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You don’t have to spend a fortune to get an ultra-wide display [Setups]

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The ultra-wide 1440p display shown here can be had for about $300.
The ultra-wide 1440p display shown here can be had for about $300.
Photo: InfaSyn@Reddit.com

Once you shell out a couple thousand bucks or more for a marvelous Mac Studio desktop machine, how do you add an ultra-wide display without running up your already-tortured credit cards?

Today’s featured dual-monitor Mac Studio setup solved the problem by going back in time. Its owner added an ultra-wide display — and much of the other gear in the workstation — from a few years ago.

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Mac Studio setup shows an ultra-wide display need not cost a fortune

Redditor InfaSyn showcased the setup in a post entitled, “Just grabbed my first ultra wide.” They run their new ultra-wide display — a 34-inch Samsung QHD monitor — with a base model Mac Studio.

The desktop sports an M1 Max chip with a 10-core CPU and a 24-core GPU, 32GB of integrated memory and a 512GB solid state drive.

And the ultra-wide display shows how little you have to pay now to get the ultra-wide experience. That model, which came out in 2019, tends to fetch about $300 now.

What do you give up going with an older model? Well, that particular display is a QHD with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440 x 1440 pixel resolution running at a refresh rate of 75Hz. You’d very likely pay quite a bit more to vault up to higher screen resolution available now in ultra-wides, either 3840 × 1600 or 5120 × 2160. The latter is often called 5K2K, and those usually cost between $1,000 and $1,500.

However, if you value screen resolution as much or more than screen real estate, you could go for a regular 32-inch 4K monitor with not-too-high a price tag, around the same $300 in some cases, give or take. Here’s an example 32-inch Samsung 4K at exactly that price point.

When asked about their impression of the monitor, Syn said, “Only 8 hours in but I’ve done a little coding, some gaming and some sys admin stuff today — initial impressions good.”

And their other screen, a 23-inch Dell E2311 1080p monitor, goes for around $149. They used the word “crap” to describe it and said they’ll replace it soon.

‘Wild’ mechanical keyboard and vacuum tube headphone amp

“That keyboard is wild,” a commenter said, perhaps employing a bit of sarcasm. The mechanical keyboard looks like it escaped from an accounting firm in the 1990s.

“Haha, thanks,” San said. “Not a stunner to look at but really damn nice to type on. Its a Cherry MX 3000 with MX Black switches.”

Syn uses the smooth-typing keeb in concert with a Logitech G502 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse.

“What’s that thing with the two vacuum tubes behind the vintage 1997 keyboard,” another commenter asked.

San explained that it’s a Sabaj PHA3 Vaccum Tube Headphone Amp. They use it to jack up the sound on their Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 over-ear headphones when they’re not playing tunes on their Creative speakers.

If you like a retro vibe, you can find that mad-scientist-looking headphone amp for less than $30. See all the gear in the list below.

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