iMac 27" with HP 2710m as second monitor?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hallaisen, Nov 29, 2010.

  1. hallaisen macrumors regular

    May 28, 2006

    I don't have any experience with dual monitors, but I'm considering getting a second one for my iMac 27". The one I am looking at is the HP 2710m, but I'm worried about it only having a max resolution of 1920*1080. Will that be a problem? Can I run the two monitors in different resolutions? Is this a good choice for a second monitor? FWIW, I do not play any games or anything like that, so I don't need a high resolution for good game graphics, but I do not want to lower the resolution on my iMac any way.
  2. product26 macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2005
    you can run both monitors at different resolutions. Objects on the Dell monitor will look MUCH larger and will fill more space than on the imac.
  3. minifridge1138 macrumors 65816

    Jun 26, 2010
    I have the HP2709 (last years model, but not much changed) and I am extremely happy with it. It is a great monitor and at $399 msrp you can get 2 for the price of Apple's 27" and still have $200 left over (enough for other goodies).

    Physically, they are about the same size and both have glossy screens with black trim, so they'll look similar next to each other (not identical, but similar).

    Using monitors at different resolutions will take some getting used to. Basically, anything you drag from the iMac to the HP will suddenly get bigger. I've used lots of dual (and triple) monitor setups, and will admit it is better when they match.

    Do you have an old monitor laying around? You could plug it into the iMac just to see what it is like having different resolutions going at the same time.
  4. lee14160 macrumors regular


    Nov 28, 2009
    Fruitland, Idaho
    Just pickup the Asus VW266H with 25.5" viewing screen. It gives you a 16:10 viewing (1920-1200) screen. The price over at Amazon is $289.00.

    This looks good setting next to my iMac 24".

    I went with this model because of the 1920-1200 screen which matches the 24's screen. Thus far it has proven to be an excellent addition and a nice match.

    Good luck on whatever you get.:)
  5. rypaca macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2009
    Pardon my hi-jacking your thread, but I am also considering (with a 21.5" iMac) an external monitor (LG W2453-PF) -- what connector/cable would produce the best performance? The monitor has HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub inputs.

    Thanks much,

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