The 2022 Productivity Workstation

My iMac Pro’s 2017 components were beginning to show their age – especially in an era where Apple has nearly completed its transition to its “Apple silicon” optimized for macOS and a growing suite of applications. I decided to go with the Apple Mac Studio with upgraded hardware. I retained most of the peripherals from my previous build.

This time, the focus was on simplicity. The triple monitors were replaced with an ultrawide canvas. The Drobo DAS was replaced with a Synology NAS, which sits elsewhere and connects to the Mac with a CAT8 cable. Other peripherals (printer, Cloudlifter, external drives, etc.) were moved elsewhere.

My desk in August 2022
BaseMac Studio
OSApple macOS
CPUM1 Ultra (16 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores)
Memory128 GB unified memory
GPUM1 Ultra GPU (64-core)
Storage1 TB SSD
Synology DS1821+ NAS
3 x WD 5TB My Passport Ultra
Monitors49″ CRG9 Dual QHD Curved QLED Gaming Monitor
MouseLogitech MX Master 3S Advanced Wireless Mouse
KeyboardLogitech MX Keys Mini Minimalist Wireless Illuminated Keyboard
CameraSony Alpha a6400 Mirrorless Camera
LensSigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Lens
Camera AccessoriesElgato Cam Link 4K, External Camera Capture Card
Aputure AL-M9 Amaran LED Mini Light
Gonine AC-PW20 NP-FW50 Dummy Battery ACPW20 Power Supply Adapter Kit
SMALLRIG Cold Shoe Adapter Relocation Plate
ControllerPlayStation DualSense Wireless Controller – Midnight Black
HeadphonesBose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
MicrophoneShure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone
Audio InterfaceScarlett Solo 3rd Gen 2-in, 2-out USB Audio Interface
Inline Mic ActivatorCloud Microphones Cloudlifter CL-1
BoomBlue Compass Premium Tube-Style Broadcast Boom Arm
Audio AccessoriesMic Stand Extension
1/4” Male to 1/8” Female Stereo Headphone Adapter
SpeakersBose Companion 2 Series III
ChargersSatechi 7-Port USB Charging Station Dock
LightsNanoleaf Light Panels
ChairNOUHAUS Ergo3D Ergonomic Office Chair – Rolling Desk Chair
DeskArozzi Arena gaming desk
AccessoriesEmber Temperature Control Smart Mug
Logitech Unifying USB Receiver
Logitech Bolt USB Receiver
uni USB-C to Ethernet Adapter, USB 3.0 Hub

On August 31, 2022, I replaced the monitor stand with an HX Single Ultrawide Monitor Arm with HD Pivot. This allowed me to raise the monitor and adjust it depending on what I’m doing.

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