2 monitor setup.

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by MattSepeta, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

    MattSepeta

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    Before people start saying "Buy a cheap 2nd monitor", understand that I want to do this for convenience. I move my iMac between work and home on weekends.

    I really want to set up a 2nd monitor for my iMac for doing graphic work, photos, etc.

    I am wondering if it is possible to set up my MacBook as a 2nd monitor, for portability issues. I understand that buying a dedicated monitor is best, but I would really like to be able to pack up my iMac and my Macbook and be able to maintain my portability.

    Possible? Or pipedream?

    Thanks guys!
     
  2. DavieBoy macrumors 6502

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    I never found a way to do it. but I hope that there is someway that I never heard about.
     
  3. MattSepeta thread starter macrumors 65816

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  4. jampat macrumors 6502a

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    Buying a cheap monitor for working on photos requires caution. Cheap monitors (generally) produce crappy images. Make sure you keep your pallets on the crappy monitor and use your best monitor for your work.

    I don't know of any good way to use the MB as a monitor
     
  5. MattSepeta thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well

    Do you know of a not-good way to do it? :confused:

    Ps What defines a good monitor then?

    Im assuming the apple LED cinema displays are pretty nice, what do you think about their value vs pricepoint?
     
  6. nullx86 macrumors 6502a

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    Only way to use the MB as a secondary monitor would be to do some serious hacking and use VNC, which would not be reliable for grapic work.
     
  7. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816

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    Newegg or Amazon. I used to order a lot through Newegg, but anymore, I don't mind shopping around to find the BEST deal possible. Just make sure the seller has good ratings and is reputable.

    This monitor has gained A LOT of attention this year as a great budget IPS monitor for photo editing: Dell 2209wa ($225~270). CNET Australia reviewed it and gave it a 9.0. I was about to buy it a few weeks ago, but now I'm considering buy a good HDTV and just using that for when I need to showcase my work. idk
     

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