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Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: MitchJi
Date: November 24, 2020 05:26PM
Buy a laptop or setup portable monitor and keyboard?



Hi,


I’m extremely weak and can’t use a computer unless I’m sitting in a recliner with cushions. My first choice is mounting the monitor on some kind of swivel. Is that feasible? Product recommendation?

What’s the best way to handle the keyboard? Or should I just buy a laptop?

The chair:

[drive.google.com]

The desk with a large monitor with the keyboard on the tray under the desk.

[drive.google.com]



Best Wishes,

Mitch
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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 24, 2020 06:36PM
I regularly use my laptop on the couch with a lapdesk. Easy to use, put away, etc.



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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 24, 2020 06:49PM
Sorry to hear of your condition.


Perhaps a Bluetooth keyboard?

There are many monitor mounting options:

[www.amazon.com]


Or a laptop or iPad with screen sharing to a high res flat screen TV?
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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 24, 2020 08:41PM
[www.amazon.com]



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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: November 24, 2020 09:34PM
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mattkime
[www.amazon.com]

Add wheels and a motor to that thing, and you could drive it in a demolition derby.
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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 24, 2020 11:09PM
It really depends on what you do with it. Will a tablet work for you? Mrs. cbelt3 has RA and her hands don't work sometimes. She loves her iPad mini.

If you are creating things, a Macbook Air may be what you need, with a thin lap desk so it's separated from your actual lap because high temperature... They are very lightweight. Chromebooks are even cheaper and also very lightweight.
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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: AllGold
Date: November 24, 2020 11:53PM
One of those monitor arms mounted to the back left corner of the desk would allow you to swing the monitor around to your chair. Add a Bluetooth keyboard (either with a trackpad or a separate mouse) and a "lapdesk" of some sort and you're set at considerably less cost than a laptop.

On the other hand, a laptop (or iPad) would allow you to roam anywhere in the house, including in bed.



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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: November 25, 2020 10:24AM
Way out of topic, but I was impressed with the voice control demo.

[m.youtube.com]
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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: MitchJi
Date: November 25, 2020 10:43AM
Thanks everyone for the great advice. I’m currently using an iPad in the chair but that isn’t sufficient for much current needs.

Thanks again everyone!
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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: MitchJi
Date: January 02, 2021 11:47AM
[drive.google.com]



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/02/2021 12:07PM by MitchJi.
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Re: Portable keyboard and monitor or buy a laptop?
Posted by: MitchJi
Date: January 02, 2021 11:52AM
[drive.google.com]

After about 40 minutes I think that I got the picture of the finished setup to display.

Thanks again everyone for your help,



Best Wishes,

Mitch




Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/02/2021 12:12PM by MitchJi.
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