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Modern Home Office Setup Ideas for 2021

By Kelly Cho|September 22,2021

Ever since the pandemic forced us all to rethink the way we work, the concept of a home-office setup has become so much more important than it used to be. With a whopping 82% of business leaders interviewed by Gartner saying they support a hybrid work environment (part remote) even post-pandemic, there’s no doubt about it – the work-from-home trend is here to stay.
You now find yourself spending hours working in a space that wasn’t originally designed for full-time work. A change is inevitable if you want to work at home without affecting your health or your productivity.

Finding the Ideal Work Setup

Every professional will have different demands from their workspaces. While some swear by their expansive multi-monitor setups to get work done, others might value a more minimal and clutter-free space. But here’s one key upside of working from home – you get to design your own home office setup!
You do still need the right hardware and furniture to create a space where you can work without any compromises. So we’ve gone ahead and come up with four home office setup ideas that span the most common types of workspaces.
One of these is bound to be the best home office setup for you:

The Minimalist

If you’re a professional who values a clean, clutter-free setup above all else, The Minimalist beckons.
So, how would this setup look? Here’s how –

So, how would this setup look? Here’s how

The Minimalist focuses on ridding your workspace of unnecessary cables and as much paraphernalia as possible. However, it does so without hampering your business productivity in the least.
Let’s recreate this workspace, shall we?

The Centerpiece: MSI Modern AM241P 23.8” ALL-IN-ONE PC

The MSI Modern AM241P is a business productivity powerhouse that gets you the performance you need without taking up too much space.
It comes equipped with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with integrated Iris Xe Graphics under a gorgeous 23.8” IPS grade Full-HD LED panel. This All-in-One (AIO) PC only needs a mouse and a keyboard connected to it, and you’re ready to start working!
We know all too well that work sessions can last hours. That’s precisely why the AM241P AIO PC also comes with MSI’s Anti-Flicker and Anti-Glare Technologies to ensure minimal strain on your eyes. The Monitor can also filter out blue spectrum light without affecting visual quality to enhance viewing comfort further and reduce fatigue.
If you’re carrying an office laptop and frequently need to work on it even at home, you can use MSI’s Instant Display Technology to turn the MSI AM241P AIO PC into a monitor without turning the PC on.
You don’t need to clutter your desk with yet another monitor just to get work done on your laptop. Instead, plug your laptop into the HDMI input port, and you’ll see your laptop screen on the monitor immediately!

The Power-User

You know you need serious computing power to get work done, and you prefer having complete control over your monitor setup. This type of setup will appeal to professionals like programmers/developers or scientists who need to crunch tons of data.
Well, how would it look? Here it is –

Well, how would it look? Here it is

The Power-User values a high-efficiency, powerful setup more than anything else. To you, the combination of a few cables and some desk clutter is a trivial price to pay for wielding such power at home.

The Centerpiece: MSI PRO DP130 Compact Desktop

The MSI PRO DP130 Compact Desktop will fool most people at first glance. Its diminutive frame conceals the powerful hardware inside quite well – hiding the fact that it brings full-blown desktop performance to your desk.
It comes equipped with up to an 11th Generation 8-core, 16-thread Intel Core i7 processor to power through even the most CPU-intensive tasks with ease. If your work demands more, you can easily upgrade the graphics card, M.2 SSDs, 3.5” HDDs, and also add two more memory modules to the DP130 Desktop.

The Monitors: 2 x MSI Modern MD271QP 27” Business Monitors

MSI’s gorgeous 27” Modern MD271QP boasts a QHD (1440p) resolution that will give power users much more screen real estate. Now, when you double this screen space, you’re looking at a high-efficiency workflow experience that you need to be as productive as you can.
Speaking of working the way you want, the MD271QP monitors feature highly flexible monitor stands that will conform to your ideal posture with ease. It allows for swivel and pivot movement in addition to extensive tilt and height adjustments to make sure that you’re the one in control of your workspace.
It’s not just features though! This monitor is a looker with a clean, minimal design that focuses on that gorgeous display. The MD271QP is a Red Dot Award 2021 winner for design excellence, which makes these monitors a truly spectacular addition to any home office desk.

