External Display + 12 or 14 inch???

Peter Griffin

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Jul 10, 2005
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I know that I'll be getting an external display for sure. I'm just split on a 12 or 14 inch iBook.

A question to the 12 inch users out there- how small is the screen? Do you find it straining on the eyes after a few hours of good use.

I tend to spend anywhere from 3-6 hours in front of a computer everyday. If the 12 inch doesn't look all that small then I'll probably go for it. ALso, is there any way I can increase the 12 inch so the text/pictures and everything would be the same size as a 14? How much do external dvd burners go for? Would it be better to get a 14 since there is a superdrive option?

This will be my only computer by the way. Thanks for reading and any advice is welcome. :)
 

zeeko

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Jul 15, 2005
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i have the 12" and i have ZERO problem with looking at it for long periods of time, i think a lot of people on here are just extremely picky. Don't worry about it. Get the 12, it is a pound lighter than the 14 and is a nice size.
 

mikemodena

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The 12" and 14" have the same resolution, but because the 14" has a bigger screen the pixels are stretched a little. The next resolution down on the iBook to make things bigger is 800x600, but trust me.. you don't want that. I used to have a 12" iBook, and it was great for most things.. just not web design because the screen was too small to do all that work so I sold it and bought a mini.
 

Sttesuhc

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Jul 17, 2005
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Your question is probably best answered by a first-hand experiment with both. If you don't live near an Apple Store (or any other store that might have them) then I would just recommend reading everyone's opinions to see if one factor sways you either way.

I spent about 5 minutes using both computers before deciding to go for the 12". Granted, I'd read lots of threads on these forums, so I had already heard the pros and cons. Basically, the 12" screen looked fine to me, and I like the portability that comes with the 12" model.

I'm planning to plug-in at home to a 17" CRT.
 

mad jew

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I use the computers way too much these days and a lot of that time is spent in front of a 12 inch iBook. I actually find it easier on the eyes than my 17 inch iMac's screen funnily enough. Maybe it's just because that's what I'm used to, but I have no problems with the iBook.

Having said that, the iMac has a brighter screen, but we're not comparing iMacs and iBooks so that's kind of irrelevant. :)
 

wPod

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if youre gettinng an external monitor then deffinitly get the 12" its more portable plus youll have the external monitor for when you want the extra space. ive had both the 12" iBook and 12" PB (which i use now) both with an external monitor. its totally worth it!
 

verozov

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Jan 8, 2005
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i got a 14" since i wanted to see things a little bigger and didn't mind the extra weight.... but if your getting an external monitor i don't see any reason not to go with a 12" (plus you save a little $$$)...
 

wako

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Jun 6, 2005
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I personally have a 12'' PB and its fine for me. Its definately "big"" enough.

I hear alot of people reasoning more towards the 15'' because the 12'' doesnt give alot of desktop "real estate." However given that this is true, Expose does a real nice job on fixing that problem, namely the f9 feature. I swear if expose was not around I would have probably returned my system, forked over a restocking fee and got the 15''.

I definately find that I can also use my system for hours and not feel any fatigue in my eyes. Most of the time when Im on my laptop I am surfing. When i had first gotten the laptop I thought I would need to be scrolling around everywhere. However this is definately not the case. Most websites are actually made for the resolution of 800x600 or 1024x768, which works just fine for the 12'' laptops. Also the trackpad also makes scrolling much easier.

I see no real reason for you to be worrying about which screen to get though. The 12 seem like it would be just fine though, since you are hooking it to a external monitor, so it isnt much off of anything to worry about if that was the case.
 

Sttesuhc

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Jul 17, 2005
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After reading another thread and being informed....I thought I would simply mention that you'll have to keep your iBook open even if you're using a second display. The computer's heat is dissipated through the keyboard, so if you have the comp running, you need the lid open to manage the heat.

I wasn't aware of this until recently...so,....not sure how I'm going to feel about connecting to an external display if I have to leave the lid open.

:(
 

TBi

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Jul 26, 2005
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Sttesuhc said:
After reading another thread and being informed....I thought I would simply mention that you'll have to keep your iBook open even if you're using a second display. The computer's heat is dissipated through the keyboard, so if you have the comp running, you need the lid open to manage the heat.

I wasn't aware of this until recently...so,....not sure how I'm going to feel about connecting to an external display if I have to leave the lid open.

:(
Do what i do and use it as dual screen, leave mail and your adium over there or anything you don't need on your main screen. Watcha movie on the big screen while you can check your mail :)
 

Sttesuhc

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Jul 17, 2005
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TBi said:
Do what i do and use it as dual screen, leave mail and your adium over there or anything you don't need on your main screen. Watcha movie on the big screen while you can check your mail :)

I very well might try this advice. Just to be sure, this means using the "screen spanning hack" or whatever? I'm sure I can search and find plenty of threads advising how to set it up, but is this what people are speaking of when they mention that hack?

(And if so, the hack can easily be undone by resetting PRAM?)
 

TBi

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Jul 26, 2005
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The hack is simplicity itself and on the main page it tells you how to get rid of it either using the program or resetting the PRAM.

Run the program, click enable screen spanning and reboot. Although watch out as the next reboot seems to take forever (at least in my case, probably because i was so worried) but after that everything is back to normal.
 

persianpunisher

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Jul 28, 2005
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EXCELLENT CHOICE. I was trying to decide between the 12 and 14 as well, but i needed a DVD writer, so I got the 14"
 
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