MBP 13 & external monitor size/resolutions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by manni, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. manni macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2010

    I have ordered a MBP 13 - first Mac - absolutely love the OS when used on uni computers and been reading all the posts here - wonderful community.

    I got the 13 because I travel a lot and wanted the portability and anyway was used to a 12.1" monitor before. At home I am planning to buy an external monitor to use with the MBP to try to have best of both worlds - but I'll confess to not being very technically minded with regards to screen sizes and the issues of screen resolution on a laptop when it is being displayed on a larger monitor; never hooked one up to another monitor.

    When traveling I take hundreds of photos on my dslr and it would be nice to see them on a 20-24" screen when home as well as web browsing etc. Does it make sense to hook up a MBP 13" to such a monitor? Can it output at a higher resolution than on its own screen if selected for another? Would that be even necessary?

    My Mac arrives next week so I wanted to get the monitor ordered but can't play about with the preferences to see what resolutions are offered since I don't have it yet! Anyone got any advice on the quality they've got from it and what size would be recommended? Does the 13 work well with a 24" monitor or would I be better off with a 17-19" one.

    Thanks and I hope this isn't a really stupid question! I just don't want it to look like those iphone apps when doubled in size on the ipad etc!
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Graphics and video support

    NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory5
    Dual display and video mirroring: Simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 2560 by 1600 pixels on an external display, both at millions of colors

    read on http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs-13inch.html

    In other words, you can connect a 30" display to it if you want, the MacBook Pro will offer you the native resolution of the external display once it is connected.

    Also have a look at the following links, as the information presented there might be helpful in your future endeavours into Mac OS X and could clear up initial confusion and may even prevent harm to your system or your files.

    Mac OS X Basics
    Switch 101 - guide with articles made by Apple on how to accustom yourself, after you switched to Mac OS X from Windows​

    Mac 101 - How to get started with Mac OS X​

    Find out how - tutorial videos made by Apple on how to do certain thing in Mac OS X​

    Pro tips - tips made available by Apple for easier ways of doing certain tasks​

    Mac OS X Keyboard Shortcuts - Learn about common Mac OS X keyboard shortcuts.​

    Mac OS X Beginner's Guide by MacRumors - learn about software, media players, shortcuts and some useful tips, tricks and hints​

    Mac Guides - tutorials, product guides and more​

    MRoogle - a very effective tool to search these fora using Google and made available by edesignuk, introductory threads: 1, 2 and 3

  3. manni thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2010
    Thanks for the reply.

    Can't believe I missed that bit having already been on that page - kind of a lot to take in when choosing a new computer I guess; reassuring to know it can handle such resolutions :)

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