Mac Setups: Mac Mini with Dual 27″ Thunderbolt Displays
The weekend is here, which means it’s time to share another OSXDaily reader desk setup! This week we’ll show you the great Mac configuration of Patrick M., who uses his gear for just about everything. Let’s find out more about this great setup and what apps are used most…
What hardware is part of your desk setup?
- Mac Mini (2012 model)
- Core i5 CPU
- 16 GB of RAM
- 60 GB SSD boot volume
- 500 GB traditional drive for Time Machine Backups
- Running OS X 10.9.1 Server
- Dual 27” Apple Thunderbolt Displays connected to the Mac Mini
- MacBook Pro Retina 13” (2012 model
- Core i5 CPU
- 8GB of RAM
- 256 GB SSD
- Running OS X 10.9.1 Client
- iPhone 5 on AT&T, running iOS 7.0.4
- Three Seagate 4 TB USB 3.0 drives
- Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone with a Nady Pop Filter, used for Google Hangouts and the occasional podcast
- Obi100 VoIP adapter, tied in with Google Voice for home phone service
- LG Blu-Ray reader/writer in a FireWire 800 chassis, used for ripping Blu-Rays and DVDs
- 2013 Airport Extreme 802.11 AC base station
- XTracPads Ripper XXL mousepad
- Raynor Ergohuman ME7ERG desk chair
The desk itself is a custom granite piece. It’s 3/4″ throughout, and 1 1/2″ on the edges, and weighs about 400 lbs. It was a blast moving it half-way across the country as well as upstairs.
What do you use your Apple gear for?
Currently, it’s used for email, web, music. I’m a cubicle warrior by day, although my gear isn’t really used for that. I’ve recently started diving into Photoshop, Final Cut, and Xcode. Specifically, I’m playing around with a couple of ideas for iOS apps. I’m also trying to get more into podcasting.
What apps do you use most often? Do you have a favorite app for Mac or iOS?
Understandably, the core OS X apps get used most, although being a huge music nut I find iTunes is definitely my must-have app. I deal with a lot of zip/rar files, so The Unarchiver is one of my more commonly used applications. As a multiple desktop user, I’m also big on BetterSnapTool.
On the iPhone, I’d have to say Alien Blue (a Reddit client) is my favorite app.
Finally, for people like me who are constantly toggling back and forth between apps, ClipMenu for OS X is critical (editor note: we have covered ClipMenu here, it’s one of our must-have Mac utilities). I typically use iPhoto for photo management, but I’m also trying to spend more time in Aperture.
Do you have any helpful personal or tech tips you want to share?
For me personally, as I spend a lot of time at my desk, my biggest suggestion would be to buy a comfortable chair (like this one shown above). Just as important, get up at least once an hour and stretch your legs, it also helps with blood flow to the brain and ensures you’re full of fresh ideas.
Technically, a Mac Mini with an SSD boot volume and an on-board Time Machine drive (with this kit) (along with 16 GB of RAM) is a powerhouse. They are so incredibly capable. I was initially concerned about trying to drive two Thunderbolt displays with the Mini, but it does the work with no hiccups or latency whatsoever.
Finally, Dropbox is an absolute must-have for people who constantly go back and forth between multiple PCs and Macs.
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