Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by M0E, Jul 21, 2013.

  1. M0E macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2013
    I've got a macbook pro:

    • 13 Inch
    • 2.5 GHz
    • i5 Core processor
    • 4 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
    • Intel HD graphics 4000 512 MB

    1) Can I connect a hdmi cable from my macbook pro onto a monitor?
    2) Will the screen be as good as the mac screen, like identical?
    3) If (2) worked then can I buy like 3 crap moniters?
    4) Can someone recommend some good but cheap moniters?

    Thanks for the help ^_^
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    1. If you use a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter or cable, yes.
    2. Depends on the quality of the actual monitor. Your 13" MBP has 1280 x 800 pixel, an external monitor will probably have 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200 or even more, unless you do not care and get a really cheap one.
      [*]Maybe, as the MBP only has one video out, which can be split via a Matrox Dual or Triple Head2Go
      or some of those USB to VGA/DVI/HDMI adapters.
    3. What is cheap for you? Or in other words, what is your budget for ONE monitor?
  3. M0E thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2013
    What's the lowest price you got? Umm for three moniters or maybe just two I'll take 20-100 bucks.
  4. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Sorry, I do not know that much about prices, but a Google Shopping or eBay search might reveal some more information about monitors in your price range and the sizes you want.

    As it somehow depends on your computational needs (I can live with one 1920 x 1200 display, but like two 1920 x 1200 displays and really would like three 1920 x 1200 displays, but I also want them to match, thus it would cost around 825 € to 1500*€*for three new displays of my liking (U2412M or U2412)).

    Therefore if you need colour accuracy on at least one display, look into IPS capable displays. If not, any TN display is more than enough and you can get a 23" display with 1920 x 1200 pixel for 80 to 100 USD new.
    But maybe you do not even need that much screen real estate.

    It really depends on your, yet unstated, computational needs.
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    1) yes if the monitor has HDMI (not all of them have HDMI)
    2) it can be as good, probably better.
    3) you have one video out. So you will need to buy a $300 adapter and also buy monitors with DVI or display port, these are not usually cheap crap monitors.
    4) Any cheap monitor is good if it meets your needs.
  6. Giuly, Jul 21, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2013

    Giuly macrumors 68040


    Why would you buy three cheap monitors instead of one larger, high-quality display?

    I agree with simsaladimbamba, $20-100 for three monitors is a deal you'll likely find on eBay of the 17" 4:3 variety, unless you meant $200-1000. But likely you want this:

    However, the AOC 29" ultra-wide screen is not $20-100, nor 3*$20-100, but $449.

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