MBP 13 & external monitor size/resolutions

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

  1. manni macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    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

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    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.



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  3. manni thread starter macrumors regular

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    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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