I’ve been using a Dell Latitude D410 as my work computer for a while now. It’s a nice small latop – easy to carry around when I’m travelling, but powerful enough to do the job. The only drawback is that the 12″ screen can be a bit small when doing some jobs. For instance, I spend a lot of time running remote control sessions onto other people’s computers. If they have a big screen, I have to scroll around all over the place to see the whole thing. Now I suppose I could have changed to a bigger laptop, but I like having one that’s really portable, so I decided to try something different. And here it is.
My laptop now sits in a new stand – the existing port replicator clips into this, and the stand was a fairly low-cost option. And on top of that, I have a good quality 17″ TFT screen. This works in 1280 x 1024 resolution, which means I can see a lot more of what I’m doing and it’s easier on my eyes. It also has some handy USB ports, which makes getting to my 1GB memory stick a wee bit easier.
Not only that, but it provides a good parking area for my CD-RW/DVD drive and external speakers. So I have a bigger screen and more desk space.