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Ghostly white M1 Mac mini centers a ‘sacrilegious’ sound machine [Setups]

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Everything is white, even the M1 Mac mini. But how did that happen? Apple doesn't make it in white.
Everything is white, even the M1 Mac mini. But how did that happen? Apple doesn't make it in white.
Photo: Clifferent_Enough@Reddit.com

If you look up “11.11” in the Slang Dictionary, it says, “If it’s 11:11, make a wish! Some people believe 11:11 is a magic number or lucky time of day, good for making a wish … or reaching cosmic enlightenment.” Well, if something’s enlightened, or at least en-whitened, it’s today’s Mac mini-based setup.

It’s all there in black and white, really, with “11.11” writ large on the dual displays — probably via the Fliqlo screensaver, though it could be a clock app — and Nintendo gaming consoles aplenty.

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Redditor Clifferent_Enough showed his workstation in a post entitled, “Switched again to Mac after 5 years.” He said he’d previously had a “humble Windows setup, with no aesthetics considered.”

With this new one, he said he went for a certain look and proper ergonomics.

“I was excited to get a Mac mini again for music production, video editing and many more things,” Cliff said. “Though to keep the white aesthetics, I wrapped my Mac Mini with white foil. Hopefully it’s not that sacrilegious … ”

White-foil wrapped Mac mini and Satechi dock

As he noted above, Cliff wrapped his Mac mini in white foil to make it match his all-white desk and gear. That’s a pretty strong commitment to white.

He runs his mini with the well-regarded Satechi aluminum stand and hub made for that Mac. A commenter asked if the dock is “any good,” citing rumors of overheating issues.

“It’s been a few weeks since I had it and I didn’t encounter those issues,” Cliff replied. “But it’s sure a great dock for having more ports and having the ports in front.”

For about a hundred bucks, it seems like a killer addition to a Mac mini, greatly expanding storage and connectivity.

Dual displays

With his mini, Cliff runs two hi-def displays.

The 32-inch LG 32UK550-B 4K UHD Monitor features Radeon Freesync technology and HDR 10 for a crisp look. It managed 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. It has two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort connection.

Then there’s the 22-inch Lenovo ThinkVision T22i monitor. Its “ergonomically-designed stand built for multi-display setups,” the company said. The monitor has 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and in-plane switching (IPS) tech. This one rocks HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort and USB 3.0 ports.

On top of the LG display, a BenQ Screenbar Monitor Light bathes the black and white scene in light. Its auto-dimming sensor senses the surrounding brightness level and adjusts the bar’s brightness accordingly. And you can adjust it manually, too, of course.

Not your ‘basic bitch’ speakers

A commenter noted Cliff’s “Dm40s look a lot better than the basic bitch audio engines,” referring to a popular brand of speakers, Audioengine.

“Was actually about to buy the audio engines,” Cliff replied. “But DM-40 is fine as heck and certainly much cheaper. I’d keep it for long.”

Pioneer DM-40 Active Monitors include ducts to reduce air friction and ¾-inch soft dome tweeters fitted with DECO convex diffusers. Pioneer said the diffusers provide “a wide sweet spot and 3D stereo sound wherever you sit or stand.”

The speaker cabinets have a headphone output and volume knob on the front panel, providing some useful listening options.

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