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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6 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.

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