macbook, and output resolutions.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by johnrbell, Aug 9, 2007.

  1. johnrbell macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2006
    i have a macbook, and plan on purchasing a plasma tv... somewhere around 42-50 inches. 1080i, possibly 1080p.

    right now i have my laptop plugged into a regular tube television using a regular yellow video cable and the needed adaptor. it looks like poo. i can't read text. video is decent though.

    using a hdmi or vga cable, what is the resolution i can achieve on a 1080i plasma? will text be legible, essentially making it a big honkin monitor?
  2. Carrot007 macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    It would depend on the indivisual TV.

    However what you want to aim for it the native resolution of the TV.

    My macbook looks wonderful on my 720P TV. at 1360*768 or whatever the panel is.

    Interlaced is never a good idea for computer output and most 1080i tv's are not 1920 pixels across so you would lose pixels as well as the interlacing and the output would probably look even worse!

    1080P native displays will obviously work nice though.
  3. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    The Macbook's specs for a display is here

    Apple does say it should mirror display up to 1920 x 1200, so I guess it should work with a 1080i or 1080p TV fairly well, still you will need to check the display resolution of the tv to get the bes settings.

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