type connection do I need for running external monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nofear212, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. nofear212 macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2010
    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?

  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    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

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    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
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2010

    dime21 macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2010
    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

    Dec 27, 2010
  6. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    "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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