Using the MacBook Pro Retina as a External Display for PC?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Zeov, Jun 18, 2013.

  1. Zeov macrumors 6502a

    Zeov

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    So i'm most likely getting the new 17" Alienware Gaming Laptop, and i'm gonna use that + a gaming monitor for all the gaming, but i'd love to be able to use the MBPR as a display for skype / facebook / steam chats and so on.

    Through some research theres no input on the screen, but what if i use some wireless app or something? i don't need 2880x1800 res, i just need it to display all my social media.

    Thanks
     
  2. Siggen macrumors 6502

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    Over Wifi, yes this is possible. For Gaming, its not good enough.
    Wired solution, no. The thunderbolt and HDMI controllers are built such that this is not possible on a low level solution (for this purpose lower level is better).

    If you simply need to extend your screen space for tasks such that you describe, look into www.synergy-foss.org a beautiful solution. Its a solution that lets you control multiple computers with a mouse and keyboard, in a multi monitor style way. I love it.
     
  3. Zeov thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Zeov

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    oh and its cross platform too! brilliant!

    thank you so much.
     

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