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Developer makes mobile apps with blazing-fast M1 MacBook Pro [Setups]


All those smartphones are for testing apps using different OS versions and screen sizes.
All those smartphones are for testing apps using different OS versions and screen sizes.

It’s always nice to hear from professionals relying on Apple gear and finding it meets or even exceeds their expectations. That’s a good indicator that Cupertino is going in the right direction.

Today’s featured computer setup shows that enthusiasm. A mobile app developer offers high praise for his M1 MacBook Pro. And his stacked displays and raft of AV gear aren’t bad, either. Let’s take a look.

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Mobile app developer relies on speedy M1 MacBook Pro and stacked displays

Software developer and Redditor iSapozhnik (“Nik”) showcased the setup in a post entitled, “My home office.”

You may notice the variety of smartphones in the photograph. As a mobile app developer, Nik needs a few around.

“Each device has some concrete OS installed and they are all different in terms of screen size which is important for mobile development,” he said in reply to curious commenters’ questions.

Stacked dual displays

He keeps his M1 MacBook Pro in clamshell (closed) mode on a double-slotted Omoton laptop stand. The laptop runs through an Anker USB-C hub mounted under the desk. The hub packs seven ports and offers 60 watts of power delivery.

The MacBook drives two stacked displays. The big one is a 38-inch LG 38WK95C-W curved ultra-wide IPS monitor with 3840 x 1600 pixel resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate and a 5ms response time.

And above that display, just above the Quntis monitor lamp with a Logitech C920 Pro webcam resting on it, Nik mounts a 24-inch, 1080p Dell display.

M1 MacBook is fast

The MacBook Pro’s speed for coding tasks became a topic of discussion.

“The M1 is a beast when it comes to Xcode compile times,” a commenter said. “It smokes my former maxed-out Intel i9.”

“Yeah! Even MacBook Air with M1 was much much better in terms of performance than Intel-based Mac with i9 and 32 gigs RAM,” Nik replied. “Truly outstanding work from Apple engineers.”

Cool mechanical keyboard

For input devices, Nik relies on the extremely popular Logitech MX Master 3 wireless mouse and rocks a NuPhy Halo65 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard with Gateron Pro Brown 2.0 switches.

The word “Halo” in the keeb’s name refers to a band of light “that unites the solid unibody aluminum frame,” according to NuPhy. The device’s 4,000mAh battery keeps it going for 240 hours, or more with lighting turned off.

NuPhy includes seven types of switches with the keyboard so you can see which kind suits you best (in terms of typing feel and clickers-clackety loudness).

“Since the keyboard is hot-swappable, you can put any switches you like without soldering,” Nik said.

And if you like the desktop wallpaper on the displays, you can find it here.

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