The Intuitive

While productivity is an important aspect of a workspace, a regular screen just doesn’t cut it for you. You need to incorporate touch into your workflow without compromising on either performance or monitor size. Well, The Intuitive does just that.
If you’re wondering how it looks, here you go –

If you’re wondering how it looks, here you go

Now, let’s recreate it!

The Centerpiece: MSI Modern AM242TP 23.8” All-in-One (AIO) Touchscreen PC

Much like its sibling above, the Modern AM242TP brings convenience and style in spades with one key distinction – it boasts a large 23.8” Touch Panel! It opens up a whole new user experience and boosts productivity if your workflow pairs well with touch inputs.
The MSI Modern AM242TP comes equipped with up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Intel Xe graphics to ensure that you have the computing capacity to quickly power through business tasks.
A built-in webcam at the top reduces clutter while allowing you to join in on video calls effortlessly and without scrambling or hunting for your webcam.

The Second Monitor: MSI Modern MD241P 23.8” Business Monitor

When it comes to a side-by-side, dual-monitor workspace, we recommend springing for a monitor with the same size and resolution if possible. That’s precisely why the MSI Modern MD241P Business Monitor pairs so well with the Modern AM242TP AIO Touchscreen PC, thanks to its Full-HD resolution and 23.8” size.
Its stand also supports a wide range of motion, so you can set your workspace up the way you want, when you want.

The Creative

When creative professionals design their workspace, computing power, graphics horsepower, high resolutions, and a color-accurate screen come to mind. That’s what The Creative is all about!
Here’s how this setup can look –

Here’s how this setup can look

Now, let’s recreate it, shall we?

The Centerpiece: MSI Creator P50 Desktop

The MSI Creator P50 desktop offers powerful hardware and intelligent thermal design to maximize performance in a sleek, slender design envelope that doesn’t compromise on style.
It can house up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 desktop processor and an Nvidia 30-series RTX graphics card. Add one front Thunderbolt 4 port*, 2.5 Gigabit LAN, and Wi-Fi 6E to this package, and you’ve got yourself a pretty mean machine that can tackle even the most power-hungry tasks with ease.
Whether you’re working on a complex 3D scene or a motion design project, the Creator P50 packs the hardware and features you need to breeze through it all without breaking a sweat. What’s more, it does so in a compact, gorgeous form factor with a total volume of just 4.72L to ensure that your desktop computer is a work of art that you’ll want to show off.

The Monitor(s): MSI Summit MS321UP 32” 4K Professional Monitor

MSI’s quest for excellence has led it to a summit, specifically to the Summit MS321UP monitor. It boasts a DCI-P3 coverage of 95% and a Delta-E of <=2 – making it the perfect addition to a creative professional’s work from home setup.
The Monitor’s 4K resolution gives you ample screen real estate to work with multiple applications you’ll need for your workflow. But, of course, you can also choose to add another 32” MS321UP 4K Monitor to this setup and create an absolute multi-tasking and productivity monster that will have you zipping through complex work with ease.

Other Recommended Work-From-Home Accessories

Other Recommended Work-From-Home Accessories

• Monitor Arm (MAG MT81): The arm allows you to work with multiple VESA-compatible monitors without compromising flexibility while freeing desk space simultaneously.
• Chair (MAG CG130 FABRIC): A soft, ergonomic, durable companion that will ensure comfort while working and gaming.
• Headset (IMMERSE GH50): A top-notch audio experience that will make video conferences and work calls a delight.

Built-in Security at Home: Firmware-Based (FW) Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

MSI’s latest computing products for business and productivity, ranging from desktops to the AIO PC, all come equipped with FW TPM so you can access hardware-based, security-related functions. You can use these PCs to store sensitive data and passwords using encryption keys for business-grade security.

Working from Home Without Compromises

Yes, we’re all working from home. However, it’s important not to compromise productivity or your health. So, design a home office setup that’s perfect for you, maintain a clear line between work life and home life, and above all, stay healthy.

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