New TBD or not?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by nathanlloyd, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. nathanlloyd macrumors member

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    Hi guys,

    I'm thinking of maybe getting a TBD to work with my MBP.
    A few questions:

    1, Are there any cheaper alternatives that work well with macs?
    2, Can the screen of my MBP be closed without it going asleep?
     
  2. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    You can get a pretty decent 24 inch 1920 x 1080 monitor for $150 and up range.

    You can use an mbp in clamshell mode with any usual external monitor.

    If you have cash in your pocket that's burning a hole in it nothing wrong with TBD ... there is actually a lot right with it ... but I have a couple of ( comparatively speaking ) low budget acers at home/work that do just fine.
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Just about any monitor will work with your computer, although most nice 27" displays like the apple display are around the same price range.
     
  4. nathanlloyd thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool thanks John.

    I'm guessing 'normal' monitors don't connect using Mini-display. If I get some kind of converter will the quality deteriorate?

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    I've just realised there's little point in me getting a TBD if I have a MBP from last year with no Thunderbolt port. D'oh!
     
  5. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Oops. You can still get the old cinema display online some places, but there are plenty of others that will work just as well. Adapters are fine, I use a mDP to DVI adapter and get perfectly good video quality.
     
  6. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    The thunderbolt connection on the newer machines ( like my 2011 mba ) supports all the typical kind of external monitor connections.

    I use a mini display to VGA adapter and it works just fine driving a 1920 x 1080 external unit. I cannot see any problem with it like that.

    There are other options ( other connectors ) like mini display to HDMI and mini display to DVI but ( well as long as the external monitor has VGA input ) from what I can tell VGA works pretty good universally. At some high resolution maybe it fails to perform ok but I don't know where that is.

    On your machine a mini display to VGA connector ( or whatever combo works best for you ) along with a 24 inch under 200 dollar monitor might be a good interim option.
     

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