Nice rig. Here are 28 ways to make it better. [Setups]

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To be fair, when Redditor No-Top-5065 posted pics of their MacBook Air-based computer setup, they asked for suggestions on how to improve it.

“Any recommendation on how can I improve my desk setup? Not into gaming, work and study most of the time,” said the post’s headline.

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Well, if they’re not into gaming, work or study, what are you supposed to suggest? Oh, wait. They meant they’re not into gaming. They work and study most of the time. Got it. Sorry, No-Top-5065. We’re all critics. Or grammarians.

Most setup fans on Reddit are nice, and they had a lot of good suggestions anyone might consider. Also, they’re detail-oriented. Multiple commenters focused on the need for a coaster under a drinking glass on the desk.

Here are 28 ways to make it better

Stuff to consider buying and adding:

Second monitorUltrawide monitorMonitor armMonitor light barLaptop stand to keep the MacBook Air open as a second monitorLaptop stand to place it further out of the wayLaptop armWireless mouse, such as Logitech MX series (with programmable buttons for improved workflow)BT mouseMore ergonomic keyboardKeychron K2 wireless keyboardMagic Keyboard with Touch ID (when available for non-M1 Macs)Pair of bookshelf studio monitors / speakersAirpodsBetter headphones in generalHeadphone stand or hook (to get the cans off the desk)Headphone amplifier / digital-to-analog converter (DAC)USB dock for networkingBias light to place behind the monitor (to help with eye strain)An eyeglass holder (to minimize damage to the specs and clutter)Coaster for that glass of tea

Other changes to consider:

Elevate the screen with some sort of shelf or standUse the MacBook Air as a second display (even without a stand)Decorative lightingPaint the wallsMove the desk to the rightSwap the blue light and the desk lamp positioningGet a more robust adapter for the plugs in the wall outlet (not pictured)

Shop these items now:

Computer and peripherals:

2019 MacBook Air (8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD)Magic KeyboardDell 27-inch IPS monitorLogitech G Pro Gaming Mouse


Razer Kraken X gaming headphonesJBL Flip 4 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Furniture, lighting and accessories:

Xiaomi Mi Desk Lamp 1SIKEA Malm DeskIKEA Riklig Teapot

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