The sometimes-overlooked heroes of computer setups are stands and mounts. They make a big difference. They free-up space on the desk. They bring screens to eye level for better ergonomics. And they can even help turn a one-display setup into a three-display workstation, as they do in today’s featured MacBook Pro and iPad mini rig.
The user relies on one main external monitor — a Studio Display — but raising the MacBook and the iPad up to eye level and using Universal Control gives him three prominent screens. And that’s without having to buy and make room for multiple external monitors.
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Mounted devices make for a triple-display setup
Redditor ursureiks showcased the good-looking setup in a post entitled, “Current setup powered by my MacBook Pro M1 Max.” The backlighting for the desk comes courtesy of Govee RGBIC LED strips.
Fittingly, commenters noticed and talked about the stands and mounts because they noticed what a smart setup they helped make.
Vivo, BoYata and Pitaka stands
“What stand for the display?” a commenter asked about the arm holding up the Studio Display, keeping it off the butcher-block desktop. And another specified “eyeing stands that will hold up a Studio Display and not wobble, but also not cost $300+.”
“I really like it and it’s pretty solid,” ursureiks replied, noting that it’s a Vivo Aluminum Ultrawide Monitor Stand, currently on sale for $110 on Amazon. “Got one for my wife’s ultra-wide monitor before I got mine.”
Other questions concerned the stands for the MacBook Pro and iPad mini 6. The MacBook sits open on a BoYata Laptop stand.
The iPad is on a Pitaka wireless charging stand. In the photograph you can see an AirPods Pro charging case resting on the stand’s base, no doubt taking a charge.
External hard drive and portable SSD
Another item of interest in the setup is its external hard drive, sitting dead-center under the Studio Display. It’s a G-Technology 4TB G-Drive external hard drive. They also come in 6TB and 10TB configurations. There is a “Pro” version, but ursureiks lamented his is the regular one.
“I use it for Time Machine backups only and my main drive now, which you can’t see here, is a 4TB SanDisk Extreme Pro portable SSD. Now that thing is blazing fast!” he said.
And if you like the desktop wallpaper on the display, you can find it here in its original version. Ursureiks said he modified it.
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