It’s Christmas Eve, and all we want for the holiday is a Porsche 911. It could be a gleaming new one, with a base price of a mere $99,200. It could be super-cool vintage one. Or it could even be a Lego one like the one featured in today’s MacBook Pro and iPad Pro-driven setup.
OK, given our paltry income, who are we kidding — we’d even take a die-cast 911, like the Matchbox cars of our youth.
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4 screens, an ‘OG’ HomePod and a Lego Porsche 911 — and great earphones
And for that matter, we’ve also got our eye on what Redditor Zatargoat calls their “OG” HomePod (“original gangsta,” naturally). The original, large HomePod speakers, known for sound quality, aren’t not so easy to find. Apple discontinued them in March 2021 to focus on the HomePod mini.
But we put an OG from eBay in our list below for your perusal, along with all the setup’s other items. Like that sweet Porsche. Unlike the real one, it costs only about $150.
Zatar listed in setup in a post entitled,”my setup as it sits now!” It appears to be heavy on the screens, but two of those are attached to devices — a 15-inch 2019 MacBook Pro and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The other two are LG 4K displays.
15-inch MacBook Pro
Zatar described their 2019 MacBook Pro as the base model. That suggests their machine has 16GB of RAM, a 256GB solid state drive and a 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 processor. It has a 15.4-inch LED backlit display with IPS technology and 2880 x 1800 native pixel resolution.
That year’s model also featured three not-so-loved characteristics that are gone, improved or expanded on new MacBooks. Those are the Touch Bar, the 720p FaceTime HD camera and the limited ports — nothing but four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports for everything, including powering the laptop.
12.9-inch iPad Pro
Zatar doesn’t say if their 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the newest one or not. But if it is a 2021 model with an M1 chip, it’s an especially wonderful tablet with some killer features:
- Liquid Retina XDR display with ProMotion, True Tone, and P3 wide color
- TrueDepth camera system featuring Ultra Wide camera with Center Stage
- 12MP Wide camera, 10MP Ultra Wide camera, and LiDAR Scanner for immersive AR
- Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
- Four speaker audio and five studio-quality microphones
- Support for Apple Pencil (2nd generation), Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio
- All-day battery life
Zatar’s smaller external display is a 22-inch LG 4K UltraFine monitor with 4096 x 2304 maximum resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. It’s made for Macs. That smaller screen undoubtedly looks crisp, indeed.
The bigger external display is a 32-inch UltraFine UHD IPS Display. It manages 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution and a 60Hz refresh rate. It comes with an LG Ergo Stand with a lot of adjustability. And it features a USB-C port with 60W of power delivery to charge the laptop and possibly other devices. But, unfortunately, Zatar said the port failed after minimal use.
The cool sports car in the middle of the photograph, under the large external display, is, of course, from the Lego Porsche 911 Model Building Kit.
As with so many modern Lego products, it’s all about details and precision. It replicates the rear-mounted, air-cooled flat-six engine. It features working steering, gearshift, emergency brake and tilting seats.
It appears to be the Turbo model, which features a wide rear axle, an integrated spoiler and a turbocharged engine complete with intercooler (the other one, the Targa, has a removable roof, a roll bar and a glass panel behind the driver).
Earbuds and headphones
Also in the mix, Zatar’s got great audio gear beyond the OG HomePod. Their earbuds are AirPods Pro. Their headphones are Sony WH-1000XM4 cans.
Both of those top-of-the-line products feature powerful noise cancellation, get high marks for excellent sound quality and feature convenient touch controls.
The AirPods have transparency mode and spatial audio with dynamic head tracking for immersive sound, plus adaptive EQ and Siri voice support. The MagSafe charging cases offers 24 hours of listening time.
The Sony headphones feature the company’s Dual Noise Sensor technology and Edge-AI. The cans offer up to 30 hours of battery life and feature wearing detection that pauses play when the headphones are removed.
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- 22-inch LG UltraFine HD 4K LED monitor
- 32-inch LG 32UN880-B UltraFine monitor
- Xiaomi monitor light bar
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