How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)

I have been using a laptop for work for the last ten years. I love the convenience and that I can move it around the house and work wherever I want. I can go to coffee shops, travel and take it with me and have access to it all the time. However, as I have been setting up my office and making it more of a proper workspace, I realized I missed having a larger screen, great for photo editing and my eyes. I also missed typing on a proper keyboard and using a mouse, as it feels way more ergonomic on a desktop.

How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)

At first, I thought about selling my MacBook and purchasing a new iMac. Then I realized I would miss my laptop and being able to move it around,  so I thought about just purchasing the iMac and keeping my laptop, an expensive option of getting a new computer and then having my documents and everything in two separate devices.

Then my husband suggested getting a high resolution 27″ screen, a wireless keyboard, and a wireless mouse and turning my laptop into a full desktop. By plugging the screen and using it as a desktop, I would be allowed to keep my laptop for whenever I wanted to work out of my office — best of both worlds.

How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)

How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)

Because I got wireless keyboard and mouse, there are no annoying cables running everywhere, the only cable I have to deal with is the one used to connect the screen to the laptop, but that’s it: simple. Mess-free and the least expensive option. Buying a new iMac was going to be a minimum of $1,300.  I got the screen, keyboard and mouse for just fraction of that, close to $500, and got it all from Amazon, delivered free. Couldn’t have been easier. 

If you want to keep your laptop but also enjoy working on a larger screen and using a keyboard and mouse sometimes, then I recommend you get yourself a high-resolution screen, keyboard and mouse and set them up to allow you to turn your laptop into a desktop too.

I even got a solar-powered keyboard, so I don’t have to worry about changing batteries. Inexpensive too. I love my new set up, and I am so glad I decided to go for it.

Do you use a laptop or a desktop at home?

How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)

How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)

How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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14 responses to “How To Use Your Laptop as a Desktop (Not Buying a New Computer!)”

  1. kristen visser — April 15, 2019 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    smart set up you have there. very similiar to the way my husband has his comp and lap top situated

  2. Stephanie LaPlante — April 15, 2019 @ 5:02 pm (#)

    That is such a good idea!!! I love having a bigger screen for certain things myself.

  3. Lynda Cook — April 16, 2019 @ 3:17 pm (#)

    That is a great setup you have! I use a desktop at home, my hubby uses the laptop

  4. Twingle Mommy — April 18, 2019 @ 6:56 am (#)

    This is what I used to do. I no longer have a dedicated space for my computer so I ditched the screen and just use a wireless mouse with my laptop. I prefer it over the track pad.

  5. Shirley — April 19, 2019 @ 5:13 am (#)

    I had a desktop but now just use a laptop and a wireless mouse Yours is very functional and looks nice

  6. Shirley OFlynn — April 21, 2019 @ 1:38 pm (#)

    You have such a great office setup. I really like the layout and how streamlined it is.

  7. Emily J — April 24, 2019 @ 5:56 pm (#)

    I love the way you organized this space, very neat and practical!

  8. Carole D — April 24, 2019 @ 10:44 pm (#)

    That is a great idea! I prefer the desk up set up as the screen is bigger and a eye level. Better sitting position.

  9. Nicole Sauvageau — April 25, 2019 @ 7:10 am (#)

    What a good idea, new computers are so expensive now a days. It’s also nice to do stuff on a bigger screen phones are just too small or I’m getting old haha. Thanks for all the great tips. 🙂

  10. Tammi L. — April 26, 2019 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    This is so brilliant! I wonder if the average laptop can do that though? A MacBook is pretty awesome and my old laptop is as slow as molasses. I have an iMac but it is seven years old and I just got it back from the shop where my hard drive was replaced for the second time. I don’t know how much longer it’s going to last. I really love this option for a replacement when it does give out on me though, thank you so much for sharing this!

  11. Katharine — April 27, 2019 @ 6:44 am (#)

    Love the idea of a solar panel keyboard, that would be perfect for us. What type did you get?

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen — May 12, 2019 @ 8:04 am (#)

    I have a desktop and have recently bought a laptop for when I’m underways – naturally with a mouse since I’m useless on the touch pad. I do prefer my desktop as it has a proper keyboard allowing me to type much quicker and the bigger screen is important to me too. Yours is the perfect solution for when my desktop gives up the ghost. Thanks for sharing this super idea. 🙂

  13. Sarah — July 19, 2019 @ 11:57 am (#)

    I love this alternative! I actually just bought a desktop and am missing the portability factor of a laptop.

  14. mrdisco — August 17, 2019 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    that’s a good way to safe desk space

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