Tame hairy cables gone wild — or don’t [Setups]

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"Honestly that's how it is supposed to be," one comment said of the cable mess. "Bushy just like the 70s."
Photo: dentalala@Reddit.com

A recurring theme across computer setups everywhere is the need for better cable management. It’s all about how well the careless, disheveled slob throwing together the gear — here we’re referring mainly to ourselves, not you — deals with the thorny mess of electrical cords and connectors that help make the workstation go.

Hackintosh makes due in lieu of Apple Silicon Mac [Setups]

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A Hackintosh forms the core of this three-display setup.
A hackintosh forms the core of this three-display setup.
Photo: GrandeNJR@Reddit.com

If you’re out there pimping your computer setup on a Mac social media list, but you don’t have a Mac, what do you do? Well, you could flex your Hackintosh laptop and surround it with some Apple gear to make things look good.

Redditor GrandeNJR took that route with his recent post, “Not a real Mac (Hackintosh), but do my other Apple products make up for it?” Or at least he appeared to take that route.

When you need something to dwarf your 24-inch iMac display [Setups]

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iMac and MacBook Pro, check. Massive display, check. Le Creuset mug, check.
iMac and MacBook Pro, check. Massive display, check. Le Creuset mug, check.
Photo: Doyniish@Reddit.com

Redditor Doyniish runs a Mission Control-looking workstation, thanks a gargantuan monitor in between a substantial 24-inch iMac display on the left and a MacBook Pro on a stand to the right. In the shot, they’re all festooned with open windows, making it look like all the work in the world is in progress at that particular desk.

Is this M1 MacBook Air rig a total mess, or just ‘lived in?’ [Setups]

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It may be messy, but it gets things done.
It may be messy, but it gets things done.
Photo: NotDeadYet7917@Reddit.com

Redditor NotDeadYet7917 dragged himself out of bed on Monday and photographed his M1 MacB00k Air computer setup exactly as it appears in real life. It’s not staged like some of these fancy-schmance setups you see (we’ve seen plenty). And you can tell the workstation is keeping it real by how “lived-in” it looks.

Dual-display home office relies on built-in cable management [Setups]

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A dual display, dual MacBook Pro home office relies on built-in cable management.
A dual display, dual MacBook Pro home office relies on built-in cable management.
Photo: baby-yoda-stan@Reddit.com

Redditor baby-yoda-stan — Stan for short, let’s say — posted pics of his home office computer setup, which features dual Dell displays and a couple of Intel-powered MacBook Pro laptops. He credits the clean look to built-in cable management in some of his setup’s components.

Ancient iBook, The Cult of Mac hardcover, Lego cars — what’s not to like? [Setups]

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Spot the old iBook on the shelf to the right and The Cult of Mac hardcover under the display.
Spot the old iBook on the shelf to the right and The Cult of Mac hardcover under the display.
Photo: 17parkc@Reddit.com

We last saw Redditor 17parkc after they took delivery of their lovely new blue 24-inch iMac in May. Now it looks like they moved to a new studio apartment with a few new toys. Actually, in one case, an old toy — an iBook from back in the day, sometime around the turn of this century.

Two M1-powered Macs divvy up work and play [Setups]

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The M1 MacBook Pro is all work and the M1 Mac mini is all play.
The M1 MacBook Pro is all work and the M1 Mac mini is all play.
Photo: jackwong343@Reddit.com

Redditor jackwong343 knows how to keep his work computing and his personal use separate — even within a clean, spare and capable computer setup. It all starts with an M1 MacBook Pro for work and an M1 Mac mini for play, and never the twain shall meet.

Dock connects 5 displays to M1 MacBook Pro in ultrawide rig [Setups]

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A pair of 25-inch ultrawide monitors and three other displays connect to an M1 MacBook Pro.
A pair of 25-inch ultrawide monitors and three other displays connect to an M1 MacBook Pro.
Photo: Parmg100@Reddit.com

Redditor Parmg100 runs his M1 MacBook Pro with enough displays to make most Mac owners do a doubletake. He said he manages to connect five displays, including two ultrawide monitors. Naturally, Redditors showed some curiosity about how he does it, given the MacBook Pro’s limitation on connecting external displays.