Getting stuff for Mac, wondering if it also works with PC

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by dragonball05, Sep 9, 2005.

  1. dragonball05 macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    Hi (again!),

    I'm getting a powerbook. With it, I want to get the 23" display, nice speakers, and a keyboard+mouse. My wife still has her PC laptop. So I'm wondering if the display can be connected to PCs as well? I'm guessing that keyboards, mice, and speakers can be connected to both, right?

    Any suggestions for good speakers?

    Further, I'd like to get a wireless mouse with a wheel and a PC-type keyboard (not wireless though). Any suggestions/comments?? (I hear the logitech stuff is pretty good...)

    Also, I'm wondering if there are any docking stations for powerbooks??!! And are there any that work simultaneously for PCs too????

    Lastly, does the powerbook have enough ports to be hooked to the display, keyboard, mouse, speakers, printer, and a pen drive?!! If not, then is there a solution for that???

  2. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    As long as your wife's laptop has video out, you'll be fine.

    Of course DVI is preferable.

    Keyboards and meeces should also be fine as long as they are either
    USB or BlueTooth.

    Same thing goes for printers.

    You may end up needing an extra USB hub, but most of your stuff should
    work seemlessly.
  3. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Very few PC laptops have a DVI out, unless your wife's laptop has one of these it won't work with the 23" display without a very expensive VGA -> DVI adaptor.
  4. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Didn't know the adapters were that expensive, but thanks for the correction.
  5. dragonball05 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    my department can give me such an adapter for free.. so that is not an issue then, i guess.

  6. dragonball05 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    I've decided to go with the Dell 24". not just because
    of the 5 inputs, the 4 USBs, and the higher number of degrees of freedom
    for the pannel.. but because many (on this forum and elsewhere)
    said it just works better.. also, it doesn't have the potential problems the
    23" apple display may have (the pinkish greys, etc).. AND it's cheaper (which
    was the last factor in the decision).

    i've tried it in the store with a PB15" and it worked perfectly. i've also tried
    it with a PC laptop, and it was a bit fuzzy at the full resolution, but that may
    be because i need to update my video driver.. however, even as it is, when i
    lowered the resolution to the equivalent of a 20", it was perfect. which i
    consider is OK. 20" is still quite big.. and if i end up figuring out how to make
    it as crisp with the full resolution, that would be heaven.

    by the way, it was the same thing with the apple display. i.e. when i hooked
    up my PC and calibrated the 23" (with the PC set to full resolution), it was a
    bit fuzzy.. that may be a problem with my video driver.. or with the DVI to VGA conversion.. i'm not sure. but in any case, it was not better than the

    as for the rest of the items i was looking for, see my other thread:

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