Displayport or hdmi

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dimme, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I just picked up a 15" macbook pro to replace my 2008 mac pro. I work in Photoshop and lightroom for my hobby photography. I thinking for photo editing I will like to use my macbook pro screen and my Dell U2410. Is there a difference between using the mini display port cable or the hdmi. I am thinking the hdmi would be a better choice freeing up the thunderbolt ports for the future.
  2. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    HDMI cables are easier to find for many people and free up the TB ports like you said. But the Retina has 2 TB ports so it's not such a big deal.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I believe your HDMI port will only output up to 1080 vertical, so to get the 1200 vertical resolution for that monitor you will need to use the MDP (TB) port.
  4. sarakn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2013
    In some cases, you don't have choice. I think DisplayPort is used for non-Apple monitors(older tech) and HDMI is used if available.

    I'm waiting for my mbp, but I currently connect my dell laptop using VGA to monitor and use hdmi to connect to flat screen tv.


    As far as adapters, what would you recommend. Monoprice has been suggested, but I wanted to do a comparison.


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