[Help] Coffee Table PC but NOT Laptop?
So, the wife's laptop blew up this week. We were talking about replacements, and she doesn't really *need* a laptop, but wants to be able to play/work in the living room with me.
I had the idea of a small PC with an extra long monitor cable and wireless keyboard/mouse, an LCD that, instead of using the factory stand, we frankenstein something smaller and stabler, and DIY some sort of sleeve to put the monitor away. "Putting it away" is the main plus for a laptop as a living room/coffee table PC. Company's coming or you're cleaning up, close the lid, stash it somewhere.
So, would it be feasible and as cost-effective(or better) to build/buy some little Shuttle-alike, wireless keyboard/mouse combo, and take the stand off my 19" LCD and make some sort of picture-frame-type "stand" to give Laptop compactness in use as well as laptop stowability?
How long can a monitor cable be without degradation?
How well do wireless keyboards and mice work? What's the range?
The only other idea I had was that it'd be really neat to have a super-lightweight thin-client type laptop that was essentially a satellite for a "real" PC elsewhere in the house, like a mainframe dumb terminal, but as a gamer, you'd want to be sure you can go full-screen on the client system at a good resolution.
Anyway, what sort of living room PC could I build for pretty cheap, how far away can I be from it while having the monitor up close to the user(*like* a laptop, but not a laptop), etc. ?