Macbook-To-TV Quality.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sicarius, Dec 5, 2006.

  1. Sicarius macrumors member

    Oct 2, 2006
    I want to get the min-DVI to video, so I can use my 27" SDTV as a monitor. My question is: Is the quality good enough to buy the mini-DVI and an audio out-type thing as well? (Probably around $50 total)? Or will the quality be hardly recognizable.
  2. j26 macrumors 65832


    Mar 30, 2005
    iPhoto hates it, but works (under protest) and the quality of text is pretty poor. You have to increase the text size to make it legible. I tried it on a 32" and found it quite poor, as an SD tv doesn't have the resolution

    Basically connecting to an SD tv is only useful for movies and video chat.
  3. Gee macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2004
    London, UK
    Agreed, the quality is pretty crappy and unusable for much apart from watching movies. I also had problems with the aspect ratio - the comp wouldn't recognise the widescreen aspect of the TV.
  4. Arne macrumors regular

    May 14, 2006
    don't expect to get a good quality for text on any TV with any computer. that's not what TVs are designed for. You should limit youself to use it for Photos and Videos.
  5. Romulus macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2006
    I use mine with a 32 SDTV and like everyone said - the only thing to use it for is video and maybe pictures. I use it to play all those divx movies I have. Oh, it worked great with Front Row and iTunes visualization. That's about it, you won't be able to actually work on that display, and I don't think you would want to... I think the SDTV resolution is like 640 by 480 or something.
  6. ZballZ macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2006
    Its a TV and therefore obviously has standard tv resolution:

    this is 720x576 for PAL (european standard) and 720x486 for NTSC (north-american standard)
  7. Mhill macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2006
    Essex, England
    I don't know what SD TV is, but i'm looking at buying a 26inch HD LCD and tried my MacBook out on a panel in Comet and it was awesome.:cool:
  8. ZballZ macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2006
    SD = standard definition (look at resolutions above)

    HD = high definition (beware that there are two standards roaming! - 1080i and 1080p (true high definition)
  9. dpaanlka macrumors 601


    Nov 16, 2004
    Well... not really - even HDTVs are still really low resolutions for how big they are. They are not meant to be computer displays. A 42" HDTV may have a native resolution of 1366 x 768. Many HDTVs (like Dell's 30") are only 1024 x 768.

    That's less than the 13" MacBook.

    Now compare that to the resolution of the Apple 30" Cinema, a display that is meant to be used with a computer. It has a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

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