MBP 15 notUnib max external resolution

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  1. bogart macrumors member

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    I have the 15 inch MBP that was just before the current unibody version.

    All this talk on cinema displays leads me to think about a decent external display. What's the max resolution/size I can drive ? I note that the Apple Cinema display (which I can't drive as I have DVI out) is 1720 x 1200 - will my MBP drive one of that resolution ? What about bigger ?

    I can't look this up because all the info on the apple site is about the new unibody.

    Any recommendations for a display ? I was thinking 24 inch but haven't ruled out bigger if I could drive it from my machine.

    andy
     
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

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  3. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    You'll be looking at 2560x1600 if you have an 8600 graphics card. I'm not sure about the 7000-series.

    If you're looking for a monitor, you need to ask yourself what you are going to use it for. If you are using it to work with print/tv production work or for a bigger viewing area to watch some movies, write papers and the such.

    The former will require a ~$600 + monitor.
    The latter will require a $150-$400 investment.

    Here is my recomendation:
    Link

    You could drive the new ACD with this adaptor.
     
  4. bogart thread starter macrumors member

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    Thankyou to both posters for this very useful info.

    However - what's ACD ? Both links in this post go to the same place - the Samsung 2443BWX - what was the second link supposed to be (the adapter) ?

    andy
     
  5. naid macrumors regular

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    ACD = Apple Cinema Display

    Your laptop can drive an external display of up to 2560x1600.

    I was also able to run an early 2008 Penryn at 3840x1200 (two 26" monitors side by side, each running 1920x1200).
     
  6. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

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    Oh, sorry about the links. ACD is Apple Cinema Display. I.e., that awesome new monitor from Apple.

    I'm not exactly sure if the new ACD will work with an older MBP. I haven't seen anyone with that type of setup. I think it might work with the Mini-DisplayPort to Dual DVI adaptor, but I'm not sure.


    Like I said, don't get a top of the line IPS panel. Stay within your budget and get something you'll like. Save some cash and buy someone something nice.
     

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