M1 MacBook Air knows how to have fun [Setups]


Lots of toys live in this MacBook Air and gaming PC rig.
Lots of toys live in this MacBook Air and gaming PC rig.
Photo: daniielrp@Reddit.com

Some setups are no-nonsense, just the facts, ma’am — strictly utilitarian. Others are fanciful and full of toys. Today’s featured setup leans toward the latter, with its burgeoning population of Transformer figures crowding the shelf above the display and even related wall art.

And there’s plenty of gaming going on there, too, via a custom gaming PC and Nintendo Switch OLED in addition to an M1 MacBook Air and 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Oh, and it has one of the coolest speaker systems ever made, too.

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M1 MacBook Air, iPad Pro and gaming PC share work and play in fanciful setup

Redditor daniielrp (“Dan”) showcased the fun-filled setup in a post entitled, “Update: new wallpaper and day-time view. Combined mac/gaming/work space.”

Dan runs his M1 MacBook Air in clamshell (closed) mode on a stand to the left of the 32-inch Dell U3219Q 4K LED monitor. The display, which has a Logitech StreamCam sitting on top, features 3820 x 2160 pixel resolution, a refresh rate of 60Hz and DisplayHDR 400i support. It’s mounted on a Secretlab monitor arm.

For gaming, he’s got a custom-built gaming PC and a Nintendo Switch OLED with an 8bitdo controller.

He uses a full gamut of input devices, too: Keychron K2 75% layout wireless mechanical keyboard, Magic Trackpad 2 and Logitech Triathlon M720 mouse. Lots of people go with both mouse and trackpad for different uses, like gesturing on the trackpad.

Super-cool audio gear

Harmon Kardon welcomes you to the ... future? The past? Another universe?
Harmon Kardon welcomes you to the … future? The past? Another universe?
Photo: Harmon Kardon

Dan’s setup is also big on audio gear. Not only does he have AirPods Max and a Khadas Tea headphone amp and digital-to-analog converter (DAC), he’s got one of the most distinctively designed speaker systems ever made.

You won’t find may speaker systems more interesting-looking than the Harmon Kardon SoundSticks III 2.1 system. It shares its eccentric design with its predecessor, SoundSticks II, which was so groundbreaking it found its way into the permanent collection at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

SoundSticks III is a three-piece, 2.1-channel multimedia sound system with 40 watts of amplification, a 6-inch down-firing powered subwoofer and eight 1-inch full-range transducers.

And just to complete the audio list, Dan also uses a mounted Tonor USB microphone and streamlines his tasks with an Elgato Stream Deck mini (but he mentioned he wished he had a bigger model).

And if you like the desktop wallpaper showing on the display, you can find it here. And you can find all of Dan’s gear below.

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