Do I HAVE to use the Apple LCD to hook up to monitor?

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  1. Doju macrumors 68000

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    Or can I use a non-Apple monitor to hook my MacBook up? If I can, suggestions?
     
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    You can hook up just about any monitors to MacBooks.
     
  3. Doju thread starter macrumors 68000

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  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    not all displays are made the same

    the 24inch one is also made from led's
     
  6. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    and uses a much better panel that other 24 inchers... (dell, hp, etc)
     
  7. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a

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    That may be true, but the Apple monitor prices are way too high for the market. 99% can't see the difference. There are great monitors out there for much less.
     
  8. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    The older Apple monitors are not worth the price. You can get Dell monitors, sometimes with the exact same panel that the Apple ones use, for like half the price. However the Apple monitors have the aluminum colored bezel so they more closely match the Macbooks in style and looks, and that justifies the price sometimes if style is very important and you can afford the premium.

    The new Apple monitor, the 24 inch LED one, is actually priced quite low, believe it or not. Remember, this is a 24 inch LED monitor. The only other 24 inch LED one I've found is a Samsung that goes for around $2000. For the technology, it's almost a steal. This is NOT the same technology used in the Dells, HPs, and Samsung monitors you can find at Best Buy and other stores. Those monitors use the older CCFL technology.
     
  9. The Samurai macrumors 68000

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    I'm using a Dell with my Macbook - works great :D

    Check my YouTube channel to see my setup (in sig).
     
  10. Gordy macrumors 6502a

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    I buy a lot of dell's and their screens are good but not as good as the acd's. They used to use the same panels as the some of the apple lcd's, but not anymore. The 20in dell I bought for my mbp was terrible. It went back. The 20in acd is much nicer.
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    op, if you have to ask this question, you dont need an acd

    simply get a nice lcd at best buy and your good. they arent bad by any means
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You can buy any LCD you want; just be sure to buy the adapter too.

    Personally I love my Dell 2007WFP with its S-IPS panel.
     
  13. Doju thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Cheers, any suggestions as to what to get?

    And is there a noticeable difference?
     
  14. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Go to Bestbuy or somewhere that sells both Apple and non-Apple products to see them yourself. If they don't have the Apple cinema display, look at the iMac screen instead.
     
  15. StuBeck macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't take a store like best buy as the final test. Unfortuntely the screens are often miscalibrated, or connected poorly so all the screens look like crap. i would only look at the screens which are directly connected to a computer, check all the settings. Discount any of them which are on a huge wall with 30 other screens.
     
  16. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Because its much better. Why pay $100000 for a Ferrari over a Ford? Not the best comparison I know.

    If you want to hook up any monitor you need to buy a small connector, which costs $30. Dell monitors are pretty good.
     

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