M1 Max MacBook and Xbox share killer ultra-wide display [Setups]


An Xbox in the under-desk drawer handles the gaming chores.
An Xbox in the under-desk drawer handles the gaming chores.
Photo: Leeroyjgibz@Reddit.com

If you’re one of the many, many people waiting longer and longer periods for your Mac thanks to supply-chain delays, we apologize in advance. We don’t mean to rub your face in your misfortune.

But when we find a great computer setup featuring an exciting new 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro splitting time with an Xbox on a 40-inch, curved ultra-wide display, we’ve just got to talk about it.

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Tricked-out 16-inch MacBook and Xbox split time on monster LG curved ultra-wide display

Logistics development specialist, student and Redditor leeroyjgibz (“Lee”) showcased his gear in a post entitled, “Software Development student / casual competitive gamer (not like competition, just might get too into it)…”

When a commenter noted that students at least used to be the “definition of poor” — a remark about how nice and pricey this setup is — Lee said he works full-time in logistics and goes to school at night.

And Lee said quite a bit in his post title, as people often do. Lee’s a software development student who games, but only casually, not as a pro or anything (because he might go overboard, apparently).

And for that competitive-but-not too-competitive gaming, he uses and Xbox, not his Mac. The Xbox sits in an Uplift locking drawer under the desk, with an open back for airflow. That helps keep the device cool. The desk itself is a 60-inch Uplift Standing Desk V2.

Though not used for gaming, the 16-inch M1 Max MacBook is a beast. And it’s not so easy to find these days, with supply-chain delays caused by COVID-19 lockdowns. Such is the case with MacBooks like Lee’s. After ordering, people are waiting 10 weeks or more for them.

A base M1 Max MacBook sports an M1 Max chip with a 10-core CPU, a 32-core GPU and a 16-core Neural Engine. It comes with a dazzling,  16-inch Liquid Retina XDR display and starts with 32GB of unified memory and a 1TB SSD. The port selection is pretty good, too — three Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI port, SDXC card slot and MagSafe 3 port.

40-inch LG curved ultra-wide IPS monitor

And as for the big widescreen monitors, a commenter asked about how it’s working because they might get one for their Mac mini.

Lee’s reply is informative:

It’s the LG 40” 5K2K Nano IPS curved ultrawide. I can honestly say I love it. It’s probably not that great for serious gamers since the refresh rate is only 72Hz, but I don’t regret getting it one bit. The speakers on it sound perfect, especially for ones that are just in. It’s not like I blast them. I feel like the quality is just perfect and I really like that I don’t feel like I’m missing out when I don’t use my MacBook M1 Xax screen. I feel that the 40” is perfect and really glad I did not get a 49”.

The imposing monitor has 5120 x 2160 pixel resolution on its Nano IPS screen, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity and 96W power delivery to a MacBook Pro or other devices. And those speakers Lee mentioned are 10W apiece.

Feit Electric LED Light

Commenters also liked the lamp on Lee’s desk. It’s a Feit Electric LED Light set more more cool visuals than practical lighting. Here’s the company’s description of the crazy thing:

Enjoy all the benefits of advanced LED energy-saving technology with the Feit Electric prism infinity 3D fireworks effect LED party bulb. The infinity 3D fireworks effect ST19 prism LED bulb provides a unique look reminiscent of an infinity mirror or a starry night sky. This light can fit a standard light socket and features a vintage straight tubular ST19 bulb that transforms when you light it up from an elegant silver coated bulb to a multi-color 3D firework effect.

And if you like the desktop wallpaper on the display, Lee said you should be able to find it here. See all the gear in the list below.

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