Widescreen Monitor w/ MacBook Pro vs. Macbook

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Shaker, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. Shaker macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2004
    I'm thinking about making the plunge into the Intel Macs and am looking into the MBP or the highly anticipated MB. I'd like to be able to still put a monitor on my desk (preferably widescreen but doesn't have to be an Apple Display) with a keyboard and a mouse so the laptop would have to be able to be connect to it.

    Any thoughts about the pros and cons of the above two laptops (given the limited knowledge about the MB) would be appreciated. Should I wait for the MB or go ahead and buy the MBP?

  2. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    Currently the consumer laptop (iBooks) use mirroring (without hacks) and the professional laptops (MacBook Pros and Powerbooks) can either mirror or span screens. It sounds like for your use you are okay with mirroring.

    The minimum the MacBook will probably support is mirroring. It might support screen spanning but nobody will know until they come out. Heck for all I know the MacBook doesn't even have a screen... :p
  3. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2006
    You forgot to add that currently, only the pro laptops can run in clam-shell mode. The iBooks can, but it's a hack, and you risk developing heat issues by doing it.
  4. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    I really wish people would wait for the damn laptop to be announced before they start asking specific technical questions about it. The fact is no one outside of apple has gotten their grubby little hands on it yet so asking specific questions is pointless.
  5. Shaker thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2004
    spe.cif.ic |spe' sifik|
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    Reading is Fundamental to Success

    Thanks for your thoughtful response.

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