Best External Monitor (cheap?)

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  1. cambookpro macrumors 603

    cambookpro

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    Hi all.
    After deciding I will order a new 2011 MBP, I have also decided that I'd like an external monitor!
    After shelling out £2k on a computer, I don't exactly have a huge budget.
    Ideally I'm looking for an external display (20-25") that will work with the new MBP.

    My budget is probably £100-250. Not a lot.

    Would love an ACD but simply too expensive... Getting spoilt by using a 21" iMac at a friends house so an external looks the way to go. Thanks!

    Ps I'll be getting the MBP with the high res display if that makes a difference. Thanks.
     
  2. vanvalkinburgh macrumors newbie

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  4. vanvalkinburgh, Apr 11, 2011
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    vanvalkinburgh macrumors newbie

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    The only difference I see is one has HDMI and the other doesn't. If you don't need HDMI then buy the one without it.

    Either of them should work good with a new MBP.

    You'll need a mini display port to DVI adapter.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2

    Those monitors don't come with a DVI cable either, so you'd need one of those too.

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10209&cs_id=1020902&p_id=2408&seq=1&format=2
     
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    Thanks!!
    Looks like I'll get one of them then... Can't believe Apple ask £25 for an adapter, thanks for the third party link.

    Now to shell out the £60 for the Apple Keyboard I'll need (want)...
     
  6. hatersgonnahate macrumors 6502

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    bought a 24inch dell recently. my monoprice cable didnt work for it. had to get a belkin adapter:mad:
     
  7. Blipp macrumors 6502

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    I'd recommend the Dell U2311H, you can't beat having such an inexpensive IPS panel display on your desk. I haven't seen a better monitor in that price range.
     
  8. vanvalkinburgh macrumors newbie

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    I have two monoprice adapters, HDMI and VGA, both work for me.
     
  9. FOX160 macrumors regular

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    I use an Samsung SyncMaster 2333HD TV/Monitor includes freeview £ 190.00p
    Brilliant hooked to my 13 inch MBP
     
  10. rhkamra macrumors member

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    Another recommendation for the Dell U2311H. We have several at my work attached to various Macs and they work perfect. Dell also has a great return policy for their monitors.
     
  11. hatersgonnahate macrumors 6502

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    i also have the 2011 mbp maybe something about the thunderbolt causing it not to work.
     
  12. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Dells quality is highly variable and if you have any issues they will put you through hell getting them fixed. Take a look at the NEC EA231wm 23 inch for IPS for around $250.
     

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