I’ve always struggled with ergonomic issues in the studio as my 5 year old (and still going strong) laptop pulls triple duty between live, studio and home office use. Working over a laptop keyboard (which is starting to go bad) along with trying to find desk space for my controllers when I wanted to work on music was really getting old. I played with multiple configurations in my head and nothing really seemed to work well for me until I realized I could just get an external monitor and wireless keyboard and put the laptop under the desk.
As you can see in the photo, I’ve added a 22 inch monitor with an 8 port USB hub on the back and well, the laptop is virtually gone and I’ve regained plenty of work space. When I’m not writing or surfing the web, I just move the wireless keyboard and I have plenty of room for my APC 40 and other gear!