How I turned an older laptop into a desktop computer.
I decided to get a monitor that I could plug into my laptop to make it easier to read and write for the dissertation that I have started. My idea was to buy a monitor and use it with my Macbook Air. I chose a 24 inch monitor as I wanted to be able to view two pages at the same time. The laptop connects using a standard HDMI cable and a HDMI to ‘lightening’ adapter or an HDMI to ‘lightening’ cable. I also tried the monitor with a 5 year old Dell Inspiron laptop and it worked pretty well, which got me thinking…
I added a wireless keyboard and mouse (which uses a USB dongle and Bluetooth) which saves having to use the laptop in front of the monitor and not being able to see the bottom of the screen.
So now I have my Dell laptop running Windows 10 and Office 365 with plenty of options for viewing.
I can still use the Macbook if I want but for now I am happy to leave the old Dell where it is!
I feel that I have got a useful and space saving desktop computer for the price of a monitor, keyboard and mouse. And if the older laptop dies I can either use another laptop or buy a basic desktop unit.
What do you think? Have you tried something similar?
Monitor: LG 24MP68VQ-P Slim bezel 24inch IPS LED around US$160
Keyboard and Mouse: Logitech wireless keyboard and mouse around US$30
Dell Inspiron N4110 with i5 processor and 8gb of RAM. This model had an HDMI slot