What do you do when you and your roommate are media-loving computer geeks? Why, turn your mutual living room into a mecca of computing and media magic, of course!
Aaron and his roommate planned out their living room to serve as both a home office and an entertainment hub:
My roommate and I decided that we enjoy the entertainment and social side of life. We often have a few friends over. Think of the reason that people go to Starbucks to sit around for hours on their laptops to get some work done, or go to the sports bar, laptop in hand, to follow the statistics and their fantasy leagues. We have kind of the same idea about having our computer desks right off the home theatre area. (My roommate is set up on the opposite side) We spend entirely too many hours on the computer, and to feel a little less anti-social it just makes sense to not be held up in separate rooms.
Makes perfect sense, and why wouldn't you combine your resources when it results in this much awesomeness? Their living room is arranged so that each of their desks is on each side of the main space with theatre seating in the middle. The computers and media devices are all wired with a HDMI switch to their triple screen set up: two 46" 1080 flat screens on custom stands he and his roommate built and a 1080 projector for their monstrous projection screen. Aaron notes they generally limit the projector to movie watching to keep the cost of replacement bulbs down.
For pictures of his setup, complete with detailed notes on the various components, make sure to check out the rest of the photos at the link below.