13 in MBP TV Monitor

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  1. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, I am going to college soon and I am getting a 13" MBP. I will be majoring in computer science so I need a nice display according to people in CS. I am wondering what a good TV is that I can double up as aMonitor that works nicely with a MBP. I would prefer around 22" with a price under 200 USD if possible.

    I also have no idea what the best hook up method would be for an adapter (USB, FIREWIRE, THUNDERBOLT) since a MBP does not have a HDMI.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Most TVs make poor monitors, as they're of much lower resolution. While it may work fine for movies, it won't be so good for reading text.
     
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    If 200 USD is your budget, maybe have a look at 23"/24" displays with 1920 x 1080/1200 pixel as resolution, as TVs of that size (22") have a much lower resolution (1366 x 768 or something similar idiotic).
    And you use the Thunderbolt port for connecting an external display device (TV, monitor, ...).

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  4. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Any 1080p TV will have fine resolution, the color is generally the bigger issue than the resolution, though not applicable in OP's case since computer science doesn't generally have to deal with accurate color reproduction.

    If you can find a 22" 1080p TV, that would be decent. If you can't find a 1080p TV in your price range, don't bother. Your MBP has a higher resolution than 720p. And, make sure the TV actually has a resolution of 1920x1080. My 19" TV is labeled 1080p, but it's really 1320x768, which isn't very good.

    You're going to want a Thunderbolt/MiniDisplay Port to HDMI adaptor.

    As for color, if color accuracy is important for what you're going to do then do NOT get a TV as a monitor. TVs are set up for good color for TV signals, but do not accurately reproduce color from computer signals.
     
  5. d88co88 macrumors 6502

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    Why not get something like this?:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0040B81NI...e=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0040B81NI
     
  6. A Hebrew thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. D.T. macrumors 604

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    You can potentially use any monitor as a "TV" ... assuming you have some kind of external box supplying the signal, and you account for dealing with the audio.

    Really, most TVs are monitor+audio/speakers+tuner, and anyone using an external/STB are bypassing the tuner portion.

    I'd just keep an eye out for a decent 22-24" display (NewEgg.com is a great source, they send a daily/weekly sales e-flyer).

    I use a Kanex DP(TB) to HDMI adapter, it's nice because it lets you connect to a TV (and pass through audio), or use an HDMI to DVI cable for computer monitors (using a Viewsonic 2428wm, 24" 1920x1080).

    I highly recommend Monoprice when/if you need some cables. :)
     
  8. A Hebrew thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So I could just take a monitor, say the HP w2007, hook it up to my MPB when I want a monitor for doing stuff on a computer. Then when I want to watch TV use a tuner box with an HDMI OUT hookup and I would be completely set?
     
  9. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    Yup, assuming that monitor has HDMI in for sound as well as video, or you have a set of speakers you can hook up to the tuner box. The best part of that is that your colors would look correct.

    If you can fit it in your budget, that would be the best solution.
     
  10. A Hebrew thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone have any cheap combos for a monitor (20"+) and tv tuner :eek:

    Also: Is doing this at all bad for the battery of the MBP long term? Does it heat up a lot more?
     
  11. d88co88, Feb 6, 2012
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    What's wrong with buying the regular monitor and using the HDMI for the cable box and the VGA/DVI for the macbook?

    Otherwise, here's one a bit cheaper that I think is mostly the same:
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0040BDOA8...e=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0040BDOA8

    EDIT: Or perhaps a TV like this (even though it's not the best brand) with an HDMI adapter? Just an idea.
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/RCA+-+2...ombo/2877134.p?id=1218359084920&skuId=2877134
     
  12. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

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    No, why would it be? Apple wouldn't put a video out on the computer if actually using it damaged it... that would be like an automobile manufacturer putting a sign on the gas tank saying "Put water in here" when that would ruin the engine.
     

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