The Academic's MacBook Display

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

  1. GarrettB macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2007
    Denver, CO
    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")


    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


    Jan 18, 2005
    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

    Jan 27, 2007
    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


    Jul 25, 2007
    New York City
    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

    Sep 5, 2007
    Denver, CO
    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


    Jan 26, 2008
    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

    Sep 5, 2007
    Denver, CO
    Wait, so you can technically go dual monitors by having content on the open MacBook and an external display?
  8. linuxophile macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2005
    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

    Jan 24, 2007
    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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