For those who use their laptop with an external monitor, keyboard, etc

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by danpass, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. danpass macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    What setup did you go with?

    For example:

    Desktop monitor
    Bluetooth keyboard
    Bluetooth mouse
    Airport/wireless router
    wireless printer

    The new Apple Thunderbolt Display got me thinking about this scenario.

    Can the laptop be stowed or does it have to remain open? If open where do you usually put it?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Check. (sometimes with, sometimes without)
    Check. Apple Wireless keyboard
    No. I prefer the Logitech Anywhere Mouse MX.
    Check. Airport Express.
    Either. It doesn't matter.
    In front of me.
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Laptop - 17" 2010 Hi Res
    Desktop Monitor - 27" Cinema Display
    Bluetooth Keyboard - Apple Bluetooth Keyboard
    Bluetooth Mouse - Apple Magic Mouse
    Airport / Wireless router - Apple Airport Extreme
    Wireless Printer - Samsung something or other connected to the aformention airport extreme.

    Used closed lid mode (sometimes)

    End result : Straight gangsta'

    Attached Files:

  4. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    it doesn't block (if open) the lower part of the desktop display?
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I use it open when I'm not using a desktop display. When I am, I leave the MBP closed.
  6. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
    cool, thanks for the pic.

    this is my first Mac (since using one in college, System 7 vintage).

    does closed lid mode require any special settings beyond the laptop recognizing an external display is attached?
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  8. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jun 27, 2009
    Miami, FL
  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Laptop - MacBook aluminium unibody, previously a 2006 MacBook Pro
    Monitor - Dell 2005FPW, also connected to the Mac mini
    Bluetooth Keyboard - Apple Wireless
    Bluetooth Mouse - Logitech V200
    Airport / Wireless router - ISP supplied wireless router plus HP gigabit switch
    Wireless Printer - No. Use an ancient HP DeskJet 990cxi shared via Ethernet print server

    Laptop is used on a Griffin iCurve with the screen open.
  10. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    u my as well buy an iMac 27inch for the money spent on a 15inch if u want a desktop.
  11. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Laptop - 2010 15" i5 2.4GHz MBP, 8GB RAM under desk lying flat on a shelf used mostly in clamshell mode
    External - 27" ACD
    Keyboard - Apple Bluetooth Keyboard
    Mouse - Apple Magic Mouse
    Trackpad - Apple Magic Trackpad
    Router - AEBS Dual Band (I run wired ethernet)
    Wireless Printer - HP ePrint D-110 Series
  12. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    when i used to rock a desktop-style setup:

    Laptop - see sig
    Display - CinemaView 24"
    Dock - TwelveSouth BookArc
    Other - Apple wired keyboard + magic mouse/razer deathadder mouse
    Wacom intuos 3 tablet, Logitech z5300e speakers

    Was handy for sure but I just found myself needing the display less and less so I've downsized for now.

    Laptop can be closed or open. If it's open you can use it as a second monitor which I did a lot.
  13. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    Laptop: In sig
    Monitor" HP 2310M (23" LCD)
    Mouse: Apple Magic Mouse
    Keyboard: Apple Wireless Keyboard
  14. accessoriesguy macrumors 6502a

    Jul 8, 2011
    Computer Porn :eek:
  15. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    i kno rite :cool:
  16. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    2009 15" MBP Closed lid.
    24" Samsung LED
    Wired Apple Keyboard from a Mac Pro I no longer own
    Standard Microsoft wired mouse.
    Wired Printer. I connect it when I need it which isn't that often. Ink cartridges last well over a year.

    This is my desktop and has been for the past four months.
  17. vnle macrumors 6502

    Jun 3, 2010
    Macbook 15" on mStand to the side - calmshell mode
    24" ACD in front of me
    bluetooth keyboard/mouse
    wireless printer
    various externals connected to a usb hub connected to the ACD
    Bose speakers connected to ACD

    .... so essentially, my ACD is a dock of sorts. :)
  18. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    15" mbp hi-res/ag on stand elevated to bottom of secondary lcd, screen open, typically with email, skype and task management app open there
    HP 24" IPS LCD 'customizer' - this is basically a USB version of the IBM Model M 'clicky' kb with the extra keys on it. Not quite as durable as the original Model Ms (I still have a few ~20 years old that were used until somewhat recently with adapters :D ) but pretty good.
    Logitech Trackman Wheel, USB
    kb and mouse go to a hub, single plug into the mbp
    gig ethernet to a combo NAS/switch setup in the home office, airport left active for when I occasionally unplug from the desk.

    Why not BT or wireless input devices? Because they don't make a Model M keyboard in wireless, and why change batteries when there's no need to? I use a duplicate setup in the office. Depending on travel duration, I either don't bring anything with me, or just stuff the Trackman into my bag. When I get around to it, I probably will pick up the latest iteration which is the logitech m570, simply because they don't make a corded version and it will be slightly more convenient to just leave in my travel bag - it's not BT, uses Logitech's proprietary wireless with tiny dongle. I care more about productivity than having an Apple k/b with inferior feel to the one I have already, although the next addition with either be a magic trackpad + pogo stylus or a wacom tablet, undecided at this point.

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