Powerbook as workstation: thumbs up or thumbs down?
June 15, 2006 11:52 AM Subscribe
Is it a good idea to use a Powerbook running closed-lid as a workstation?
posted by j-dawg to Computers & Internet (13 answers total)
Here's my situation: I currently have an iMac G4 and a Powerbook G4 (just about the last model made before the Intel switch). The PB is still quite nice, but the iMac is starting to show its age.
As it happens, my workplace has just gotten me a snazzy new MacBook Pro, which I will probably begin using for all my portable computing needs.
I like having a desktop at home, in addition to my laptop. I'm tempted to sell my PB and iMac and get either an Intel iMac or Intel Mini setup for home, but given my mostly modest needs, I've been thinking about just getting a monitor and other external gear and running my existing PB with its lid closed as a workstation.
I know it's technically possible to do this, but I'm wondering if it's a good idea. Is it a bad idea to leave the laptop running pretty much all the time with its lid closed (especially considering how hot these machines run)? Is the hardware simply too valuable to repurpose this way? Am I just being dumb?
Any and all opinions would be appreciated, but I'm particularly interested to hear from folks who have already done this, or decided not to do this. Thanks!