Mac Setups: MacBook Air 11″ & Mac Mini Web Development Workstation

Mar 24, 2012 - 5 Comments

Web Developers Desk

This weeks great Mac setup comes to us from Eddie B who uses his Apple gear for web design and development. The MacBook Air serves as the primary work machine and the Mac Mini, resting below it, functions as a web server. Here’s the full hardware list:

  • MacBook Air 11″ (2011)
  • MacMini (Late 2009) used as a web development server (Git repo, test server, etc)
  • Dual Apple Cinema 20″ Displays (second screen powered by an EVGA UV Plus 19)
  • Apple Wired Aluminum Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • iPad 2
  • iPhone 4
  • Griffin Elevator Laptop Stand

I’m a big fan of the Apple Cinema Displays, both old and new models have classic designs, even the later model 20″ displays shown don’t look aged whatsoever. It’s also pretty amazing that an ultra-portable Mac like the 11″ Air is powerful enough to function as a primary workstation, they really do provide the best of both worlds to users looking for portability and power.

For those in the market for a laptop stand, the Griffin Elevator laptop stand shown in the shot is hard to beat. I have the same stand for a MacBook Pro and it’s highly recommended for those who use an external monitor with a Mac laptop, it raises a laptop to eye level while providing for huge amounts of airflow underneath.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups

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  1. OranaK says:

    I prefer the older matte Cinema displays to the glossy new ones but it seems everyone does and they are hard to find :)

  2. Eddie B says:

    Thanks for the feature!

    I Forgot to mention that the MacBook Air powers both the 20″ Apple Cinema Displays using the thunderbolt port and an EVGA UV Plus+ 19 (http://i.imgur.com/8DXIc.jpg). The right monitor is a bit laggy when moving windows around but if I am just coding, its perfectly fine. The Mac Mini is not hooked up to a monitor and I just Remote Desktop/SSH into it when I need to. I also have a wireless aluminum apple keyboard but I need my number pad. I wish Apple made a wireless version.

    @OranaK I found the Mac Mini + 20″ ACD on Craigslist for pretty cheap. A couple weeks later found another deal for another 20″ ACD. Love Craigslist for finding pretty good deals!

  3. Eric Stevenson says:

    Isn’t the video output slow when you use a USB hub like that?

  4. Jed says:

    Aah, matte screens!

  5. Jos says:

    Looks like a rats cube..poor web developer

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