My Mac Pro Desk Setup (2020)

Last year I shared my MacBook Pro desk setup and a lot of you seemed to enjoy and were interested in the way I worked on a daily basis with my MacBook Pro.
In this video, I figured I would follow up on the current status of my desk setup, which has changed quite a bit over the last few months.
Products Featured:
Autonomous Desk -
Pro Display XDR -
Mac Pro -
Grovemade Desk Shelf -
Logitech Ergo K860 -
Logitech MX Ergo -
LaCie 2Big 20TB Dock -
Ten One Design WiFi Porter -
AudioEngine HD 3 Speakers -

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  • Why do people find it so odd that someone that makes the video content for a Mac news site would be running a Mac Pro? It would make complete sense that he has every kind of Mac so that he can cover and review the full range of Mac products and accessories. That's how the site and this channel generates income - you know, what the Mac Pro is for...

    Lux ProLux ProVor 4 Monate
    • @Michael Burry Sorry, I misunderstood you. Since your comment asked "does he need?", and then said "it only makes sense," I thought you meant it made sense that he needed it, and that he wouldn't have built a successful YT channel if not for his choice to spend so much on his personal vehicles. While I certainly agree that people who work in a field and are passionate about it will be more likely to own fancy stuff related to their field, I don't think that overspending on unnecessary fancy stuff is an inevitable byproduct of said passion. It's a decision everyone makes - to go with reason over excited emotions, or vice versa. Of course, Doug probably could've bought a Veyron, but settled on a "measly" Ford GT, so he might argue that he was showing impressive restraint :)

      ZZVor 3 Monate
    • @Z Exactly my point. Doug doesn't NEED the GT, it's just a byproduct of his interests overlapping his work.

      Michael BurryMichael BurryVor 3 Monate
    • @Michael Burry I respectfully disagree. Taking Doug as an example, he reviews an enormous range of vehicles. His personal ownership of one fancy car hardly gives him any valuable insights into his work, compared with the experience he gets from reviewing thousands of other cars.

      ZZVor 3 Monate
    • I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic or not but I agree with you? Haha

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
    • It's kinda like how Doug Demuro writes for AutoTrader and does videos about cars... he can get around just fine in a $2,500 Honda Civic. So does he NEED a $200,000 2005 Ford GT in his personal garage? It only make sense, given it's related to both his work and his passions... It *totally* makes sense. I'm willing to bet that none of these people would have successful YT channels (that we are all here for) if their passions didn't overlap their work.

      Michael BurryMichael BurryVor 4 Monate
  • It's called a cheese grater

    InfiniteX10InfiniteX10Vor 23 Tage
  • "weird hard styrofoam block"???? Dude, read the product descriptions of the items you're buying! That's cork!

    Dimitri KatsarosDimitri KatsarosVor 23 Tage
  • Wait for 8k...but anything higher full hd run into problems lag frig vnettimg blurring lower fps. Why pay for $5k just 6k when 8k coming and edit shades of correct blacks monitor. Color correction my people perspective and perceive image. Some like lg some samsung tv...different tastes and tech. Both bright tv image...not really tell difference in full HD and above really.

    Cjon wickhamCjon wickhamVor Monat
  • Base model pure ripoff for you get for price $6k...what pay for the case? It's not worth that much for parts. Base model should been current low cost current parts 8 core cpu ram gpu for less than $6k. Not worth it even buy base model replace upgrade third party parts.

    Cjon wickhamCjon wickhamVor Monat
  • I don't know why almost every single video about the mac pro focuses on video editing ... as if it was the only pro use case for this machine ... It just gets to me seeing that

    Samuel LazzariniSamuel LazzariniVor 2 Monate
  • 0:13 What are you watching for your recommendations to be full of kids live streams?

    ThatOcelotThatOcelotVor 2 Monate
  • Space bar with index finger?!?

    MpowerSkillMpowerSkillVor 3 Monate
  • You’re a muppet!

    Scooby DooScooby DooVor 3 Monate
  • 샘해밍턴?

