The MacBook Pro + Mac Mini Home Office Combination

The MacBook Pro + Mac Mini Home Office Combination

Range Govindan
Sep 13, 2010

If you've taken the plunge and are using a laptop as your main computer, it's convenient to have another computer at home. Why? Well, you don't want your laptop running all of the time, especially if you want a more permanent hookup to your HDTV. This is the reason why a Mac Mini complements a MacBook Pro very well.

If you're a mobile warrior, and you've gotten yourself a MacBook, then you should probably think about getting a Mac Mini as your home computer. The Mac Mini can easily be used to stream media to HDTVs and computer monitors, allowing you to switch off your laptop for longer periods of time instead of always having it on.

While the iMac is probably the best solution, it can get expensive to get both a MacBook Pro and an iMac. This is why we have seen so many home setups that include a Mac Mini. These are particularly interesting to have when you plug in your HDTV as well. If you think that you won't need more than 27", then you should think about getting an iMac.

This particular setup comes courtesy of Peter Hellberg from Sweden. He uses a Mac Mini, MacBook Pro, and a Mac 24-inch LED monitor in his home. At work, he plugs his MacBook pro into another Mac monitor. If you work on computers day in day out, your employer will usually subsidize your laptop, completely or partially. It all depends on where you work.

Peter is awaiting a pair of speakers from Behringer. The Behringer MS40 Active Stereo Nearfield Monitors will complete his setup. The Mac Mini is hooked up to a 40" Samsung LCD HDTV via a long Clicktronic HDMI cable.

[all photos by Peter Hellberg via CC license]

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