Mac Setups: Clean & Simple Minimalist Desk

Mar 31, 2012 - 23 Comments

Minimalist Apple desk setup

Developer John R. sent in this beautifully simple Mac setup, featuring a very clean desk area with some great Apple gear. The hardware is used primarily for iOS development and web development and design, and consists of the following:

• MacBook Air 11″ 1.6Ghz i5 4GB RAM 64GB SSD  (2011)
• Thunderbolt Display 27″ (2011)
• iPad 3rd gen (2012) 64GB Wi-Fi & 4G LTE with a red Smart Cover
• Apple Wireless Keyboard
• Apple Magic Trackpad
• Apple Magic Mouse
• Desk (White Glass, IKEA)

Not shown in the picture, but elsewhere in the setup includes:

• iPhone 4S 16GB White, used to make the picture (2011)
• Airport Extreme Base Station (2011)
• Airport Express (2011)
• Apple TV 3rd gen (2012)
• Apple Remote
• Canon Network Laserprinter
• Western Digital 1TB External HD

I love these simple and clean setups and often wish my desk looked even half as elegant.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups


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  1. orlock08 says:

    Too Clean – the mini-Display port/Thunderbolt connector on the (user’s) right of the MacbookAir is not there, if the MagSafe power is connected to the left side its cable is bent back behind a an extreme angle.

    The user must be ambidextrous, using the touch pad with their left hand and mouse with their right. This is not a talent most of us come by naturally.

    I’m struggling to create a very similar setup (no iPad and 23″ – non-Mac display) I have cables out both sides of the MacbookAir and not able to find a track pad placement which does not tend to have me subconsciously leaning in my wrists to both type and point.

    Any more practical suggestions?

    I agree it looks pretty and clean, and I ENVY the 27″ Thunderbolt display!

  2. Mandy says:

    well, it looks nice but where did you hide the mouse pad for your magic mouse? The mouse will not work on a glass surface at all.

  3. Henry says:

    What an awesome setup! Love it :)

  4. Matt says:

    Nice and clean.

  5. G Nguyen says:

    You can see the wires… ._.

  6. John R says:

    @Titony no the Magic Mouse is not working on glass, but I have not found a nice mousepad yet.

    @Fradrok I’m left handed, and works for me. And yes, forgot the power cords to hide.

  7. Titony says:

    does the Magic Mouse work on the glass table top?

  8. Charles Dale says:

    Very neat and clean looking, beautiful. Something to be proud of.

  9. Fradrok says:

    Am I the only one annoyed that the photographer didn’t take two seconds to hide the power cord?

    And how the heck do people use the trackpad with their left hand?

    Fun pic!

    • sault says:

      I had a motorcycle accident being right handed in my right wrist. You would surprised what how fast you leaen to manage a pad whith your left hand…

      I still do, after 7 years….

    • mike says:

      1st thing i saw were the cords. would have taken 2 seconds to hide them

    • Mandy says:

      I use the pad ALL the time with my left hand even though I am right handed. You can get used to use the pad with your left hand quicker than you might imaging;) Try it.

  10. Nadra says:

    Am I crazy or do I just see a bunch of Macs on a glass table?

    What am I missing here?

  11. Jason says:

    That picture makes me horny!

  12. MM says:

    Beautiful desk! Makes me want to rearrange and simplify my own.

  13. John R says:

    @Tom, waiting for new upgrades from Apple ;) MacBook Pro, iMac and/or Mac Mini Server, I just started with IOS development/designing, but it’s good enough to start.

    @all, thanks for all comments

  14. Tom says:

    Very nice setup. Looks like you could use a Mac mini…lol
    Thanks for sharing. Love this thread. OSXDaily rocks

  15. joe says:

    great setup , nice clean neat ,, perfect

  16. Steffen says:

    Its a display..- not an iMac.

  17. Cmmts says:

    @Hitokiri: Did you even read the text? It is the Thunderbolt Display connected to the MacBook Air.

  18. Hitokiri says:

    What is that iMac??? It’s beautiful in black with the white logo aww man I’m so jealous is that a new one? I just bought mine *cries*

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