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Dual M1 Mac and PS5 gaming rig boasts blazing-fast displays [Setups]

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Photo: smhppp@reddit.com

If you’re an avid gamer, or maybe just an aspiring one, it pays to know which displays and accessories will best serve your needs. Not just any display, input device and headset will keep up with today’s graphically rich games. The dual M1 Mac and Sony PlayStation 5 computer setup we look at today demonstrates some good choices you might consider.

Redditor smhppp uses an M1 Mac mini for personal uses, an M1 MacBook Air for work and a Sony PS5 for gaming. They showed their setup in a post entitled, “Current setup, spec in comments for those interested.” It’s one of those one-vertical-and-one horizontal-display setups so many people are trying lately.

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First off, how about some speakers?

Redditors liked the clean look of the setup but suggested the addition of speakers and perhaps a monitor arm to help make room for them by taking one or both monitors off the desk.

“You should look up Audioengine A2+ speakers and Kanto S2 speaker stands (the $30 version),” one said, acknowledging they might not fit without a monitor arm cleaning some room. “They are beautiful and look so nice with Mac setups.”

For their part, smhppp seemed game.

“I haven’t thought about this but suspect I would change desks (go for an [Ikea] Karlby with under-mounted drawers) and then have speakers either side of the monitors with the PS5 moved further down the desk,” they replied.

Very fast displays

Smhppp runs two gaming monitors with their computing devices, both 27-inch displays. It’s tough to tell which is vertical (portrait) and which is horizontal (landscape), orientation-wise. Smhppp said the one in vertical (portrait) mode is used for PS5 play.

The Alienware AW2721 Gaming Monitor features a blazing-fast 240Hz refresh rate. That’s key for smooth gaming. It also offers QHD resolution, support for 1.07 billion colors, Vesa DisplayHDR 600 support and Nvidia G-Sync Ultimate certification.

The MSI G271 Gaming Monitor is listed as “tailored for professional eSports tournaments.” It features fast 144Hz refresh rate, AMD FreeSync technology and a 1ms response time to reduce choppy frame rates while gaming. Its screen resolution is 1920 x 1080.

Advanced headset

A good headset also helps with serious gaming. In this case, it’s an Astro Gaming A40 TR headset, another piece of gear fit for tourney-level play.

The cans are tuned with Astro Audio V2, which the manufacturer said delivers pro quality audio for gamers, whether live streaming or playing professionally.

The set uses Astro Command Center software, giving players enhanced control over their voice communication and audio settings. For serious live streamers, MixAmp Pro TR software is engineered with all-digital components for lag-free/interference-free operation and features Dolby Digital Surround Sound processing.

Proper input devices

For input devices, smhppp relies on the tried-and-true, often-seen Logitech MX Keys wireless keyboard and Logitech MX Master 3 wireless mouse.

The keyboard features “spherically dished” keys that match the shape of fingertips, smart illumination, hand proximity detection and automatic backlighting. Flow cross-computer control promises a fluid workflow via easy-switch keys across different computers — up to three devices on macOS, iOS, Windows, Linus or Android.

The mouse works on any surface, using a 4,000 DPI sensor. It offers fast “magspeed” (electromagnetic) scrolling, said to be faster, quieter and more precise than other scroll wheels.

App-specific customizations help speed up your workflow with predefined app-specific profiles and customization options. Like the keyboard, Flow cross-computer control allows easy switching on up to three devices with different operating systems.

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