Anyone got any comments about non-tower PCs? I was looking at a Dell in the
library the other day and couldn't help thinking that, especially with flat
screens, having the case under the monitor makes more sense.
Spouse has just replaced his (with my old tower), it will go to a grand
daughter. The main problem is that the keyboard can get in the way of
accessing the drives. The benefit of course is that you have one footprint
instead of two which can be desirable on a small desk. In my case the tower
is a useful stand for the scanner so the footprint is irrelevant.
Well, I guess it depends on the size of your desk.
I my case, I prefer to have a tower machine on the floor. Whilst I'm a
Software Engineer with Electrical Engineering background (ie. I like
fiddling with computers!) - I do think that a computer is there to do a
purpose/function - and therefore doesn't need to be seen. The monitor does
need to be seen - but the computer doesn't. I prefer lots of desk space for
books/papers whilst working than using it to lift the monitor 6" - there's
plenty of cheap monitor stands for that (which also can then free up the
desk space by holding the keyboard whilst the PC is not in use, or keyboard
Also if I need to open it, I can do it where it is without having to move
the monitor (which may not have space on the desk to put it next to it).
Then if you need to power it up whilst its open then you have to balance the
monitor on the desk/chair or find a long cable.
I must admit - I do like the Compaq/HP EN style cases. They're nice and
small - but then have little space of additional cards or drives. If I was
buying a machine with no need for upgrades, and required a desktop machine -
that would be tempting.
I'll probably always go for a tower machine though I think - far more
When we bought this machine I commented on a display showing a small desk, a
slim screen and a see-through tower. Nothing else. Well, a keyboard. Perhaps
a mouse or a pad.
"Who in Real Life has an empty desk like that?" I asked.
The nice young man dealing with us said that he did. He stored everything on
his pc, scanned all paperwork then shredded it, couldn't bear anything on
his desk which was made of paper.
I'm comforted by your desk.
Depends upon what you're comfortable with when working.
I always prefer the monitor on the desk (though desktop cases have become a
lot slimmer than they were a few years ago).
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richard at olifant d-ot co do-t uk
I think it depends on your height to some extent. I'm 1.9m (6'3" in old
money) and find that when my chair is at a height comfortable for my
arms that a monitor on the desktop is too low. Of course the size of the
monitor affects that.
Sun "pizza box" cases set the monitor at the right height for me - mine
is sat on a single height drive case.
I much prefer towers. I like to use a good sized monitor and to be
looking slightly down to it. I have the tower out of the way under my
desk, raised on a plinth. Towers also generally tend to run cooler and
have more room for expansion.
On Tue, 10 Feb 2004 14:16:47 +0000, stuart noble wrote:
Can't give you recommendations on a "pizza box" which is what you are
Have a look at the cases on: www.kustompcs.co.uk - they have some unsual
stuff. You may end up assembling it yourself from parts.
I can point you towards a very cute small PC though - 6x6x18-ish (inchs,
look for the XPC range. I've just tested the SB75G2 at work and I'm very
impressed. It's small, aluminium, light and quite quiet. Runs linux
perfectly and my colleague is happy with Win2K on it. Going to get one or
Not really what you asked, but may be of interest...
I'm currently working on moving everything out of the room, except the
monitor, keyboard, mouse and an external CD-ROM drive. The first three are
connected via a Cat 5 cable and a couple of black boxes, while the last
plugs into a USB port extension. It not only keeps the work are clutter
free, it also keeps it quieter.
I went down this route with my PC for a while, it sat in the lounge and I
didn't want a big, noisy beige box sprouting cables everywhere. In the end I
gave in and bought a laptop, it gets used for most jobs and the old PC sits
in the cupboard under the stairs doing it's own thing (webserver, usenet
server, big HD for storage etc).
Thanks everyone for the comments. Plenty to think about.
The Elonex Prosentia with everything behind the monitor looks interesting
but well on the way to being a sealed unit, which isn't in the PC spirit
It seems quite trivial to me, I've had both and they both need to be
put somewhere, same thing to deal with. I never put the desktops on
the desk top though, put them somewhere out the way and make better
use of the deskspace. Dont forget keyboard extension cables can be
I think theres approximately nothing really in it, towers were just
another way to encourage more upgrade sales.
I have to meet H&SE requirements for display screen equipment and a laptop
screen, besides usually being quite poor compared to the latest
free-standing TFT screens, just doesn't have the adjustments required.
Besides which I've yet to see a laptop fitted with a P4 EE chip.
Dell's bringing a laptop with a P4 EE chip in it. Though I can't
think of what people really need a P4 EE chip in a laptop for - unless
its gaming (which is probably not really a H&SE covered thing... ;)
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