MacBook + Cinema Display

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Snips, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Snips macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I'm in the market for a new machine with a larger display than my existing 13" MB (circa 2004, so I also need more disk space than the current 80Gb drive).

    I was waiting for the MBP announcement to decide whether to stretch to that (with a 15" display), or buy a 20" iMac.

    With today's announcements, I'm tempted to just go for a faster MB, and throw in a 20" Cinema display to provide that larger screen for deskbound work.

    This seems to offer portability + option for larger display when deskbound (and may even offer better display flexibility with dual screens).

    My question is:

    is there a performance impact of using a MB with a larger external display?

    Thanks in advance,
    Nige
     
  2. dhc macrumors regular

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    My 2.16 C2D, GMA950 MB is hitched up to a 20" cinema display. I noticed in Leopard that some eye candy was a little stuttery - expose animations in particular. This has been completely resolved since the 10.5.2 update, and I really could not be happier with the performance.
     
  3. Snips thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool, thanks.

    Do you use the 2 displays simultaneously?

    Is it possible to use the external display with the MB closed? (with an external keyboard, obviously ;-)

    Thanks again,
    Nige
     
  4. ascender macrumors 68000

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    I was about to ask the same thing. I was sure I'd seen a tech page on Apple which listed what size of external display each laptop could power, but I can't seem to find it now for the life of me.
     
  5. dhc macrumors regular

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    Typically I use the ACD with the MB lid closed, and an external keyboard. If I'm working in photoshop though, I'll use both displays and put my pallets on the MB display, and my image on the ACD. Works a treat. ;)
     
  6. Snips thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm sold! :)

    Thanks for advice, much appreciated.
     
  7. dhc macrumors regular

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    Just a heads up on the ACD - John Lewis had the 20" at £350 recently, £50 less than the Apple store, might want to check that out..

    Enjoy!
     
  8. kikobarbada macrumors regular

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  9. neiltc13 macrumors 68040

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    I find this hard to believe because MacBook was only released in 2006.
     
  10. Snips thread starter macrumors regular

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    My bad, a typo :eek: : 2006, the first of the Intel MacBooks.
     
  11. JFicklen macrumors newbie

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    My Home Office

    I use the new cinema display and a new uni-body macbook for my home office. See below.

    [​IMG]
     

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