    K RK RVor 3 Monate
  • Am i the inly one who is really dissapointed by the shitty build quality of the grovemade desk shelf? The stand is super wobbly and has a risk of just falling over to a side because it collapses in on itself

    Dukez VenomDukez VenomVor 3 Monate
  • I sold my second kidney to complete this setup P. S. First one was sold in while buying pro xdr display only

    Meet-TheTechTipsMeet-TheTechTipsVor 3 Monate
  • There's nothing wrong with a Mac site wanting to run a Mac pro. With that being said, noone should buy a base model Mac pro. It should only be bought if you intend to switch out the cpu/ram yourself. If not you're better off getting the iMac pro which will just destroy the Mac pro for the same price. Apple is also mighty cocky shipping the base model with a low end gpu. It was midrange at best 4 years ago. Let that sink in. The 5700xt should be minimum. Also funny how Intels srp for the 16 core is 2000$ which is offcourse at least twice as much as it should be. Apples charging you exactly 2000$ for the upgrade so you're essentially giving away a cpu for free. I can assure you that Apple ain't paying 2000$ for it either. Only get a Mac pro if you spec it out with Vega duos or need boatloads of ram in an apple environment.

    FreezeFreezeVor 3 Monate
  • nice setup

    Djalilou KheyarDjalilou KheyarVor 3 Monate
  • Love my Grovemade stuff

    Bart StonkoBart StonkoVor 4 Monate
  • my amd threadripper is thunderbolt compatible..its not intel.its not intel came up with thunderbolt introduced to intel not other way. Same thing with display port. Intel just had VGA svideo serial USB hdmi etc. I'm was here since war ibm/Xerox rochester ny vs apple history since 1970s 80s. Microsoft won. PC intel amd towers like two years ago just start using displayort thunderbolt from apple. PC towers now usb USB c hdmi displayports thunderbolt with integrated sound ports rather amd or intel cpus ..but pc mobo must be thunderbolt compatible. Same thing octane ssd pci with intel chipset mobo. No apple controls thunderbolt displayport tech...iphone ipad dont need wont work that's why not on them. Intel amd pc just borrowed with patent permission to pc market now....that's why it's on my amd CPU mobo.

    Cjon wickhamCjon wickhamVor 4 Monate
  • Okay so, i've seen people claiming that the 12-core looks like the "sweet spot". I don't even recommend that one. I think, if you buy a Mac Pro, do it good so you don't have regrets later on. So, my advise is: 16-core (i think that is absolutely a great value and will go a long time with you!) 12-core nowadays, isn't really that much (on a pro level). Go with the minimum ram (32GB), or if you don't care and you have the money, go with at least 96GB. For the GPU, unless you are in the high end movie making/Hollywood production, i would go with the Radeon Pro Vega II that has 32GB. Which is plenty for most of us. And, even better, if you can wait (like i'm doing), go with the Radeon Pro W7500X with 16GB. That GPU will also be able to put out USB-C gen 3.1 (instead of the 2.0 USB speeds at this moment). Now the SSD, go with the minimum of 1TB, i know, you can put your own PCIe ssd's in it. But i would still go with the minimum of 1TB. Now, again, like with the ram, if you have the money, go with 4tb or even 8tb (which is what i'm going to go for). The after burner card, again, if you are in big house movie production (Hollywood alike) AND/OR make use of ProRes‑ / ProRes RAW-codecs, then yes, do it! You will see the benefits of it. I think the only thing remaining are the wheels option. Again, me personally, i'm going to get this. I thing it's great if you need to move the mac pro around, certainly because it's so heavy! Anyway, this is my opinion and this is how i would config it.

    Laurent de backerLaurent de backerVor 4 Monate
  • Awesome setup. How do you backup that LaCie?

    thestraussthestraussVor 4 Monate
  • Apple going move on amd threadripper or arm cpu like my qualcomm snapdragon note you wasted alot on mac pro 2019

    Cjon wickhamCjon wickhamVor 4 Monate
    • @Mike Little yikes m8, Intel just certified an AMD board. They made it royalty free a couple years ago now and was never a hardware limitation on other platforms as far as I know since it can be implemented through add in cards for example. As we saw it with the asrock boards. Point is that the Mac pro can technically get a threadripper/epyc upgrade in the future if Apple decides to design the motherboard and OS around it. That would certainly increase the value of the machine drastically.

