Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

How to Mount a Mac Mini Under Your Desk Without Any Screws (5 min)

The Apple Mac mini M1 is a beast of a machine. I recently decided to make this my primary workstation. Because of its small form factor, I wanted to clean up my desk area and move towards a more minimalist approach.

I’m not very handy with equipment or buildings; I’ve never been Today I’m going to show you a unique way to mount a Mac Mini under your desk without any screws. It only took me 5 minutes!

mount mac mini

If you look on Amazon or Google, you’ll see a number of mounts made specifically for the Mac mini. However, almost all of them require you to screw it into your desk. I have a standing desk that I invested in about 6 years ago. It’s a really nice slab of wood that I never want to drill through (up or down).

So I took another approach. I started researching keyboard trays. I figured that if the measurements were correct, I could easily put one on the back of a desk similar to how you would normally use one.

After looking at a few options, I decided to go with the VIVO Keyboard Under Desk Mount Slider Tray. I went with the smaller model, which you can get on Amazon for less than $50.

VIVO Keyboard on the bottom of the desk mount keyboard tray

Some of its features include:

  • 20″ x 11″ under-desk keyboard and mouse tray.
  • Glides in and out easily.
  • Attach the keyboard tray to your workstation without causing any damage to your desk (1.25” max desk thickness) with sturdy C-clamps that hold everything tight and are easily adjustable for user convenience.
  • Limited 3 year manufacturer warranty.

VIVO is an ergonomic office furniture brand that makes standing desks, keyboard trays, chairs, monitor mounts and more.

assembling the vivo keyboard tray

The best part about Vivo keyboard tray is that you only need a screwdriver to assemble the tray and you are ready to go. It only took me 5 minutes to put everything together. Follow the steps given below.

Phase 1

The first thing to do is to attach the clamp to the rail. These are attached with screws.

VIVO Keyboard Tray Glider & Clamp
VIVO Keyboard Tray Glider & Clamp

Phase 2

Next, you attach the keyboard tray itself to the rail. These are also attached with screws. One thing to note, I took the backsplash off the back of the keyboard tray a bit. You can ignore it. I wanted to leave as much airflow as possible for the Mac Mini and not be concerned about anything rolling over.

VIVO keyboard tray with clamp
VIVO keyboard tray with clamp

step 3

The final step is to attach it to your desk. This is done entirely with clamps. You turn the knobs until they are tightened. They have little rubber covers that you place between the top of your desk and the campsites. This ensures that you will not suffer any harm.

Also, as you can see below, the clamps on my desk aren’t very noticeable. This is much better than having the Mac mini on top, which has a bunch of cables coming out of the back.

VIVO keyboard tray with clamp on my desk
VIVO keyboard tray with clamp on my desk

And below is what it looks like under my desk. Sorry the messy cable management. I have some plans for this too. But the first step was to mount the Mac Mini.

mac mini mount
mac mini mount under desk

I was a little concerned about how Bluetooth would perform with the Mac Mini under the desk. I use the Apple Magic Keyboard and my AirPods constantly. But after extensive testing and daily use, everything worked great! There was never any cut inside and out.

At the time of writing this, I’m running on the macOS Big Sur 11.2 update that also addresses some of the Bluetooth problems that users reported with the Mac Mini. So maybe that helped too.

professionals

  • Easy to setup.
  • Ability to remove backsplash for airflow.
  • No screws or drilling required, which will save your desk.

Shortcoming

  • Slightly expensive compared to other Mac mini mounts.

Summary

I was pleasantly surprised by the Vivo keyboard tray, and it worked great as an under desk Mac mini mount. I built and attached it to my desk in about 5 minutes, and it requires no screwing or drilling.

View Vivo Keyboard Tray on Amazon

I’d love to know what you think about using the keyboard tray for the mount. Leave your comments below.

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