Want to make my macbook a desktop!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by babond, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. babond macrumors member

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    So my gf got me an external keyboard and mouse for xmas so i can sit comfortable and keep my laptop on my desk. im now liking the idea of getting a 19-20in external monitor and running this thing like a desktop. my only concern is it will get really hot in clamshell mode. anyone have experience with this? would it be worth investing in a fan to sit my laptop on while i work in clamshell mode?
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    In clamshell mode, it really doesn't get too hot...
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    it will be fine.

    or do what i do and run a dual screen setup. it's really nice
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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  5. babond thread starter macrumors member

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    nice. i might still get a thing to keep it cool cause im anal when it comes to my cpu :rolleyes:

    also would you guys recommend getting a dock station to place the laptop in and all that or do you guys feel it isnt really necessary. and last but not least i need a recommendation on a good monitor in the $300 price range.... around 19-22in (whatever a mb can handle best). thanks!!!!
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    A dock station? Don't waste your money, if its a 'desktop' machine then you won't be removing any cables very often.

    I don't know about monitors.
     
  7. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i like the lg 22 inch screen. forget name but im partial to lg

    as far as a dock station, i personally wouldnt bother but then again ive never used one
     
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  9. macDonalds macrumors 6502

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    I've been running mine in clamshell mode for months without any problems. I went with a Dell 22" monitor - great deal.

    Desktop and laptop, best of both worlds.
     
  10. jeff3221 macrumors regular

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    I am in clamshell mode right now and it is not hot at all.
     
  11. dbwie macrumors 6502

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    making laptop a desktop

    I have an Acer 22" display (model AL2216W) connected to my 5-6 year old powerbook G4 with a paltry 16 MB VRAM on the video card. It drives this monitor (at 1680 x 1050, millions colors, 60 Hz) easily, in clamshell or using both the monitor and laptop LCD display in extended desktop mode. Occasionally it runs a bit warm, so I have a targus laptop cooler (powered, with built-in 4 port USB hub) underneath the laptop. Since all my USB peripherals are plugged into the targus device, it acts like a docking station of sorts. The above mentioned monitor is very good, with VGA and DVI input, and can be had for around $180 if you search on dealmac.com
     

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