RMBP users, did you get rid of second monitor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by leftyMac, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. leftyMac macrumors regular

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    I'm using a 23" external monitor with my MBP 13, but I'm seriously thinking of getting a rMBP 15 lately.

    Since you can get much larger screen resolutions on rMBP 15, maybe I could do without? My GF will be using the external monitor, so I wouldn't mind not bothering with hooking it up if it doesn't give much benefit.

    Any rMBP users got rid of external monitors?
     
  2. Dekard macrumors 6502

    Dekard

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    I still use an external monitor at home, because 15 inch screen isn't really great for gaming..
     
  3. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

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    As cheap as large external displays are these days I'd think that would be one of the first things to add - not delete. Retina or not, I'd still prefer 27+ inches for just about anything if I'm desk bound.
     
  4. Orr macrumors 6502

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    I like this reasoning. Even with scaled resolutions, 13" or 15" of actual screen area is quite limiting for long sessions of desktop work/play. The portability of the 13" is incredible but I use it mainly as my desktop at home running double 23" widescreen 1920x1080 monitors.
     
  5. raptor402 macrumors 6502

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    Well, to be fair, MBPs aren't really great for gaming.

    I have an external monitor mounted on my wall on my desk. It's usually connected to my gaming PC but I have an HDMI cable with a miniDP to HDMI adapter ready for when I need the big screen on my MBP. However, I'm quite comfortable with the 15" display. The external display is only for when I need two displays, not just a bigger one.

    Regards
    Raptor
     
  6. NativeTxn macrumors regular

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    When I got my 15" rMBP in late November, one of the first things I did was buy 2 23" external monitors. I mainly did it for work (I work from home) as it is much more convenient to have my work system open on one screen and everything else I need on the second screen.

    I just use the HDMI cable that came with the monitors to hook up the screen on my right, and then I got a mini-display port to HDMI adaptor to hook up the screen on the left. Works like a charm.

    The monitors aren't really anything special (just some Acer 23" monitors - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009483) but they were on sale for about $130 when I got them, I found some promo code where I got $13 off, and shipping was like $2.00, so the two monitors were shipped to my door for just under $250 total. They work well for what I need them for so I have no complaints.

    In all honesty, the 15" is nice (and leaps and bounds better than my old 13" HP laptop) from a screen real estate standpoint, but the externals are still great. If you are going with just one monitor, I would think a 27" - 30" would be excellent.
     

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