MacBook external display questions

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by radiogoober, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    Hi all,

    I'm about to venture into the realm of external displays for my MacBook.

    It's a 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo, 4 gig ram, and has the mini-Display port.


    1. Can I basically buy any LCD monitor and plug it in?

    2. Should I get a mini-display -> HDMI cable?

    3. Any recommended monitors? I'd like to keep it somewhat under $200.

    Thank you kindly
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, as long as you have the proper cables.
    Only if the monitor has an HDMI input.
  3. radiogoober thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    Awesome :) Does anyone have any suggestions for good monitors?
  4. dontwalkhand macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have found the older style Apple Cinema Display for about $200 here on my local craigslist. This is an option, as I love this style of monitor, and am thinking about getting something like that for myself to use with my MacBook Pro.

    An external keyboard and mouse is a must, so a bluetooth Apple keyboard + Magic Mouse as well.

    Now you should be able to have a kickass Apple desktop setup, with portability when you need it :)
  5. radiogoober thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    Last question :)

    Is it better to use MiniDisplay-> DVI or MiniDisplay -> HDMI?

    My monitor will have both. I believe that I've read that you get better control/different screen resolutions with DVI as compared to HDMI.
  6. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010
    I prefer hdmi on my monitor (non-apple) as it auto-adjust the things for me, also hdmi is newer than dvi, but whatever you prefer i guess.
  7. unixperience macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2010
    there isn't any huge difference between dvi and hdmi for this model, you can't pass sound over hdmi with this particular macbook edition. Both adapters are really cheap in fact i just bought a mini DP-dvi for 1.99 (shipping included) and it works great.

    Of late i've seen very small minidp-hdmi such as this one here you can see the dongle is only as large as an hdmi cable, instead of the giant block with dvi. I've even seen these cables directly from mini dp to hdmi either one will work though, dvi or hdmi. I feel that dvi cords are thinner and more flexible than hdmi

    I would also recommend the used or refurbished route for lcd panels. You can get really nice monitors for cheap. I got 2 22" ASUS LCD monitors (with speakers) for less than 100 bucks each. no problems with either, they came with all the cables cds and original packaging. Maybe they were just a good deal but twice in a row 4 months apart, I don't think its coincidence. There are cheap lcds out there. as for recommendations... I like dell ultrasharps, they typically have VERY nice stands, many have Picture In Picture, multiple inputs, and best of all they have built in 4port USB (2.0) hubs. really great monitors,
    take this here 24" dell its 24" 16:10 display (1920x1200 pix) inputs: 2xdvi, hdmi, vga, composite(yellow rca), component, s-video, displayport, and 4 usb ports, a card reader(cf/ms/msro/msduo/xd/sd/mmc) picture in picture??!?!?! and it rotates 90˚ swivels left and right, angle up and down, and you can even easily raise and lower the lcd stand, and if you don't like the stand(dont see why you would't) its vesa compatible and look 200 on ebay!! those are beastly monitors

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