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Post Your Hardware Setup

samgloversamglover Minneapolis, MN Admin

I'll start.

My primary computer is a Mac mini (late 2012, with a Fusion Drive) with a 24" Dell UltraSharp monitor and my WASD keyboard. I have a mouse.

My portable computer is a 13" Retina MacBook Pro (late 2013).

I just upgraded to the iPhone 7, which is great.

I don't have a tablet at the moment. I'm waiting to see if Apple releases a compelling update to the iPad Mini, but also questioning whether I even need a tablet/want one badly enough to spend money on one.

I also still have my 2009 ThinkPad T400, now running Ubuntu 16.10.

That's my gear. What do you use to power your practice?


  • paulspitzpaulspitz Cincinnati, OH ✭✭

    I have a 13-inch MacBook Air (2013). My printer is an HP Laserjet Pro 400. The office space I'm in provides a printer/scanner/fax. My phone is a Cisco VOIP phone through Ringcentral.

    On the personal side, I use a Mac Mini at home, and also have an iPad Mini. The iPad Mini is great for surfing the internet and reading the newspaper (online) on the go, and the Kindle app on it makes it very useful for traveling.

  • I have an old but workhorse HP desktop computer with dual 21" monitors setup as primary workstation. I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 for travel and court, and I use a Scansnap ix500. For smartphone I'm using a Nexus 6 but probably going to bump up to the Pixel soon

  • chadmurraychadmurray Decatur, IL
    edited November 2016

    I use a MacBook Pro 13" Retina (circa 2014). I have two work locations.

    Office: dasKeyboard Cherry MX Blue Mac keyboard, Logitech M705 mouse, Dymo label maker for stamps and labels, ScanSnap iX500, Brother HL-3170CDW, Dell 24" monitor, Time Machine hard drive. Phone is a Polycom thing running through Nextiva.

    Home Office: Logitech solar keyboard, Logitech M705 mouse, HP Officejet 8630, LG 21.5" monitor, Time machine hard drive.

    I have an iPad Air 2 that I don't use all that much. Phone is an iPhone 6. Also use an Apple Watch Series 1 because I'm a dork.

    I still have a 2007 Thinkpad R61 that sits around. I've considered using it as a BTSync server, but it's easier to just use Dropbox.

  • I use a Surface Pro 4 with one 24-inch and one 21-inch external monitor at my desk. I have an iPad Pro that I can use for most of my work but increasingly I use it for going to court and for long flights, weekend use, etc. Phone is iPhone 6. We have large ScanSnap in the office and a portable ScanSnap for travel use. Staff use Macbook Airs and one of the new Macbook one-port.

  • Adam LillyAdam Lilly Cumming, Georgia
    • HP laptop connected to a 24" Acer monitor while I'm in the office.
    • ScanSnap
    • HP laser printer
    • Cisco VOIP phone, running through an Obihai box and Google Voice, through Gabbyville Receptionists.
    • iPad Air 2, which has admittedly gotten no professional use yet.
    • iPhone 6S Plus, which has done an admirable amount of work.

    • And, because it just came in last week, I'll note the new shredder I got (Amazon Basics) that is the size of a child.

  • 27inch iMac

    Wireless Beats headphones to listen to those DUI videos.

    iPad Pro w/ pencil and smart cover keyboard for court. Yes, it's worth it..


    Apple MacBook Pro (purchased before the Ipad, so it's use is deteriorating).

    Lenovo Thinkpad L440 with DVD drive, because the DVD videos are .exe files and do not play on Macs.


    iPhone 7.

    Apple Watch.

    Currently looking for a small office printer with multiple bays for regular paper, nice paper, and envelopes.

  • Office: Dell Optiplex 380
    2 older Dell 17" monitors
    daskeyboard 4
    logitech wirepless touchpad
    brother imagecenter scanner
    brother hl-2230 printer
    fellows 73ci shredder

    Mobile -
    samsung galaxy s6
    lenovo thinkpad T440s

  • AFFAFF United States

    Late 2013 MBP for me. Dell 27 external monitor.
    2015 MBP for the legal assistant. Dell 24 external monitor.
    Synology NAS linked to Dropbox for storing files on closed cases.
    2 wireless Brother laser printers.
    Old pc for playing windows only files.
    Obihai VOIP linked with google voice, sometimes forwarded to gabbyville.
    Two scansnaps.
    Wireless keyboards.
    Iphone 6.

    I am strongly considering ditching mac and going back to the Windows ecosystem for the first time since 2007. The Office 365 + OneDrive + document automation software make Windows much more compelling. I thought the Apple laptop refresh was kind of meh. Going forward, I think PCs will be easier for a non-techie small law firm environment.The surfaces look cool.

    Random thought: I would love it if MS sold small office in a box solutions. Like 2-10 PCs, plus Office 365 accounts, plus one drive, plus a server (I need some sort of server to sync to the cloud. My law firm has a prohibitive amount of data to store all on laptops synced to the cloud. And I don't want to mess around with external hard drives.)

  • @AFF "I am strongly considering ditching mac and going back to the Windows ecosystem for the first time since 2007"

    I have been dabbling with this myself. I really like my Surface for OneNote use and agree with you that Apple has lost its magic when it comes to laptops. But beware -- While Windows has improved a great deal, it is still a dumpster fire of an OS compared to MacOS. It is still pretty wobbly and crashy compared to Mac systems. Totally usable but it doesn't feel tight and solid like your Mac.

  • lisaneedhamlisaneedham Minneapolis, MN Admin

    13-inch MacBook Air maxed out with 8GB ram as my main computer. I was debating upgrading to the new MacBook Pro, but am kind of underwhelmed by the new releases. I can't see switching to Windows, though, both because I'm fully invested in the Mac OS ecosystem and because to get the specs I want, I'd still be looking at $2000 for one of the Surface books.

    For working at home, I wanted a full setup in both my office and my basement, so I've mostly duplicated my hardware. Upstairs, an AOC 27-inch monitor and a Logitech G710 mechanical keyboard. Downstairs, an HP 23-inch monitor and a Ducky Shine mechanical keyboard.

    I have a Surface that I use for Windows software testing, but it can barely drive most programs thanks to being hobbled with only 2GB of ram. I also have a Lenovo mini form factor desktop that I scored for super cheap off of Woot! but I need to get around to setting up.

    QNAP NAS TS-451 with 8TB for serving movies and music throughout the house. I'd like to bump it to 16GB when I get around to it. I can't recommend the QNAP enough if you're trying to set up a decent NAS for backup and home sharing.

    iPad Mini 4 with 128GB storage that I mostly use for reading and surfing.

    Kindle Paperwhite for reading when a backlight is impractical.

    iPhone 7 which, thus far, seems no different to me than running the 6S save for the stupid lack of a headphone jack and the cool-but-not-necessary haptic feedback.

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