Originally Posted by TenoBell
The primary advantage of what I'm talking about is the ability to disconnect the computer from the monitor/keyboard and take it with you.
Its true it costs more but with the MBP + ACD you get to have it both ways.
Originally Posted by vinea
Given the costs you're better off with the uber iMac and a MBP than the 30" ACD. $1800 for the ACD vs $2200 for the iMac? For $400 that's a no brainer.
The only thing that argues against a slate tablet killing notebooks is the lack of a keyboard when mobile. Hard to work on a document at the local Starbucks with just your finger for input on the display surface.
Does anyone really do serious work at *$? I mean, really? At *$?
OK, maybe 1 or 2 people out of a thousand is actually doing serious work at *$, but most of them either have their MacBook out so people will look at them and think, "Cool, MacBook," to do a little mindless web surfing while they ingest sugary stimulants, because they are hauling the $@# ^#$# thing around all day so they feel obligated to pull it out and type on it, and a few in the corners looking at porn.
I think over the next few years, once the current wave of laptop buyers has lived with their laptops for 3-4 years and has also had some time to live with smartphones, esp. iPhones, and maybe tablets, the trend of switching to laptops from desktops may very well reverse. Most of these people just aren't using these laptops for anything while mobile that they couldn't very easily do on an iPhone just as well, and the iPhone is entirely trivial to carry around, so the laptop will spend more time sitting home alone.
Yes, there will always be people who will need laptops -- because they need to work when traveling, or because it's easier to take work home with them, students, ... -- but a lot of people may decide they'd be happier with a desktop with a larger screen and an iPhone (or tablet) than with a laptop.
I think it's very possible that smartphones (and maybe tablets) will shake up the personal computer market over the next several years, and we may well see a resurgence of desktop sales, and a corresponding decline in laptops.
(But I don't see the need to display your tablet screen on an iMac screen as some have posited. Just syncing it or accessing it like a USB drive so you can use your Mac apps on its data would be much more efficient.)