Magic Trackpad nestles in developer's cool custom wrist rest [Setups] | Cult of Mac

Magic Trackpad nestles in developer’s cool custom wrist rest [Setups]


There's nothing like polished wood. And did you notice the custom wrist rest?
There's nothing like polished wood. And did you notice the custom wrist rest?

Today’s featured computer setup displays an innovation we’ve seen from time to time, but not as often as we’d expect. It’s a custom keyboard wrist rest built to fit a Magic Trackpad or other trackpad in its middle section.

This one’s on the tall side, suitable for a mechanical keyboard. The developer who had it made to his specifications finds it — and the Magic Trackpad 2 — more than adequate for his needs.

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Custom wrist rest eases pain as it houses Magic Trackpad 2

Developer and Redditor CuriousDepartureOne (“CDO”) showcased the handsome setup in a post simply titled, “2022 Setup.” It features a 2021 M1 Pro MacBook Pro with 32GB of unified memory sitting on a collapsible and foldable stand, plus a 12.9-inch iPad Pro and Pencil.

And while the 32-inch LG Curved UltraWide IPS Display sprawled on the polished wooden desk catches the eye, what drew nearly all the attention from commenters? The custom-made wrist rest holding the Magic Trackpad 2.

“I got it custom made,” said CDO. “It’s just a wooden plank base. And then two small pieces stuck on top. I then covered it with wallpaper sheet.”

Thick but comfortable

Some commenters thought it looked too thick to be comfortable, however. As you can see in the photograph below, the wrist-rest parts on the sides look to be at least an inch tall. But CDO disagreed about it being too tall.

“It works out to be fine,” they said. “Because my keyboard is also very thick. So, the height matches.” He uses a Keychron K2V2 mechanical keyboard with Gateron Brown switches.

Another person complained of back pain from using a tall keyboard and wondered about CDO’s experience.

“I just found it uncomfortable to use a high keyboard,” CDO said in response. “But yeah, this rest makes up the height difference and it’s more comfortable.”

Love for the Magic Trackpad

Others sang the praises of the Magic Trackpad versus a mouse.

“The Magic Trackpad really is the best productivity mouse of all time, imo,” said one.

CDO agreed.

“Yes. I thought alot about getting the [Logitech] MX Master mouse. But then I was like why to have such a bulky mouse when my minimalist trackpad can do everything which I as a developer require.”

Here's a closer look at the custom wrist rest and its recession for the Magic Trackpad 2.
Here’s a closer look at the custom wrist rest and its recession for the Magic Trackpad 2.

Sony headphones

You can also see a pair of black Sony WH1000XM3 over-ear, closed-back headphones on a generic stand in the foreground of the photograph at the top of the page, on the right.

They’re solid noise-cancelling cans, but Sony has since released the much-admired XM4 and, just recently, the redesigned XM5.

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