Monitor for macbook

theman5725

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So I switched to mac by buying a new Macbook a month ago. As much as I love it, the small screen and medicore speakers annoy me when I'm just at home (theyre great when traveling with it though). Basically I want a large monitor for my desk so I can use my Macbook like a desktop when I'm at home, and a laptop on the road.

I would buy the Apple 20-inch, but $700 is simply too much for me. I did a little research on other 20 inch monitors but I don't know much about this field so I decided to ask here.

I want a (preferably) 20-inch monitor thats cheaper then the Apple 20-inch monitor.

Will I need to buy speakers if I want to keep my Macbook closed while working? Or are they integrated into the monitor?

Note that I won't be buying this actual monitor for a couple of months but I would like to know what I want so I can put it on my list of things to buy when I get more money (along with a RAM upgrade).
 

theman5725

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Wow, thats a great price for a monitor (even though I dont like dell :/). Somebody has to answer my speakers question however.
 

tristan

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Monitor speakers are never very good - you'd be better off getting your own speakers.

There are lots of deals on LCD monitors now - there's another thread where people are discussing the hanns-g 19" LCDs which aren't much more than $100. Other brand names people like are Samsung and Acer. And Dell of course, but I would never give them my money.
 

theman5725

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http://www.amazon.com/Acer-AL2016W-WideScreen-LCD-Monitor-Silver/dp/B000F8R1K4/sr=1-4/qid=1157312783/ref=sr_1_4/102-5213977-9631305?ie=UTF8&s=pc

This monitor looks good and the price is great! More questions however:
I know that the Macbook screen is capable of displaying HD video. I would assume that theese 20 inch LCD monitors can do the same but I would like to make sure.

If in the future I would like to possibly hook up a TV Tuner to my monitor would most monitors work for this, or would I need a special one?
 

theman5725

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Somebody tell me if that Acer monitor is good quality for my MacBook please.