External monitor for Macbook

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  1. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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    I searched the forum and Google but I wasn't able to find the information I needed. Most of the Google results regarding externals for Macbooks were from 2006 and before.

    What is the least expensive monitor (19" and up) that would work perfectly with the Early 08 MB? By perfectly, I mean the correct resolution, connections, etc.

    I have a wireless keyboard and mStand on the way and I will be shopping for a monitor soon. I appreciate the suggestions.
     
  2. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    I think anything under 30 inch would display correctly
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Be careful. There are vendors with idiotic resolutions on small displays now.

    Anything up to and including 1920x1200 works.
     
  4. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    True!

    @ OP- If you dont mind dropping 6bills then id go for the Apple cinema display:D
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Except that it doesn't work with his computer.
     
  6. shady825 macrumors 68000

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    MY BAD! I just assumed he had the new MacBook!
    I just grazed over the post.. I see now! Early 08
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    He did say Early 2008, didn't he? *looks* Yep. Ah, well.
     
  8. jshelton thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks so far guys. So it needs to be 1920x1200 or less to display properly, correct? For the ones that aren't using Apple Cinema Displays and the like, what less expensive monitors to you use? I decided 19 or 20 inches will be perfect for my desk and setup.
     
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  11. chakramspice macrumors newbie

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    I got a 24" HP w2408h monitor to go with my early 2008 MB and it works great. I definitely recommend this size, and it's about the biggest you can go with the limitations of the native res.
     
  12. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

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    Reolution Text size etc...

    Hi, I've got a 13" white macbook hooked up to a 4:3 19" Samsung SyncMaster 943B monitor at work. When they are hooked up and in mirror mode or extended, the resolution on the monitor appears chunky and not as crisp as it does on the macbook. It's not stretched or anything - just kind of bigger if you know what I mean. It's native resolution is 1280 x 1024 / 75 Hz.

    Reason I'm asking is because I'm after the new aluminium 2.0 model and a reasonably priced external display - the new LED ACD is not reasonably priced. Any good suggestions out there?

    EDIT: This is the one I've been thinking about...
     
  13. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

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    Cheers MattyK, interesting thread. I think I may have solved it though. Is this more to do with the dots per inch spec of the monitor? The 20" ACD has something like 0.258 dots per inch and the one I was using was something like 0.28n. Anyhow, the LG I mentioned in my earlier post seems to be pretty good according to PC Pro - even though it's a TN panel. Any other recommendations out there guys/gals?
     
  14. JustOneQuickONe macrumors 6502

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    I actually went and got a 19" Olivia HD TV on sale from CompUSA last year and use it as a monitor and TV. I think it was just under $400 and I could justify spending a little more since i would be able to use it as a TV and a monitor. I just run a mini DVI to DVI cable then a DVI to HDMI cable from that. I think it costed around $40 for the two of them combined. My opinion is if you're going to spend that much don't just get a monitor get a TV that you can use as a monitor.
     
  15. phalewhale macrumors 6502a

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    Can't seem to find that... But, I already have a 26" Samsung HDTV in a different room. Was thinking of getting a monitor soley for the comfort of using a larger screen downstairs when hooked up to the notebook - would also be doing a bit of photo editing on it. Nothing serious, just some amateur snaps really as well as the usual editing of iWork/Office docs. I also code a little XHMTL/PHP etc with RapidWeaver.

    Also it's 0.258 per mm I think...
     
  16. rxvcgiii macrumors newbie

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    I've been searching these forums for awhile and haven't found an answer...

    I have an early-2008 Blackbook that I want to hook up to a Sony 21" 4:3 1280x1024 display... will the Blackbook support this native resolution and display without any stretching/squishing?

    Thanks in advance!
    -Chris
     
  17. Olivier L. macrumors member

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    At home, my macbook white from April 2007 is lid open or closed, connected to a Fujitsu Siemens L22W-3 (22", wide), displaying 1650 x 1080.

    At work: lid closed, connected to Dell 1707FP (17", 4/3), displaying 1280 x 1024.

    Or anywhere on my lap.

    This works almost flawlessly. Sometimes when disconnecting, reconnecting, waking up, putting to slep, connecting USB mouse, keyboard, .. the macbook loose track and I have to wait a few minutes or switch it off.
     
  18. MacBook.Matt macrumors regular

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    Buy This One

    Hi.

    I just purchased an external monitor last week from CompUSA/TigerDirect.

    I was an AOC 2230Fh 22" Widescreen http://www.compusa.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4363594&Sku=A204-2200

    The great contrast ratio and 2m response time, coupled with a 22" monitor cannot be beat for that price. Shipping is only $1.99 too! AND it comes with ALL of the cables you need. It includes an audio cable (although the built in speakers are not good), a VGA cable, a DVI cable, and an HDMI Cable which is great if you have a newer xbox 360 or a ps3.

    You will also need an adapter, and I'm assuming you have a mini-DVI port ony your macbook (correct?), so pick up this one for $8 http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10419&cs_id=1041912&p_id=4851&seq=1&format=2

    For the record, so far my monitor is excellent and has a very noticeable difference in the image quality of the Aluminum MacBook's screen when side by side (no surprise there).
     
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