Monitors and with a 13 inch Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Mycah, Jun 19, 2009.

  1. Mycah macrumors newbie

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    I'm unfamiliar with how the Macbook Pros connect to a monitor. Could someone explain it to me? Is it any different than a PC?

    It'd be great if you could point me in the direction of a nice one (in a reasonable price range).

    Thanks!
     
  2. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    To connect, you need a MiniDisplayPort to VGA or DVI adapter, depending on your monitor.

    Either can be found at http://store.apple.com or www.monoprice.com

    As for a monitor, it depends what your definition of "reasonable" is. Look around at www.newegg.com or even www.dell.com or something of the like to see what's in your range with good user reviews.
     
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    It will. But I'd go with something more like http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-7976 in that price range, just for the increased resolution.

    If you go with the LG or something like that however, I'd use DVI as the means of connection rather than VGA. The MDP-->DVI adapter is less issue-prone than the VGA adapter, and will give you better image quality. For some though, 1920x1080 is too high resolution for day-to-day use. If that may be yours as well, Dell has a 1680x1050 20" for $199 as well: http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...s&cs=19&sku=320-6523&~lt=popup&~ck=TopSellers
     
  4. Mycah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Will the Mac be able to put out that kind of resolution?

    And I'm shopping at Best Buy because I have a bunch of gift cards there, so I'm kinda limited to their stock.
     
  5. kap09 macrumors 6502

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    i've used mine plenty at 1920x1080 on my 42 inch lcd since getting it a few days after launch.
     
  6. Mycah thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    it's really quite simple

    1. the new macs use mini display port (mini-DP) rather than the standard DVI and VGA. It's newer tech, but there aren't really any products out for it yet, so you need a converter cable to go from mini-dp to DVI or VGA.
    2. you need a converter cable from mini-dp to dvi or mini-dp to vga depending on the monitor input. DVI is higher quality, so if the monitor supports it (most do), go with that one
    3. you plug that converter cable into the computer, and plug the dvi/vga cable from the monitor into the other end of the converter cable
    4. the macbook pro can display any resolution available on consumer monitors, so don't worry about if it is supported

    that monitor from best buy you linked will work. It supports dvi according to the info there, so go with one of these converter cables: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2

    or http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB570Z/A?mco=NDY5OTA2OQ

    both are pretty much the same cable, except apple charges 3x more.
     
  8. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    I'd take LG over HP.

    Swing by your local store, check them out in person, and figure out which you like best.
     

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