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Is it bad to use laptop as a desktop?


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I have a macbook pro from mid 2006.

I want to run parallels windows 7 running Visual Studio and on my mac side have itunes, chrome, photoshop, adium all at once.

I only have 2gig ram on my current MBP, so I was thinking maybe it's time for an upgrade.

My laptop is almost always docked, 98% of the time, is it bad for your laptop to always be plugged in and having lots of draining peripherals(ext hdds, wireless mouse/keyboard, two external monitors).

A looked at MacPro but including tax i wont get under $3k, I could get a pretty sweet new MBP for around $2200.

What's your thoughts?

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I have a macbook pro from mid 2006.

I only have 2gig ram on my current MBP, so I was thinking maybe it's time for an upgrade.
This depends on what model MBP you have. Some of the early MBP's had a 2gig max. ram limit.

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My laptop is almost always docked, 98% of the time, is it bad for your laptop to always be plugged in and having lots of draining peripherals(ext hdds, wireless mouse/keyboard, two external monitors).
First of all...those plugged in peripherals are not "draining peripherals"...they're just "peripherals". There's really nothing "draining" about them. IMHO...there is nothing wrong with having your MBP plugged in 98% of the time...mine is plugged in 99.7% of the time. Really...I have done the calculation.

I'm curious...how are you running two external monitors on your MBP? I know it can be done...I'm just curious what method you're using.

I hope this helps,

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p.s. We have actually had a couple questions just like your's lately. If you do a search...and find them...you may find them interesting reading.

- Computer slow, too many "beachballs", read this: Beachballs
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