Macbook Pro as a desktop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ZzBoG, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. ZzBoG macrumors member

    May 7, 2006
    Hello everybody,

    I have a question, it may seem strange, but still.

    Can I use MBP as a desktop: put it on the desk closed, attach an external monitor to it, a mouse and a keyboard, switch MBP on, but don't open it. I'm asking because I think it'll save me a lot of space on the desk. I can even put MBP in vertical position! (But will it's DVD work this way?)

    BTW Waiting for my new 15" MBP 2.4 is a torture.
  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007

    But you are best leaving it open since heat dispatches through the keyboard. And since it is a SR I wouldn't recommend running it at all with the screen down.

    Get an iCurve and position your MBP off the desk if you want more desk space. Most monitor cables are pretty long, so you can easily have the MBP off the desk somewhere.
  3. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast

    I've used my 14" iBook G4 as a Desktop for almost 4 years. I don't use a separate monitor though, just an Apple bluetooth mouse & keyboard, and the laptop sits on an iCurve stand. I am very happy with the set-up overall.
  4. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

    Dec 23, 2006
    In my imagination
    I thought about doing this but I just got a PowerMac G5 instead. It is a bit easier to have both.
  5. tristan macrumors 6502a

    Jul 19, 2003
    high-rise in beautiful bethesda
  6. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Have you ever used a MBP? Very little heat is dispatched through the keyboard compared to other areas of the computer.

    Running a MB or a MBP with the display closed is a design feature and fully supported by Apple. Here are the instructions.
  7. SirCrumpet macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    Been running my SR MBP with the screen down as a desktop since I got it (ordered the day it was released) and it idles at roughly the same temp as when open and using as a notebook.

    You will have no problems at all.

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