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Old 05-28-2006, 07:31 AM   #1
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I'm moving back to Boston soon, and probably into a smaller place than my present one, so I've been thinking about ways to use space more efficiently. My current plan is to replace the CRT monitor of my desktop computer with an LCD monitor, in order to reclaim some desk surface, but I have also been thinking about replacing the computer itself with a notebook computer, now that they are available with larger screens. The larger models are too large to use conveniently for travel, but I already have a very small subnotebook.

Is it feasible to use a notebook computer for publishing work? I am doing less and less of it, but enough that the practicality of working with InDesign, Photoshop, et al. would influence the choice. I'd like to hear from anyone who does this or has tried to. I'm talking about a PC, but I'd also welcome learning about the experiences of Mac users with this.
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My current plan is to replace the CRT monitor of my desktop computer with an LCD monitor, in order to reclaim some desk surface, but I have also been thinking about replacing the computer itself with a notebook computer, now that they are available with larger screens.

Is it feasible to use a notebook computer for publishing work?
I thought of getting a 17-inch Mac laptop last year, but decided the screen was too cramped even to rough lay out a spread (assuming, of course, that I would zoom in to work on details). And I hate the small keyboard and lack of a real mouse, but these can be corrected.

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I thought of getting a 17-inch Mac laptop last year, but decided the screen was too cramped
Well, my present CRT monitor is a 17-inch, and I think that a 17-inch LCD would actually be slightly larger. The plan I'd been working with, however, was to replace the 17-inch CRT with a 19-inch LCD -- it is possible that a 20- or 21-inch LCD would fit.
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Well, my present CRT monitor is a 17-inch, and I think that a 17-inch LCD would actually be slightly larger. The plan I'd been working with, however, was to replace the 17-inch CRT with a 19-inch LCD -- it is possible that a 20- or 21-inch LCD would fit.
I have a 20-inch LCD and love it. Although, if I could justify the 30-inch, I would probably love it even more. For any reasonable person, the 20 is certainly adequate, however.

   
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I was pondering much the same question a few weeks ago, but decided to defer a decision until the new Intel Macs are more established.

My main concern, actually, is sufficient firewire and USB ports. I think I could probably manage with a 17 inch screen.

   
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I have also been thinking about replacing the computer itself with a notebook computer, now that they are available with larger screens. The larger models are too large to use conveniently for travel, but I already have a very small subnotebook.

Is it feasible to use a notebook computer for publishing work?
In many cases the biggest drawback would be the keyboard, if you do much typing, although one can work around this with an external keyboard (and mouse) plugged in.

Bang per buck is usually poor on notebooks compared with desktops -- slower hard drives in particular -- and with some brands serious overheating problems if you run them hard.

I'd look for a small-box desktop and tuck it away.

For example http://sys.us.shuttle.com/ but there are plenty of others.

   
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Well, as someone who worked for five years full time on a Mac SE30 with its tiny screen, doing DTP of textbooks, I can tell you it is possible. But I would never want to go back to that small screen.

With a real keyboard, if you can hook that into a laptop, and a decent monitor, you should have a workable system. But really, would a small desktop unit take up that much more space. The one I am working on now has the CPU on the floor, leaving lots of desk space for me to clutter up with my books and such.
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I was pondering much the same question a few weeks ago, but decided to defer a decision until the new Intel Macs are more established.

My main concern, actually, is sufficient firewire and USB ports. I think I could probably manage with a 17 inch screen.
I can understand the concern about ports. I would need to connect a mouse (I have never been comfortable using a touchpad), printer, scanner, Palm Pilot, and card reader, although some of the models I've looked at have built-in card readers. However, all of those are USB, and it would be simple to add a USB hub - I use one now because the desktop computer has only two USB ports and they're on the back.

Port replicators are also available for some models; as far as I can tell, one would be essential if I wanted to connect a parallel printer since none of the large notebook computers I looked at has a built-in parallel port.
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In many cases the biggest drawback would be the keyboard, if you do much typing, although one can work around this with an external keyboard (and mouse) plugged in.
The keyboard is a serious consideration. The whole point of this would be to eliminate the computer desk and any outward signs of the computer's presence (when company comes), but the more paraphernalia there are, the harder that would be.
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Well, as someone who worked for five years full time on a Mac SE30 with its tiny screen, doing DTP of textbooks, I can tell you it is possible. But I would never want to go back to that small screen.

With a real keyboard, if you can hook that into a laptop, and a decent monitor, you should have a workable system. But really, would a small desktop unit take up that much more space. The one I am working on now has the CPU on the floor, leaving lots of desk space for me to clutter up with my books and such.
I am thinking that one of the new, too-large-to-carry-around notebooks, with a 17-inch screen, would be large enough. As I said, I'm currently using a 17-inch CRT monitor, and a 17-inch LCD has slightly more viewable area. Adding a keyboard would undo some of the aesthetic gain, and I probably would add a keyboard - I haven't been really comfortable with any notebook keyboard since giving up the Thinkpad 701c with its "butterfly" keyboard (it was a 486 so not a lot of choice).
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