Input regarding future display

pHeNom

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Bought the new retina MBP and Im interested in purchasing a monitor my question is whether I should go with the 2 23 in side by side route or just one 27 in.

if I go do the 2 23" monitor route is there anyway to link both monitors to work with one MBP without the TB option? help! :(
 

Stetrain

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You can hook up two non-thunderbolt displays to the 15" retina MBP by using two mini-displayport adapters, or one mini-displayport adapter and one HDMI cable.

I personally would prefer one 27" display to two 23" displays. If you get Apple's display it is also a dock and charger. You get Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire 800, and USB ports as well as the built in webcam all through the Thunderbolt cable.
 

Auzburner

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I'd be tempted to opt for the Apple one (27). In fact I am considering that right now... Between the ports and the great display, it's pretty nice.

You may also want to consider this Dell display.

It's the max resolution the latest MacBook Pro's can output, and is $200 more than the Apple display... Just a thought as I'm in the same boat atm.
 

pHeNom

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Stetrain

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Thanks! If I do end up going with the single 27 in setup and the ASUS monitor I buy has a HDMI input I can go with that route too Im assuming?
Yep, that should work fine. What's the resolution of that display? A 1080P display probably won't be very satisfying after using the built in display.
 

pHeNom

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Yep, that should work fine. What's the resolution of that display? A 1080P display probably won't be very satisfying after using the built in display.
yeah only 1080p. Ill just use it as a separate screen when using apps that arent retina display supported.
 

Stetrain

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yeah only 1080p. Ill just use it as a separate screen when using apps that arent retina display supported.
If it has an HDMI port you could just buy a simple HDMI cable rather than a displayport adapter.
 

edk99

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Yuck! 1920x1080 on a 27in monitor is terrible.

If you want a 27" I would spend a little extra and at least get one that is 2560 x 1440 like this HP one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176242

Otherwise here is a nice 24" Dell in the price range of the Asus that is 1920 x 1200 and IPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047&Tpk=U2412M

Either of those will be way better the the TFT Asus panel
 

pHeNom

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Yuck! 1920x1080 on a 27in monitor is terrible.

If you want a 27" I would spend a little extra and at least get one that is 2560 x 1440 like this HP one
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824176242

Otherwise here is a nice 24" Dell in the price range of the Asus that is 1920 x 1200 and IPS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047&Tpk=U2412M

Either of those will be way better the the TFT Asus panel
wow those are nice. but not really looking to buy a monitor worth that much money, thatll ill only be using 2 hours a day.

Thanks for the suggestion though. Highly appreciated! :)
 

Stetrain

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wow those are nice. but not really looking to buy a monitor worth that much money, thatll ill only be using 2 hours a day.

Thanks for the suggestion though. Highly appreciated! :)
I would go with the second one he linked (the Dell) over the Asus. They're the same price and the Dell has a bit more resolution and should be a higher quality panel (viewing angles, contrast, black levels).

It has a Displayport input so that Displayport cable I linked a couple of posts above should work just fine.
 

pHeNom

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I would go with the second one he linked (the Dell) over the Asus. They're the same price and the Dell has a bit more resolution and should be a higher quality panel (viewing angles, contrast, black levels).

It has a Displayport input so that Displayport cable I linked a couple of posts above should work just fine.
Dell is 2 for 2! dell it is then! and i just looked it up on amazon and its even cheaper! (i always buy stuff on amazon cause im a prime member free 2 day shipping FTW!! :D

btw regarding that cable you linked me one review said it doesnt work good or machine has to be turned off first before monitor or the monitor ends up getting an error? have you tried using that cable before?
 

Stetrain

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Dell is 2 for 2! dell it is then! and i just looked it up on amazon and its even cheaper! (i always buy stuff on amazon cause im a prime member free 2 day shipping FTW!! :D

btw regarding that cable you linked me one review said it doesnt work good or machine has to be turned off first before monitor or the monitor ends up getting an error? have you tried using that cable before?
No, I personally haven't used it. Might want to look around on Amazon in that case and read some reviews. Really any Mini-Displayport to Displayport cable should do the job.
 

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