Macbook Pro 15'' and 25.5'' 1920X1200 Monitor

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  1. Dextor143 macrumors 6502

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    Guys,
    I am having a great deal on monitor that is 1980X1200, if one has to choose between 1980X1080 and 1980 X1200 which one would you choose? I mean I heard that there will be a black line on top and bottom of the screen as it would not support. ...please help?
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Keep in mind that a larger resolution in the same space means everything will be smaller. If your eyesight is good, more screen real estate is best.

    Black bars occur when mirroring the display in order to maintain the display's native resolution (LCDs don't look good outside their native resolution). You can turn these off easily by disabling overscan.
     
  3. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so according to you, I would not be able to get full use of 1980X1200? that means its not worth it. Then what is good about 1920X1200?
     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    If you extend your desktop instead of mirroring your laptop display, you will get full use out of a larger resolution monitor.
    If you plan on only mirroring, a display which matches the resolution of your laptop is best.
     
  5. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am sorry but didnt quite understood the fact of you saying extending desktop? caz I know I cant go above a certain resolution in my MBP, therefore how can I extend it using it with my MBP? Thanks
     
  6. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Do you want to show on your display exactly what is on your laptop? This is called mirroring.
    Do you want to use the display as more space for programs and windows? This is called extending.
     
  7. cube macrumors G5

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    1920x1200 is the good resolution.

    1920x1080 is for people that don't know better ("Full HD")
     
  8. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can I use it as extended on my monitor and mirror on my laptop. Even though I would be fine just using the monitor it self. Can you tell me how would I be able to extend it?
     
  9. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I had first apple cinema display 20''. I started hating it after I found out that it doesnt support HDCP or in otherwords I cant play my PS3 on it. I new have option to pay $219 for 24'' 1920X1080 or $245 for 1920X1200. I am not worrying about 25 bucks. I just want to be better in quality and performance. If I have no use of 1920X1200 then I would not buy it. I just want to know how can I make the full use of it with my MBP. Thanks again.
     
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    What you are saying doesn't make any sense. If you want to use the monitor as a secondary screen for more desktop space, that is called extending. If you only want to use the monitor to "mirror" your laptop screen to make it larger on the monitor, that is mirroring. I personally don't see the point of mirroring, but to each his own. You can use the monitor by itself, all you do is just shut the lid of your laptop, wait for it to sleep, and then wake it with an external keyboard or mouse.

    If you want us to give you an opinion on the monitors you are choosing between, give us links to the monitors you are looking at.
     
  11. cube macrumors G5

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    You have 4 options:

    - Mirror: The monitor will show the same thing as the laptop.
    - Extended: Each one with different stuff at the same resolution, the Dock and the menu bar do not get replicated (you can move the bar, arrange the logical position of the monitors).
    - Switch off / disconnect the external monitor
    - Close the notebook and wake up the computer with the mouse.
     
  12. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, I want to use it as an extended display. But will I be able to use it with full 1920X1200 on MBP?
     
  13. cube macrumors G5

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    Digital, yes. VGA, no (at least with Apple's adapter).
     
  14. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, the MBP is more that capable of pushing that resolution. I'm running a 27in 1920x1200 monitor from my Aluminum Macbook. You'll be just fine.

    @cube: For extended, the resolutions don't have to be the same at all. I run my Macbook at the normal 1280x800 and my monitor at 1920x1200.
     
  15. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Koool, But if I remember it correctly on the resoultion option there is no option for 1920X1200. Does it automatically detect it or I have to manually do it?
     
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    Automatic.
     
  17. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    The latest gen MBPs can actually support double this resolution, so I'm sure that even older ones can support it.
     
  18. cube macrumors G5

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    Each screen is detected and gets its own resolution menu.
     
  19. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Awesome. So how is your experience with 1920X1200. How does it look? I also have MBP Aluminum style.
     
  20. cube macrumors G5

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    I only use 1600x1200 on a VGA CRT. Apple's MiniDisplayPort-to-VGA adapter is bad because it maxes out at 60Hz at this resolution.
     
  21. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Which monitor is it? There are several different types of monitors.
     
  22. Dextor143 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    it has HDMI, VGA and DVI...I want to use to mainly for surfing and watching movies. May be sometime playing PS3 as well.
     
  23. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Just keep in mind that monitor has a TN panel, so viewing angles, color accuracy, and black levels especially aren't gonna be as great as other monitors. Using it for movies probably wouldn't be the best of things, though it might be ok if you aren't picky about that kind of thing.
     
  24. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    IPS panel monitors are better for everything except gaming due to the slightly slower response times. Even then they are still good for gaming.
     

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