How many users hook macbook up to external display?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tim100, Jun 5, 2010.

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How do you work at home?

  1. I hook up my mbp to an external monitor at home

    30 vote(s)
    63.8%
  2. I use my 17 mpb at home without an external monitor

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. I use my 15 mbp at home without an external monitor

    10 vote(s)
    21.3%
  4. I use my 13 mbp at home without an external monitor

    7 vote(s)
    14.9%
  1. tim100 macrumors 65816

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    #1
    I have seen time and time again people suggest hook up the mbp to an external screen when at home.

    So how do you "most" of your work at home?

    One reason I like macs is because they are simple and easy. I could not imagine going back to a PC desktop with all the wires and space needed. I use a 27 imac at home and a mbp at when i want to be portable.
     
  2. iSpoody 1243 macrumors 6502

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    #2
    if you can't be bothered messing around with 2 computers a mbp with an external monitor is a great set up.
     
  3. Excluse macrumors member

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    #3
    I would love to get an external display for home but rigt now, I'm just stuck with my 15".
     
  4. apple.gr macrumors regular

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    #4
    I use it everywhere and I like it. I think external monitor is just not for me.
     
  5. oculus42 macrumors 6502

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    Depends

    When I'm just browsing the web, I just use my laptop (15" MBP, Santa Rosa, before the unibody). When I'm working on photos or video and usually of the time when I'm watching movies or shows, I'll hook up my 30" monitor, external keyboard, mouse & speakers. Completely worth it.
     
  6. Shaman Beloved macrumors newbie

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    I'm using my computer mostly at my desk, but when I need it with me somewhere, I just unplug the wires and I'm off. Logitech keyboard+mouse and a good screen makes it a great workstation. No need to sync between two computers. Even on the go it's nice to have a quality laptop, capable of YouTube HD and everything, so a desktop and a cheap netbook isn't an option. Of course, if I had way too much money on my hands, Mac Pro as a workstation and a mac laptop wouldn't be so bad I guess :p

    Seriously though, a MBP is enough for what I do.
     
  7. Teej guy macrumors 6502a

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    15" hooked up to a 24" 1920x1200 when I'm at home. No longer hunched over the desk and productivity has gone up.
     
  8. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

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    #8
    High res 15 inch hooked up to my 1400*900 screen. Secondary screen has seen better days now and isn't as good as my laptop screen but the extra screen space is still useful.
     
  9. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    I do occasionally, but usually not. I've got a Samsung with the same resolution as my 2010 15" Hi-res. When using the external, its usually for web development so I can post files on one screen and see how they look instantly on the other.

    The only annoyance is native OSX won't let me "move" my command menus over to the second screen. I have to keep hopping back to the main screen to access menus. I've heard theres a utility to address this limitation and let you move menu's also, but haven't found it yet.
     
  10. Ronnoco macrumors 68030

    Ronnoco

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    #10
    15" i5 hooked up to a Samsung 23" LCD when I am doing work at my desk...otherwise, I just use the MBP display for surfing, emailing...
     
  11. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

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    I hook my 15" MBP up to my 23" Dell UltraSharp U2311H when I'm at home.
     
  12. kernkraft macrumors 68020

    kernkraft

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    #12
    I use a Samsung T220HD with my 13" and 15" unibody MBPs. It's good but not great - there is some picture noise and I also noticed a dead pixel recently.

    In the end, I am still happier than if I used a super/mega/hyper glossy iMac, which is at laptop price with laptop parts without the portability factor.
     
  13. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

    AlphaDogg

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    #13
    it is called secondbar
     
  14. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

    ReallyBigFeet

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    #14
    Thanks!
     
  15. Mystikal macrumors 68020

    Mystikal

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    #15
    I have only once so far, but now that summer is here im going to do it a lot more. Plus I just got a bluetooth keyboard yesterday :D
     

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