"My desk is the shape of a big L and my 17-inch monitor sits on
a little elevated rack in the corner. The display works with a
desktop that I use for hardware and software testing. With tons of
desktop real estate, my HP laptop sits comfortably in front of the
monitor. I like to watch news on my desktop screen (via a Hauppauge
TV card) while computing on the laptop, so it's easy to just move
my eyes up and down to see the two screens.
"But, it's a huge pain to close the lid on the laptop every time
I have to type something on the desktop keyboard or fish around for
the desktop connected mouse..."