      FreezeFreezeVor 3 Monate
    • @Mike Little no apple certifies intel or amd pc market rathers its apple or Microsoft pc

      Cjon wickhamCjon wickhamVor 4 Monate
    • @Cjon wickham I didn't say it did numbnuts What I did say is that Thunderbolt is an Intel thing. And Intel only certifies Thunderbolt on Intel based systems... And yes, Intel did develop Thunderbolt in conjunction with Apple, but Intel controls it - this is why Thunderbolt is not found on the ARM based iOS/iPadOS Apple devices.

      Mike LittleMike LittleVor 4 Monate
    • ARM cpu or amd cpu Apple plans to move on and leaving intel...for lower power plus lower cost laptop macs and towers imacs. Also work along radeon gpu since apple dont do nividia GPU and drivers. ARM cpu in note 8 iphone coming to pc and laptops mobile. Intel business will be reduced to server with epyc rome... pc/ laptop will come nvidia or radeon gpu instead intel gpu or cpu..and amd or arm cpu. PC will be still threadripper/ryzen or arm cpu...not sure i9 i7 i5 but probably lose. As stays xeon/ epyc be server.

      Cjon wickhamCjon wickhamVor 4 Monate
    • @Mike Little thunderbolt nothing to do with cpu tech...obviously you dont know what I'm talking about and you dont know what you are talking about either. Thunderbolt is not intel thing...its an i/o thing connection 40gbs vs usb c 10gbs. Thunderbolt came from apple not it's part of apple mostly and intel and pc. New PC pci card for faster data video transfer external hdd. My amd designare mobo thunderbolt compatible with 1920x threadripper pc workstation.

      Cjon wickhamCjon wickhamVor 4 Monate

    Luigi Andrade GouveaLuigi Andrade GouveaVor 4 Monate
  • Where can I get that hoodie!

    James MaccioliJames MaccioliVor 4 Monate
  • 28 cores is just insane...says the guy that jumps to 512GB ram instead of upgrading the graphics card. 🙄

    Andrew M.Andrew M.Vor 4 Monate
    • Indeed. Having 512gigs and a low end gpu and standard cpu makes absolutely no sense. 512 gigs is for some Hardcore 8k raw editing but an 8 core would crawl up and die trying to render that.

      FreezeFreezeVor 3 Monate
  • Are you... pressing the space bar with your index finger??

    Jim PudarJim PudarVor 4 Monate
    • Didn't you know? Thumbs are vestigial appendages that people just don't use anymore. Those cartoon characters with four fingers per hand are ahead of the curve!

      Dimitri KatsarosDimitri KatsarosVor 23 Tage
    • @renegadevi Guarantee you could type faster if you learned the proper way to type. You're definitely going to get RSI by "keeping your hand in more flat position". Excessive pronation of the hands is one of the leading causes of keyboard related injury. I LeArNeD tO tYpE FaSt, NoT LikE tHey TaUghT In SkoOL

      Jim PudarJim PudarVor 3 Monate
    • I press the space bar with my index too, I don't like having my hand cramped, that's quite tiresome and less ergonomic compared to having your hand in more flat position, which does makes your thumbs not reach the keyboard, (my thumbs just floating above the trackpad) unless u adjust the hand/wrist every time, which I personally is so much faster typer with pressing spacebar with the index finger.... by far. Tho I can't use ergonomic keyboards because I learned to type fast, not based on which fingers belong to which key like in school, so the "split" in ergonomic keyboards usually wrong for me.

      renegadevirenegadeviVor 3 Monate
  • $200 for a shelf made of PLYWOOD? (Maple or walnut plywood but still plywood) Are you kidding?

    Marian PetridesMarian PetridesVor 4 Monate
  • What are those purple desktop lambs? Please throw me a name! Super nice looking.

    NamelessJaeNamelessJaeVor 4 Monate
  • Awesome desk set up. I am currently looking at an IKEA adjustable desk. Did you avoid it due to quality issues?

    ricky vricky vVor 4 Monate
    • MacRumors Thank you. (:

      ricky vricky vVor 4 Monate
    • I have another sit stand desk with an ikea desk top and flexispot legs from amazon. Check it out. Might be a better option

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
    • I feel like for the price you can get something better

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • MacRumors is run by Leftist SJWs who will ban you if you "trigger" them for the slightest thing. Bunch of woke wimps.....

