Best external monitor for MBP?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by arnetob, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. arnetob macrumors newbie

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    I want to buy a monitor to use with my MBP Retina 13" (haswell) for my desk. I'm thinking about 27" and atleast 2560x1440. I like the retina display so I want something about the same viewing angles, colours, brightness etc. Since I'm new to Macs I don't know what port is best to use for this (hdmi, dp, thunderbolt). But I know I want to run 60hz, so 4k isnt an option yet I've heard. I guess IPS is the only panel for my needs? Any suggestions?
     
  2. arnetob, Jun 18, 2014
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    arnetob thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    Displayport will give you the full resolution you want.

    Not sure about the HDMI connection -- perhaps others will answer.

    On the Mac Mini, HDMI is limited to 1080p. Might be different on the MBPro's.

    If I were you, I'd connect via Displayport...
     
  4. defboob macrumors member

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    Note that your MBP is mini displayport (thunderbolt) and not all these monitors have that natively, you may need an adapter from regular displayport (or a cable that is mini on one side, regular on the other). For example the Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM has DisplayPort, not mini-DisplayPort - however the higher end U2713H does have miniDisplayPort built into it.
     
  5. rhimbo, Jun 27, 2014
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    How to use external monitor with MBP cover closed?

    Hi folks,

    I know this post is not precisely related to the original thread, but thought I would try asking this question....

    I have an older MBP 17" (introduced Feb. 2008, discontinued Oct. 2008 according to mactracker.ca). I'm currently running Mavericks 10.9.3.

    I just bought an ASUS PB278 27" monitor. I hooked it up via the DVI port on my MBP (to the DVI port on the monitor).

    Now here is my (embarrassing question). How do I use the external monitor and run the MBP with the lid closed? I can't seem to find the setup in the System Preferences.... Currently I have to have the MBP lid open to use the external monitor....

    If I should post a separate thread, please tell me.

    Thanks in advance....
     
  6. JoeyCloverfield macrumors regular

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  7. rhimbo macrumors member

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    Thank you. Actually, after rebooting, closing the lid worked. I thought I was doing something wrong (needed to configure something in system preferences) as it wasn't working prior to rebooting for some reason.

    Thanks again.....
     

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