My Gear

Everyday Carry

Google Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4 XL – Oh So Orange (64GB)

I enjoy using this because I use a lot of Google software and this compliments it nicely.

Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds – Oh So Orange

Another piece of Google hardware because I like the aesthetic and integration with my other devices.

Aotao Silicone Case

Aotao Silicone Case for Google Pixel Bud

I normally don’t use cases or skins on my devices, but I wanted something to cover up the white charging case because my color schema is red and black.

Orbitkey Key Organizer - Crazy-Horse

Orbitkey Key Organizer – Crazy-Horse

I used to use a regular key chain, but it made a lot of noise and was clunky because I had a ton of things on it. I wanted to downsize and this was a great solution. It’s also red and black!

Orbitkey USB 3.0 (8GB)

Orbitkey USB 3.0 (8GB)

I keep this USB on my key organizer just in case I ever need to transfer some files and I love it’s low profile design.

True Utility Cash Capsule (Black)

True Utility Cash Capsule (Black)

I strictly use credit cards everywhere I go because I like getting paid to spend my money. The being said, this little capsule is perfect for stashing a spare bill in for emergencies.

Secrid Twinwallet - Vintage Brown

Secrid Twinwallet – Vintage Brown

I used to had a smaller version of this wallet, then I ran out of room because I have so many credit cards. I highly recommend Secrid wallets. They are beautiful and durable.

Filming Equipment

Sony ZV-1

Sony ZV-1

This is the main camera I use to stream and film the MJS Daily Recap, YouTube videos, and my 2 podcasts. It’s compact, has a flip-out screen, and can film in 4K.

Sony TOUGH-M 256GB SDXC UHS-II

Sony TOUGH-M 256GB SDXC UHS-II

I tried other memory cards in the past, but this one has treated me the best. It’s super fast and has a ton of storage. Plus, I figured a Sony memory card would work best with a Sony camera.

SanDisk 128GB Extreme

SanDisk 128GB Extreme

When I first got the Sony SV-1, I bought this memory card. It’s not bad, but I upgraded because this one was having trouble capturing long 4K clips. This is my backup now and is a great deal for the price.

NP-BX1 Newmowa Batteries & Charger

NP-BX1 Newmowa Batteries & Charger

I was searching for extra batteries for the Sony ZV-1 and didn’t want to spend the extra money on official Sony batteries. I took a chance on this 3-pack with charger and they have been great so far.

Sony Wireless Bluetooth Grip & Tripod

Sony Wireless Bluetooth Grip & Tripod

When I pre-ordered the Sony ZV-1, there was a package deal that included this grip/tripod. This little thing is super useful. I use it every day for the MJS Daily Recap and for both of my podcasts, Fueled By Progress and AM In The PM.

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum 5-Section Tripod

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum 5-Section Tripod

This is the main tripod I use for filming podcasts and YouTube videos. It’s pretty standard, but it does the job and attaches nicely to my camera bag.

Comica CVM-VS09 TC Smartphone Microphone

Comica CVM-VS09 TC Smartphone Microphone

Before I purchased the Sony ZV-1, I was using my phone to film, but the audio wasn’t great. This USB-C microphone made it much better.

Joby JB01325 GripTight GorillaPod

Joby JB01325 GripTight GorillaPod

Before the Sony ZV-1, I used this tripod to film videos using my phone. I love it and still use the phone clamp from time to time.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (32GB)

Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (32GB)

I bought this because I wanted a cheaper tablet for work I was doing, mainly testing websites. I don’t use it very often, but it gets the job done.

Lamicall Tablet Holder

Lamicall Tablet Holder

Before I revamped my desk setup, my Samsung tablet was on my desk. I found this simple tablet holder and would highly recommend it if you keep a tablet on your desk.

AmazonBasics Large DSLR Camera Gadget Bag

AmazonBasics Large DSLR Camera Gadget Bag

I’ve only ever owned one camera bag (this one), but this might be the best camera bag for the money. All of my filming equipment fits in it and my Manfrotto tripod attaches to the side. I love it.