    Smufter16Smufter16Vor 4 Monate
    • Jaime Duncan you could always not watch their channel instead of shitting in their comments. Exercise some self control bruh.

      yodaisgod2yodaisgod2Vor 4 Monate
    • Smufter16 still waiting for them to band you

      Jaime DuncanJaime DuncanVor 4 Monate
    • Smufter16 u mad bro

      yodaisgod2yodaisgod2Vor 4 Monate
  • Where can I get that mouse pad

    -A C--A C-Vor 4 Monate
  • Is this $10,000?

    Sweetpotato JohnsonSweetpotato JohnsonVor 4 Monate
  • do you need 512 GB Ram ?

    ravi chandraravi chandraVor 4 Monate
    • Chrome does

      Darrel DaleyDarrel DaleyVor 2 Monate
    • Of course not.

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • Nice & Thanks :)

    krish arts & photographykrish arts & photographyVor 4 Monate
  • What is your personal channel link please or name?

    Tech4YourNeedsTech4YourNeedsVor 4 Monate
  • 👍🏻

    earlbee31earlbee31Vor 4 Monate
  • Wait, what....? at 4:58 you say your own personal channel.... even if it's about fishing, knitting, or snowboarding, I want to check it out. Could you link it in the description, reply here, or does anybody know what it is...? I'm super curious. 🙂👍

    Michael BurryMichael BurryVor 4 Monate
    • @MacRumors Thank you! Found it, love it, it's exactly more of what brought me to MacRumors channel. Subscribed! 👍

      Michael BurryMichael BurryVor 4 Monate
    • It’s just another tech channel but not Apple specific. Not sure if links will work but just search for Dan Barbera. You should see it!

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • Link to your personal channel please?

    Hi-Fi InsiderHi-Fi InsiderVor 4 Monate
    • MacRumors thank you Dan. 🍺

      Hi-Fi InsiderHi-Fi InsiderVor 4 Monate
    • Not sure if links will work but you can search for Dan Barbera. Should come up

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • Hi great video, just curious why you said you wouldn’t have 2 monitors like these... is it too much screen to look at or because of the cost ? I’m still waiting for mine to come in the next week or so...can’t wait... are you ok with the standard version of it ? Do you regret not getting the nano version ? I hear it’s not as good other than no glare. Thanks

    E PE PVor 4 Monate
  • $200 for a shelf?! GTFO

    yodaisgod2yodaisgod2Vor 4 Monate
    • @yodaisgod2 you got jokes mate lol

      Chuck FinleyChuck FinleyVor 4 Monate
    • Marian Petrides a fool will buy anything.

      yodaisgod2yodaisgod2Vor 4 Monate
    • And it isn’t even real hardwood. It’s either maple or walnut PLYWOOD. For $200? No way, Jose.

      Marian PetridesMarian PetridesVor 4 Monate
    • David Jacobs I can afford a Ferrari but there are less expensive options.

      yodaisgod2yodaisgod2Vor 4 Monate
    • yodaisgod2 Why not?,if you can afford it.

      David JacobsDavid JacobsVor 4 Monate
  • Having a desktop computer on the floor is a no no. No if it is carpeted, no if you don't like dust. Just saying.

    TrusteftTrusteftVor 4 Monate
    • @MacRumors OK man, good luck.

      TrusteftTrusteftVor 4 Monate
    • I’ll be moving offices soon and will have a different desk but for now, this is where it’s at

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • Dan: my physical therapist told me to get a vertical mouse, so I bought the Logi MX Vertical. Wow, it helps my carpal tunnel a lot. I'm going to check out your keyboard, thanks for the referral.

    Ingrid HarringtonIngrid HarringtonVor 4 Monate
    • Danny Pop the logitech mx vertical

      Dukez VenomDukez VenomVor 3 Monate
    • Ingrid Harrington what mouse are u talking about?

      Danny YangDanny YangVor 4 Monate
    • I do really like it

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • Your monitor stand doesn't appear to be maple but walnut.

    JoeMa 8318JoeMa 8318Vor 4 Monate
    • It isn’t walnut. Not really. It is walnut PLYWOOD. For $200 I’d expect real walnut (or maple) hardwood. Sheesh.

