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Bright and beautiful Mac Studio rig gets a lot right [Setups]


A lot of people want to know what that delightful wallpaper is. See below.
A lot of people want to know what that delightful wallpaper is. See below.

A well-lit and well-equipped computer setup can evoke peace and productivity at the same time. Today’s Mac Studio rig exudes a zen-like calm despite being a total powerhouse.

It features a well-mounted Studio Display, a slick mechanical keyboard with wrist rest, a sleek external drive as well as tidy pegboard storage for AirPods Max.

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Mac Studio drives nicely mounted Studio Display in bright setup

Redditor ursureiks (“Urs”) showcased the bright-and-chipper setup in a post entitled, “Made some changes to my setup.” We’ve seen their setup evolve since March 2023 and October 2022, and they continue to get a lot right.

In 2022 they ran an 16-inch M1 Max MacBook Pro on a BoYata Laptop Stand and an M1 Mac mini with a Studio Display. They talked about using the rig for some pretty intensive gaming. A JBL Bluetooth speaker provided sound.

In March 2023 they ran the same MacBook Pro as well as an iPad mini 6 on a Pitaka wireless charging iPad stand in a triple-display configuration with the Studio Display.

Both setups featured tried-and-true Logitech MX series input devices, but the JBL speaker disappeared, as did the Mac mini.

So what changed in the latest setup?

In describing what’s new, Urs said, “New keyboard, new computer, new headphones and space shuttle lol.” The space shuttle model is up on a shelf out of frame in the photo above.

In the newest setup, Urs swapped out the MacBook Pro for a M2 Max Mac Studio (12-core CPU, 38-core GPU, 64GB RAM, 1 TB SSD). It now drives the Studio Display. And while the same Logitech MX Master 3S wireless mouse is in play, the Logitech MX Keys wireless keyboard is not. Urs went mechanical — and not just out of enthusiasm.

A couple of commenters noted the NuPhy96 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard.

“Nice to see more NuPhy out in the wild,” one person said. “Love my Halo 75.”

“[I] was so on the fence about the keyboard but went for it recently,” Urs replied. “I gotta say, I absolutely love it. Switched over from a failing MX Keys.”

The keyboard, used with a “nice” NuPhy Twotone Wrist Rest, is a 96-key gaming keeb with a solid, unibody aluminum frame and a 4000mAh battery for 200 hours of use. It’s big on RGB lighting effects. And it comes with seven types of switches so you can see what you like and swap it in across the board later.

Spiffy AirPods Max on a tidy pegboard

What else is new? Well, a spotless set of AirPods Max hang neatly on a pegboard at upper right in the photograph. Previously, only AirPods Pro appeared.

“How the fuck is the headband on your AirPods Max so goddamn clean?” a commenter asked, perhaps venting a twinge of frustration with their own experience.

“LOL, because I just have it as decor,” Urs replied. “JK, those headphones are only used on my desk. Got other stuff for travel.”

“I only use mine in the house, too, but the headband had yellowed like crazy,” complained the commenter.

“Oh well I haven’t really had them for too long but I’ll have to see how they do over time,” Urs said. “Might regret getting the white ones if that’s the case.” (The silver AirPods Max have a white headband and the green ones are close enough.)

And if you like the pretty desktop wallpaper showing on the Studio Display — a handful of commenters asked for it — you can find the original here and another with adjusted colors here.

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NuPhy Halo96 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

This 96% layout RGB hot-swappable wireless keyboard supports Bluetooth, 2.4G Wi-Fi and wired connectivity. It's compatible with Mac and Windows. This one features Gateron Pro Red 2.0 switches.

10/03/2023 12:18 am GMT


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