New MBP as Laptop and Desktop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MUBiomed, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. MUBiomed macrumors 6502

    MUBiomed

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    I currently have the systems listed in my sig. I have been wanting to streamline my setup since I am tired of trying to keep all of my files/folders up to date on both systems. All programs up to date on both/etc...

    I have been tossing around the idea of buying one of the new MBPs that are expected to come out this week and use it while I am out and slap it in an ARC at home and use it as my desktop. I would sell my iMac and MBA.

    I have never done anything like this before and have always had two systems (one desktop and one laptop). What are the downsides to this? If I leave my MBP plugged in day and night while using it as a "desktop" will this kill my battery life when using it mobile? I always set my iMac to never sleep based on some servers I run on it, can I do this with a MBP in clamshell without worrying about heat?

    I am sure there are other questions I "should" ask that aren't coming to mind right now. Looking for experience with this set up. What are the pros and cons in your opinions?

    Regards
     
  2. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

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    Up until recently I was using my MBP in a hengedock and it was plugged in all day, closed in the dock and I never had any issues with heat at all. I don't think you need to worry about heat or battery issues while using it as a desktop or with it closed all the time. I was running two external 22" monitors off my MBP without any issues.
     
  3. MUBiomed thread starter macrumors 6502

    MUBiomed

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    Are you using the MBP in the sig? I would be using two 21.5" LED Dell monitors. I was concerned that without discreet graphics it may not power both? I would like to stick with the 13" form factor but wondered if the 15" might be necessary for the GPU?

    I assume you are using a USB adaptor for the second monitor?
     

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