Why do people use external monitors?

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  1. macuser1232 macrumors 6502a

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    It's all in the title. :) I just was wondering why people hook their macbook pro's up to a monitor on their desk.
     
  2. sgtcasey macrumors newbie

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    The ability to have a computer that I can take anywhere or use at work with a larger monitor. I work in IT so I need to bring my laptop around to network equipment quite often. But if I'm sitting at my desk I want a larger monitor than the 15" screen of my MBP.

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  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Ummm... because they may want to use a bigger display while at their desk, yet retain the portability?
     
  4. jmdMac macrumors regular

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    A 27" screen is much much better than a 15" or 17" screen, especially when you are staring at it for 8+ hours a day. One of many reasons for an eternal monitor.
     
  5. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

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    Because if you ever try to edit a Nikon D800's 36mp file you would understand. Even my retina screen isn't close to comparison with a 27" TBD.
     
  6. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oh ok so how would I connect my 13inch macbook pro to a pc monitor?
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It depends on which MBP you have and which monitor you have.
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    get the correct video adapter and youre good to go
     
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  10. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    oh ok thanks. ya i'm using an early 2011 macbook pro and the monitor is an hp pavilion.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    What is the model number for the HP?
     
  12. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    so get a minidisplay port to vga or minidisplay port to dvi adapter depending which current cable your monitor is using
     
  13. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure. I'm heading home from vacation. I'll check when i get back.
     
  14. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Aren't HP Pavilions computers?
     
  15. cube macrumors G5

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    Because Apple does not make reasonable desktops?
     
  16. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's what I thought, which is why I asked for a model number, for clarification.

    Funny. They sure have sold a lot of those "unreasonable desktops!" People hate 'em so much, they just keep buying them!
     
  17. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yes but when i bought it, it came with an hp pavilion monitor. I'll double check when I get home.

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    I totally agree. That's why I use a windows desktop. sometimes run linux.
     
  18. KohPhiPhi macrumors 6502a

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    I'm not sure what you're talking about. My former iMac 27" was the best desktop I've ever owned.
     
  19. cube macrumors G5

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    Same customer profile buying Mac Minis, iMacs, MBA15, iPhones.
     
  20. TheMacBookPro macrumors 68020

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    Ah so it came with your tower-style computer I assume?

    The computer is probably a Pavilion but the screen is likely not related, was probably just bundled together by HP. There should be a separate model number for the screen.
     
  21. macuser1232 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    the reason mac's desktops aren't reasonable is because they just aren't customizable enough.. too much money to get a powerful machine
     

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