Why VGA?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by MacTruck, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. MacTruck macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2005
    One Endless Loop
    One of the main things that drew me to the powerbook was that it had a dvi connector for monitor and the powerbook has had that for quit a while now, ever since the 667mhz tibook so why do laptops even use the VGA connector anymore? Almost every pc notebook out there even the high end ones still use the vga connector. It doens't make sense. With vga you can't go dvi but with dvi you can go vga. Wouldn't it make sense to have this connector? With all the things going dvi like tvs and monitors and even now they are switching to hdmi why the vga?

    Its about time that ALL laptops have dvi. VGA is dead as far as I am concerned.
  2. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Why VGA? For the same reason that they still use floppy drives.

    Please note: I don't actually know why :rolleyes:
  3. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Lol I dont :confused:

    2 of my friends have DSL, but they still use floppy disks to share some files (mostly Warcraft3 maps) I dont understand not only why they do it, but why they play WC3, cuz this game sucks! Starcraft is soooooo much better!! :D
  4. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I don't actually know either, but I can venture a guess.

    VGA connectors are cheaper and easier to implement than DVI connectors, they have fewer pins and are less densely packed, and require less precise coordination of traces.

    Plus, the vast majority of projectors out there today are equipped with VGA inputs and cables, so it saves them having to add even more cost by supplying an adapter as Apple does.

  5. vga4life macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2004
    Why VGA? Because I'm VGA for life!

    Straight reppin' analog, gonna **** up your RGB!


    (In all seriousness, as another poster pointed out, every display device likely to be attached to a laptop has a VGA port, even if it lacks a DVI port. Yes, you can get a DVI-I -> VGA adapter, but why tote one if you don't have to?)

  6. link92 macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2004
    Because it's cheaper. If they put in a DVI port, they have to price it higher, and it'll be more expensive than the competitors. The wonders of the Windows world...
  7. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  8. Fireburst macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2005
    A lot of PC laptops now have DVI out (I think the Dell Inspiron 9300 my wife uses has one). It's just the bargin basement laptops tend to have them missing (no different to the iBook v Powerbook). You get what you pay for (which is why I will have a shiny new 15" PB delivered tomorrow :) )
  9. xenicon macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2003
    question about vga port (?) on iBook g4

    Looks like I need some kind of adapter so I can plug into vga projector?
  10. xenicon macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2003
    neverr mind

    OK OK. mini vga adapt via applestore $19 +s/h.

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