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    MacBook Pro External Monitor
    I have had problems with hooking up my 15 inch macbook pro to my lcd tv. I have given up and I am going to buy an external monitor so i can set up a desk space so i can do my school work. Can anyone help me with a good off brand and directions to set it up. I am a poor college student so im trying to find the cheapest but best quality there is. Thanks

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    Buying an off-brand may open a new doorway of issues for you down the road, fwiw.

    Since there's at least a half-dozen "off-brand" LCD TVs, anything that has an HDMI or DVI port will do. Whichever you look for, make sure you have the right DP-x adapter (x being HDMI or DVI).
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    well do you know what brand works the best with mac and what resolution that i should run it on?

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    Like Lyman said. ANYTHING with an HDMI, DVI, VGA, port will do. That pretty much covers all external monitors.
    There is no specific brand that works best with macs.
    As far as the resolution is concerned, set the output to the maximum resolution of the monitor. Which should be the default setting anyway
    Maybe if you listed some of the ways in which you will be using your external monitor you would get a little more help.
    For example:
    What size of a monitor are you looking for?
    Are you doing any photo/video editing?
    where will you use it?

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    i was planning to get a 20 -25 inch widescreen monitor. i was going to set up the monitor at my desk at home so that I can have a desktop like setup. I already have speakers, keyboard and mouse. I will be doing some photo and video editing.

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    "Cheapest" and "best quality" inherently do not go together.

    My question would be, why not try solving the issue connecting to your existing set instead of buying another one. And of course, we can't help with that if you don't tell us what that issue is.
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    well I have a samsung lcd tv that i am trying to use as an external monitor. I bought it 2 years ago when i went off to college. The tv cannot run the resolution for my mac so that is why im trying to get a new one

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    What do you mean it can't run the resolution for your Mac?

    The TV will accept certain resolutions based on the connection you are using on the TV. To change the resolution being sent to the TV, you would go into System Preferences - Displays while the TV is connected.

    New or different cables &/or using a different connection on the TV would be much less expensive than a new monitor for which you would have to do the same thing - adjust the resolution being sent to the monitor based on the resolutions that monitor will accept.

    You may want to have a read through the first 2 posts here and then post back with the info required if you would like to attempt getting your current TV working - along with what you have tried, adapter and cables you're currently using, what are the results...

    (Some Samsung's are just plain not going to work - I admit. But, I am unwilling to make that assessment based on what you've stated thus far. If you've been getting a picture at all, then you should be able to get that TV to work.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by atp0718 View Post
    well I have a samsung lcd tv that i am trying to use as an external monitor. I bought it 2 years ago when i went off to college. The tv cannot run the resolution for my mac so that is why im trying to get a new one
    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    What do you mean it can't run the resolution for your Mac?

    The TV will accept certain resolutions based on the connection you are using on the TV. To change the resolution being sent to the TV, you would go into System Preferences - Displays while the TV is connected.

    New or different cables &/or using a different connection on the TV would be much less expensive than a new monitor for which you would have to do the same thing - adjust the resolution being sent to the monitor based on the resolutions that monitor will accept.

    You may want to have a read through the first 2 posts here and then post back with the info required if you would like to attempt getting your current TV working - along with what you have tried, adapter and cables you're currently using, what are the results...

    (Some Samsung's are just plain not going to work - I admit. But, I am unwilling to make that assessment based on what you've stated thus far. If you've been getting a picture at all, then you should be able to get that TV to work.)
    For the record, most LCDs under 40" like the resolution of 1280x720 the most. Anything above that and 1920x1080 become the norm. That being said, some TVs enjoy digital connections more than analog (HDMI or DVI versus VGA, for example).

    Also, while not nearly as common as large LCD monitors (like the 30" I have at work), your current TV may like dual-link DVI (if you are trying to use that). I don't think your situation warrants that, but it isn't impossible.
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    If you are looking for a desktop monitor around the size that you mentioned, and will be doing photo editing you should check out this Asus monitor: Newegg.ca - ASUS ProArt Series PA246Q Black 24.1" 6ms P-IPS Tilt&Swivel Adjustable LCD Monitor w/2 USB hub, Card Reader & Display port 400 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000:1
    I just bought one and, although $500 may sound a little steep, consider that the professional monitors competing with this one are usually in the $1000-$4000 range.
    Its an IPS panel and multi-axis swivel for editing in portrait as well. Its beautiful.
    If you're looking for "cheap" you will get exactly that. Dead pixels and what will most likely be broken next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by duncanbrodie1 View Post
    If you are looking for a desktop monitor around the size that you mentioned, and will be doing photo editing you should check out this Asus monitor: Newegg.ca - ASUS ProArt Series PA246Q Black 24.1" 6ms P-IPS Tilt&Swivel Adjustable LCD Monitor w/2 USB hub, Card Reader & Display port 400 cd/m2 ASCR 50,000:1
    I just bought one and, although $500 may sound a little steep, consider that the professional monitors competing with this one are usually in the $1000-$4000 range.
    Its an IPS panel and multi-axis swivel for editing in portrait as well. Its beautiful.
    If you're looking for "cheap" you will get exactly that. Dead pixels and what will most likely be broken next year
    I think I'm also lost as to whether we (meaning OP and responders) are discussing a TV or a computer monitor... >.>
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    I had a Tv that i was using but I am looking to get a monitor now and not use my tv

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    For a broke college student - I'd head here and take your pick.

    As for adapter/cable - no one can provide that info without knowing which MBP you have and what connections are on the monitor you end up getting.
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    I recently bought a 19 inch monitor Asus brand and paid $122.00. It has a decent picture and allows me to work on excel spreadsheets pretty easily. I don't think the monitor is good enough for detailed graphics work. I don't have the model number but I could get it for you on Monday if you like.

    I use the VGA hook up to my laptop.

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