Want a 2nd display for my Macbook Pro...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by primedime, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. primedime macrumors member

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    Hello everyone.

    I am looking to get a 2nd display for my macbook pro so that I have more screen space to work with when doing my projects. (web dev/design, graphic design, etc.) (no gaming)

    I looked in to the Apple 27" displays but for 1k it seems a bit much. For a few hundred dollars more I can get an iMac.

    I am looking to spend up to about 300$, maybe a bit more if its worth it on a display other than the Apple Displays. Anyone recommend a brand or model that is 25" - 27"?

    Also, what cables will I need to buy with the display?

    Thanks!
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    What about this 24" DELL Ultrasharp IPS monitor?

    As for cables, you need an MDP to DVI adapter:
     
  3. JasonR macrumors 6502a

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    I picked up an Apple ACD 27" (non thunderbolt) for $600. Works great...love it. :D
     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    this has been doing just fine for me it was $200ish
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  5. primedime thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the great info. My macbook pro only has Thunderbolt, btw. I read a bunch of the reviews and a fe people had issues using with macs, something to do with going in to power saving mode all the time.

    I did like the fact it rotated so you can have more vertical space, that was cool!

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    I really like that design and the price. It also says it is Mac compatible.

    seems everyone has a 24" preference. Is trying to get a 27" display overkill?? I want to be able to have a few programs open on the screen at once. Typically Coda, Web Browser and maybe Fetch at the same time. Will 24" be enough for something like that? I also use Photoshop a lot as well when working throughout the day.
     
  6. simsaladimbamba

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    That is why I inserted that quote about MiniDisplayPort and Thunderbolt, to let you see for yourself, that you can use the Thunderbolt port with MDP adapters.
     
  7. primedime thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes, and I appreciate you taking the time to do that.

    Are you currently using this display?
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    Sadly no, but it is the one I will keep an eye on, due to its resolution and aspect ratio (no 16:9 crap) and IPS panel and LED backlight.


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    Maybe have a look at Advanced Search to find threads, where people reference the Dell I linked to:
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  9. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    thunderbolt includes mini-displayport within its spec. Therefore, any monitor with displayport or mini-displayport will work natively.
     

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