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Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

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Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

This is something I have just thought about
At some point I will need to replace my better half's XP computer
When I used laptops at work - in the dim and distant past  Grin - I used to plug in an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. The latter two would presumably be via usb ports
Is this still an option with a sensible priced laptop or am I wasting my breath looking for one
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

A quick search for a cheap-ish laptop shows both VGA and HDMI interfaces on this one: http://www.dabs.com/products/lenovo-refurb-g505-e1-2100-4gb-1tb-15-6--windows-8-1-9XQ8.html?src=3
HDMI here: http://www.dabs.com/products/hp-stream-11-pro-intel-celeron-n2840-2gb-32gb-11-6--windows-8-1-with-bi...
(and that's just the first two I looked at).  Smiley
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

Shouldn't be an issue on the majority of laptops Jim, I do that at work and home on laptops of differing ages and specs.
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

Thank you all - this topic can now go to sleep
Previously I built my own computer but given the retail cost for an i5 or similar CPU plus buying Win 10 there doesn't seem to be any point
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

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given the retail cost for an i5 or similar CPU
I'm running a couple of (desktop) machines built with recent Pentium 'G' processors, unless you need serious gaming power these work very nicely for well under £50.
Laptop processors can be comparatively weak.
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

Since I would be looking at a 10 year life I would be going with a quad core CPU and the i5 is the best bet for that
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

Beware, current i5 mobile processors are 2 core: http://ark.intel.com/products/family/84980/5th-Generation-Intel-Core-i5-Processors#@Mobile
For cheap quad core look here (MoBo with soldered-on 4-core Pentium): http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MY825V8?ie=UTF8&tag=pric097-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=1634&creative...; Wink
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

nasty - looks like a microATX case is the way to go
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

I managed to bag one of these for a tenner on ebay last year: http://www.lian-li.com/en/dt_portfolio/pc-q03/ (one of my Pentiums sits on an mini-itx board)  Smiley Smiley
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

Only thing to be aware of is how you want to connect the monitor (VGA, DVI or HDMI, etc.).
Cheaper laptops can lack HDMI, but of course that's only a problem if you need it.
An IT person made the mistake here - purchased a meeting room laptop assuming it had HDMI and it didn't. So we have to use VGA on it.
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

that's the setup i'm using at present, oldjim, while i wait on the arrival of a new box.  getting the resolution right is a bit of a faff and i lose a bit at the bottom of the screen.
when using the external monitor the laptop monitor is virtually unusable and i also had to put the panel (taskbar) at the top of the screen.  i don't know how one does that in windows.
i also use a laptop cooler and turn off the laptop and monitor when i go to bed.
from my perspective it's a temporary measure, but it seems that laptops are much more robust these days.
good luck with it.
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

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An IT person made the mistake here - purchased a meeting room laptop assuming it had HDMI and it didn't. So we have to use VGA on it.

or just use a VGA (or DVI) to HDMI converter.
and half-assed IT person would have worked that one out quickly enough.
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

It only had a VGA output - the meeting room screen had a VGA input too so he just used that.
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Re: Laptop used as a desktop - not really a hardware support question

@oldjim...    I can thoroughly recommend PCSpecialist as being almost build-it-yourself with a guarantee to boot. I've had six laptops & PCs from them without any problems whatsoever, and they are definitely cheaper than the branded items.
http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/index.php