Do you guys use an external monitor for your macbook at home?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hidehide, May 15, 2007.

  1. hidehide macrumors 6502

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    I think 13.3" is too small to use it at home..
    Im planning to get a monitor..
    I found this.. Acer 22" widescreen lcd..$200..
    http://www.officedepot.com/ddSKU.do?id=AL2216Wbd

    This only support 1680 x 1050..
    I heard the macbook can support up to 1920x1200.. but 24" widescreen are too expensive..
    Do you guys think this monitor will be good?
     
  2. Jouten macrumors newbie

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    Yeah

    I got that same exact monitor, you're good. :D
     
  3. Gallick macrumors member

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    I use my Macbook's LCD even when at home and I don't really have any problems with the size--mind you, I have 20/20 vision and don't wear glasses or contacts. I would guess that someone who did have contacts or glasses might have eye strain or fatigue issues with the size of the screen.

    I do have an Acer AL1916W 19" widescreen LCD monitor that is currently hooked up to my desktop PC (which I don't use all that much). For some reason I haven't picked up a mini-DVI to VGA cable in order to use it yet, but I will eventually.
     
  4. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    When I have my MBP at home, I hook it up to a 37'' Westy (DVI-->HDMI). Works like a charm! Here's my setup with it (except a BT Mighty Mouse has replaced the old mouse):

    [​IMG]
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    my macbook is almost always hooked up to an external display, 1680 by 1050. it runs great, so you should be fine.
     
  6. hidehide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Nice..
    But isnt it 37" will be too big? I mean the icon will be very huge.. since the max resolution is only 1900x1200..
    I have a frd who can help me get a refurbished 32" widescreen for $38x.. but need to wait..
    so I might just go with this.. as someone in here is using that too :)

    Gallick
    Thanks.. I dont wear glasses either. but i want a bigger monitor so i can be more relaxing at home..

    siurpeeman
    What size of monitor do you use??
     
  7. Diejws macrumors member

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    The MacBook Pro can support an external display resolution of about 2560x1600, which is what he/she has.

    Personally, I'd really like to get an external monitor (22"-23")for home use (which is where I use the computer 90% of the time anyway), but finances do not support such an endeavor at present. :(
     
  8. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i use the 20" apple cinema display.
     
  9. DocVT macrumors member

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    Graphics seem great on most large monitors, but how is the text? Are the characters sharp or fuzzy?
     
  10. tejota1911 macrumors 6502

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  11. PimpDaddy macrumors 6502

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    The "stand" for the MBP that you have, looks just like the one used in one of the first posts. Is it an official mac accesory?

    I'm thinking of bying an Apple 23'' Cinema Display, when I buy my MBP soon.
     
  12. BryanLyle macrumors 6502a

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    It is a Griffin Elevator. Works nice.
     
  13. Grasbak macrumors 6502

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    Probably a stupid question but...

    I notice a lot of poeple have their laptops on a stand.... any particualr reason?
     
  14. gramarye macrumors newbie

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    I too would like to know the particular reason. As for looks, it looks more presentable in my opinion. I read that it's unsafe to have the laptop closed while working on an external monitor, partly because of the heat that "dissipates" on the MBP while using. Can this be clarified? I plan to purchase a MBP once software updates, and physical updates come around and I plan to use it on my dell 228wfp 22" monitor.
     
  15. munckee macrumors 65816

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    I bought an iCurve for heat dissipation. A lot of heat escapes off the bottom of a laptop, so providing some extra air circulation underneath helps keep it cool. It also allows room for my two external drive underneath my computer. And it puts the computer at eye-level if you're working on your laptop's screen.
     
  16. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    Is it ok to run a MBP in clamshell mode, closed, more or less permanantly?
     
  17. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    The main reason is that the stand keeps it cool and running at peak performance (the fans don't have to run loud, etc). But it also makes it more accessible. The cables are easier to get a grip on since you can grab them from above and beneath.

    The Podium CoolPad is a favorite of mine. But there are lots out there.
     
  18. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a

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    I have my Macbook hooked to a Dell 24" running at full resolution, and it is fantastic! You'll be happy with your purchase.
     
  19. Vidd macrumors 6502a

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    Is it not choppy?
    Can you turn the Macbook display off without running it in clamshell mode?

    The GMA is apparently decent for most tasks but I'd be surprised if it could run such a large monitor effectively.
     
  20. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    tejota1911, can you post a side-by-side pic of the MBP screen next to the 20" screen. Maybe it's the perspective, but the screen looks smaller than I thought it would next to the 15".
     
  21. kdum8 macrumors 6502a

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    Tejota, if you open your MBP screen up and run it simultaneously with
    20" monitor do you get two desktops? If so, can it recognise when you move the mouse cursor off one edge of the screen and place it on the other?
     
  22. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a

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    I had an iBook and I just used it on an iCurve with an external mouse and keyboard.

    Now I use my iMac. I like having my Desktop separate from my portable. The only way I use my portable is to go on the couch or bed now.

    In your situation if your using you laptop solely and you find the display too small definitely get a screen :).
     
  23. rockstarjoe macrumors 6502a

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    It runs the monitor just fine. I would say that it is slightly, slightly less smooth when using Expose, but that is the only choppiness I notice.

    I am running the external display only, without running it in clamshell mode. To do this, attach the external monitor, then close the macbook. Using an external mouse, click the mouse to wake it from sleep. Then open the macbook. The internal display will stay off but you can now use the keyboard and trackpad.
     
  24. hidehide thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As someone asked in the post.. will closing the macbook and just displaying in the external monitor cause heat issue??
    Can anyone clarify this matter? Thanks..
     
  25. gramarye macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the informative reply. Since a lot of heat dissipates from the bottom of, let's say, a MacBook Pro, a stand like this would hurt it:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834996172

    Since there's no breathing at the bottom.

    Instead, i'm considering something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834999017

    would that be good?
     

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