macbook with external monitor

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kylep6190, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. kylep6190 macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2007
    hey I will be purchasing my first macbook soon, but I am wondering if the monitor is too small, can I just another monitor and hook it right up to it? Also will I be able to use my macbook screen along with the external monitor so I can move things back and forth, or when I plug my external monitor in will I only be able to use that and not the macbook screen as well?
  2. bitty417 macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2007
    Absolutely --

    I currently hav my Macbook connected to a Dell 27" with both screens spanned -- you can drag applications across from the built in laptop screen to the external monitor.

    You will need to get a Mini-DVI to DVI or VGA connector.
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    You can connect an external monitor, but as the MacBook has a Mini-DVI connection and not a standard DVI connection, you'll need to buy the adapter from Apple to do it. DVI produces a better picture than VGA, and an increasing number of monitors don't have VGA connections, so you may be better off getting the DVI adapter not the VGA one.

    Either way, the MacBook's screen is pretty high-res for it's size, there's no real need for an external monitor...
  4. artic5693 macrumors member

    Oct 21, 2007
    Just keep in mind that you can not hook the MB up to a 30" monitor, because they require dual-link DVI.

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