dual monitors on MBP: question b4 i make the plunge for a 30"

breadz

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as of now, there is no way to get 16xx by 12xx on 2 external monitors on a macbook pro correct?

ive read that the matrox adapter only will support 1080 by 960 on 2 dual monitors.
 

Chundles

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breadz said:
as of now, there is no way to get 16xx by 12xx on 2 external monitors on a macbook pro correct?

ive read that the matrox adapter only will support 1080 by 960 on 2 dual monitors.
Don't arse about with crappy adapters that aren't supported. Bust out the 30" ACD and revel in it's enormity. Seriously - it's bloody huge.
 

poppe

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Chundles said:
Don't arse about with crappy adapters that aren't supported. Bust out the 30" ACD and revel in it's enormity. Seriously - it's bloody huge.
I thought 30" didn't work on MBP?
 

Josias

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generik said:
You can always run it in 640*480
:p

no, the MBP will run the 30" ACD at full res. (2560x1600), side by side the internal MBP screen (1440x900 or 1680x1050).:rolleyes:
 

generik

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Josias said:
:p

no, the MBP will run the 30" ACD at full res. (2560x1600), side by side the internal MBP screen (1440x900 or 1680x1050).:rolleyes:
Serious?!?

No, really, I didn't know that, I always though you need some super duper gpu power to power that 30"
 

poppe

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generik said:
Serious?!?

No, really, I didn't know that, I always though you need some super duper gpu power to power that 30"
Yeah i've been told over and over that you need Dual DV-I
 

Josias

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Oh, here we go again.

DVI: A single plug digital monitor connection, which can drive monitors up to 1920x1200 pixles.

Duallink DVI (DDL): A single plug digital monitor connection, whixh can drive monitors up to 3840x2400 pixles.

There is no such thing as Dual DVI. It is the expression for two DVI plugs. Duallink DVI looks excactly the same as DVI, but can drive screens with twice as many vertical and horizontal pixels. Apple current lineup has the following support:

MacBook: Mini-DVI (can be expanded to DVI through a $19 adapter from Apple).
iMac: Mini-DVI (can be expanded to DVI through a $19 adapter from Apple).
MacMini: DVI.
MacBook Pro: Duallink DVI.
MacPro: 1xDVI and 1xDuallink DVI. Can if upgraded to X1900XT or Quadro FX4500 have 2xDuallink DVI.

20" ACD: Requires DVI.
23" ACD: Requires DVI.
30" ACD: Rquires daullink DVI.
 

Josias

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Trekkie said:
I chickened out and got the 23". an extra grand for 7" just didn't work out for me. I can always add one later though :)
Also 2.3 mpx vs. 4 mpx, but I competely agreew with you. The 30" is overkill, and unless you just wanna go gung ho with latets and greatest, a 23" is whatever will serve you and your wallet best.:rolleyes:
 

AlBDamned

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generik said:
Serious?!?

No, really, I didn't know that, I always though you need some super duper gpu power to power that 30"
Apple.com said:
Apple Displays
Connect your new MacBook Pro to an Apple flat panel display. Choose a 20-inch Cinema, 23-inch Cinema HD or even the 30-inch Cinema HD Display and connect directly to your MacBook Pro through its DVI port. The 30-inch display takes advantage of the MacBook Pro's support for dual-link DVI.
Trekkie said:
I chickened out and got the 23". An extra grand for 7" just didn't work out for me. I can always add one later though
Ouch - according to Apple, it's not just 7"...

Apple.com said:
30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display
The ultimate wide-screen canvas for video, graphics or scientific visualization, this high-resolution, 30-inch flat-panel display features 2560-by-1600-pixel resolution. It gives you a 77% increase in useable workspace compared to the 23-inch Cinema HD Display.
 

Trekkie

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I take exception to the 77% number, because that's same size pixel increase, not the same for those of us with eye problems that don't let you see tiny tiny print
 

AlBDamned

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miniConvert said:
Dual monitors are overrated.
You mean overrated or just not as good as one big Phat screen like a 30" ADC?

I love using dual monitors whenever I can, it's a huge help when workingon lots of stuff or across documents/projects. Much better than one screen so I'm not sure it's overrated. However, given the choice of 1x30 screen or 2x23, I'd definitely go for the 1x30".

Of course, wouldn't complain with 2x30!
 

Trekkie

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Don't get me wrong, I love the 30" monitor. But for $1000 I could get a 500GB HD, 2GB of RAM, and the ATI 1900XT. You can always upgrade monitors next year after tax refund :)
 

amin

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poppe said:
I thought 30" didn't work on MBP?
From the Apple Store (highlighting added):


The Powerbook which preceded the current MBPs also supported the 30" in all its glory.