Which Display for Macbook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bc008, Jul 4, 2009.

  1. bc008 macrumors 68000

    bc008

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    I have the 13" Unibody macbook in my signature, but am starting to get tired of the 13" screen. It was great when I first purchased it because of the portability factor, but am craving more.

    I hooked up the tv to my 32 lcd tv but there is no way I can really get a comfortable setup going.. This is what I am thinking of doing:

    Either getting an external display from dell etc. or getting the refurb MBP at $1,349. I have it on my desk for most of the time, but that leaves another 10 - 20% where I am still stuck with the smaller screen.

    Also, I would like to upgrade the computer eventually. If I sold my Unibody I would have to shell out around $450 to make the "upgrade" (same computer just bigger screen pretty much)

    If I took that money I would have around $250 in my pocket after a screen purchase. I could take that money and get 4gb of RAM in the unibody as well as a bigger HD.

    This is my question: What would you do?

    Also, I was on OWC and was wondering.. are these the correct upgrades for the 13" unibody?

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  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Here's some food for thought - if you "upgrade" to a 15" MBP, and take it away from your desk, are you still going to be unhappy with your screen?

    Thousands of people use a 13" screen (or thereabouts) when they're mobile and plug into a good-sized monitor on their desk. It might work out well for you, especially if you split your time 50/50 desk/mobile.

    Only you can decide if the extra cash is worth it to upgrade to the 15" - but like I said, if you ever decide that screen is also too small (either at your desk or otherwise), then you're still looking at buying a monitor.
     
  3. bc008 thread starter macrumors 68000

    bc008

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    I think you confirmed this for me. 15" would be a world of difference when not on my desk, but once the laptop goes on my griffin elevator I dont think 2 in would have made that much of a difference. Im probably going to get a dell external display sometime soon :)
     
  4. bc008 thread starter macrumors 68000

    bc008

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    Okay, So I have decided to keep the machine and just upgrade the display right now. Which one do you think would be best for a $200 budget?

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-7345

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-7619

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-7438

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-7339

    Quite the array of displays.. I want the most bang for my buck.. I dont care if its HD or all that, just viewable at a descent resolution for windows gaming etc. I would like the 24" but I dont know if another one of the displays is a better choice. Also: is this the correct adaptor?

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2
     

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