Mac Setup: Wall Mounted iMac 27″ with iPad as Dual Display
This weeks featured Mac workstation comes to us from James F., and it’s a beauty. With a clean well organized desk, and the awesome wall mounted iMac that utilizes an iPad as a secondary display, you can see why this is one sweet Mac setup.
Let’s dive in and learn a bit more about this great desk setup!
What hardware makes up your Mac setup?
The setup includes the following hardware:
- 27″ iMac (mid 2011)
- 2.7 GHz Core i5 CPU
- 16GB RAM
- 128GB OWC SSD
- 1TB hard drive
- The iMac is wall mounted with the Apple VESA wall-mount adapter
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Apple Magic Trackpad
- iPad Air 2 – 16GB WiFi
- iPhone 6 plus – 64GB
- Beats Studio 2.0 headphones
- Twelve South HiRise stand for iPhone
The SSD is used for most processes and apps, with the hard drive being used as main storage.
Why did you pick this particular setup?
I chose the 27″ iMac because of it’s extra screen real estate. The iPad Air 2 was chosen for it’s thin profile and lightness. Also used for a second monitor using the Duet app. iPhone 6 Plus was chosen because obviously, bigger is better!
What do you do with your Mac gear?
Most of my time spent at my desk is used for working on my bachelor’s degree in psychology. I do a little photo editing, but nothing major.
Do you have any particularly essential apps for OS X or iOS?
As for apps, I use Duet quite a bit in order to use my iPad Air 2 as a second monitor. I also use Word extensively. One app I could not go with out is the stock Reminders app. Being so busy in school, I love this app because I can keep all my tasks synced between all my devices so I never miss a deadline.
Any advice or productivity tricks you’d like to share?
I think my best piece of advice for those with limited space is to pick up the Apple VESA wall-mount adapter. Wall-mounting the iMac has saved me considerable space since I don’t have to have this massive computer sitting on my desk! Also, adding an SSD has been the best thing I’ve done to this computer. I have all the storage I need with the 1TB HD and it screams with the SSD.
Do you have an interesting Mac setup you want to share? Of course you do! Take a few good pictures, answer some questions about your setup, and send it on in. You can also browse through our other featured Mac setups too, there are tons of them if you’re looking for some desk inspiration, or you’re just curious how other Apple users make use of their gear.