Saturday, July 24, 2010

My MacBook Pro Dual Monitor Mashup

[caption id="attachment_1990" align="alignnone" width="450" caption="My setup - MacBook Pro, 20in HP monitor, Apple bluetooth keyboard"]macbook pro dual monitor[/caption]

I hooked myself up with a dual monitor setup yesterday, and as I was putting everything in it's place on the desk, I was struck by how little brand loyalty I seem to have. Here's what's on my desk ...

  • MacBook Pro laptop

  • 20" HP widescreen monitor

  • Apple bluetooth keyboard

  • Microsoft Mouse

  • Maxtor portable hard drive

  • i rocks card reader

  • Canon headphones

  • Lexmark Printer (out of the picture)



... oh yea, and also out of the picture is my Android phone

It's probably not what the salesman at the store would have set me up with, but it works for me.

The laptop itself is over 3 years old now. I recently upgraded to the operating system to Snow Leopard, but otherwise the only real signs of age are few smudged letters on the keyboard ... which is actually part of the reason that I picked up the bluetooth. I expect it to last at least another 2 years or so.

I got a new desk yesterday, which I'd been needing for a while. I'm really not sure how long this one is going to last (probably not as long as the Macbook). It's totally cheap! But, it was the only one in the store that had the exact set-up I wanted ... with both monitors up on a shelf, and just the keyboard and mouse down on the desk itself.

The widescreen monitor is also new ... but it was totally on sale! (sometimes I shop like a girl) Don't get me wrong, it would have been cool to get one of those Apple Cinema monitors. However, it would have cost at least 2-3 times as much as the HP I got ... and to be honest I'd have a hard time believing the picture would be even 2x better. This one is pretty nice.

I've run a duel screen monitor set-up with my MacBook before (when I was in Iraq). This time I did something a little different, in that I made the new 20" monitor the "primary", and the laptop screen is now my second monitor off on the right side. I usually use that second screen for something like Tweetdeck, or if I want to read while I'm playing poker, I'll put the table over on that screen and keep my browser here on the main monitor. I do have to give some props to the Mac: switching around the monitor positions, changing resolutions, and even deciding which one will be primary (you just drag the bar from one to the other) is about 10x easier than any dual monitor setup I've ever attempted with Microsoft computers at work.

Speaking of Microsoft though, even though I've used a Mac for 3 years now, I still haven't been able to give up my Microsoft mouse. I was almost tempted to get one of the new Magic Mouses yesterday ... but the Apple pricing put on a pause on it ... the mouse cost the exact same price as the keyboard (which wasn't at all cheap either). One of these days I'll take the plunge; just not today.

Well, that's my set-up. And as my wife would point out, this is where I spend quite a bit of my time when I'm home, I suppose it's important to be comfortable and happy ... lol, although what would make me really happy is one of those cool massaging chairs (hint hint if you're reading this Ana).

On that note, I hope you're all having a fun Saturday.

[todd-sig]

5 comments:

  1. I'd never actually taken a look at my desk in that light, Todd. My collection is as eclectic as yours! My Dell laptop, being the centerpiece, is one smidgeon of evidence of brand loyalty, however. It's my third, and for what it cost me, it should count for at least two votes!
    The rest of my "stuff" would fit very well in a collection described as "trailer trash flotsam". ;)

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  2. You changed the theme AGAIN Todd! I love having dual monitors - it would be tough giving up my 22" LG now that I have it - and yes it was on special too!

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  3. Oh I love the keyboard! Very sleek and sexy. And good job on the widescreen monitor. I agree that the Apple cinema monitors are cool, but this one will do the job just as well, even if it doesn't match...(and isn't it so fun to shop like a girl sometimes?)

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  4. I have a dual monitor set-up at home and I love it. I also spend alot of time working on my computer, and it's important to feel comfortable and happy, as your wife said (smart lady, she is). Having two screens makes me feel so much more in control, like I can see more of what's going on.

    Ps. I also have the Magic Mouse and I absolutely love it, I'll never go back to my Microsoft mouse! I guess this is why they can charge so much for these...

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  5. I'd never actually taken a look at my desk in that light, Todd. My collection is as eclectic as yours! My Dell laptop, being the centerpiece, is one smidgeon of evidence of brand loyalty, however. It's my third, and for what it cost me, it should count for at least two votes!
    The rest of my "stuff" would fit very well in a collection described as "trailer trash flotsam". ;)

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