Victoria Song (known as Vee to the staff) does The edge‘s senior reviewer, covering all things wearables, health tech and fitness tech. She says, “I’ve been on this beat for almost seven years now. For The edgeI was there Gizmodo do the same. That’s what I was there for PC Magazine and had a stint as a laptop reviewer before turning to portable music.”
And before that? “I cut my teeth off The Yomiuri Shimbun, both in Japan and in their New York City office. In Japan I was an editor for their English-language edition and coincidentally ended up as a junior reporter in New York when I moved back home – although the role was more like a stringer, reporter and translator all rolled into one. I covered everything ranging from #BlackLivesMatter protests and the annual UN General Assembly to factories in Baton Rouge making baseball bats favored by Japanese players.
We asked Vee to take a look at her workspace.
I just bought my first house in December and this office is one of the guest rooms on the third floor. Being a modest townhome, all the space is stacked vertically. However, it’s the first time I’ve had an office to myself! Before we moved, my husband and I had shared a tiny office for five years. The only downside was that I wasn’t prepared for all these stairs. My various trackers tell me that I average about 20 flights of stairs per day.
I only got my standing desk last month, but I consider it the final form of all the desks I’ve had over the years. I’ve always had a combination of a desk with built-in shelves and a separate monitor stand, but something was always wrong. Either the monitor stand wasn’t high enough, or there wasn’t enough storage space for all my trinkets and office supplies. My previous desk looked like this desk, but was way too narrow. I saw moving as an opportunity to start over And buy a standing desk. Now I try to stand for at least two hours a day, usually when I’m doing passive tasks like answering emails.
What I like about this desk so far is that I can tuck my keyboard away and still have a place for my journals. The drawers on each side hold 90 percent of my office supplies, and there’s enough room to put my laptop on the stand. I went from having two bookshelves in my office to just one.
An easy-to-use sit-stand desk with two drawers, shelves and three preset buttons.
I have the Herman Miller x Logitech Embody gaming chair. And no, I didn’t pay full price because it was an inheritance from my husband when they got a new office chair. They wanted to sell it, but were tired of hearing me complain about my old broken chair. I feel happy because it is very comfortable for long writing sessions and I no longer need a seat cushion. I also like that there is a pop of color on the back. I can be frugal to my detriment, but my husband was right: you shouldn’t skimp on your office chair.
Right now my personal laptop at midnight is an M2 MacBook Air 15. I kind of regret it, as I wrote in my review of the M3 MacBook Pro 14. I got the base model with 8 GB of RAM and every time I open one tab have too much open… beach ball starts. Our former laptop reviewer Monica Chin was also right that it’s a bit heavy for an ultraportable laptop. I took it to CES for the extra screen real estate, but my back hurt after lugging it around Vegas all day for a week. For the rest it is a great laptop; I wish I had 16 GB of RAM.
An ergonomic mouse specifically designed to reduce muscle tension and improve performance.
I have a Logitech MX vertical ergonomic mouse. I’ve been a vertical mouse evangelist for years and of all the variations I’ve tried, I like this one the best. It’s not too complicated and it has reduced my wrist pain dramatically. I also have an Elgato Key Light, which helps when my office gets dark and I need to look presentable on a Zoom call. It’s also just a great light for when I’m journaling at night. (I, on the other hand, have a smaller lamp for evenings or cloudy days.)
I don’t know my exact LG monitor. All I know is that it’s 27 inches, which allows me to enlarge my text 150 percent, and I got it for free when my husband upgraded theirs. (I do this often.)
I also got the Insta360 Link webcam because I was tired of looking like a blurry potato during phone calls. This one is nice because it tracks your position, although sometimes it doesn’t always work as it should and my colleagues can look at a close-up of my forehead.
The Link is a top-tier webcam that offers a gimbal, impressive software, and a great price.
My keyboard is a Keychron K2 with brown switches. I’ve used mechanical keyboards on and off since 2016, but most of the ones I tried were gaming keyboards, and they work best on Windows computers. I liked the feeling, but I have a Mac and was annoyed by all the key mapping solutions. An old colleague recommended Keychron during the pandemic because their keyboards are Mac compatible – and I haven’t used another keyboard since. However, I’m thinking of maybe switching to the Q1 with the button. (I don’t know, the button seems cool!) But I’m trying to be good and wait for this one to die. I’ve witnessed too many friends say, “Just one more keyboard,” only to find themselves in a pile of twenty keyboards and dozens of keycap sets.
I’m in my purple era, so last year I got a pair of purple Mito GMK keycaps (although what you see on my keyboard is a mix-and-match with another set). I got into a retro anime vaporwave aesthetic a while ago, which is why my desktop wallpapers and desk mat also have a purple-pink theme.