Honest opinions about using an MBP as a desktop w/ external monitor? +++

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by uluvbs, Jul 31, 2013.

  1. uluvbs macrumors newbie

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    Hi, all.

    My desktop PC died, but my MBP still works, as does my external monitor. I am debating whether to just continue using the current set-up (MBP + monitor) indefinitely, for several hours a day and ideally installing Windows 7 on it, rather than just using my MBP when I travel and purchasing a new desktop.

    -1- Part of me would rather just have one computer, and it would save me from having to spend another $500 or so getting new desktop components, but I can't help but think the MBP is going to die a premature death being used all the time?

    -2- I also have a lingering suspicion that the quality of the video output via mini DisplayPort to DVI is not as good as what I was seeing with my prior video card.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you.
     
  2. jonbravo77 macrumors 6502a

    jonbravo77

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    Phoenix, AZ
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    Personally I don't think you will have any issues, unless you need do intense graphics using programs. But then again I use my 2010 MBP at work with an external monitor and then go home and do the same thing. At work I use programs like Photoshop, Vectorworx and the graphics seems to be holding up even with the lid closed and just using my external monitor. At home I boot into Boot Camp with Windows 8 and play games.

    Haven't seen any detrimental effects doing this and I've been doing it for quite some time..

    Just my 2 cents...
     

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