Sebastien Page desktop setup

Following Jeff’s lead, I will be the one walking you through my set up today. Many people have this image of us having amazing set ups with top of the line everything, but as you’ll be able to tell from this post, my set up will probably look incredibly low tech, borderline outdated.

Sharing my hardware set up with you wouldn’t make much sense if I didn’t first explain what my daily work activity consists in. In any given day, all that will be running on my machine is Twitter, an email client, iMessage and of course my web browser. Because the browser is where I spend most of my day, I do not feel like I need the computing power of a supercharged computer.

With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at my setup…

The office setup

My main machine is a Mid 2010 21.5-inch iMac. This machine (pictured above) is located in my office and it is the one on which I do most of my work. I have to admit that this once fast and snippy machine now feels terribly outdated and slow. I keep waiting for the iMac with Retina display to come out, but it seems that I will have to invest in a new machine before then.

SP-iMac config

All I do on my iMac basically evolves around the internet. I use Firefox as my main browser (don’t hate), and I always have the official Twitter app, Sparrow, and iMessage running in the background. Although I do not spend much time on Twitter, I do make a point to reply to all questions that I am personally asked. I also try to answer most questions asked to iDB’s Twitter account.

And really the reason why I don’t need the top of the line machine is because it wouldn’t be worth the investment. Again, all I basically do is online. I do not play games. I do not edit photos or videos. In short I do not need tons of computing power.

My iMac sits on top of a adjustable standup desk that I bought from Ergo Depot. It is a large clean surface, which is actually larger than what I really need, but it was the smaller one available. As you can tell from the picture above, I use three iPad boxes as a monitor riser. After searching the web for hours for the perfect riser, and after trying various products such as the TwelveSouth HiRise for iMac, I came to the conclusion that this was my best option. I don’t lose faith in one day finding something better. Until then, iPad boxes do the job just fine.

Having back problems that have recently been confirmed by an MRI (disk herniation), it is in my best interest to spend more time standing up than sitting down. Sitting down so much is probably the reason why I have back problems now, as a matter of fact. I usually stand up at my desk until mid afternoon. After that point, I usually start sitting down on an overpriced Muvman sit-stand stool, which was recommended to me by Jeff. I am not a big fan of this chair but it is probably good for my back, so I keep using it. There is also a WellnessMats antifatigue mat on the floor, which makes my standing more comfortable.

I try to keep my desk as clutter free as possible. All you’ll usually see on my desk is a photo of Chloé, a notebook, a pen, a Magic Mouse, and my TwelveSouth HiRise for iPhone, which is the best iPhone/iPad dock I have come across. If there are papers on my desk, it’s because I have to do something with them. In most cases, papers usually don’t spend more than a day or two on my desk. Just like my email inbox, I like this to keep my desk in a certain order.

For recording our podcasts, I usually sit at my desk and use a Blue Yeti microphone along with a pair of Sony headsets that I have stolen from my wife. The next step in improving on the podcast recording set up will probably involve shock mount and arm similar to the one Jeff uses.

Sitting behind me on some shelves is my iShrine, as some people have called it. A photo of Steve Jobs sits above my iPhone and iPad collection. They all work fine but I rarely use them. The only one I am still using is my jailbroken iPhone 5. Several other iPads are sitting on the coffee table downstairs. My daughter gets the iPad 2 and my wife gets the iPad 3. We use an original iPad mini as a media center and I use the mini Retina as my main iPad.

iShrine

For those wondering, all my iPhones are the one with the largest capacity available. All my iPads are the 16GB Wi-Fi version.

Because I do need to print or scan documents from time to time, I also have a HP Envy sitting next to the desk. The only reason why I bought this printer is because it was affordable, slick looking, and most importantly offers AirPrint support.

The mobile setup

My mobile setup consists of a mid 2011 13-inch MacBook Air. Again, nothing to call home about here, but this two year old MBA still runs like a mustang.

