ok (Best External Monitors for Gaming?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mcflirty99, Sep 5, 2008.

  1. mcflirty99 macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    so i have the 2.5 ghz pnryn mbp

    now i want to hook up an external monitor+ buy the apple keyboard (non wireless i'm tinking)

    what monitors do you all haev?

    what size is best for gaming on bootcamp?

    I saw those dell ones (22inch or 24 inch which is mighty big sideways)

    i want one where i can perhaps mount it to my wall...

  2. SirWilliam macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2008
    The new HP LP2465 is excellent...it has S-IPS technology which is the best on the market...it is very affordable compared to alternative 24" IPS monitors at $599...if that is too much money you can look at the Benq FP241VW which is about $500 and is designed specifically for gaming however it uses PVA technology which is generally not considered ideal for gaming. I personally use an Eizo ColorEdge CE240W which is a professional grade display but runs upward of $1.6k...the technology is very similar to what is in the HP I recommended but does not have the configurability of my Eizo.

    Another good monitor that I also personally use is the Lenovo ThinkVision L220x...it is the only 22" monitor on the market with a 1920x1200 resolution...I picked up mine from Provantage for about $330 but that was an error and the price is now about $440 which is still a good deal as it is an excellent monitor...I have not played any games on it though and since it uses PVA technology it might lag...but I would still check into it as the picture quality is excellent.
  3. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    that 24" dell you mentioned is quite good

    kinda high res for gaming though..the mbp can't really run a relatively recent game at 1900x1200 at good fps with good settings.
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    dell 2408wfp the "ultrasharp" version (important).
  5. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    As above or the 2407wfp
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The 24 inchers have 1920x1200 res and the 22 inchers have 1680x1050.
    The MBP will really stugggle playing most games in 1920x1200 res so I would get a 22 incher is gaming is what you want
  7. duncan75 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008
    I have the 2407wfp which has been replaced by the 2408. It's an awesome monitor to game on and much better response rate than the Apple 23" (14ms) vs (5ms) so you won't have to worry about ghosting. If you need the 24" go for it, but since you'll be gaming on the penryn, I'd echo what someone else said in suggesting the 22" 1680x1050. Unless.... you plan on buying the new mbp, in which case you could probably play HL2, WoW, CoD4, etc.. at 1920x1200 with no problem.
  8. duncan75 macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008
    If I had it to do over, I'd probably get the 22" 1680x1050 to balance optimal work with play. 1920x1200 is great for raw screen real estate and you can really organize windows, etc.. very well but since you have spaces and all that jazz with Leopard, I'd probably go with the 22" because typically 1920x1200 is tough to game on if you want to run anything reasonably current gen. 1680x1050 is still plenty of room and with multiple desktops it definitely shouldn't be a problem. Playing games with a native res of 1680x1050 will definitely add some more gaming longevity to the computer.
  9. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Get a 20" or 24" if you want better quality panels, but get a 22" if you want lower response rates (and save some cash). Don't get a 30" because you won't be able to play anything at that resolution and you would be wasting your money.
  10. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    i've been playing HL-2 (i know, not the most demanding game but) on my 2.5 GHz 22" Samsung panel in bootcamp fine with the Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. If cash is no object than the Apple Wireless keyboarda and mighty mouse work extremely well. It responds just like a wired set (in my opinion)
  11. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I really like my Samsung 2493HM. Has DVI, VGA and HDMI and using less than native resolution (1920*1200) in some of my Windows games still looks great.

  12. mcflirty99 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2008
    oh i had a reason for that 24 inch since my friends told me about the greater resolution in the 24 inchers...

    Guess I have to get the 22 inchers..

    What is the best one ?

    and thanks to all who replied :D

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