It's true that a lot of people are now using their laptops exclusively as their main computers. It makes sense, since they are easily portable and can have some interesting options. What is also quite common is that they also need some kind of desktop at home. It makes things a lot more convenient, especially when you don't have to spend too much money on this. Here's one easy setup that we found.
Nicol is a 21-year old photographer from Banchory in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and his setup is definitely one of the cleanest that we've seen. Ultimately, you don' need much to get a decent home workstation, especially if you've already spent some money on a mobile setup.
This isn't the first Mac Mini home workstation that we've come across. Ronny's setup shown above is also quite interesting, since he added an iMac to boost the power of his system.
Another idea would be to combine a lightweight laptop, like a MacBook Air, with a Mac Mini. This would be a very easy setup to duplicate, and it will definitely not break the bank. By our estimates, you could set this up for around $2,000. The price could go up if you go for larger displays.
- 2011 Mac Mini (2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 500GB HD - 8GB RAM)
- Dell 22" 2209WA
- Dell 24" E248WFP
- Logitech X230 Speakers
- Apple Keyboard
- Logitech Mouse
- SanDisk Card Reader
- 2006 2GHz Macbook Pro
- HP Photosmart Printer
(Images with permission: Flickr member Nicol Rosie, click through for other image credits)