Your Laptop/LCD setup -- left or right ?

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by j3tang, May 5, 2007.


Is your Laptop on the left and LCD on the right, or vice versa?

Poll closed Aug 13, 2007.
  1. Laptop Left, LCD Right

    47 vote(s)
  2. Laptop in front of the LCD and i peak over my laptop to see the LCD

    4 vote(s)
  3. Laptop Right, LCD Left

    41 vote(s)
  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    i've seen many laptop/lcd setups and there are really only 2 different positions to set them up: laptop on left and LCD on right, or laptop on right and LCD on left.

    these are the same pics that i've posted in the setups, past and present thread:

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    I'm just wondering how people have their setup, and if there's a reason for having whichever item on which side. Maybe indicating if you're left or right handed might help too?

    feel free to post pics of the setup too :)
  2. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    I don't have a camera on me right now, but I am right handed and have the laptop on the right and the LCD in the 'middle' of my field of vision.

    It's just more natural for me to look to the right for a second monitor. Having said that, I might try changing to see if it does even change my opinion.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ

    On my desk at school I have an iMac, PowerBook, two Studio Displays, and somewhere close at hand a TV. Every time I move it gets set up slightly differently. It usually gets a little crazy, like three mice sharing an extra large pad, and keyboards stacked on top of each other like an old organ.

    But generally I like the secondary display on the right.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    At the Airport. UK
    i have my powerbook as my primary display (i have downsized my setup as it was very complex and im going through a minimalist phase) and am using the PB's keyboard as input, along with a logitech MX1000. i have a 4port USB hub on the floor somewhere, and have my LCD next door to the left. often, it is unplugged and dormant when i am not using it.....i mainly turn it on when using photoshop or using my DVD / eyeTV...and sometimes to spread my workload. i just plug in the DVI cable when i want to use it.

  5. macrumors 68020


    Jul 31, 2006
    Same country as Santa Claus
    It's setup this way because the mag safe is on the left, I sometimes switch sides. :p
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    the reason why i have mine on the left is similar. and because of that i've put my UPS under the desk on the left side of the desk. Makes the cord travel shorter so that i don't see as much of it :)

    also since my bed is to the left of my desk, it makes watching something as i fall asleep much more convenient than to have the laptop over on the far right side :D
  7. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2007
    My Macbook's screen is on the left of my LCD.
  8. j26
    macrumors 65816


    Mar 30, 2005
    My MB sits on a locker beside my desk out of sigt and wired to a hub, and I have a bt keyboard & mouse and an lcd on the desk.

    I don't dual screen with them.
  9. macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    My laptop is to the left, my external to the right. I'll put up a picture later.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    South Dakota
    I keep my laptop on the right, and my display on the left.

    I actually think its due to being left handed. Its easier to look to the right to the laptop screen than look to the left at it.
  11. macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    I use my 2407WFP all the time when I am home so I keep it in the center of my setup. That leaves the only space for my MBP to go if I want it on top of my desk is to the right of my display. I don't mind it and it is plugged in to a place where I don't have to switch plug-ins if I want to just be using my MBP while laying in bed.
  12. macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    I don't use any extra display with my MacBook, but I do on my iMac. My iMac is in the center, the 20" Dell is on the left of the iMac, and the MacBook is on the right of the iMac. Why? Because the iMac's DVD slot is on the right side, and if I put my monitor over there then I can't access it easily.
  13. macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I used to have my laptop on the left and LCD on the right, but after I started using a projector I had to switch the projector to the left and laptop to the right.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    I currently have mine on the right, but my job for this week is to switch it to the left so its closer.
  15. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    what did you have on the right originally? the LCD or the laptop :confused:

    just to clear things up :)
  16. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    I didn't make it particularly clear did sorry.

    My old setup:


    I've changed things around today in fact and it is much better, I recently got a new 24in lcd so I need to move things a bit for that.

    I'll try to get some updated pictures done tomorrow when the light is better.
  17. macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
    Tidy cables.

    It's funny how this is pretty much a 50-50% :rolleyes:
  18. macrumors 68000


    May 30, 2004
    Madison, WI
    I prefer the LCD on the right. I dont' know why. It just seems right.
    I'm guessing it may have something to do with the fact that I keep my adium list on the left of my laptop screen.
  19. macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2005
    Bristol, UK
    I've just take a few shots of my new setup, the laptop is now on the left and it feels much more natural.



  20. macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2006
  21. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    i now have the same keyboard/mouse combo :)

    I'm assuming that the dongle is plugged into your Macbook Pro?
    I'm not exactly sure how the USB ports are arranged on the Macbook Pro, but for my Macbook, they are side by side. When i plug in the dongle, it's wide enough that it actually gets into the way of plugging in another usb device right next to it. that dongle has essentially used up both of my USB ports :mad:

    the only option i guess is to use that extention they give you in the box so that the dongle isn't taking up the space in the USB port's area. That's kinda lousy.

    and back on topic ... Gordy, I love how your desk fits perfectly into that little tucked in area. Was that desk custom fit to it? or it juts so happened to fit so nicely? And the backboard below the desk is awesome! it covers up what I believe could a big cable mess :eek:
  22. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco
    laptop on the right, but closed (I only use the external at my desk).

    yeah... almost as if... it didn't matter at all! ;)
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2006
    North of where I'd like to be
    Lappy left, LCD right.
    I wonder whether this has to do with a) being right handed; and/or b) using a language (Eng) that reads left to right, so that the laptop, in a sense, controls the big screen.
  24. macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    This is how I had mine set-up back when I had a 12'' PB and a 20'' LCD.

    Attached Files:

  25. macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    Mine's laptop left, LCD right. Though it makes little difference now since I don't keep the laptop open when it's connected to the LCD. I stopped when I began using a tablet full time (the laptop was throwing off the tablet mapping and it got annoying). I also just upgraded to a 23" LCD which makes it easier to ignore the laptop LCD.

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