Macbook Pro Into Desktop?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Batnut, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Batnut macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2010
    Hi All

    I know questions like this have been posted before and I have searched and read the answers, but frankly I am still bewildered. I am a complete novice when it comes to things such a this, so frank advice would be much appreciated.

    I have a macbook pro 17 (three years old) which seems to be working well. However I am finding it to heavy to carry around and am planning on buying the new macbook air. Therefore, I was wondering how easy it would be to turn my macbook pro into a desktop mac?

    I have read so much about this, how I may need a special heat stand and special cables ect. It's incredibly confusing! Currently it seems like this is what I need to do:

    A) Buy a good HD monitor
    B) Buy the apple wireless Keyboard and Mouse
    c) Buy a book arc or henge dock (can anybody confirm whether these actually do anything?
    D) Buy an external set of speakers.

    Is that it? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I use my Macbook pro for Final Cut, Final Draft, Word, Motion, Outlook ect.


  2. aimbdd macrumors 6502a

    Dec 10, 2008
    East Cost
    Also you will need an adapter for whatever monitor you decide on. I also use a usb hub for my many devices.
  3. Batnut thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2010
    Thank you!

    Can anyone recommend a good monitor for under £200?
  4. croooow macrumors 65816


    Jul 16, 2004
    The screen on the 17" is so huge*, the only thing you really need to turn it into a Desktop computer is a desk!

    *at least a few years ago a 17" desktop monitor was a good size. Now that is a bit small. I am on a 21" now.
  5. Herb Dorklift macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
  6. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I'm planning to do the same with my 13" MacBook Pro, except I will continue to use it as a laptop as well :) Meaning I get both a laptop AND a desktop out of one computer.

    I will do the same as your setup, with a Samsung 23" monitor, apple keyboard and magic mouse. However the monitor I'm getting will have speakers built into it, so there is no need for external ones.

    Good luck!
  7. keantan macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2008
    Penang, Malaysia
    I bought a Samsung 1080p 24" panel from for under £200, i think it was about £150-170 if I remember rightly.

    They have some pretty good deals sometimes if you wanna head over there.

    The monitor needs a little calibration, but once it's set up I really appreciate the big screen, even next to my 15" MBP running at almost the same res (hi-res)

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