1280x1024 ( stretched ) is the current res. i use on my 27" imac and its perfect. ( my vision is not all that great ) 1024x768 is what i use on my 15" 2011 Macbook pro and it works great. I am looking to get a external monitor for my MBP and was curious if dropping a 1,000 on a 27" ACD is pointless since i dont use that high of a res.? i LOVE the crisp, bright display on my iMac and would like the same in a monitor for my macbook pro but i dont need something that has such a high res. since i will be setting it to around 1280x1024. I was thinking about picking up a LED TV, but i think the pixels would stick out more viewing it that close? I am still confused about high resolutions on monitors.. I understand that the higher you can set it, the more screen real estate you get... but then again, its makes everything WAYYY to small ( even if you increase fonts and icons, certain things remain tiny ) and i not a fan of using ZOOM features that zoom in on only partaker areas... So due to my bad vision, i like a BIG display with a res around 1280x1024 So with that said, What would be a good monitor for me? I prefer LED ( seems a lot more brighter and crisp to me ) and i would prefer a 27"... I just dont want to buy a corvette if all i do is drive to the corner store, ya know? I dont do photo editing or anything like that.. I just use the basics with my MBP ( garageband, iPhoto, etc ) and at times ( esp. for garage band and running plugins ) having a 2nd display would be nice.