UPGRADING My Girlfriend's Mac Desk Setup!

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A productive and comfortable desk setup is important in the age of working from home and isolating. Is yours looking a bit messy or could do with some improvements? Perhaps your back is a bit sore and you could benefit from a standing desk?

In this video I transform my girlfriend’s existing desk setup into something minimal, productive, and functional. I add a standing desk, 4K 27″ monitor, a Thunderbolt 3 dock and some more ergonomic features such as a chair and laptop stand.

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00:00 Introduction
00:46 SetApp Sponsor
01:09 Purpose of the Setup
01:26 The Standing Desk
02:15 M1 MacBook Upgrade
02:30 Dell U2720Q 4K 27” Monitor
03:02 Sabrent Thunderbolt 3 Dock
03:34 Sabrent Rocket XTRM-Q NVMe SSD
04:05 Adjustable MacBook Stand
04:26 Mouse and Keyboard
04:51 Lighting
05:17 Ergonomic Office Chair
05:36 The Completed Setup

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  1. Hi. How did you connect these items? In particular, is the M1 MBA laptop still connected directly to the monitor using the USB-C to USB-C cord supplied by Dell (to give 4K at 60 Hz display) OR is the monitor connected to the hub instead? Any details would be most helpful. Cheers

  2. Hello to everyone, I 've seen many of your videos & and they are really good, including this. But the cat is absolutely the star! For you 👍 & for the cat 🐟

  3. Great video! I’m new to the M1. You mentioned Silicon not playing well with external drives – would the Samsung T7 or Sandisk Extreme not be good for speed?

  4. I dunno why no1 likes to work from the couch. Dual monitor arm connected to the side of the couch, one is monitor, one is laptop. And a lap pillow desk with wireless keyboard and mouse.

  5. Hey, can you please recommend some external ssds and usb c hubs for the m1 macbook pro…the ones you have linked below costs around 600$ 😵‍💫each in my country, coz of taxes ig…..

  6. You answered my prayers…I need a new desk rig….thank you mate…off to check you links now ❤️❤️👍👍

  7. It is for Mrs. Created Labs but I'm sure the cat and I will steal it from her 😂 lol.

  8. I have a pretty similar setup to yours from this video. Only thing missing is some wireless headphones. Gotta go with the Sony’s. I got the WH-1000xm3 and wouldn’t change for anything else

  9. Would definitely recommend the new OWC Thunderbolt 4 dock over this Sabrent one (3 USB-A 3.2 ports, 3 Thunderbolt ports + 1 Thunderbolt host port on the front, 1 USB-A 2.0 front port and an SD card on the front too). Have one I've been using at work for the last few weeks and it's amazing.

  10. I want to know which headphones you us for video editing on Mac. You haven't mentioned it in any of your videos (not that am aware of). Would love to know your recommendation. 🙂

  11. The front edge of the table should be rounded. A sharp angle there can irritate your wrists.

  12. Hey, great vid! I‘m left-handed and need a good mouse for my home office can u recommend one? Would be nice if it works together with the Logitech keyboard from the video 🙂

  13. I can't get my MX Master 3 to work with my M1 MacBook Pro. It stutters all the time no matter what I do. ='( Other than that, it's a great mouse and great computer though!

  14. Thanks for video. Does your Dell monitor have speakers? Microphone? Webcam? Or do you just use the MacBook Pro speakers, microphone, and Webcam?
    I am wondering what would work with a M1 MacMini. Thanks.

  15. We get it, you have a GORLFRIEND.
    Jk good work, your channel has grown fast. Congrats

  16. I have that exact laptop stand and it is an absolute lifechanger; can vouch for the adjustability of it!! 😌💯✨
    also from the Discord gang gang 😎

  17. Hi ! Cool video, about the mx master 3, I'm also using this mouse with my new M1 air and I'm having big issues with scrolling, especially the side one.
    It stutters frequently, randomly goes up after scrolling down a few cm. It's still usable but i read on forums that on intel macs catalina the scrolling is just as smooth as with trackpad.
    I saw that logitech "options" software is not running natively (even tho it's been months M1 is out now . . . ? ? ) Can you share your experience ? Some users recommend installing 3rd party apps but I don't know… seems kinda silly for such an expensive mouse.

  18. When I have my M1 mbp open while projected 4K on the dell monitor the screen is choppy when scrolling on say Amazon. When the MBP is closed I don’t have those issues. Any suggestions?

  19. Hey, the tips you recommended for battery are applicable even to Macbook Air 2020(Intel i3) version.
    Please Reply!
    Btw Great content…Already Subscribed

  20. Hey , love your videos ! Please make videos on earning for teenagers and student .

  21. Please help! Safari refreshes the page automatically saying the page is taking too much power 😭😭