Home Programmer: How to Make My Setup More Minimal?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by nazedayo, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. nazedayo macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2012
    Hey there, here's a pic of my setup (EXCEPT the monitor, I've changed to a 22" ASUS monitor), because attention span etc. etc.


    I'm a recently oft-travelling consultant turned home web developer. I currently have an early-2011 Macbook Pro 15" (i7, 500GB HD) perched on a mStand laptop stand. They are connected to the following:
    -Apple wired full keyboard
    -ASUS 21.5" monitor (not the tiny one in the picture)
    -1TB Neil Poulton 7200rpm hard drive
    -500GB WD Drive (for Time Machine)
    -256GB WD MyPassport (recently bought on sale because not enough space)
    -Logitech Z-2300 Speakers w/ Subwoofer

    Needless to say this requires a lot of spaces and creates a lot of clutter. I'm thinking about changing to a Mac mini or an iMac to save desk space. As the photo implies, I used to edit photos on lightroom but now I've given that up and instead use it mostly for coding (HTML/CSS, jQuery).

    Thoughts? iMac worth it for saving desk space, or not worth in value over Mac Mini? Any other ways to reduce clutter?

  2. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    If you're willing to switch to a mac mini then it's probably safe to assume you don't care for using your macbook's display... in that case why not try something like the Book Arc instead of the mStand?


    Potentially free up alot of space and it's a fairly clean way to dock and leave.
  3. COrocket macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2012
    iMac would be the most elegant solution but probably not the most cost effective compared to the mini while utilizing your existing display. The iMac has speakers built in but doesnt really compare to the Z2300 so there are perepherals like speakers and external drives still present with the imac setup. You could buy a 3-4TB hard drive to replace all your small ones. A wireless keyboard eliminates a cord if you can live without the number pad. Overall I think just stowing or removing the laptop+stand would open up a lot of space. I put my Mac mini and my external drive on a shelf below my desk so the only things on my desk are a monitor, speakers, and wireless keyboard+trackpad. I can post pics if you like or check out the thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1496069 on Mac setups for inspiration - some people have some sweet minimalist setups
  4. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    iMac 27"
    Wacom Tablet


    Keep the mac pro and pick up an iPad for presentations.
  5. nazedayo thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2012
    Then I feel like I'm wasting the LED potential =( I feel bad for the Macbook! Might as well sell it and get the mini?


    Thanks for the link! There's some sweet stuff there. The only reason I have multiple drives is because I use time machine– I know that Time Machine eats up all the space it can find until it's full, then deletes older backups when it runs out of space. That means every time I add content, I'll have to delete backups– which is tedious. Wish it didn't do that, then I could just run one drive =(
  6. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    I use my MBP in clamshell when at home as I like the 23" display I have. I work on a small built-in desk. I'm on the road a lot so having a portable is important. I don't feel like I'm wasting the laptop display when at home.

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