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Checkpoint: Couch & Desk PC Configuration Part I

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Even if I had the money or know how to accomplish the configuration seen in the above image, I wouldn’t. I would rather refine the configuration I have now.

And what is that configuration? Well let me share that with you over the next couple of weeks.

The Reasoning Behind It All

I have my desk PC and a couch PC configuration. One PC outputs to two different displays — and ultimately — two different experiences. There are just certain games that are better suited for the couch and the 5.1 surround sound while others are better suited for the more intimate keyboard/mouse and desk chair environment.

I can use a keyboard and mouse on the couch, but it’s just not as comfortable as if it was at my own desk. So why make compromises? Why not go for both?

Step One

Today, I’ll start with the physical setup including cabling and input devices.

Couch Mode

Desk Mode

  • Details as posted here


  • 25 FT HDMI to HDTV
  • 35 FT USB cable to HDTV
  • 30 FT optical cable to HDTV
  • DVI to monitor

I have everything in the same room and connect both my desktop monitor and HDTV via the Radeon HD 5770’s multiple outputs. I have it configured to output to one display or the other.

That long USB cable is for the Logitech keyboard and mouse’s receiver. It’s usually connected at all times which means I have two keyboards connected to the same PC. Does it work? Yes. Does it cause problems at times? Sometimes. I do run into the occasional accidental button press, but it’s not that big of a deal.

The ideal result is to disable the couch mode’s keyboard input when I’m not in couch mode, but that’s something that I haven’t looked into.

I do have a method of switching audio outputs and display outputs, but that’s something that I’ll detail next week.

I’m still playing Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. I’m not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. I’ll be explaining why in my next comparison review of it and Blur. Similarities, differences and what I liked from each game’s take on the arcade racer.

I’ve also been playing a lot of Tetris (PSN). I still prefer Tetris Friends for matchmaking and presentation, but this PSN version is pretty darn good. The extra variants are fun and creative while still staying true to the Tetris core. I can see it being a very competent party game.

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