MacBook with 16:9 external display

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by MisterEd, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. MisterEd macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2006
    Hi guys,

    I'm looking at getting a 23" dell display for my MacBook 2.0 (white). Now I know that the Macbook will only run up to 1920x1200 max, and this display is actually 2048x1152 - I'm not worried about this, as it should be fine upscaling a slightly lower resolution.
    What I need to know is whether the MacBook will be OK with the 16:9 aspect ratio. Does it support any of these resolutions? Or will my image get squashed :(

    Thanks for the advice
  2. greenday123 macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2005
    Of course it will be fine. The macbooks screen is 16:9. Im using my macbook on a 22' 16:9 monitor and it looks perfect!
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    It won't be squashed. You're thinking of the desktop UI as an image. It fact it's not. Your wallpaper will look squashed when using certain settings, but the toolbar, dock, etc will automatically adjust itself. Hard to describe, but let go of the idea that the desktop is a flat image. With that being said, I'd recommend using a regular 6:9 display.
  4. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    The macbook screen is 16:10, actually.

    As for the OP, to run that resolution, you can't. If you can run 1920x1080, that will maintain the 16:9 ratio you're looking for. Otherwise, look into more "conventional" 16:10 computer monitors, perhaps the last version of the Dell 24" model?
  5. Moriarty macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    Warning: Those cheap Dell displays use bargain-bin "TN" type LCD displays. I've seen lots of complaints about poor text legibility on cheap Dell panels, let alone poor viewing angles and bad colour accuracy.

    The Macbook AFAIK supports a maximum of 1920 horizontal pixels, regardless of vertical resolution. Using a display with a slightly higher resolution will result in very blurry scaling of the image.

    Don't buy the monitor. You will only end up wanting your money back. It's going to look like absolute crap when you combine a poor quality TN panel with a blurry, upscaled image.
  6. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    What cave have you been living in? The MacBook screen was/is always 16:10 widescreen.
  7. MisterEd thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2006
    Ok thanks for the warning. Maybe I'll look at a 24" that I can run the native resolution of.

    Thanks for the advice people! ;)
  8. undergrounded macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009
    mac book / viewsonic display is squashed

    ok so i have a 13 in mac book, its a few years old...
    ive been using a Viewsonic display for a 2nd bigger moniter...
    the image was quashed no mater what ratio i choose in syst prefs and
    when i called apple care their only suggestion was to buy an apple display
    so a friend of mine suggested a software called DisplayConfigX to help translate the inompatibility issue and it worked!
    untill i upgraded to the new OSX (10.5.7) now i cant get my 2nd display to work, it squashes the image... any tips? suggestions?
  9. hodgeheg macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2008
  10. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    Did you try to check "Show all resolutions" in the Display preferences and then choose the monitor's native resolution?

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