      Marian PetridesMarian PetridesVor 4 Monate
    • Did I say maple? Whoops I meant walnut. Been a long day

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • Beautiful machine but that "monitor stand" is horrid. Ergonomically, to relieve neck strain, you should be looking down at your monitor, not up. Also, you're not supposed to use your index fingers to hit the spacebar. No wonder you have health issues!

    Richard ForesterRichard ForesterVor 4 Monate
    • I have to agree about the height of the monitor. I get the utility of having space underneath, but (and you can look this up if you like) the normal way we humans position our heads when we are sitting comfortably upright puts our eye line at a slightly downward angle. The best ergonomic placement is thus to have your eye level close to the top of the monitor. If you hold your arm out strait (parallel to the floor) while seated, your fingers should be pointing close to the middle of the screen. I'm used to making sure my desk is set up in that way, and If I have to sit at a desk where the monitor is up on a stand, it gets pretty annoying pretty quickly.

      ftlPhysicsGuyftlPhysicsGuyVor 4 Monate
    • @MacRumors The very top of the monitor should be at eye level. The mid-point of the monitor should be about 20-25 degrees below that horizon. This is why people propping their monitors up on paper stacks or monitor stands have bad neck pain. They are "craning" their neck. As far as the keyboard goes, ok, if you are trying to figure it out, that's fine, but you shouldn't be hunting/pecking like that. It's bad for your fingers/hands/wrists. I'm not trying to be a jerk here. I'm just trying to point out some really bad ergonomic form.

      Richard ForesterRichard ForesterVor 4 Monate
    • The monitor should be eye level, which it is because the desk can be height adjusted and I’m typing strange because this keyboard is different.

      MacRumorsMacRumorsVor 4 Monate
  • This keyboard makes me remember another one i had quite a few years ago made by Apple. They never did another model...

    rewanjirewanjiVor 4 Monate
  • Look good and functional. Awesome.

    Nick AraizNick AraizVor 4 Monate
  • "My Mac Pro Desk Setup That You Can't Afford" Fixed the title for you

    dcdunkdcdunkVor 4 Monate
  • what are you doing now, that you needed to upgrade to all of that power...???

    Buster JerseyBuster JerseyVor 4 Monate
  • of course you mistype. you're not a touch typist

    THTHVor 4 Monate
  • When you've too much money and don't know what to do with it.

    Gentle JosephGentle JosephVor 4 Monate
  • Why the hell do you need that then? When a laptop worked perfectly well, all of a sudden you need a enterprise class workstation.. yeah right more like your willy waving!

    marksapollomarksapolloVor 4 Monate
    • Jon Nolet It doesn’t make time, what’s he saving on a 10 min video? 39 seconds... don’t make me laugh...

      marksapollomarksapolloVor 4 Monate
    • David Jacobs hahaha a typical reply from a blind Apple Dan that sucked in by the marketing... I could afford five of them for all you know, I’m just not thick enough to buy them for petty tasks that a mid range MacBook Pro can do just as well.. I don’t need to willy wave either..

      marksapollomarksapolloVor 4 Monate
    • marksapollo You are just bitter because you probably can’t afford it,or you are an Apple hater.

      David JacobsDavid JacobsVor 4 Monate
    • marksapollo marksapollo Yeah, I never said “need”. I said it makes time and if he sees fit to buy a Mac Pro who are you to shit on it? Why are you so bitter? That’s rhetorical - Don’t count on a response.

      Jon NoletJon NoletVor 4 Monate
    • Jon Nolet Don’t talk rubbish! There are PLENTY of You Tubers who upload every single day and don’t touch a Mac, a lot just use Windows laptops.. you do NOT need a Mac Pro to make You Tube videos... even daily ones. That’s a misconception created by the rich Apple fan You Tubers. I see content that’s as good as or better then MKBHD videos shot on Sony action cams! Not over a hundred grands worth of RED kit and a friggin robot like he uses...

      marksapollomarksapolloVor 4 Monate
  • I'd rather buy bitcoin than buy that depreciating cheese grater

    Life_seeker610Life_seeker610Vor 4 Monate
  • why even bother getting that Pro stand. Use a monitor arm.

    Allan ShAllan ShVor 4 Monate
  • First!!!!

    yodaisgod2yodaisgod2Vor 4 Monate
My Mac Pro Desk Setup (2020)