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Mac Studio drives wild 4-monitor formation with Bat-Signal [Setups]


The Bat-Signal is displayed on a giant screen atop three other monitors in a Batman-themed computer setup.
Gotta love the Bat-Signal.

Today’s featured Mac Studio setup found an interesting way to arrange its four displays — three little ones in a row and one huge one broadcasting the Bat-Signal on top.

With Batman undoubtedly on his way (OK, maybe it’s just the logo, not the actual signal), the workstation also boasts a 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Folio and a remarkably affordable mechanical keyboard for use with the desktop machine.

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Mac Studio drives unusual 4-display setup along with MacBook Pro

Redditor Rasputin_mad_monk showcased the setup with jacked-up displays in a post entitled, “Update to my setup. Scored a 3rd Dell Monitor so now they all match and got a new wireless mechanical keyboard.”

He runs a M2 Max Mac Studio (32GB integrated memory, 512GB SSD) along with a 12.9-inch MacBook Pro.

“It is way more than I need BUT I have 50-75 tabs open at any one time and it was like $400 more than a new [Mac] mini with 32GB of memory. I figure based on what I do it will last a good 5 to 7 years,” he said of the desktop computer.

The Mac Studio drives four displays in an unusual formation. Three 27-inch Dell UltraSharp monitors sit together in a row, with two of them on a dual-monitor desk mount. A huge, 42-inch Insignia smart TV is mounted above them on the wall, though it looks like it’s attached. 

And we’ll get to the new mechanical keyboard below, too.

My, what a big electricity bill you must have

“I feel like this makes your electric bill go up a lot!! ” a commenter said about the four displays, adding that the setup looks cool.

“Ya, know I have no idea,” Rasputin replied. “I wonder what it costs a day to run this setup?”

Another person said having a five monitors made “a noticeable jump” in their electricity bill. But Rasputin ended up answering his own question.

“I looked it up and total maybe $4 – $6 extra a month,” he said. “Not rich but not poor either.”

“I am pretty sure I will keep adding but right now I am very happy!” he added.

‘If money was no object’ setup

And Rasputin’s probably not done with the setup (nobody ever is, are they?).

“As the money flows in, the set up will evolve,” he said. “I did an ‘if money was no object’ setup once,” he noted. “It was around $25,000.”

He also listed some fantasy setup gear, below.

  • Mac Pro with 192GB of memory and an 8TB drive ($12K-ish)
  • 3 27-inch [Studio Displays] ($4,500) and a 32-inch Pro [Display XDR] ($5K)
  • Then add all the mounts, new desk, peripherals etc. …

“That being said, I would like 3 27’s [displays], and all 3 on mounts as well as some serious cable management,” he added.

He didn’t mention how much his actual setup cost him, however.

Affordable mechanical keyboard

Rasputin made special note of his new mechanical keyboard, a RisoPhy. It may be the first one from that brand we’ve seen in our Setups travels.

“$50 and it is a dream,” he said. And we found what is probably the same, 104-key, RGB-backlit board for just $30, below.

He doesn’t recommend his Coo Wireless Mouse, however. 

“It is cheap and all, but shitty battery life,” he said. 

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Smart Keyboard Folio

 iPad keyboard case for iPad Pro 12.9‑inch (3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Generation) with two viewing angles, front and back protection, in black.

12/05/2023 12:45 am GMT


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