is the external display worth it?

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  1. covertyows macrumors member

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    I currently own a pretty good gaming pc, and will be gettin my 13" mpb soon. For my pc I have a 22" monitor and love it, but I needed a portable so I got the mbp. when I am at my desk, is it worth getting the connector just so I can use the larger display?

    the obvious answer is yes, because larger displays are better, but is it worth it to get the connector? plus, I don't know if I would use it all of the time.:confused:
     
  2. Poirot818 macrumors regular

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    You answered your own question. MDP to DVI/HDMI adapters are like $12. You own a gaming pc, a 22" monitor, and a MBP, and you're having trouble with a $12 adapter?
     
  3. covertyows thread starter macrumors member

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    no, its not that I can't afford the adapter. its more that I am worried that I wouldnt use it much, and I wanted to know from ppl who do use external displays if its just that much better of an experience.
     
  4. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

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    I'm assuming you're talking about the MDP to VGA adapter?


    one of the best $30 purchases I've made. The 13" is perfect for on the go but if its going to double as a desktop at home, I recommend an external display and possibly bluetooth mouse/keyboard, which is what I have. Makes the home work station a lot more comfortable and the less you use your keyboard and mousepad the less dirty they will become over time.
     
  5. MooneyFlyer macrumors 65816

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    I have the 24" LED and use it anytime I'm near it. My 13" MB is fine for travel, couch, etc. but doesn't compare to the square inches I get with this... Plenty of people have survived on only a laptop screen but if you have the money and are at a desk some significant percentage of a day/week, I think it's worth it.
     
  6. notlob macrumors newbie

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    Fantastic! I have a MBP 15" and as brilliant a screen that has, I always have to use the 24" as it is just that much better!:)
     
  7. angemon89 macrumors 68000

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    Yes it's worth it. I bought my 2 mini-displayport adapters from here, all for less than the price of one from Apple(before taxes).
     
  8. covertyows thread starter macrumors member

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    alright, well I guess I'm gonna go ahead and get the adapter.

    this leads to a new question:

    what are the best options for wireless mouse and keyboard?

    I was looking at this, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126033

    I like it mainly because it can be used with both the mac and the pc, which is important, considering how much I would have to spend.

    any better alternatives?
     
  9. game2 macrumors newbie

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    Question,

    Don't want to start a new thread, so is there a way to have the macbook closed, and have it still functioning, say giving my other monitor a feed, and working with the usb mouse and keyboard? IF so, how can i do this?
     
  10. URPREY macrumors newbie

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    Use an application called InsomniaX to do this.
     
  11. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    Apple Wireless Keyboard and Wireless Mighty Mouse
     
  12. game2 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, :):D and not to thread jack, what website would compare to say download -.com for macs, i looked for specific software for the mac on there but i was surprised by how empty the mac section was.
     
  13. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816

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    You don't need InsomniaX to run in clamshell :confused:
     
  14. DeuceDeuce macrumors 6502a

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    Exactly, your laptop will run find in "clamshell" mode with an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse attached.
     
  15. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    I thought you just close your Macbook.
     
  16. game2 macrumors newbie

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    What's clamshell? lol just got this thing, so a little pointers would be cool :D
     
  17. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Closed. :D
     
  18. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    The wireless keyboard is nice, but the mighty mouse is horrible. Look at the Logitech mice.
     
  19. oilfighter macrumors regular

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    Agreed! Mighty mouse is touch sensitive(?) or something. So if you enable right click, and have your finger touching the right click area, and do a left click, sometimes it'll trigger the right click. While doing my mac purchase research I was playing with an iMac at the apple store, and I couldn't figure out why everything I click shows up as a right click, till the apple genius pointed out that I was touching the right click area. I know I sound stupid, but that just shows you how easy it is to trigger the right click.

    Solution is to hold the mouse carefully, but that ends up straining my wrist.

    Get a Logitech MX Revolution instead. Best mouse ever.
     

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