SP-MBA config

This MBA usually sits in our living room. If I ever have to do some work at night, this is what I use so I can be close to my family instead of being by myself in the office. This machine also is what I use whenever I travel anywhere. I’ll put it in my Ogio Renegade backpack along with my iPad mini, and I’m ready to hit the road.

I know there is a shift being made from laptops to iPads as a working machine (listen to Jeff tell you all about it on Let’s Talk iOS), but I just can’t find myself being productive when using an iPad. Nothing about the iPad makes me feel productive, and certainly not this false sense of focus forced on you by the lack of proper multitasking in iOS. I do need a keyboard and a trackpad or a mouse. I also need to be able to switch between windows quickly. iPad can’t give that to me right now.

Part of my mobile setup is an Apogee MiC that I bought specifically to record podcasts on the go. I never used it but that could change in the near future…

As uneventful as it may look, this setup really is perfect for me. Because 99% of my work is done directly from the browser, I do not need massive amounts of computing power. This being said, this set up might change as we may need to transform my office into a nursery in the near future. This would mean relocating my work space somewhere else in the house, and because we only have 1,500 square foot of living space, it might mean downsizing to only one main machine, which would likely end up being a supercharged MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.

  • David Beren

    Interesting, I just grabbed a 45w MagSafe adapter box and threw it under my iMac. What a great, zero-cost solution for raising it a little.

  • Nirvana

    I think you should have made a video out of this! We have long loved your English voice on the podcast, your iShrine looks awesome, man!

    • The picture of Steve above the iPhones/iPad might be a little too much though. I might have to replace it with a photo of my daughter.

      • Nirvana

        Steve deserves high respect from us fans so you should probably keep the shrine. Your kids can wait!

      • David Villamizar

        Hey Sebastien, I think you could improve your iMac’s performance by upgrading the ram, buy 8 GB and you’ll get a much better browsing performance. I bought 16 GB for myself and I’ve never used it all, that’s why 8 GB is perfect.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Sebastien, love your setup simple and clean. Question, why do you have so many iDevices and painting of Steve Jobs above them. Why don’t you do a giveaway. Such a waste to have all those iDevices laying around and no one using them regularly.

    • jocastro

      why would he give them away? if the man wanted to have a picture of a idol. then let him have his picture. Shot it makes sense to me, without steve jobs there would not be any jailbreaks or any apple devices. This man is a legend!!! I respect sebastien….

      • Nirvana

        Then you mean Steve Jobs was the one who brought Jailbreak into reality? Just kidding!

    • Dubs

      What is wrong with you people? Always looking for free shit. Get a job you bum. Do you ask Jay Leno to give away his cars?

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Finally a comment worth two thumbs up.

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        I have my iDevices I just figures in sale his older iDevice online or give them away. Not looking for anything free.

    • I do not intend to do a giveaway. This is my private collection. I will keep them for as long as I can.

      • TDD140

        Is that your entire collection of iDevices? It’s quite impressive! No iPod touches?

      • There is an iPod touch (not on this photo), an iPod classic and a nano. There are also 4 iPads that are not on this photo (they are downstairs as we use them on a daily basis).

      • GuyBey0ndC00L

        I haven’t seen a collection of iDevices before.

    • @sexyhamthing

      shrine wow

      • jocastro

        seriously a shrine? …………….fail

    • Bob

      Why would someone want such old devices to use?

      • Umut Bilgiç

        He said he doesnt use them, so…

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Sebastien, off topic you guys ever think about giving iDownloadblog an iOS 7 look. Maybe even and combination of OSX Maverick & iOS 7.

    • BoardDWorld

      They did. The logos among other aspects were all flattened.

    • Yes we do think about it.

      • Martynet

        what about a new logo competition for iDB?

  • Darko Angelovski

    What stand did you use for your shelve of all your iPhones

    • OtterBox gave me those stands a few years ago. They’re not for sale though. It was just stands they would give away for free at CES. Because I liked them so much, they gave me a dozen of them.

