At Cult of Mac, we’re no strangers to looking at computer setups loaded with displays — even as many as six. But we’re less used to seeing certain orientations, like in today’s featured M1 MacBook Pro and custom PC setup.
The workstation seems to reach for the ceiling with four 5K displays. Two stack horizontally in landscape mode and two stand tall, shoulder-to-shoulder in portrait mode.
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Studio Displays and LG 5K UltraFine monitors flank beefed up M1 Max MacBook Pro
Systems administrator and Redditor Overstim (“Stim”) showcased the display-heavy setup in a post entitled, “My work from home setup.”
In addition to his MacBooks — there are actually two, but one isn’t shown — he has a custom-built PC shown on the left in the photo for gaming and a couple of other uses described below.
‘Daily driver’ M1 Max MacBook Pro
He characterizes his 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro, provided by his employer, as his “daily driver.” It sits among stacked landscape-mode and side-by-side portrait-mode displays on a Fully sit-stand desk with a bamboo desktop.
“I work in some sensitive stuff so you’re only getting to see my screensaver,” he said, explaining why no work material appears on the displays in the photograph.
Studio Display and LG UltraFine 5K monitors
Two of the monitors are 27-inch Studio Displays — the only size you can get — and the other two are 27-inch LG UltraFine 5K displays. So they’re all 5K, meaning they feature at least 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution. That’s a lot of pricey screen real estate.
And although he appears to have a webcam perched way up on top of the two stacked horizontal displays, he said he relies on the laptop’s hardware for video calls.
“I still use the mic, speakers and camera on the laptop when I’m Zooming,” he said.
Custom-built PC and personal MacBook
Like many setups we see, this one has both a Mac and a PC. Two Macs, actually. There’s a second MacBook Pro not shown and we don’t know what its specs are.
“Home-built PC on the left is for gaming and YouTubing and Discord,” Stim said. “I keep work and personal totally separate.”
And he maintains separation of work and play on the two MacBook Pro laptops, too.
“The work laptop pretty much stays plugged in 24/7. I have a MacBook Pro for personal use when I’m on the couch or whatever,” he said. “It’s not ideal, splitting my life between Mac/PC but Chrome syncs my bookmarks and all my files are in iCloud, so that’s not so bad.”
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