People love their “minimal” computer setups, but everyone has a different idea of what that means. Today’s featured M1 MacBook Pro setup is on the spare side — not to mention beautifully photographed — but it actually has a lot going on.
From the powerful laptop and 4K display to the big-time external storage, backup power and extensive smart lighting, the setup’s more than a match for its owner’s photo editing work.
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M1 MacBook Pro drives BenQ display in ‘minimal’ and moody space-gray setup
Photo editor and Redditor JVillaPhoto (“JVP”) showcased the spare and beautiful setup in a post entitled, “Minimal WFH Setup – MacBook Pro 16″ (M1).” You can tell he’s a photographer from the quality of the photographs.
“Finally been able to work on my (ever-evolving) dream setup,” JVP said. “Got started about a month ago and this is the progress so far! The room itself is quite bare and I plan on fixing that accordingly, but wanted the main station to be ready beforehand.”
And if that’s a “minimal” setup, as the post’s title says, then sign us up for minimalism. Many people think of minimal setups as little more than a laptop on a stand with an external keyboard, but there’s actually a lot going on in JVP’s rig. The gear list below has 18 items in it.
JVP’s 2022 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro (32GB unified memory, 1TB SSD) drives a 32-inch BenQ 4K display that he uses mainly for photo editing.
Protective cases and proper mounts
The MacBook, wrapped in a Supcase Unicorn Beetle case, rests on a HumanCentric Laptop Mount Tray on an Amazon Basics arm. The display swings on an Ergotron HX monitor arm.
And the MacBook isn’t the workstation’s only computing device. JVP also includes a 10.5-inch MacBook Pro from 2017 in an Otterbox Defender case.
Apple input devices, big-time storage and power
The Magic Keyboard mini and Magic Mouse 2 sit on a nice leather Satechi desk mat that rests on a Impresa tempered glass blotter. And it’s all held up by a Fully Jarvis standing desk.
And you know a setup means business when it includes big time external storage and an uninterruptible power supply. JVP, who works with photography, has a Synology NAS DS723+ 2-Bay DiskStation to store his work and a Cyber Power UPS to keep the system running in case of a power outage.
Smart lighting by Govee
And finally, a great setup — “minimal” or not so much — needs good lighting. That’s especially true when it belongs to a photographer.
JVP rocks Govee smart lighting, including desk light bars, monitor light bars and a smart LED bulb in the ceiling fixture.
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Computers, cases and mounts:
- 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro
- Supcase Unicorn Beetle case
- Amazon Basics Monitor Arm
- HumanCentric Laptop Mount Tray
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)
- Otterbox Defender case
Display and mount:
Storage, power and accessories:
- Satechi Desk Pad
- Impresa Tempered Glass Blotter (20in x 36in)
- Synology NAS DS723+ 2-Bay DiskStation
- Cyber Power Uninterruptible Power Supply
Lighting and furniture:
- Govee RGBIC Gaming Light Bars (H6047)
- Govee Monitor Light Bars (H6056)
- Govee Smart LED Bulb
- Fully Jarvis Standing Desk – Dark Bamboo
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