Percentage of time you connect to an external monitor?


macrumors member
Aug 21, 2007
I have a new macbook. I spend all day using it at the office, I spend all day connected to a really nice Dell 24" monitor. It works pretty well. The plugging in is no big deal, as I have to plug in a usb hub, and power cord as well.


macrumors 65816
Oct 26, 2008
Whenever I'm home, my MBP is connected to my monitor. I don't think I could live without it. And plugging/unplugging is no problem for me, since it generally only happens twice a day...


macrumors 68020
Oct 25, 2008
Probably 90% of the time.

Plugging in is no big deal at all. At work I have a display with the DVI-MiniDP adapter and at home I use a DP-MiniDP cable for my 30" display.

What sucks is that you can't run the MBP in clamshell mode on battery. It just won't come out of sleep even though there is no real technical limitation for that.


macrumors newbie
Feb 3, 2009
I have my 13" MBP plugged into my external display all of the time i'm at home, i only use it without when i take my laptop to college with me. It works really well the the external display, and plugging into it really isn't a problem that would put you off :D :apple:


Staff member
May 3, 2009
90% of the time for me. I have a dell 2405 monitor which has served me well for several years and I typically keep my laptop on my desk for the majority of time.


macrumors regular
Sep 30, 2008
MBP, 90% of the time hooked up to 23" ACD. It travels to the sofa occasionally. Rarely leaves the house due to our Blackbook fulfilling the road-warrior role. The Blackbook (no monitor) splits its time between my wife's office and the bedroom.


macrumors 65816
Jan 15, 2009
rarely up to a few days ago, but the purchase of a 32" HD made me break out me dvi > hdmi leash to give it a twirl lol
it's funny how the built in gfx card will drive a 32" at 1920x1280 resolution but the max available on the MBP screen is only 1440x900 :(


macrumors 68030
Nov 2, 2003
San Francisco, CA
I have a job where I work from home and travel a lot.
- If i'm at home, my MacBook Pro is connected to my external monitor about 90% of the time. I appreciate having a dedicated keyboard and mouse, and it feels like a desktop setup - plus I get two huge monitors, one of them being a huge Dell.
- If I'm traveling, the laptop flies solo, and I'm connected to an external monitor pretty much never, unless you count when I have to give presentations and plug into a projector.


macrumors 604
Jun 27, 2006
Seattle, WA
My MacBook Pro is connected to an external monitor 97% of the time. My MacBook Air on the other hand has never been connected to an external monitor.


macrumors 6502
Aug 20, 2009
Do you connect your notebook to a monitor?

If so what percentage of time are you connected to a monitor?
It's not much for me anymore. I'm using the portability more these days.

Is plugging/unplugging much of an inconvenience?
No not really especially if you keep it plugged in most of the time. If you are constantly plugging in and out throughout the day then it might be annoying but it's usually just twice a day. You unplug it once when you leave your desk and then the second time when you come back to your desk.

It also depends on your personality tolerance because some people find any kind of work inconvenient. I actually don't have much plugged into my computer to begin with so I never found the whole plugging and unplugging that inconvenient. All I have plugged in is my power cord, ethernet internet cable, and USB external mouse. Everything else I plug in when I use them.


macrumors 68030
May 29, 2007
I use a Dell 3008WFP at home and a Samsung 24" at work. I only open the laptop when I sit in front of the TV to browse, etc.

Sleep is flakey for me when used with an external monitor and running in clamshell mode. Sometimes when I disconnect/reconnect with an external monitor and try to wake up the MBP it won't, or it'll wake up but not output any video. I have to force reboot it several times a week because of this. This problem finally went away with Snow Leopard, but has since reappeared in 10.6.1 and gotten worse with 10.6.2. Very annoying. I don't think it is a problem when not using clamshell mode.


macrumors 68000
Nov 2, 2007
SF Bay Area
Do you connect your notebook to a monitor?

If so what percentage of time are you connected to a monitor?

Is plugging/unplugging much of an inconvenience?
I used to keep my late-2006 MBP connected to an ACD23 most of the time. The machine was also connected to external FW800 drives, sometimes to eSATA drives, some USB hubs, and the odd speaker or mouse. Unplugging it from everything was less than convenient.

I have a Mac Pro for all that now, and my MBP is portalicious again.


macrumors 6502a
Oct 14, 2005
Almost 100% of the time after I got an iPhone. This is why I'm now waiting for my new 27" iMac to show up. I just don't need a laptop functioning as a desktop replacement.


macrumors 68020
Jul 25, 2008
Central US
My MacBook Pro is connected to my external display at least 98% of the time. I disconnect every once in a great while just to exercise the battery because disconnecting is a total PITA because of how my desk is built. I've also got something plugged into every port except the microphone and FW800 port (I only have FW400 devices). Its not a big deal though because I've got my Powerbooks for on-the-go use. I'd have gotten rid of the MBP and replaced it with a quad G5 if 10.6 had supported PPC.


macrumors 6502a
May 30, 2007
Do you connect your notebook to a monitor?

If so what percentage of time are you connected to a monitor?

Is plugging/unplugging much of an inconvenience?
Great questions and thread! I'd ask one or two others:

If you are plugged in more than 50% of the time? Why not go a 15/17 Pro or an iMac?


Moderator emeritus
Apr 27, 2005
San Francisco, CA
<1% of the time, including projectors. Actually, I'm not sure if my MacBook has ever been connected to an external monitor within its 3+ year life.

Teej guy

macrumors 6502a
Aug 6, 2007
Until I finally bought one, it spent very little (if any) of its time connected to an external monitor. Now, whenever I'm at home, it's connected. No inconvenience at all, I just leave the connector unscrewed so plugging and unplugging is very quick.
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