Shawn Blanc runs a series on his website that showcases Sweet Mac Setups. It’s for people who “wish to geek out over workspaces, software, and hardware.” People like me. My setup was profiled in June of 2009.

I wanted to find out what are the most popular ways to setup a Sweet Mac Setup and I went through all of them to gather some figures. I chose to capture data only for the setups that used a laptop connected to an external display. Why? Because that’s how I have mine setup. By my count, there are 18 such setups in the series.

There are three things of which I was interested: clamshell mode, keyboard location, and laptop stand. For clamshell mode, I wanted to know if the lid is open or closed, and what is the location of the laptop relative to the external display. For keyboard location, I wanted to know if the keyboard is sat atop the desk or on a keyboard tray. Finally, I wanted to know if a laptop stand is used. The following are the details of my research:

Clamshell Mode
Open on the left 12
Open on the right 4
Closed on the left 1
Closed on the right 1
Keyboard Location
Keyboard on Desk 15
Keyboard on Tray 3
Laptop Stand
Stand 13
No Stand 5

The most popular Sweet Mac Setup is clamshell mode open on the left of the external display, keyboard on the desk, and a laptop stand. However, the correct setup (mine) is clamshell mode open on the right, keyboard on a tray, and a laptop stand. I must mention that this is my current home setup. At work, the correct setup is clamshell closed on the right, keyboard on the desk, and no laptop stand.