type connection do I need for running external monitor

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  1. nofear212 macrumors newbie

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    I have an 09' 13 inch Macbook Pro and I want to get an external monitor so I can use my laptop screen and the monitor at the same time for more space. What type of connection capabilities should I be looking for in the monitor to ensure that my macbook will be able to connect with the monitory?

    Thanks!
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You'll need either a DisplayPort-capable monitor, or a DVI-capable monitor with a DisplayPort to DVI adapter. VGA will also work (with an adapter) but won't look as good.
     
  3. tjb1 macrumors 68000

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    You can also just buy a tv with an hdmi or vga port and use it as a monitor and tv for whatever else...
     
  4. dime21, Dec 27, 2010
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    Be aware that DVI is limited to 1920 x 1200 resolution. If your monitor is this resolution (or smaller), you need a DisplayPort to DVI adapter.

    If you buy a large monitor with higher resolution than that, you'll need dual-link DVI instead. So you'll need the DisplayPort to dual-link DVI adapter.

    Factor the adapter cost into your purchasing decision, as the dual-link adapter from Apple is spendy ($100). Also, DVI is not capable of sending audio, it only does video, so you'll need separate audio cables to use external speakers.

    Your best option would be to buy a monitor that has a native DisplayPort connection. Then you won't need any video adapters at all. I think all the current Apple monitors have this.
     
  5. nofear212 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    "HDCP" means that it's compatible with hardware/software that uses digital copy protection, usually on things like blu-ray players to ensure that you aren't recording the output.

    A DVI input will work, as others have said you will just need to purchase a mini-displayport to DVI adapter. Apple sells them, so does monoprice.com.

    This should work: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10246&cs_id=1024604&p_id=5999&seq=1&format=2
     

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