Mac Setups: Medical Researchers Desk

Jun 16, 2012 - 16 Comments

The Mac desk of a medical researcher

This weeks awesome Mac setup comes to us from Sergey N., a doctor and medical researcher in Russia who needs plenty of screen space to get work done quickly and efficiently. Maximized for productivity, the Macs are set up with a Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, and a Griffin Powermate, each configured for different tasks and gestures. Hardware shown is as follows:

  • iMac 27″ (mid-2011) with 16GB RAM, 1TB HD & 240GB Intel SSD running OS X 10.7.3
  • Dual Dell U2711 displays connected to iMac
  • Apple keyboard
  • Magic Mouse configured with custom gestures tied to keyboard shortcuts using MagicPrefs
  • Magic Trackpad also configured with custom gestures
  • MacBook Air 11″ (2010) 2GB RAM, 64GB SSD, used for travel
  • MacBook Air 13″ (2011) 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, used for additional screen space
  • Griffin PowerMate USB controller, custom configured for app-specific shortcuts
  • 2 iPod Shuffles attached to the left display for music
  • iPod touch 4th gen, 32GB model for the kids
  • iPhone 4S 64GB
  • iPad 1 16GB that gets occasional use as an additional screen
  • PowerCom Imperial UPS for power management

The iMac is configured with 9 virtual desktops per screen, for a whopping total of 27 workspaces not counting fullscreen apps, and the MacBook Air 13″ brings an additional 8 workspaces into the mix. How’s that for maximizing productivity?

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups


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  1. Sergey says:

    Hi, some answers here:
    1. iMac mid-2011 2011 has 2 Thunderbolts, hence 2 displays.
    2. It’s kinda stupid that Griffin Powermate is popular only for music and video. It’s awesome for every app because you can map every keyboard shortcut to a a unique gesture. E.g. short pressing in Finder would create new folder, right turn in Finder would send a file through e-mail, left turn in Mail would reply to all etc.
    3. Desktops are for documents and lengthy projects. E.g. on desktop 4 you have 6 documents to work on for a week or so, that you have to see at one time. On desktop 5 you have 4 documents on another project that again can remain here for, say, a month. That’s the idea.

  2. Isidoros Sklivanos says:

    Fanstastic setup well done!!

  3. tony says:

    Got the same question then “CQ”, Imac 2011 = One mini display port ! how he connect 2 one’s more ?

  4. CQ says:

    How did he connect 2 external monitors to 2011 iMac? It has only one mini display port.

  5. Ben says:

    I don’t think I’d be more productive with 25 desktops.

  6. Spencer says:

    Not a lot of medical research going on there. Researching the next holiday maybe?

  7. Freducken says:

    What is that little gadget in the middle emitting blue light out from under it? Not the Alarm Clock with the blue screen, the little round thing.

  8. Jason says:

    Too messy.

  9. James says:

    Bit excessive

  10. Dan says:

    Epic workstation, I would be thrilled to have that on my desk.

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