Monitor for use with MBP Retina, new 13" Air and 2007 MBP 15"

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dmaxdmax, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. dmaxdmax macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2006
    I'm looking for a reasonably priced monitor that will work with all 3 computers. The primary purpose will be as a display for a new 13" Air running business apps - Word/Excel/Mail etc. Secondary use will be for photo or iMovie editing at a strictly home-user level on any of the laptops.

    21" would be fine or a little larger.

  2. eron macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    You will need a multi-input monitor that runs maximum of 1920X1200 resolution. Assuming you don't want to shell out about $100 for a mini-dp to dual dvi adaptor.

    An old monitor like a HP 2475w with an IPS screen will suit your need. With multi-input, you don't have to unplug from an attached macbook to connect to another. DP on the HP monitor might not work for macbooks, but DVI certainly does for me.

    You will need the mini-dp to DVI adaptors. Don't know about the output on the 2007 MBP.
  3. AdrianK macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    You wont need any adaptors if you get a display with DisplayPort and DVI.

    The 2007 MacBook Pro has DVI, any decent monitor within the last 5 years will have that.
    For the Air and rMBP, you can use a miniDisplayPort to DisplayPort lead if the monitor has DP, otherwise an mDP to DVI adaptor will suffice.

    I'm quite fond of my U2122HM (VGA, DVI, DP), it's only e-IPS but it still looks pretty good to me, pretty cheap too [link].
  4. dmaxdmax, Jul 22, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2012

    dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2006
    What about resolution? A 1920x1200 (or HD) monitor is fine for the rMBP but will the lower output MBP and Air produce jaggies or stretching or other artifacts?
  5. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    All these computers will support up to 2560x1440 on an external 16:9 monitor and will do 1920x1200 or 1080 without a problem

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