The Academic's MacBook Display

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by GarrettB, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. GarrettB macrumors newbie

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    Here's what I need -

    Either a single largish monitor for use when my MacBook is home, to whichever size a MacBook will go (I've heard 24")

    OR

    Two cheaper widescreen monitors.

    I'll be a graduate student soon with a whole lot of lovely PDFs to read and a lot of writing to do. Ideally I'd like to fit a healthy sized PDF on the screen, a word processing window and maybe a bibliographic reference manager. What size and type monitor would be appropriate to this task, and still moderately priced?

    As for other things, I do some amateur photography, but I've been doing photo editing on a sub-par monitor for a long time. I don't think top of the line colors are necessary. Really, just a large workspace with enough quality not to kill my eyes as I pore over PDFs.

    Any suggestions?

    Also, is the Apple wireless keyboard worth the price tag?
     
  2. tersono macrumors 68000

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    You can't run dual external displays from a MacBook without going to the expense of something like the Matrox DualHead2Go.

    I'd go for the single 23/24" screen - your Macbook can drive anything with a native resolution up to 1920x1200, which should be ample.
     
  3. bananaquit macrumors member

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    I echo tersono's advice. I always have at least two documents open and work quite efficiently with my 20" iMac. Often I also have papers, books all over my desk and appreciate the wireless keyboard not getting caught in the clutter.
     
  4. thechidz macrumors 68000

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    I an my macbook and now run my mbp with dvi to hdmi on my 37" hdtv. works swimmingly
     
  5. GarrettB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good to know that MacBooks cannot natively handle the dual monitor set up.

    So, with a 20"-24" monitor in mind, are there any brand or "type" reccomendations? The world of monitors has eluded me for the past 4 years or so.
     
  6. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    I used a MacBook with a 23" Apple ACD for a while. Works well as I was able to placed random stuff (like email) on the MacBook while leaving PDFs etc. on the main monitor. The ACD, however, is pricey. The Dell 24" has a good reputation also, but I've never used it myself.
     
  7. GarrettB thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wait, so you can technically go dual monitors by having content on the open MacBook and an external display?
     
  8. linuxophile macrumors regular

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    Yes you can; you may have to turn off "mirroring" in the display preferences. Then the second monitor will act as an extension of the built-in display.

    You can do it on any recent laptop (I assume also MBA, but I have tried personally only on MB and MBP).
    Ditto for any iMac.
     
  9. wake6830 macrumors regular

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    Yes, I've done this with both my 37" 1080p tv, and my Dell 20" widescreen. It works great - you'll just need the mini-dvi to dvi adapter, since the macbook does not have a full-sized dvi output connector.
     

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