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


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

As Alice Newcome-Beill describes herself, she is currently “Commerce / Deals Writer for The edge35 years old, Scorpio and Chaotic Neutral.” Along with the other members of the trading team, she helps with the settlement Those of The Verge daily Deals posts and newsletters, as well as publishing the “Best Deals” announcements and other buying guides across the site.

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

The desks are actually 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 fiancée’s workspace before she got a job that required her to be on site for the most part, so it currently serves as a kind of landfill.

Tell us about your chairs.

My chair is an older model of the Secretlab Titan Evo that has racked up its fair share of cat scratches over the years. While I’ve wished for a slightly more luxurious chair for some time, I’m often reminded that we live with multiple animals that happily destroy or shed any available surface.

A variety of sci-fi characters overlook a hi-tech workspace.

A variety of sci-fi characters overlook a hi-tech workspace.

A custom built desktop computer.

A custom built desktop computer.

Stream deck, mouse, clock

A stream deck for controlling lights (and other tech).

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

Oof, okay. Yes. The desktop is a disgusting custom build I put together a few years ago. In short, it is an NZXT H710 case with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card. Of course, it comes with ridiculous RGB lighting, which I’m convinced can be done faster.

And those impressive displays?

The displays are two 34-inch curved gaming monitors from Gigabyte, specifically the G34WQC. I bought them just before I started working from home. They may be a little overkill, but I consider them a solid investment given the amount of time I spend planting them in front of them each day. Honestly, for me, these displays ruined all other monitors, which all seem tiny and crowded by comparison.

And then there’s the keyboard and stream deck. And your audio devices. And all the rest – could 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 modify myself have to be just a little quieter.

The Stream Deck is something I don’t use very often, but occasionally I still find utility even if it’s just controlling the lights in my house. Currently I set it up to quickly switch between my different loadouts destiny 2.

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

Razer Black Shark V2 Pro

The aviator-style wireless version of Razer’s eSports headset is lightweight and comfortable. This model also features a detachable boom microphone and volume control.

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.

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

A bit ironic, I know, but sometimes the best way to remember the important things is to just put pen to paper, which has led to a borderline unhealthy collection of notebooks. I’ve attempted to transfer some of this to digital media, but in the end I’ve found that there’s very little that can replace physically crossing items off a list or simply sticking up a post-it.

Headphones with cat ears.

Headphones with cat ears.

Post-its hang on a monitor

Post-its can still be useful.

You have an amazing number of books and figurines and toys on your shelves. Are there certain genres you’re into? How did you come to such an impressive collection?

Hah, I can’t alone appreciate the collection in our “study” (yes, it’s a home office, but study sounds cooler). The collection is owned by me and my fiancee, which gives us a fairly eclectic selection of reading material. Most of my collection consists of video game concept art books, graphic novels, and some major sci-fi books.

The majority of her collection consists of art reference works and a selection of books and memorabilia related to Jim Henson labyrinth and The Dark Crystal.

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

Yeah, just a little self-proclaimed space nerd. These models are specially sourced from the Women in NASA Lego kit, starring 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

Includes four LEGO models illustrating the specialties of the four featured NASA women: Nancy Roman, Margaret Hamilton, Sally Ride and Mae Jemison.

This is an absolutely beautiful compass.

Thanks very much! It was actually a gift from The edge‘s own Victoria song many years ago. I can’t remember exactly what the feeling was, but I like to have it on my desk as a reminder of where I’ve been and where I’m going.

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

Lol ask me about the green coffin.

Shelves full of books and figurines and toys.

Shelves full of books and figurines and toys.

A golden compass and a green coffin.

A golden compass and a green coffin.

Lego astronauts and shuttle

honoring the astronauts.

Okay, what about the green coffin?

Hah, I’m glad you asked. This is the box my fiancee made to hold my engagement ring when she proposed to me. The spider inside is a placeholder ring while we choose each other’s rings that are a little fancier. She proposed Friday the 13th, which is basically our entire vibe.

And of course you have to tell us about the cat and the dog. (And how did the cat get on this shelf?)

The dog Lu (short for Ludo) lives in his natural form 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 noise throughout the day. Ever since we adopted Lu, we’ve had to provide Ted and his brother Bill with some unreachable places to get them some rest from the dog. However, they still seem to surprise us with where they can get to.

Black cat on leather shelf by the 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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