Two Screens On My MacBook Pro… At My Standup Desk

Here’s some tips on how do I manage two big screens on my MacBook Pro and why do I have to do that on my standup desk. It’s not really healthy to sit down all the time while working and so this video tells all that.

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Matrox DualHead2Go Digital ME

Thunderbolt Monitor

MacBook Pro

Ikea / Fredrik

TRANSCRIPT

The point is not really to see me on screen this time. It is to back off and talk a little bit about that; which is my standup desk. This is a desk that I can standup at and get some work done.

Obviously, I do have a sit down desk – which you can see over here; I’ve got two big monitors on; an iMac, I’ve got a Thunderbolt monitor; so I got lots of screen space over here. So, it’s a really nice set up and I like it.

The thing is, sitting down all the time is not necessarily the best idea in the world which is why I went over to this. But my other computer is a laptop. It’s a 15″ MacBook Pro here. So, how do I get two screens attached to it so I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing too much screen space?

Well, what I’ve done is I went and bought one of these… it’s a Matrox DualHead2Go. It’s a digital ME Version. I think it stands for “Mac Edition”. But it’s a little tiny box attached to the MacBook Pro via the built-in display port and USB for the power and it powers these two big monitors.

Now the one thing that is really interesting about this thing is that, when you maximize a window, it basically tries to go over 2 screens. It basically takes the 2 screens and acts like it’s a one-screen. So, it’s a little bit interesting in a way when it does that, so you really don’t maximize windows; you just sort of drag it around so their big but still, being able to go from a the laptop’s screen to that big screen makes being at my standup desk a little less ‘sucky’.

And you might ask why I’m even bothering with that when I have a sit down desk. The main reason is for health reasons. It’s just not good to sit all the time. There’s a lot proven benefit to standing up. So, I’m just trying to spend a little bit more time on this desk; not exclusively, because I don’t know if I could handle it. Plus, those are really nice to use. So, I don’t want to do this all the time 🙂 I just want to do it more than I can have them, which is essentially… none.

The standup desk is an IKEA desk.

By the way, here’s the blog post for that 🙂 Standing Up At Your Desk: Insane Or… Not?

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