Desk Setup

ApexDesk Elite Series 71 W Standing Desk

ApexDesk Elite Series 71″ W Standing Desk

I used to have a big L-shaped desk with a hutch and several drawers. It was way too much for me. I wanted a desk that was more minimal and that could convert between sitting and standing height. I did a lot of research and this one from ApexDesk was looked like the one for me. It’s long enough for everything to fit comfortably and has a electronic control panel to adjust the height.

ApexDesk Elite Series 36

ApexDesk Elite Series 36″ Cable Tray

When I got my sit/stand desk, I wanted to make sure the cable from my devices were managed properly. I didn’t want them all hanging down and getting caught on something as the desk moved up and down. This cable tray is made specially for this desk and was easy enough to install.

ApexDesk Anti Fatigue Standing Mat 20”x39”

ApexDesk Anti Fatigue Standing Mat 20”x39”

Funny story about this mat. I wasn’t planning on incorporating a standing mat into my setup. The desk took over a month to get delivered and ApexDesk was nice enough to give me this mat for free. After using it for a while, I’m very thankful because it definitely makes a difference. Even in house shoes, standing directly on hardwood flooring is not comfortable.

Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB

Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB

I’ve had this surge protector through many desk setups. Belkin is a good brand, so I’m not surprised it’s lasted 10+ years. The surge protection, USB ports, and such are great features, but more importantly for this setup, it fits in the cable tray underneath my desk. That allows me to have just one wire running from the tray to the wall.

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w USB Wall Mount (2)

Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB Wall Mount (2)

I’ve had these for a long time and decided to reuse them in my new setup. There isn’t anything super special about them, but I do like the way they give you more outlets and plug directly into the wall without any extra wires. The surge protection and USB ports are great features as well.

Black & Red Acoustic Panels

Black & Red Acoustic Panels

I wanted to cover up the hard surfaces behind my desk to reduce the echo when I stream or record videos. As you can tell, my MJS brand colors are red and black, so these ones were very fitting. They’re are 12″x12″x1″ and work great for my purposes. I tried a few different methods to get them to stick to the wall, but in the end I used spray adhesive, cardboard squares, and command strips.

3M High Strength 90 Contact Spray Adhesive

3M High Strength 90 Contact Spray Adhesive

This spray adhesive is super strong and allowed me to stick the acoustic foam panels to the cardboard squares. I applied a generous amount and went through 2 bottles for 50 panels, so I’d recommend getting more than you think you’ll need.

Cardboard Squares 10”x10”

Cardboard Squares 10”x10”

The foam acoustic panels I have did not want to stick to my wall directly, so I bought these cardboard squares to put in between. I got this idea from a YouTube video and it’s a good enough solution without damaging the wall.

Command Poster Strips

Command Poster Strips

I used these to adhere the cardboard squares to my wall. They have held up for about 6 months, but I’m not sure if this is a long-term solution. Some of the panels look like they are starting to loosen, but none have completely fallen off.

On My Desk

Samsung C49RG9 49” Super Ultrawide Monitor

Samsung C49RG9 49” Super Ultrawide Monitor

This was an interesting decision. Originally, I was considering a dual monitor setup, but I wasn’t ecstatic about the bezels in the middle and the extra wires. Then, I thought about getting one 34″ ultrawide monitor, but it’s basically 1.5 screens, not 2. I pulled the trigger on this one and I don’t think I could use anything else now. It’s a very new form factor, but I love it. The only con (kinda) is that it makes intermittent popping noises due to thermal expansion. Weird, but not that big of a deal.

Loctek Monitor Mount

Loctek Monitor Mount

Funny story. I almost lost an eye while mounting my monitor on this. The arm is gas-powered to keep upward pressure opposite the downward force of the monitor. I took the monitor off and the arm flew up and almost blinded me. Besides that, it’s a decent monitor mount. Technically, it’s not meant for 49″ displays, but it can support the weight, so I went with it.

Logitech MX Master 3

Logitech MX Master 3

I wanted a really good wireless mouse, but didn’t need one with 80 macro buttons on it. I’d heard great things about the MX Master 3 and decided to buy it. It actually has even more features than I can remember to use, but the ergonomics are great and I love the aesthetic.

Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard (V4)

Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard (V4)

I watched probably 10 hours of YouTube videos about mechanical keyboards before I made this purchase (S/O TaeKeyboards). There’s much more to keyboards than I thought: key switch type, layout form factor, aesthetic, keycaps, etc. I went with this wireless, low-profile design because I didn’t want to have to use a wrist rest. I decided to forgo the number pad and get the blue (clicky) switches. I regret nothing.

Reflex Lab Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

Reflex Lab Extended Gaming Mouse Pad

I wanted a big mouse pad that could accommodate my keyboard and mouse with some room to spare. I also wanted to stay on brand with the red and black theme. There really wasn’t many options that met my needs, but luckily I found this one. It’s held up well so far and looks great.

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker

This speaker system is the only piece of my last setup that I kept, but I have considered replacing it. I kept them because the sound quality is incredible and they still work perfectly. I’ve thought about selling them and getting a some red Audioengine or Kanto speakers without the separate subwoofer. Right now, the Klipsch subwoofer is on the floor and I just don’t like the extra wires. But again, they sound amazing.

HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone

HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone

I wanted a USB microphone for my desk that I could use to live stream the MJS Daily Recap and record videos with. I had seen this one being used by other creators online and I really couldn’t pass it up given the color scheme. The sound quality is top-notch for a USB mic and it looks fantastic.

TONOR Boom Arm

TONOR Boom Arm

Since the HyperX QuadCast was going to always be at my desk, I wanted make it easily accessible and easily moveable for when I wasn’t using it. I found this boom arm for a very reasonable price and have been very happy with it so far. It even has a little hook underneath the desk clamp. That’s where I store my Anker Q10s.

Anker Soundcore Life Q10 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Anker Soundcore Life Q10 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

I needed a decent pair of PC headphones to edit video and listen to music, but I’m not a fan of wires. In my research, I saw I ton of expensive options, but this wasn’t something I felt like spending a lot of money on. Then, I came across this affordable pair from Anker. They’re not incredible, obviously, but they’re pretty good. (and they’re red and black).

Xbox Wireless Controller (Red)

Xbox Wireless Controller (Red)

Prior to building this beast of a PC, I hadn’t down any gaming since the PS3 days. Now, I occasionally play some Modern Warfare, mainly because it’s cross-platform. I’ve always been a controller player, so that’s why I picked this 2nd Gen controller up (no dongle needed, but it does have connectivity issues sometimes). I thought about getting a knock-off, but I’m glad I didn’t.

Samsung Wireless Charger DUO

Samsung Wireless Charger DUO

I’m a big advocate of wireless charging. I tried other cheaper options, but they were junk. Now, I rarely ever plug in my phone because I have this at my desk. I use the stand-up side for my phone and the lay-down side for my buds. It’s so nice to just set a device down when you’re done with it and have it start charging. It also connects via USB-C!

SpaceX Mission Control - My Custom PC

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro

What option did I really have here? Put Ubuntu on it? Been there, not my style. Scrap the whole build and buy an overpriced cheese grater? Yea, I don’t think so.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor

I’ve had a couple of laptops prior to building this PC, and they each had Intel CPUs. For this build, however, AMD was the way to go. With the power Ryzen has to offer in 2020 and my needs for video editing and only minimal gaming, the 3900X was the best option.

Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard

Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard

I wanted a motherboard with Wi-Fi (just incase I needed it) and Bluetooth (that was a must). It also needed to be compatible with my AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU. I heard great things about Asus, so I got this one. Oh, and it’s got a little bit of RGB on it, so I’m a fan.

G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory

I thought about going with 32GB of RAM, then I decided to not play around. I value my time over my money. My motherboard can take up to 128GB, so it made sense to get 2 sticks of 32GB. I might add 2 more at some point.

Western Digital WD Blue 2 TB 2.5 Solid State Drive

Western Digital WD Blue 2 TB 2.5″ Solid State Drive

SSDs over HDDs all day, every day in regards to speed. I’m a digital minimalist, so I want to avoid any reason to add clutter on huge HDDs. Also, I got a free 120GB SSD with my GPU purchase and tried running my OS on a separate SSD. Not for me. I wiped it and ripped it out within a week.

