If you search for “11.11” in the slang dictionary, it says: “If it’s 11:11, make a wish! Some people believe 11:11 is a magic number or a lucky time of day, good for making a wishâ¦ or achieving cosmic enlightenment. Well, if anything is brightened up, or at least whitened, it’s today’s Mac mini setup.
It’s all there in black and white, really, with “11.11” written big on both screens – probably via the Fliqlo screensaver, although it could be a clock app – and many Nintendo game consoles.
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Redditor Clifferent_Enough showed his workstation in an article titled “Switched back to Mac after 5 years”. He said he once had a “modest Windows installation, with no aesthetic considerations”.
With this new one, he said he went for a certain look and good ergonomics.
âI was delighted to have a Mac mini again for music production, video editing and more,â said Cliff. âAlthough to keep the aesthetic white, I wrapped my Mac Mini in white foil. Hopefully it’s not so sacrilegiousâ¦ â
Mac mini wrapped in white paper and Satechi docking station
As he noted above, Cliff wrapped his Mac mini in white foil to match his all-white desk and gear. It’s a pretty strong commitment to white.
It runs its mini with the well-regarded Satechi aluminum mount and hub designed for this Mac. A commentator asked if the dock was “good”, citing rumors of overheating issues.
“It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had it and haven’t encountered these issues,” Cliff replied. “But it’s certainly a great dock to have more ports and have the ports out front.”
For around a hundred bucks, this seems like a deadly addition to a Mac mini, dramatically increasing storage and connectivity.
With its mini, Cliff manages two high definition screens.
The 32 inch LG 32UK550-B 4K UHD monitor features Radeon Freesync and HDR 10 technology for a crisp look. It manages a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. It has two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort connection.
Then there is the 22 inch Lenovo ThinkVision T22i monitor. Its “ergonomic stand designed for multiple display setups,” the company said. The monitor has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and in-plane switching technology (IPS). This switches to the HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort and USB 3.0 ports.
Above the LG screen, a BenQ Screenbar Monitor Light bathes the black and white scene in light. Its auto-dimming sensor detects the surrounding light level and adjusts the bar brightness accordingly. And you can also set it manually, of course.
Not your “basic bitch” speakers
One commentator noted that “the Dm40s are much better than basic audio engines”, referring to a popular brand of speakers, Audioengine.
“I was actually about to buy the audio engines,” Cliff replied. âBut the DM-40 is great and certainly a lot cheaper. I would keep it for a long time.
Pioneer DM-40 active monitors feature ducts to reduce air friction and inch soft dome tweeters fitted with DECO convex diffusers. Pioneer said the diffusers deliver “a wide sweet spot and 3D stereo sound wherever you sit or stand.”
The speakers have a headphone output and a volume knob on the front panel, providing useful listening options.
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