Autonomous Standing Desk Set-up


#1

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It’s a little dark but here is my set-up. Still not sure if I am happy with it.

  • MacBook Pro 13” (Late 2016)
  • 27” Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • Twelve South Hi-Rise
  • PC Dell 13” LAT 5490 (Sadly work provided)
  • 24” Dell Monitor
  • Seneo Wireless Charging Dock

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  • iPad Pro 12.9” 256gb
  • Synology DS216+II

Love this desk! I also have one of the ErgoStool. I am currently making a new Hickory wood top for this desk.

I go back and forth if I “really” even need a Mac these days. This MacBook never leaves the house, and is rarely even opened and used like a laptop. The only time I open the lid is to run it on battery for a while, otherwise it is plugged in all the time.

The only reason I would use a Mac is to upload and manage the Synology interface from a larger screen and maybe some picture touch up. But, I could do the same management from my work PC if I wanted to.

I think I could be happy with just the iPad Pro as my main device. It basically already is. I’m thinking about selling the MBP and going Mac less for a while. Or, maybe since I have the nice Apple display getting a 2014 Mac Mini or whatever updated Mac Mini may be available at some point.

I would love to hear everyone’s opinion.


#2

I’m leaning in the Mac desktop plus an iPad on the go approach myself. My old 2012 Retina MacBook Pro may be the last laptop I ever buy. I couldn’t give up my desktop Macs though (2017 iMac at home and a 2011 mini at work, which I am hoping I’ll be able to replace later this fall).


#3

I have thought about finding a used iMac as well. I work from home 2-3 days a week. So, since I am at the desk I tend to have things on the Mac running while I am working on PC. But, I am not a fan of the dongles, etc for the MBP to Cimena display.


#4

I am thinking the same sort of thing, I can’t give up the Mac fully I need it for automation and “real” programming. But I think if we got a Mac mini refresh I might be able to survive with it as a headless server, a Remote Desktop client and the iPad


#5

I’m thinking about that desk for work. It seems to be the cheapest motorized desk. I can find manual crank desks for 50-75$ cheaper but that doesn’t make much sense. Is it quiet and fast enough?


#6

Same here, iMac + iPad Pro on the go. I still have MBP personally, but I rarely use it.


#7

I don’t think that setup will help much with real programming. So why would you need Mac mini:

  1. For Xcode, then remote connection won’t help.
  2. Scripting and use the Mac as local server, I believe that Textastic + Working Copy + Digital Ocean will be a better deal.

#8

Actually I don’t work in Xcode, I need it for building apps for iOS but there are other ways then swift and objective-c to write for it.

I have done experiments in the past and it’s been alright I just needed to upgrade my network for throuput which I now have.


#9

Yup, I’m aware of those. But from experience Swift is your best shot.


#10

Updated desk!

I recently finished an update to my Autonomous desk. I made a new hickory desktop with a hidden Qi charger. I also decided to go Mac less for now. Most everything I do is done on the iPad.image image image

  • LG 34” Widscreen
  • HomePod
  • iPad Stand
  • 2018 iPad Pro 12.9”