Speakers or Monitor for Macbook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jamminph88, May 28, 2007.

  1. jamminph88 macrumors member

    May 6, 2007
    I plan on buying a macbook (unless a smaller MBP is released at wwdc), and one of the uses i plan on it having is to watch some tv shows (online) and movies. Would the better investment be on external speakers or a new monitor? And are there any suggestions of models that have worked well in the past?
  2. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    external speakers are a must for any computer...so if you can only buy one of the two right away, I would get speakers. But a decent set of speakers can be had pretty cheaply, so I don't see why you can't get both eventually.
  3. heatasmallhouse macrumors regular

    May 23, 2007
    cheap speakers and monitor

    My PB 12" speakers suck pretty bad, so I would say get a pair of $10 powered speakers from Big Lots, or other cheap discount store, and put the rest into a monitor unless you want to watch from 3 feet away. Plus it'll keep your display brighter longer if you don't put as many hours on it.

    Also, for when you get the lappy, watch as many videos as you can in VLC. The player is free and it allows you to crank up the sound levels past what Apple has default.
  4. Dynamyk macrumors 6502a


    Jul 8, 2005
    You can get both, you don't need ridiculously good speakers.
  5. jamminph88 thread starter macrumors member

    May 6, 2007
    any suggestions for a cheap set of speakers and a nice monitor? Also, would it be more cost effective to just get a 15" MBP instead of a 13" MB with a monitor?
  6. erikamsterdam macrumors regular


    Apr 21, 2006
    If you hang on the couch with the MB like I do then a decent set of headphones might be better for a nice movie experience. The screen is perfectly fine in that position :D
  7. jamminph88 thread starter macrumors member

    May 6, 2007
    Any suggestions on specific models for either?
  8. munckee macrumors 65816

    Oct 27, 2005
    My vote would be for a 20" Dell LCD. They make two versions; one costs ~$225 and the other about $325. Either is good for the price.

    I have a pair of Logitech Z-4 speakers that I picked up for ~$45. So, for $270 you could be set (and that's far less than you'd pay to upgrade to a MBP).

    All that said, you'd really do better if you could give us some budget constraints.
  9. jamminph88 thread starter macrumors member

    May 6, 2007
    sorry...probably around 200 for a monitor and 75 for speakers...plus or minus if there is something really great out there
  10. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I would suggest this Viewsonic 20" monitor for $180, they sold out of the 22" monitor that I've been recommending lately, but this is just one step below it. For speakers, I have Boston BA635s, they sound plenty good to me, this 2.1 speaker system is similar and it gets 4 out of 5 for ratings, plus it's only $20.

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