That's pretty much the answer I needed, Fishin'.
Oh yes, Dag. If I go that route, it'll definately have an external mouse. If I'm going to need an external keyboard and monitor, though, that might be a deal breaker. One of the things that make them attractive is the lack of clutter on the desk.
well, i ended up with more clutter on the desk.
if you're ok with the laptop screen, you can just put the laptop on something to elevate it to eye level - but you'd still need external keyboard to type and a mouse... At work, I stare into the computer for 8-12 hours at the time, so I wanted a bigger screen that's easier on the eyes. Depends on how much time you spend on the computer. If it's only an hour a day or so, you don't need all that extra stuff. But if you do and you value your back and eyes, then yes.