using a large monitor with macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by adamkesher234, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. adamkesher234 macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Hey guys, I'm a real noob in this field and was wandering a few things about external monitors for macbooks. I'm considering getting a monitor for my macbook (white, bought a couple of years ago).

    First of all, they are compatible with external displays correct? I'm growing tired of working in such a small screen area. I find myself using after effects and cinema 4d a lot so a large screen space is ideal.

    Anyway, the main thing I want to know is that if I get a larger monitor, will it actually give me more screen space while keeping the original scale, or will it simply scale things up proportionally to fit the screen?

    Thanks in advance, Eugene
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Im working on a White 2008 macbook, plugged into a 22" Samsung screen. Its the best of both worlds.

    Yes it does give your more screen space.
  3. notstevelam macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2009
    um it'd be helpful to actually mention the model of macbook you have. but yes it should support external display. since you mention absolutely nothing relevant, you probably have mini-dvi out or mini displayport. the resolution that can be shown will be dependent on your model and the monitor.
  4. adamkesher234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Thanks. I see, well I don't know what other information to provide besides that it's a white 2008 macbook. Now running snow leopard with 1280x800 resolution. Any tips for buying a screen? what should I look for in a screen? or does it come down to simply the best your money can get for size?

  5. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    Don't worry, you definitely provided us with enough relevant information to help you. ;) As far as I know, (and correct me if I'm wrong), all of the old white MacBooks that came before last month's revision had the same ports, and all used mini DVI. Simple enough to figure out! :)

    As far as what types of screens are out's really up to you, and what you like! People here tend to like the Cinema Displays, and while I do too, I found that they were wayyy too expensive for me. Shop around and see what deals are out there, and also do a few forum searches, there are lots and lots and lots of discussions on the topic! There is really no general consensus of the best third-party monitor, since everyone has different needs and different tastes. That being said, I definitely like my HP monitor (model w2338h), it was in the right price range for me and has a really great display. It also just generally looks nice unlike some of the other third-party displays. What will you be using yours for - photo editing, writing, movie watching, etc??

    Going from a 13" MacBook display to a 24" display was a real treat, so considering your current space issues, you should probably try to look for something in that size range.
  6. adamkesher234 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Great! Thanks, I look forward to getting me a 20inch monitor or something around that. Should help me a lot with my work.


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