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August 29, 2007 8:01:52 PM

All right, I'm looking for thoughts from the collective brain trust on this one. My wife has a laptop, and enjoys playing poker on the couch in the living room while watching TV. I have a desktop, and enjoy more hardcore gaming in the basement. I don't want a laptop, but I would like to be able to sit with my wife on the couch in the living room. That way I can spend as much time playing Warcraft as I want, and she can't complain we never spend time together!

So... what do you gents figure is the best way to accomplish this? I can hide the tower in the corner table, that's easy. Should I get a wireless keyboard and mouse, and use something like a lap desk? Are lap desks any good? Can anyone recommend one? Will they give me the freedom of movement to use a mouse?

The other problems are monitor and sound. I suppose I could just keep an LCD tucked under the coffee table, but when you add in speakers you end up with a lot of very unsightly wires running to the coffee table. Could I get an LCD with build in speakers? Are they any good? Can anyone recommend one?

Does anyone have any insight? How can I use a desktop like a laptop and relax on my couch?

-Dan

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August 29, 2007 8:46:54 PM

better just move the wife to the basement. alot cheaper. :) 
August 29, 2007 8:49:15 PM

I have a laptop with a broke keyboard and so i gaffa taped the screen to the main base and bought this wireless keyboard:
http://ogeek.com/product_info.php?products_id=97

Works brilliantly by my bed for late night ebaying but i know this isnt really a gamers choice as it really isnt that strong (compared to my G15 lol) and the joystick isnt brill.
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August 29, 2007 9:28:58 PM

Get a rolling desk and keep it next to the couch.
August 29, 2007 9:50:48 PM

oooh good idea, i made one like that for my laptop and you can attach on a 2.1 surround sound setup (mines drilled on and it works brill)
August 29, 2007 10:23:51 PM

Just buy a gaming laptop or a cheap laptop. You could probably buy a Dell Vostro for $650 and game with the 8400 it has in it. I mean you are playing Warcraft.
August 29, 2007 11:09:01 PM

wingsofzion said:
better just move the wife to the basement. alot cheaper. :) 

Ahhahaha! Thanks wingsofzion, that was pretty funny!

DanCole42, how much do you want to spend on this? One thing you could do is get a projector and project onto a wall. That, plus a wireless keyboard, mouse, and wireless headphones. That would be a sweet setup! But it would cost you atleast $650. Otherwise, I'd say find some kind of small rolley cart, 17in LCD monitor, and go wireless on the accessories.
August 29, 2007 11:14:38 PM

Not sure how well a wireless keyboard with a trackball would work for WoW but it might be worth considering.
August 29, 2007 11:28:48 PM

If a laptop is usable on your lap, then a keyboard should be ok, the only issue is the mouse, and for that you could just get a little table or something
August 29, 2007 11:38:00 PM

you could get a wireless keyboard, mouse, and headset. then just use your tv as a monitor and put your wife's show on picture and picture. that way she could hear the audio from her show and you could hear and see your game. as for a mouse pad just find one of these lap tables. they are basically pillows with a plastic table on one side.
August 29, 2007 11:45:01 PM

Yeah, Right :>
You think his Wife is going to go for the Picture-in-Picture :>>
LOL!!!!

I don't have a better Idea, but I can just picture my wife's reaction.
August 30, 2007 12:00:24 AM

DanCole42 said:
All right, I'm looking for thoughts from the collective brain trust on this one. My wife has a laptop, and enjoys playing poker on the couch in the living room while watching TV. I have a desktop, and enjoy more hardcore gaming in the basement. I don't want a laptop, but I would like to be able to sit with my wife on the couch in the living room. That way I can spend as much time playing Warcraft as I want, and she can't complain we never spend time together!

So... what do you gents figure is the best way to accomplish this? I can hide the tower in the corner table, that's easy. Should I get a wireless keyboard and mouse, and use something like a lap desk? Are lap desks any good? Can anyone recommend one? Will they give me the freedom of movement to use a mouse?

The other problems are monitor and sound. I suppose I could just keep an LCD tucked under the coffee table, but when you add in speakers you end up with a lot of very unsightly wires running to the coffee table. Could I get an LCD with build in speakers? Are they any good? Can anyone recommend one?

Does anyone have any insight? How can I use a desktop like a laptop and relax on my couch?

-Dan


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That way I can spend as much time playing Warcraft as I want, and she can't complain we never spend time together!


I wouldn't be overly concerned. Stay in the basemant.

August 30, 2007 12:01:44 AM

I have a similar problem, except with my htpc I am about to build.... and this is the best I could figure

http://www.officeorganix.com/images/NEWModel300withbed....

Something called an LCD arm.

I am eventually going to make my own version attached to a moveable platform/roll desk so I can read documents while watch tv. Dont go wireless for gaming.
August 30, 2007 3:36:06 AM

yes no?
a b D Laptop
May 2, 2008 7:52:47 PM

This might be interesting, it lets you stream your game from one pc (with all of the power), to another for display and control purposes. Yes it'll lag a bit, but given a laptop you could trial it for the price of the software.

http://www.streammygame.com/smg/modules.php?name=About

It sounds like a daft idea I know, but...
a b D Laptop
May 2, 2008 7:53:45 PM

sorry didn't see the dates on the latest posts.
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