rMBP to TV : What do I buy?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tacticus, Jul 12, 2013.

  1. Tacticus macrumors newbie

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    I would like to connect my Retina MacBook Pro to my TV HDMI slot for mirroring. Does anybody have any recommendations on what sort of connector (DV, thunderbolt) and make I should go for please ?
     
  2. cbs20 macrumors member

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    Retina's have an HDMI port so all you need is an HDMI cord.
     
  3. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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  4. Dragooon macrumors newbie

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    A nice HDMI to HDMI connector, this was actually a surprise for me since I had no idea rMBP has a full HDMI port, I was going to buy a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter but forgot about it at the end moment.
     
  5. calpolygraduate macrumors regular

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  6. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

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    Why the 2 when you can get the 3?
     
  7. calpolygraduate macrumors regular

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    2 can be jailbroken to install XBMC! best media center ever
     
  8. Tacticus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone, didn't realise I had an hdmi slot #
     
  9. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    Why? Adding extra hardware so you can stream a very limited amount of media doesn't make sense to me when you can just plug directly in with HDMI and play anything you want to.
     
  10. falconeight Guest

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    Cool huh, I didn't realize my rMBP had a power port until I asked here. :D
     
  11. jonnymo5 macrumors 6502

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    Because then you can do it from the couch of course!:D
     
  12. FrankB1191 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh Yeah! Who wants extra cables and wires, when it can be done with Apple TV?
    Sometimes I'll want to show something on my iPad to my wife, and simply switch the iPad over to Apple TV, and then back to whatever nonsense she had on the tube. :D
     
  13. Interstella5555 macrumors 603

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    I do all that from my couch too...
     
  14. KylePowers macrumors 68000

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    You can still mirror you screen and play anything you want to as well; again, with the usefulness of being completely wireless.

    Besides, an AppleTV can be had for $80-$90 used... there are people out there that pay more than that for HDMI cables :p
     
  15. trigonometry macrumors 6502

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    Wow, you paid $1500+ for a laptop and don't know what ports you have. You didn't even look on the side and see the port labeled HDMI? Sad.
     
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  17. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    Those who prioritize image quality over convenience. Never assume your preferences are universal no matter what the topic. I use both methods. Each has its pros and cons.
     
  18. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    HDMI does have a relatively short cable length limit, something like 10-15 feet, unless you use amplified or buffered cable$$. An Apple TV may be less money than HDMI cables which are not cheap... but with HDMI you can play anything on the TV that the rMBP can.


    I have both :) .. But the apple TV can stream Netflix, pod casts, and others sources directly without need of a laptop.... so if that is what you intend to watch, just get the AppleTV and don't bother using HDMI cables and the rMBP for that purpose.
     
  19. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    No. Being so used to having to buy special adapters to accomplish simple tasks is sad. The rMBP is a refreshing change. ;)
     
  20. Dragooon macrumors newbie

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    I paid 2200$ actually :p, but yeah, even I didn't have any idea I had a HDMI port. I was randomly seeing the body and then realised there was a full HDMI port out there. It wasn't one of my priorities so I didn't bother with it beforehand.
     
  21. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    I think you are forgetting that even with an apple tv he will still need to spend money on an hdmi cable to hook that up
     
  22. Voodoofreak macrumors regular

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  23. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    Apple TV lags and gets annoying when doing certain tasking. Also the aspect ratio looks funny, it just looks better through hdmi. I only stream through Apple TV for quick convince nothing permanent
     

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