Mac Setup: The Dual Thunderbolt Display Workstation of a Geologist
This weeks featured Mac setup is the desk of Uri S., a geologist – note the rock hammer! – with a nice and clean nearly minimalist workstation. Let’s jump in and learn a bit more…
What do use your workstation for?
My Mac and related gear is used for my PhD work in science (Geology).
What hardware do you have in your Mac setup?
- MacBook Air 11.6″ (early 2014 model) with 1.7 GHz Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 500GB SSD
- Dual Daisy-chained Apple 27″ Thunderbolt Display
- Twelve South BookArc for MacBook Air
- G-Drive Mini external hard drive, for Time Machine
- iPhone 4S
- Apple Wireless Keyboard
- Apple Magic Trackpad
Why did you pick this particular setup?
This home setting has a parallel set in my office, together they give me the best portability that can be achieved without compromising the office workspace.
What are some of the apps you most use for your work?
- Word Processors (Pages, Office)
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Photoshop
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I just love to see that old school notebook. Entire setup looks earthly.
Awesome! But I gotta know what that large rock is on the right monitor base – is it soapstone or olivine or ? I majored in Geology years ago but I switched to art in the end…
It’s a piece of serpentinite
Very nice setup :) Have you considered an iMac at work and home? Or a Pro instead of an Air for powering 2 ATDs. Cheers!
The idea behind this setting is that this way I can use the same machine in the office, at home, and when traveling to the field.
A more interesting observation would be that the man has adapted his setup well for being left handed. Pretty cool. I thought the pic was flipped for a minute, there. I’m more shocked by his being left handed than that an Air can power two displays.
Nice setup, I’d like more details though. Do you take the MacBook Air into the field? Why a Mac and not a PC?
Oh and do the daisy chained Thunderbolt displays perform well from a MacBook Air 11″ without a dedicated GPU? That seems like a lot of load on the video card, would love to know if there’s a performance hit.
I have a 2011 MacBook Air and it drives a single external screen fine, aside from the occasional flicker of the screen which is probably a video card issue, but I would be curious about two as well.
Yes, there is absolutely no problem with two daisy-chained Thunderbolt displays running of the current MBA, even though it has no dedicated GPU. Infect it dose not seems to make any different for the machine.