Peter’s Mac Mini Setup

Written by: Adam Christianson

Categories: Mac Setups

Well at least one MacCast listener has added a Mac Mini to his living room. Here are Peter’s comments and pics. Check out this setup.

The following is a set up I use for my Mini Mac downstairs next to the warm stove! It is connected to the router upstairs with airport. I have a Samsung 17 inch LCD connected to a magazine rack with a Ergotron arm. I use a bluetooth mouse and a TouchStrokes software keyboard. The power brick is on a bookshelf behind me and the Mini is on a shelf on the back side of the magazine rack. See pictures attached. I will also take the Mini, mouse and power supply with me and hook it into a monitor at work or elsewhere. Monitor runs around $200.00, Arm around $99.00.

I forgot to add that I am using airport express and thus print to my
printer in my computer room where I also have a 20 inch iMac.

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There are 13 comments on Peter’s Mac Mini Setup:

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  1. Dorothy | Apr 02 2005 - 07:43

    Thanks for sharing Peter! I have same magazine rack–what an inventive setup.

  2. Jon | Apr 02 2005 - 08:29

    Very nice setup. Can you watch TV with that monitor too or is this just for your computing needs in the living room ? Most people are talking about using the mac mini as an entertainment hub connected to their TV. I have an old SONY 32″ that does not produce great video when a computer is connected, so I have kept my mac mini in the office for now.

  3. darren | Apr 02 2005 - 05:02

    that is pretty cool dude… i have the same arm on my 23 cinema display and i love it. Can you explain waht a software keyboad is? thanks


  4. Buck | Apr 02 2005 - 08:44

    Cool! Is there an easy way to hook they mini up to a TV, or do you have to go with an LCD Screen?
    Thanks for the pictures!

  5. Eric | Apr 02 2005 - 09:07

    Wow!! Now thats what i have been looking for!!!
    I gotta get me one of those setups!! But i think i will use a nice Lazyboy recliner…..

  6. Jon | Apr 03 2005 - 01:43

    Buck, just get the connector from Apple, it’s like $25 CDN on the Canadian site. So cheaper in the US Apple online store. It’s a DVI to S-video connector, very similar to the iBook S-video connector. Then use a S-video RCA cable to make the connections, which you can pick up at Radio Shack or any audio video shop.

  7. Justin | Apr 03 2005 - 11:46

    I do not understand why you need the software keyboard. Persoanlly i would rather have the bluetooth keyboard onboard but even if you don;t like that, why not use built-in one detailed at:

  8. Peter | Apr 03 2005 - 03:49

    Darren, just visit this site: for various software keyboard programs.

  9. Adam Faircloth | Apr 03 2005 - 07:50

    re: darren
    A software keyboard is an on-screen keyboard that you control by pointing and clicking. Most common on PDAs.

  10. Peter | Apr 04 2005 - 04:56

    TouchStrokes allows for more variations on keyboard sizes, types, appearance, key spacing, labels and behavior. Other versions predict your words. also similar to PDA’s. KeyCaps is a free basic keyboard.

  11. COAL | Oct 04 2005 - 12:35

    I have an incredible set up how can I post the pictures

  12. Coal | Oct 22 2005 - 05:31

    I would email your pictures and thoughts to Chris from his home page.

  13. Griffo | Feb 08 2008 - 11:16

    Really cool setup, ideal for kicking back and relaxing.