Registered: Jan 2009
08-24-12 05:48 PM
Quote from mgookin:Never heard someone say weight is a factor in a desktop.
I build a lot of mobile setups for traders and weight does play a role, both on the monitors and on the actual PC so that they can shove it all into a carry on suitcase and keep it with them the whole trip vs. be overweight and forced to check it and risk everything getting destroyed.
Machines in plastic cases vs. metal can shave a pound here & there, taking out some of the internals, etc. can also shave a pound or so. We use velcro and picture frame stands to hold up the monitors. I've spent more time than I care to think about inside framing stores weighing and fussing with picture frame stands that are light but robust enough to hold up a monitor.
Every time I build one of those mobile trading rigs I always include a hand written note that says "remember you are taking a vacation for a reason"
Quote from smile:
Why is the Matrox above so expensive compared to the iogear Newegg.com product?
Matrox is really good, quality stuff whereas the cheaper stuff is just that... cheaper.
Most modern laptops will come with two (or even three) external hookups. When you shop for one just look at the specs. They pretty much all will come with an HDMI port as well as either a DVI or a VGA port. Some will have a mini-display port and a DVI and a HDMI. (many Acer brand laptops will have all three, HDMI, mini Display Port & DVI/VGA)
If the chipset is Intel or NVIDIA for the video in the laptop it will let you hook up more than one monitor directly to the laptop. That would get you 2-3 external monitors plus the laptop screen. I've never used those adapter things (USB to video) but I hear they are quirky, buggy and a pain the rear end. But I could be totally wrong.