External Monitor Connections on MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bmastudent, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. bmastudent macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2008

    I just picked up a monitor with HDMI, VGA, DVI, Displayport connectors. What's the best way to connect the MBP to it? There are already VGA, DVI, and Displayport cables included with the monitor. I also occasionally connect my MBP to projectors. Would there be any advantage to getting a mini display port to display port cable or or would i get the same quality image through a mini displayport to dvi connector which I could conceivably also use with the projector.
  2. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    Depends on the monitor size you're wanting to drive. Displayport and miniDisplayport interfaces have much more bandwidth than DVI and HDMI, so can drive a bigger or higher-resolution display. This of course makes it more future-proof. Displayport, like HDMI, also incorporates the sound channel into the same cable for less clutter.

    However, go with the DVI for the moment if it's more versatile for you. The video signal is pure digital in both so there's no difference in the picture quality. DVI is also pretty universal at the moment so you'll find a lot more equipment supports it if you carry the MBP around.
  3. scottness macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    I use DVI most of the time. Depends on what I'm connecting to.
  4. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Unless it's a 30" 2560x1600 display, go with DVI.
  5. bmastudent thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Is there even any advantage in connecting through displayport? The mini displayport doesn't support audio anyways.
  6. johnnj macrumors 6502a

    Dec 11, 2008
    Not here
  7. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    if you don't need audio in your monitor, go with displayport. It's the thinnest cable and since your monitor has an input it's pretty much ideal.
  8. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Only with 30" displays, since the Apple Dual Link DVI adapter doesn't work well and mini-DP to Displayport works just fine.
  9. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    A really nice advantage of Displayport on Notebooks comes with the next revision. It allows you to daisy chain multiple Displays like harddrives on a firewire port.
    Since most notebooks have only one external output (if you don't count analog) that is nice feature for some people. Probably not many.

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