All of you with big monitors or tvs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dmsee, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. dmsee macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
    I finally saved around $500 and want to get a LCd tv and connect my macbook to it
    Anyone have any suggestion of what type, brand I should get
    Samsung 32"?
    Is 32" inch going to have perfect picture if I connect my macbook pro to it
    Let me know
  2. dmsee thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
  3. sehnsucht77 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2008
    perfect picture? your mbp will output its max resolution and that is it. it will also be limited by its video card.
  4. dmsee thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
  5. szark macrumors 68030


    May 14, 2002
    What type of MacBook do you have?

    The original MacBooks can drive up to 1920x1200 on an external display through DVI, so you should be able to drive a 1080p display no matter which model you have. Performance might be better at a smaller resolution though, especially if you have an earlier model.

    I would look for the best display you can find which has a DVI input and fits within your price range.
  6. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Yup, best thing ever.
  7. Sirus2400 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2008
    It doesn't necessairly need a DVI input since DVI->HDMI cables are pretty cheap these days and all new LCD TV's will have multiple HDMI inputs
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    at 32inches, it will be more fuzzy than your mbp screen
  9. deniser macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2007
    Cornwall, England
    I connect my late 2007 MBP to my Philips 37" full HD TV and I have a great clear picture on it. I have an HDMI to DVI cable to attach.
  10. johnnyi macrumors regular

    Oct 16, 2007
    What is the Point in getting a 1080p T.v When you don't have a High def feed going into your t.v or do you ?.If you were just hooking up your mac then go for a 720p and get a good review.I done the same between an Lg 42 lcd and a panasonic 42 plasma I went for the plasma because it had better reviews even though the panasonic was only 720p and the Lg was 1080p.

  11. MattZani macrumors 68030


    Apr 20, 2008
    Dont buy a TV to use as a PC Monitor, Ever.

    It will never be as sharp as a real PC Monitor, and a $500 Monitor will wipe the floor with the 32" Samsung (I Own a 32" Samsung, its great, for HD Stuff, not PC's though)
  12. stevo8 macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2007
    Not sure if he had planned on using it as a monitor or just video/media but I second that. They suck for monitors, but great for watching movies and such.
  13. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Get 1080 p as it has a higher resolution. Not a good monitor resolution, but better than 720p.

    I use my Sony 34" 720p for my mac mini. It works. Could be better.
  14. DavieBoy macrumors 6502


    Jan 8, 2009
    New Jersey
    I got a 46" samsung that is 720p. It looks great with either my mini or macbook attached, the year after model of my tv was 1080p and my boy picked one up. Tried it out. WAY BETTER. Go with a 1080. They are phasing out 720p for a reason...
  15. Kevlar macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2004
    Great White North
    It all depends on what the source is and how big the TV is. Under ~40" the difference between 1080p and 780p is far less noticeable. But again it all depends on what the source is broadcasting in.

    To the OP look at what all you are connecting to the TV, are they 780p or 1080i signals or are they 1080p? That alone should help you make your choice.
  16. sal macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
    the point is you get higher resolution with 1080p 1920x1080

    In my opinion, that resolution is the perfect size for a 2nd monitor on a laptop. it's as close as you can get to match the resolution on the laptop screen

    I am an editor and I use a 37" samsung (1080p) as a 2nd monitor on my laptop. I tried 24" and 30" apple screen but it makes the final cut windows and timeline, extremely difficult to see and work with. a 1920x1080 resolution is perfect when working with final cut.
  17. sal macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2007
    we are NOT talking about watching tv or watching bluray movies here. yes I agree, when it comes to watching tv or watching a bluray movie, you will not notice the difference between 1080p and 720p on a set smaller than 40" HOWEVER, you will definately notice a difference when it comes to using the tv as a monitor.

    1920x1080 vs 1280x720 is a significant difference on a computer screen.
  18. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    When folks spew this line, they always neglect the critical point of distance from the set.

    Sure, as a TV, 1080p on a 37" TV from 8-10 feet away isn't gonna look much different from a 720p. Human eyes just aren't that sharp. But, since the OP is gonna use this partially as a second monitor, kinda indicates he's probably gonna be sitting a lot closer... maybe even as close as a foot away from the screen. At that distance, you absolutely can tell the difference.

    If you can tell the difference between 1920x1200 and 1680x1050 on a 17" screen (the old 17" MBPs two resolutions), you can tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 37" screen from the same distance.
  19. Kevlar macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2004
    Great White North
    Very true, I was more under the impression he wanted to use it as a larger screen for viewing media, etc, which in most cases people don't sit overly close to the TV. But I totally agree setup of where ever the tv is also important when deciding.
  20. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    If you only want to use it as a monitor, I agree with the guys above. If you also want to use it as a TV, I would like to suggest the Samsung T260HD. Sure it is a bit smaller than the 32" you wanted, but it is really awesome (has practically every connector you will ever need) and I am really regretting I got the T260 instead, as the price difference is very small :(.
  21. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    But for the sake of vision, I would advise the OP not sit that close.

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