Color and sharpness on external monitor noticeably inferior to Macbook monitor

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Axemantitan, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Axemantitan macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2008
    I have a mid-2007 Macbook and I bought this Asus display and hooked it up as a second display. I connected it via HDMI and an HDMI to mini-DVI adapter. I calibrated the display in Displays preferences and tried different resolutions, but it still looks inferior to the Macbook display right next to it. Is there anything that I can do to sharpen the picture?
  2. Axemantitan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 16, 2008
    Also, what does the "overscan" option in Displays preferences do? It's checked by default, and I have left it on.
  3. JasonShi macrumors newbie

    Sep 17, 2013
    I think I'm having the same problem here, have you had your problem resolved? Thx.
  4. velocityg4 macrumors 68040


    Dec 19, 2004
    Turn off overscan and set it to it's native resolution.
  5. mneblett macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2008
    I believe the problem is the macbook's being limited to 1080p over an HDMI connection. When I ran into this problem a couple years ago, I found that using a mini-DP-to-DVI-D adapter and a DVI-D/DVI-D cable to connect to the DVI-D port on my monitor instantly fixed the problem. I'm still running the same arrangement today.

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