      • Darko Angelovski

        Oh wow you are lucky. I really want one

  • i use my Mbp retina 15′ for work , i can use him with my Dell ultrasharp external display + Apple mouse , keyboard , bluetooth , and i think USB dock with external power ‘s really good for office 🙂 .

  • Guest

    Thanks Jeff for the suggestion 😉

  • Guest

    Thanks Sebastian for the suggestion 😉

  • Mattia

    Thanks Sebastian for the suggestion! 😉

    • Glad you like it. Raise your iMac in style 🙂

      • David Villamizar

        That’s an HP lol

      • Mattia

        I think he was referring to his iMac 🙂

    • Bob

      What screen is that? What res is it? Looks hot. Looks quite similar to the Apple displays.

      • Mattia

        It’s an HP Pavillion 23xi, it is beautifull for design, very thin, and the display is good if you think that it cost 170$

      • Bob

        Yeah just searched it up, looks very nice.

        1080p though, too low res for me now. I have 2 1080p monitor screens that I need to get rid off.

        Think I might wait for the Apple 4k cinema display.

  • Adel Ali

    Did you ever think about upgrading the RAM, or put a SSD in side. I did both and its like owning a new MacBook!

    • No, I never thought about that. I’m not the tinkerer kind.

    • I might have to do that

  • Roger

    This is my setup – Macbook pro and a 23′ Display 🙂

  • i like it!!! btw here is my setup!!!

    • Bob

      I like the cow 😛

  • Bobby Sammarco

    Sebastian, I thought you returned the iPad Air for the Mini with Retina?…

    • Yes I did. The iPad you see on this photo is the first gen iPad.

      • Bobby Sammarco

        Oh I know that lol. I was talking about in your article how you said that your iPad Air goes in your Ogio backpack.

      • Bob

        Did you honestly think that iPad was a mini? lol.

        Contact your local opthamologist.

      • My bad. I meant “iPad mini” not “iPad Air.” I edited the post accordingly. Sorry about that

  • rubeN

    mine

  • Mac_Guy

    -2012 Macbook Pro 15″ Anti-Glare 2.3 GHz i7 16 GB RAM 256 SSD & 500 GB HDD (Replaced CD-Drive)
    -TwelveSouth BookArc
    -4th Gen AppleTV
    -3TB External Seagate HDD
    -BenQ XL2420T Monitor
    -Logitech Z623 Speakers (w/ subwoofer)
    -Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad + regular mouse
    -Leap Motion :]

    I love this setup so much and have worked very hard to get it to what it is today. Fortunately with my new job I plan to have a really clean setup like Sébastien Page and Jeff Benjamin’s setup.

    Really love this series guys!

  • blastingbigairs

    I love how your JB iPhone 5 is your daily driver. That’s my boy!!! Hey Seb call me if you need any advice on the herniated disk, I just went through that this last summer, it’s no joke brother. It kept me out of the water for 4 months.

    • Hey Chris, sorry to disappoint you but my iPhone 5s is my daily driver. The jailbroken iPhone 5 is just a test device. Patiently waiting for an iOS 7 jailbreak…

      • blastingbigairs

        It’s all good, that 5s is one sexy device I don’t blame ya 🙂 I’m waiting for a JB for IOS 7 too, that’s why I’ll stay on 6.1.2 until then. Take care.

  • wow nice work place

  • MrSergioRamos

    The usual along with my 5S and time capsule

    • Bob

      Decent set up you got there.

  • Jonathan

    Here is my set up. 🙂

    • Bob

      The screen on the right is at a weird angle, how do you use it.

      • Jonathan

        I can rotate the screen. I just put it in that position when I’m not using it.

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    My setup:
    Macbook Pro mid-2012
    iPad mini with Retina 32GB
    iPhone 5s 32GB
    Xbox 360
    Audio Technica AD-700
    Astro a40 system
    Turtle Beach XP 510
    Samsung PX2370 Monitor