13 Macbook Pro use a Dell 30in External monitor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mikebuzzsaw, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. Mikebuzzsaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Does anyone know if the Dell 30in will work fine with the 13 macbook pro? Or will I run into distortion issues?
  2. bugout macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    is everything!
    If your 30" dell has a displayport connector you'll be fine..

    If it only has DVI, you'll need the apple mini-displayport to dual-link-dvi adapter, and it sucks major butt.
  3. Apple all life macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
    I have a dell 21. 5 inch HD and it is amazing. You will need a mini display port to Dvi, the DVI to DVI or DVI to HDMI. The only thing that annoys me is when the macbook goes to sleep you need to unplug the mini displayport to use the dell screen. It is very weird.
  4. crisito macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
  5. Apple all life macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
    VGA connector would be fine but you need a mini display port >>> VGA then VGA to whatever else.
  6. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Theoretically, the graphics in the 13" can run it, but to run it at full resolution you need to buy the $100 Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter... and there have been a number of complaints that the adapter is faulty by design (and it's the only adapter of it's kind).

    It doesn't matter if the Dell has a DisplayPort connector, because no one makes a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter.

    Monoprice sells a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, which is much cheaper/easier than what you suggest. Regardless, HDMI doesn't support a 30" monitor's full resolution.

    No. VGA doesn't support a 30" monitor's full resolution either.

    No, that is not true. Again, VGA doesn't support a 30" monitor's full resolution.
  7. getz76 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2009
    Hell, AL
    Well, no one besides these guys. :)
  8. Paul B macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2007
    Has anyone tried hooking up the 30" Dell 3008WFP (the one with DisplayPort) to the 13" Macbook Pro? Any issues?
  9. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Someone in another thread mentioned he/she was running the Dell 3008WFP with the Mini-DP -> DisplayPort adapter and it worked fine.

    With the 3008WFP the Displayport adapter is the only sensible option because it's cheaper and will allow full resolution without any kind of converter things needed in the adapter.

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