Can an Imac be used as a external display?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Blow up tre1, May 11, 2010.

  1. Blow up tre1 macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2009
    I am probably going to be getting a laptop for my next computer to replace a 20' sep 07 imac.
    I was wondering if I could use the imac's display as an external laptop display.
    I know that it is possible to use it as an external hard drive, but not a display.
    Does anyone know if this would be possible?
    I'd assume I'd need to connect them with the correct dvi-or whatever they are cables.
  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    The latest 27" ones can.

  3. Blow up tre1 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 7, 2009
    Thanks :)

    Thanks mate.
    It looks like a good program, but it's a pity it's not free :( Anyway I doubt $20 will be hard to find. I thought there would be a program somewhere for this kind of problem.

    And as I stated in my original post, this is a sept 07 imac, not a 27' new one...
  4. reebzor macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2008
    Philadelphia, PA
    Seems like kind of a waste. If your current iMac works, why don't you sell it and use the money to buy a nice, new, bigger monitor? You'll get all the benefits and you'll save money on the electric bill.

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