Monitor to pair with Macbook Pro?

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  1. BluAffiliate macrumors regular

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    Hey guys,
    I work full time and I love my Macbook Pro, recently settled into an office and have a lot of desk space. I remember reading somewhere that a second monitor increases productivity by 40%. I want to buy a decent quality monitor ($100-300) to sit next to my Mac.

    It just needs to look bright, connect easily to the mac, doesn't have to be ablle brand or good at watching video really, but to focus on spreadsheets and websites.

    Anyone have a good recommendation?

    And also, what kind of hook-up will I need. I am assuming it'll be DVI but there are no DVI slots on my 15 inch MBP (October 2009 release).
     
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  4. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

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    I absolutely love my Samsung P2370HD 23" Monitor. It's basically a TV.

    I currently use it for my old laptop (soon to be replaced with a MBP), my Xbox 360, occasionally I'll plug my PS3 into it, and it's got a TV Tuner built in. It's got a 1920x1080 resolution, and looks great!

    It's $310 on Newegg.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001336
     
  5. kyzen macrumors regular

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    As sexy as a Cinema display is, you could score 2 23" 1080p LCDs, a mini display port -> DVI or HDMI adapter, a USB -> VGA or DVI adapter, and a nice laptop stand for under $500, giving you a nice dual (possibly triple?) screen setup. I just can't wrap my head around the Cinema Display's price tag.
     
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  7. tikidoc macrumors regular

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    I had the same reaction. Beautiful display, but I could just not justify that kind of money for a monitor, even refurbished.
     
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  10. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    You need one of these to connect a DVI monitor.
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2

    I highly recommend the Dell 2209WA. It has an IPS panel, so color, viewing angle, and overall image quality are excellent, and it it a level above just about any TN monitor. The Acer monitor mentioned above is TN, as are most consumer LCDs. Most IPS monitors are $400+, which makes the 2209WA an outstanding deal.

    You can read the full 85+ page thread about how to get it for $212 here
    http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=1181717
    It normally sells for ~$300, but apparently this deal still works.
     
  11. saz25 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    I just bought the Samsung P2570HD; the same as the P2370HD except a little larger. I just set it up. It looks great. Though I have one concern. It doesn't seem to be perfectly verticle. Its not level as it tilts a bit.

    I put a level next to it and its not quite level and there doesn't seem to be any tilt designed into this. I can swivel it left and right, but I can tilt it such that its perfectly straight (up and down).

    Has anyone else seen this? How do you get around this? It it defective?

    thanks in advance,
    Steve
     
  12. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    Is the monitor stand removable? If it is, you may be able to adjust it by reseating it on the monitor. Monitors that are wall-mountable typically have removable stands.
     
  13. saz25 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    Just to close this issue, it actually does tilt back. Its not very well explained. I was nervous not to break it, but yes it does tilt.

    Steve
     
  14. slideworks macrumors member

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    I agree with Matt above. I love my 2209WA. For the price you really can't go wrong.
     

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