Using Macbook Pro As A Desktop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dloreski, Feb 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2009
    Hi everyone.
    I'm thinking about trying a Mac.
    I leave my desktop PC on all day almost every day.
    If I would have a MBP hooked up to a monitor and use a wireless keyboard and mouse with it, would there be anything that I need to worry about?
  2. macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    I use my MacBook in clamshell as my main computer, whether i'm on the go or at home.

    no overheating problems or anything. people who have them are people who run 1080p flash videos while on a bed or something with the vents covered.

    you will be more than fine w/anything above 1.66GHz and with 2GB of RAM

    4GB is ideal for photoshop though
  4. macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2007
    Seattle, Wa
    Excercise the battery once a month if you will have your MBP hooked up to AC for the rest of time.

    But then i'd question why you got a Macbook Pro in the first place.

    Linky to battery care instructions.

    Linky to automatically add iCal reminders for you to recalibrate your battery. (Do this after you get your mac).
  5. macrumors 604

    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2010
    I have the same set-up as you are describing. I use a wireless Microsoft keyboard and an acer 1080p display. It works wonderfully. I would suggest looking into a mini-dvi male to hdmi or dvi male cable as the video adapter can sometimes come lose depending on the other cable you use.

    I always have both screens running and I have never had a problem.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2007
  8. macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2010
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    Maye the OP got a MacBook pro, so he/she can take it when they travel. Or just doesn't need the huge screen sizes of the iMacs? And mac mini... Yeah...

    Or they like using a computer on the bed...
  9. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
  10. macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2008
    Boston, MA.
    I use mine in clamshell mode connected to a 24" ACD. I have had no problems whatsoever. Don't worry and enjoy your new purchase (when you buy it)!
  11. macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2010
    I also use mine in clamshell mode with Apple USB keyboard and MX revolution mouse, and it's just great on a 24" 1080p monitor.
    I Windows mode, cannot use it in clamshell mode because of overheating though...
  12. macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2009
    Is that because of the 8600?
  13. macrumors P6


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I have a 17" MBP with a 23" ACD
    I don't use clamshell mode, because I want the extra screen real estate

    Mine stays plugged in all the time and running
    Wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse

    No issues or problems and my "desktop" has the advantage of being portable
  14. macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    no there is nothing to worry about.

    However, if it will be 'docked' 24/7, and this is your first OSX machine, then you may be better served by a mac mini.

    Mac mini's carry the exact same components as the mbp's, have much more I/O, and are half the price.

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