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Old Apr 3rd, 2012, 10:40 PM   #1
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Connect Macbook Pro 2010 to External Monitor - help please

I need a bigger screen to work on since I'm on the my 15' macbook pro all day for work... I've found it to become annoying.

I have this 15' macbook pro from 2010 - MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.53 15" Mid-2010 Specs (Mid-2010 15", MC372LL/A, MacBookPro6,2, A1286, 2353*) @ EveryMac.com

I want to connect it to a 27' external monitor. I was looking at these monitors for ex.
- Samsung Syncmaster 27" LED Monitor (S27A550H) : 25" & Larger Monitors - Best Buy Canada
- Acer 27" Widescreen LED Monitor With 5ms Response Time (H274HL) - Black : 25" & Larger Monitors - Best Buy Canada
- any cheaper and better monitors?

How does it work when you want to connect to a external monitor:

  • what cable will I need?
  • can I have my macbook pro monitor closed when it's connected to this 27inch screen?
  • will it look good (not distorted or anything) if I connect my macbook to a larger screen?
  • can i buy a mac keyboard and have it connected while my macbook pro is connected to the external?




Also, do you guys find 27inch monitors to be too big? giving you a headache? (a friend said big monitors give him a headache and that I should go with a 21inch monitor...


Thanks for your help in advance.
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Old Apr 3rd, 2012, 11:58 PM   #2
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Dor the cable it all depends on what connections your monitor will support. One end of the cable will be a mini display port or some sort of adapter. It looks like from your choices those only have VGA/HDMI. Here is your cable.

Canada Computers | Cables & Adapters | iCAN Mini DisplayPort Male to HDMI Male 32AWG Cable (Gold) - 6ft. (MDPM-HDM-32G-06)

You can have it closed.
It will look good not distorted.
Yes on the keyboard.

Most of the time I will have my MBP closed and a keyboard and touchpad connected to it. I have also at times had my MBP open and used the larger monitor as a 2nd screen.

You want a better monitor because you asked about size.
Canada Computers | LCD/LED Monitors | Asus PA246Q, 24.1" Widescreen P-IPS Professional Monitor, 1920x1200, 6ms(GtG), 50000:1, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort

16x9 is terrible, stick with 16x10. And this one is matte, IPS, and has Display port connection. You would need a different cable than the one I linked above. Also this monitor can turn vertical if you need to. Just giving MHO.
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Thank you.

The monitors I'm looking at support VGA and HDMI. I see that there are cables for mini-display port to VGA and mini-display port to HDMI. Which cable would be better?

The resolution on those monitors are 1920x1080... are there higher resolution monitors (besides the apple display) that would suit the macbook pro?

I've also been looking maybe using two 24inch monitors side by side.. is this possible?
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You want a better monitor because you asked about size.
Canada Computers | LCD/LED Monitors | Asus PA246Q, 24.1" Widescreen P-IPS Professional Monitor, 1920x1200, 6ms(GtG), 50000:1, VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and DisplayPort

16x9 is terrible, stick with 16x10. And this one is matte, IPS, and has Display port connection. You would need a different cable than the one I linked above. Also this monitor can turn vertical if you need to. Just giving MHO.
How come 16x9 is terrible? Is my mac 16x9 ?
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Thank you.

The monitors I'm looking at support VGA and HDMI. I see that there are cables for mini-display port to VGA and mini-display port to HDMI. Which cable would be better?

The resolution on those monitors are 1920x1080... are there higher resolution monitors (besides the apple display) that would suit the macbook pro?

I've also been looking maybe using two 24inch monitors side by side.. is this possible?
Look at my edit above post. Hmm, don't know if that is possible as I have the 13" and it is not so not sure if 15" can.

Go HDMI if you have to.
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How come 16x9 is terrible? Is my mac 16x9 ?
Nope. I like other find that you don't get enough vertical space. 16x9 is good for TV just not for work. I have tried to use one and gave it away the very same day. And I don't like the glossy screens those monitors have.
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Take your MBP to the store and see if they'll let you try them out, but you may need to take and adapter with you, or I'm sure the'll sell you one.

In my experience the Samsungs always outperform any Acer monitor, IF you want something easy on the eyes and usually a better display.

And I must admit that I prefer the 16 x 10 over the 16 x 9 monitors but most have gone wide screen (16 x 9) these days so you may not have much choice, even IF you even notice the difference.
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Nope. I like other find that you don't get enough vertical space. 16x9 is good for TV just not for work. I have tried to use one and gave it away the very same day. And I don't like the glossy screens those monitors have.
So the macbook is 16x10?

I will have to go to the computer shop and check out the 16x10 compared to the 16x9 screens. I'm having a hard time finding a 16x10 LED monitor online.
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Take your MBP to the store and see if they'll let you try them out, but you may need to take and adapter with you, or I'm sure the'll sell you one.

In my experience the Samsungs always outperform any Acer monitor, IF you want something easy on the eyes and usually a better display.

And I must admit that I prefer the 16 x 10 over the 16 x 9 monitors but most have gone wide screen (16 x 9) these days so you may not have much choice, even IF you even notice the difference.
How are the ASUS monitors in your opinion?

Yeah I noticed that there isn't much selection of 16 x 10.
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I guess my answer is that I'd have to Google on what an "ASUS monitor" actually is. I have no such experience at all obviously.
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