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I was recently given the opportunity to join a pc review team that primarily deals with hardware.
Basically these guys get a ton of hardware from manufactures and then part out the various parts to members who are interested in testing it.

I am super excited to be a part of this team but the only problem is that my work area is pretty terrible right now.

Currently, if I need to do any work to my pc I have to pull it out of its little cubby under my desk and work on the ground......which is carpet.
I know that working on the carpet with no grounding is just asking for trouble and I really want to figure out how to change my situation.

Can you guys give me some ideas on a decent work area that reduces/eliminates possible static issues and will be comfortable for long periods of time?
Edited by Bob Santana - 4/14/11 at 5:52pm
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Well a wood or glass desk to start. Wood is plain and durable. Glass is sexy but you could scratch it moving cases and stuff around. And try to get the biggest desk your space can afford. The big desk space makes it easier to organize parts and keep small things from getting lost. Speaking of that, get some little containers for screws.

You should get an anti-static wristband, they're pretty cheap.

I think most importantly, find a desk and chair that are at the right heights so you can sit most of the time you're building. I've hurt my back twice bending over computers for a while. And I'm only 16. Then again, if your gonna be leaning over a case for 5 minute to throw a graphics card in, this probably isn't important.

Lots and lots of light would be good. Especially if you will be taking pictures/video while you're reviewing. A white background with bright fluorescent light would be best. Good lighting and a good camera makes videos so much better and IMO, gives your reviews more credibility. It also makes it easier to see in all the nooks and crannies of a case.
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Other reason glass is good, is that you can easily spot out small screws or whatever you set down. If you desire you can put lights underneath the glass table to further improve the lighting situation. Most people would also say a static wristband is unnecessary but in your situation when you'll be changing parts frequently it would be worthwhile using one.
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I feel some how strangely contrarian being the one to say this but I don't think those static wrist band things are really necessary. Just touch a metal portion of the case to discharge yourself. If the case is plugged in to a grounded power outlet than even better.

I'm not just talking out of my ass, I worked at Intel for year in a lab and worked on machines fairly regularly. There was carpeting and not a static wrist band in site. Never fried a board.

I should probably mention I'm also in California which isn't really famous for it's lightning storms or conditions conducive to static electricity.

My 2 cents for whatever it's worth.
 
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I agree that the wristband may not be nesecesary. But when I'm walking on carpet with socks in dry winter air, it's kind of begging for disaster. Haha, I just thought OP might want to take the extra precaution with that carpet.
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