosphere of your battlestation. ...
  2. Neon Signs or LED Displays: level up the ambiance with neon signs of gaming logos, controllers, or popular game quotes. ...
  3. Customization: personalize your battlestation to reflect your style and favorite games.
Jan 8, 2024

Are workstations good for gaming? ›

Workstations typically have more powerful processors than their gaming counterparts, which means they could undoubtedly handle demanding video games. On the other hand, gaming PCs tend to feature better graphics cards to offer gamers better visual performance.

How can I improve my gameplay? ›

  1. 1 Upgrade your gear. One of the easiest ways to boost your gaming skills is to upgrade your gear. ...
  2. 2 Train your skills. Another way to improve your gaming skills is to train them regularly and systematically. ...
  3. 3 Join a community. ...
  4. 4 Optimize your setup. ...
  5. 5 Take care of yourself. ...
  6. 6 Keep learning and improving.
Jan 23, 2024

How to get a cool gaming setup? ›

You'll want to choose a desk with a broad, flat surface that can comfortably accommodate your monitors, keyboard, mouse, and other accessories. It is also helpful to choose a gaming desk with storage shelves or drawers beneath so you can store your games, controllers, and other accessories.

Why are workstations so expensive? ›

Powerful Professional Grade Components

The number one contributor to their steep pricing comes from high-end internal components not found in standard portables. We're talking bleeding edge processors, discrete GPUs, advanced memory technology, cutting-edge storage solutions, and color-accurate premium displays.

How much RAM does a workstation need? ›

Generally, we recommend 8GB of RAM for casual computer usage and internet browsing, 16GB for spreadsheets and other office programs, and at least 32GB for gamers and multimedia creators.

Are workstations good for coding? ›

The term “workstation” usually refers to a high-end, high-powered computer with lots of capacity. Such a computer is very expensive and way overkill for learning how to program. Any decent PC will do for learning programming.

How to make your gaming setup cooler? ›

Top Tips for Keeping Your Gaming Setup Clean and Cool
  1. Why is it Important to Keep my Setup Clean? ...
  2. Regularly Clean Filters. ...
  3. Use an Air Duster on Your Gaming Setup. ...
  4. Wipe Down Your Monitor. ...
  5. Cable Management. ...
  6. Keep Space for Airflow. ...
  7. Station Your Setup in the Right Place. ...
  8. Cleanliness is Next to Gaming Godliness.
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