Mac Setups: An Electrical Engineering Student’s Desk
This weeks featured Mac setup comes to us from David G., an university student studying Electrical Engineering. Let’s get right to the details!
What hardware does your setup consist of?
My Apple setup has the following:
- iMac 27″ (late 2011 model) – Core i5 CPU, with OS X for work and Windows in Bootcamp for gaming
- MacBook Pro Retina 13″ – OS X and Parallels with Windows 7 to work with Visual Studio
- iPhone 5 16GB
- iPad Air 128GB LTE (not shown, iPad Air sitting next to the bed)
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Apple Magic Mouse
- Apple AirPort Extreme (2013)
- B&W MM-1 Hi-Fi Speakers
- Just Mobile MTable Monitor Stand
- LaCie Porsche Design 2TB
- Belkin USB Hub
- OCDock for the iPhone
What do you use your Apple gear for?
I’m an Electrical Engineering student and I use the iMac, MacBook Pro, and iMac everyday for university and related tasks.
How do you use your Apple gear, and what apps do you use most often?
I also use my iMac to watch my Blu Rays with MacGo Blu Ray Player app. My Blu Ray hard drive is a crappy Samsung one, so I have made a special place in the drawer so that it does not destroy the Aluminium & wood combination. Placing it in the drawer is also great because you don’t hear any spinning sounds as the disc reads.
With Bootcamp I have the ability to play the latest games and watch Blu Rays that are not supported by MacGo (which is just a few).
I use Dropbox daily to import and export notes to Goodnotes, without Dropbox it would be really difficult to share something between my devices.
I’m also a Keynote lover, I do lots of work in keynote. It’s great to design some charts and spreadsheets, which I use in my Youtube videos.
Do you have any helpful info you want to share with others?
If you are searching for a good desk, search for eating tables, they are often real wood, cheaper, and bigger. Most desks have a really small place for your legs, that is not the case with a table.
Yes, my desk is actually an eating table, and the huge space is great to work on as you can see in the second picture. I’ve spent hours to get everything the way I wanted. I drilled 40mm holes in the desk to organize all the cables, and I used some PVC tube caps and some wood to cover them. I got mine for 240 Euros (about $330 USD).
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