First-time MacBook fan runs a tight ship, sees M1 on horizon [Setups]

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And now for an M1 Mac and a long arm for the laptop stand.
And now for an M1 Mac and a long arm for the laptop stand.
Photo: KhanathanJr

These days, the M1-processor Macs are calling to a lot of people, and Redditor KhanathanJr is no exception. He’s a first-time MacBook fan wielding a formidable 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro packing an 8-core Intel i9 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a reasonably good graphics card, but … you know.

It may not retain its commanding position in the setup for much longer.

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“I like this so far since it was my first introduction to the MacBook, but am most likely going to purchase the more recent model with the new processors,” they wrote in their post. “This one does run a bit hot, which is fine. Those with the same model indicate the heat is fine and the metal casing will dissipate the heat, however just worried about internal parts.”

It seems fairly likely KhanathanJr has read and heard some good things about how well the M1 chips with unified memory — now found in MacBook Air and Pro models, Mac minis, the new iMac and the latest iPad Pro — actually run.

Nice enough laptop, but a short laptop arm

KanathanJr plants his MacBook Pro on a Wali mount and laptop stand extending from the monitor mount for the 27-inch LG ultra HD IPS monitor.

It’s just not extending far enough.

“One big gripe I have with this is that the laptop stand isn’t long enough for my needs,” KhanathanJr wrote in response to a query. “However I understand most who are looking for this setup is just looking to have the Laptop and Monitor side by side. Other than that, works perfect.”

A mouse for this and a mouse for that

With this setup, KhanathanJr uses a Logitech MX Keys wireless keyboard and two mouse controls. The Logitech MX Master 2S Wireless Mouse serves for work and productivity. The Logitech G602 Lag-Free Wireless Gaming Mouse is, as you may brilliantly guess, for gaming.

For networking chores, an OKX USB C Docking Station for MacBook is in the mix.

That’s some pretty sound audio, too

KhanathanJr appears to be no slouch in the audio department. No one would call it mind-blowing audio, but it helps complete the setup.

Not content to run audio just from the MacBook Pro or a little Bluetooth portable speaker, they’ve got Logitech Z200 Speakers, Anker Like Soundcore Q30 Headphones and a Fifine T669 Microphone on an extendable arm mount.

And the whole thing sits neatly on Ikea desktops and adjustable legs. Nice.

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