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB KO GAMING Video Card

EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB KO GAMING Video Card

Pretty beefy GPU here. I wanted to render 4K video with no issues and power a Samsung C49RG9 49″ super ultrawide monitor. Some say I should have waited for the 3000 series, but if you wait forever, you’ll never get anything done.

NZXT H710i ATX Mid Tower Case

NZXT H710i ATX Mid Tower Case

During my research, I saw some big streamers talking highly of NZXT cases. I went back and forth between the H710 and H710i. The only difference is RGB and smart connectivity to monitor stats. Needless to say, I went with the pretty lights. And how about that colorway? It’s like it was made just for me.

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply

Don’t cheap out on a power supply. Get more wattage than you need and make sure it’s highly rated. You don’t want it frying your other parts.

Elgato Cam Link 4K

Elgato Cam Link 4K

I’m going to honest, I did everything in my power to avoid buying this when I started streaming. Not only was it hard to get in early-2020, but I couldn’t justify the $130 price tag when Sony was allegedly going to be releasing software to do the same thing for free. Eventually, I gave in. It turned out to be one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.

Rankie Micro HDMI to HDMI, 6 ft

Rankie Micro HDMI to HDMI, 6 ft

Just a simple, yet very necessary, accessory cable to connect my Elgato Cam Link 4K to my Sony ZV-1. Make sure you get a long enough cable, especially if you have a adjustable sit/stand desk!

Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader

Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader

I built this monster PC to efficiently create content but didn’t prioritize getting a case with a built-in memory card reader. (I’m not sure how many of those there actually are though). Regardless, this little adapter is very affordable and does exactly what I need it to do. I might upgrade for faster transfer speeds one day, but this is fine for now.

In My Room

Podcast Setup

Zoom H6 All Black

Zoom H6 All Black

I knew nothing about podcasting when I started researching equipment. I needed something to record audio from up to four mics and it had to be portable. I heard great things about the H6 and decided to buy it. True to its reviews, this thing is a solid tool.

On The Go

Huawei MateBook X Pro

Huawei MateBook X Pro

I know what you’re thinking, “Mark! That thing is spying on you and reporting every keystroke to the Chinese!” and you’re probably right. That aside, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made. I don’t use it too often since I built SXMC, but it’s so light, fast, and beautiful.

Samsung Fast Charge 5100 mAh Battery Pack

Samsung Fast Charge 5100 mAh Battery Pack

This is a great portable battery pack for a couple of reasons. The first is that it charges via USB-C. The fact that there are still devices using MicroUSB is actually disrespectful. The second reason is that it has a button that triggers a light to show you how much power is remaining in the pack.

AmazonBasics Classic Blank Notebook

AmazonBasics Classic Blank Notebook

I take notes and draw sketches in this when I’m on the go. It’s a cheap, durable hardcover notebook that has held up well over the years.

tomtoc Laptop Shoulder Bag

tomtoc Laptop Shoulder Bag

This bag fits my MateBook X Pro perfectly and has a couple of pockets to holds small accessories. I keep my laptop charger & dongle, phone charger, portable battery pack, HDMI cable, a pen, and a small Field Notes notebook inside.

Accessories

Car Stuff

Roav SmartCharge Halo

Roav SmartCharge Halo

I drive a 2010 Honda Civic, so the in-car tech is not advanced. I have one DC outlet and no USB ports, so I got this to expand the usability. It even has an app to customize the halo light ring!

iOttie Easy One Touch Qi Wireless Charger CD Slot Mount

I originally purchased the variant of this product that suctions to the dashboard. The car sat in the sun for a few hours and it fell right off. Luckily, iOttie makes one that mounts in a CD slot. Way better in my opinion.

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver-Car Kit

TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver/Car Kit

I was using the AUX option for a while, but then I found this. I was able to get Bluetooth for a few bucks and I love having less wires.

