Hey, do you want to see my current desk setup? Of course you do.
I’m running a little experiment–using my laptop as my main desktop system. I do virtually all my work on the laptop anyway, so I figured I’d try to use it exclusively for a few weeks and see if I miss the Vista box.
The MacBook is hooked up to a 19″ LCD. I’m running with the lid closed, even though the Mac supports dual display mode, because I find it disorienting to shift my view from a 13″ LCD to a 19″ LCD at a different height and brightness. The peripherals are a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, and the laptop can be disconnected and taken out of the house (or into a different room) in about three seconds. The laptop’s battery also serves as a built-in UPS, which is handy to have in a New England winter.
The Vista box is by far the better gaming rig, but the MacBook will run World of Warcraft tolerably well, too, and a bit of questing with Robin on the weekends is about all the gaming I have time for at the moment anyway. For everyday tasks (and most importantly, writing), the Mac is the superior machine. It’s more stable, more reliable, and easier to maintain. Most importantly, it runs Scrivener, which is to novel writing what Photoshop is to image editing.
So far, I really like the new arrangement. It offers the convenience of a desktop, and the portability of a laptop. Also, it makes for a really uncluttered desk.