Who here uses 13" rMBP withOUT an external monitor?

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  1. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

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    Just wondering the above and how it's working out for you folks. Do you ever wish you used an external monitor? Or is it a non factor for you given how great the retina display is?
     
  2. CarreraGuy macrumors regular

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    I use my rMBP 13" without external monitor when I'm at home in bed or on the couch otherwise I'm on my iMac. At work I attach my 13" to an external monitor.

    Depends on your needs, but generally I'm happy with my 13" because I carry it around a lot in my backpack.
     
  3. nightlong macrumors 6502a

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    I have an external monitor but hardly ever use it because it is not retina and I would rather work on the MBPr screen
     
  4. Amplelink thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I figured. Just not sure if a bigger screen trumps retina for some people.
     
  5. Meister Suspended

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    I have several screens, but i never use my 13" rmbp with them.
    I travel all the time, so an external screen would be pointless.
     
  6. Amplelink thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What does traveling have to do with whether the screen would be pointless? Just curious. When you're at home, you just work off of the 13" directly?
     
  7. Meister Suspended

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    Well, you can't carry a screen around when you are travelling :D
    I don't really have a fixed home, but I have a place with a 46" samsung screen hooked up to a mac mini.
    But I usually work on my rmbp.
     
  8. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Get a Retina iMac. Best of both worlds :D
     
  9. luked14 macrumors 6502

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    I have a 24" LG monitor but it's been months since I hooked up my rMBP to it. Being spoiled by retina, it's hard to use a non-retina monitor.
     
  10. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    I have a monitor (26ish inches, hooked up through Apple TV) that I only ever use when I need some PDF or website or something like that at the same time as I do work on the main screen. But lately I've been mostly using my iPad mini for that as well.

    If it wouldn't be for the fact that I don't have a TV and like to watch movies, I think I could easily get by without the monitor.
     
  11. caparsons macrumors newbie

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    At home, or when travelling, I use the rMBP without an external monitor. But when I'm at work I'll have 1-2 monitors connected; I do a lot of document analysis, and so being able to have documents on a couple monitors and a place for data entry on the rMBP screen is incredibly helpful.
     
  12. jimmyco2008 macrumors regular

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    This.
     
  13. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020

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    I'm a student, so portability is key for me. I love being able to use it anywhere. I usually prefer studying on my bed at home rather than my desk. I do occasionally hook up my rMBP to my tv to watch a digital movie or sports stream.

    The retina display is beautiful. Much better than any external monitor I could afford to buy.
     
  14. nightlong macrumors 6502a

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    I haven't seen the retina imac yet. I don't know if I will replace my old iMac when it dies ... I'm still using it in dual screen mode with a Dell u2412 ... I'm waiting to see if Apple releases a retina thunderbolt screen that my 13" MBPr can run.
     
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  16. redheeler macrumors 603

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    Chances are they won't.
     

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