KITS

Google Pixel 4 XL – Oh So Orange (64GB)

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Command Poster Strips
Cardboard Squares 10”x10”
3M High Strength 90 Contact Spray Adhesive
Black & Red Acoustic Panels
Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w USB Wall Mount (2)
Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB
Google Pixel Buds
Aotao Silicone Case
Orbitkey Key Organizer - Crazy-Horse
Orbitkey USB 3.0 (8GB)
True Utility Cash Capsule (Black)
Secrid Twinwallet - Vintage Brown
Sony ZV-1
Sony TOUGH-M 256GB SDXC UHS-II
SanDisk 128GB Extreme
NP-BX1 Newmowa Batteries & Charger
Sony Wireless Bluetooth Grip & Tripod
Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum 5-Section Tripod
Comica CVM-VS09 TC Smartphone Microphone
Joby JB01325 GripTight GorillaPod
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (32GB)
Lamicall Tablet Holder
AmazonBasics Large DSLR Camera Gadget Bag
Roav SmartCharge Halo
TaoTronics Bluetooth Receiver-Car Kit
Bauer RE-AKT 75 Hockey Helmet
SISU Aero Guard
SISU Mouthguard Case
McDavid 6440 Hex Elbow Pads
Nike Men’s Vapor Lacrosse Gloves
Bauer Vapor 2X Team
McDavid MD7991 Hex Short
McDavid Hex Knee Pads Compression Extended Leg Sleeve
Bauer Pro Ball Hockey Shin Guards
Nike Everyday Max Cushion Crew Socks
DSG All Sport Athletic Over the Calf Socks
Knapper AK7 Speed Shoes
Bauer Men's 39Thirty Mesh Back Cap
adidas Defender Large Duffel
Windows 10 Pro
Secrid Slimwallet - Vintage Brown
MaxGear Leather Business Card Holder
Oakley Holbrook Sunglasses
GDTK Leather Passport Holder
Dockers Men's Slim Money Clip
Samsung C49RG9 49” Super Ultrawide Monitor
Loctek Monitor Mount
Logitech MX Master 3
Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard (V4)
Reflex Lab Extended Gaming Mouse Pad
Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker
HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone
TONOR Boom Arm
Anker Soundcore Life Q10 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Xbox Wireless Controller (Red)
Samsung Wireless Charger DUO
Zoom H6 All Black
Sony E Series Memory Card (64GB)
ONXE 3.5mm Headphone Splitter Cable
AmazonBasics XLR Cable, 6 ft (4)
Rode PodMic (4)
Gator Frameworks Short Weighted Base Microphone Stand (4)
Audio-Technica ATH-M20x Headphones (4)
Condition 1 25” XL Hard Case (2)
Condition 1 13” Hard Case
Motor Trend Steering Wheel Cover
Motor Trend MT-923-GR Flextough Contour Liners
SiriusLED Interior Lights
Bosch ICON Wiper Blades
Suaoki 20000mAh Portable Car Jumper
Huawei MateBook X Pro
Samsung Fast Charge 5100 mAh Battery Pack
AmazonBasics Classic Blank Notebook
tomtoc Laptop Shoulder Bag
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-core
Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory
Western Digital WD Blue 2 TB 2.5 Solid State Drive
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8 GB KO GAMING Video Card
NZXT H710i ATX Mid Tower Case
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 750 W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
Elgato Cam Link 4K
Rankie Micro HDMI to HDMI, 6 ft
Anker 2-in-1 USB 3.0 SD Card Reader
isotoner Zenz Men's Activate Slip-On Shoe
Magnetic White Board 12” x 16”
Winsome Halifax 5 Drawer Storage
Google Pixel Stand
Google Nest Mini
Mount Genie Pedestal for Nest Mini
AquaSonic Black Series Ultra Whitening Toothbrush
Linksys SE2800 8-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
Philips Hue White Ambiance Smart Bulb Starter Kit
Dell C1765nfw MFP Laser Printer
Floureon 38-piece Precision Screwdriver Set Repair Tool Kit
ApexDesk Elite Series 71 W Standing Desk
ApexDesk Elite Series 36" Cable Tray
ApexDesk Anti Fatigue Standing Mat 20”x39”
Belkin 12-Outlet Surge Protector w/ USB
Belkin 6-Outlet Surge Protector w USB Wall Mount (2)
Black & Red Acoustic Panels
3M High Strength 90 Contact Spray Adhesive
Cardboard Squares 10”x10”
Command Poster Strips