medical student looking for desktop solutions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cricketman, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Cricketman macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008
    hello everyone
    I'm a first year medical student and have a 2015 13" MBPr. I am happy with the computer performance and portability but sometimes the screen is a bit too small for when I want to watch lecture videos and take notes at the same time.

    Could anyone offer some relatively affordable (remember I am pretty broke haha) but good quality monitors? I like to have wireless solutions but I am thinking about using a wired keyboard. I enjoy the huge travel of the wired keyboards in my universities computer lab (I really feel like I am typing something) - any recommendations in that regard as well? thanks!
  2. Algus macrumors regular


    Jun 8, 2014
    ASUS 27'' 1080p display
    Dell 27'' 4k display
    Logitech K750 wireless keyboard
    Matias Tactile Pro keyboard

    Getting a monitor that is better than your 15'' display will be almost impossible on a limited budget. Still, good sized 1080p displays are relatively inexpensive and still offer a great deal of screen real estate. It will seem like an "upgrade" if you use your Macbook's basic settings because the Macbook displays at a smaller resolution than it is capable of in order to pack in extra pixels.

    For a keyboard there are quite a few good ones. The k750 is a really nice full sized keyboard (Apple doesn't offer a full sized wireless keyboard) and the Matias I linked is an amazing mechanical keyboard.
  3. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    I tried the new one that came out though and the keyboard isn't that bad imo. Way better then the one that was offered on an Asus laptop and was a full sized one
  4. David58117 macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2013
    Do you have a TV you can use? Or iPad as a secondary display with duet?

    Off the cuff, an Apple TV will allow you to stream wirelessly to a TV. You can send the video to the tv, while using laptop to take notes..

    Otherwise, if you have any goodwills or similar stores, you can likely find a very cheap, working monitor..
  5. macjunk(ie) macrumors 6502a

    Aug 12, 2009
    If this is still on the table, go for a mechanical keyboard with Cherry brown keys. Simply superb!
  6. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    Budget and mechs should not be used in the same sentence :)

    I like Reds
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009

    As others have suggested, just add an external monitor.

    I'd suggest a 27" display. Plenty of additional screen real estate.

    I would also recommend that you spend some time browsing this comprehensive list of IPS displays:
  8. Cricketman thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 30, 2008

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