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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Aug 27, 2011
    Macbook Pro with external monitor/keyboard?
    Hello Mac Community,

    I have a question about using an external monitor/keyboard. Basically, I would like to purchase a bigger monitor than using my 15" Macbook Pro screen. The one I had in mind is the Samsung SA250 23"inch, and along with that, I'd like to buy a external keyboard aswell.

    The few questions I have are:
    - Would this be viable? If so , what all would I need to have everything set up and running?
    - Could I use the laptop with the screen closed once started up and being viewed/interacted with the external monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
    - Any recommendations?

    Future regards to anyone with helpful information on my topic!


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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    The answer to all is yes. See the following Apple KB article for more info and to learn how.... LINK (It's called clamshell mode.)

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    Buzzard2010's Avatar
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    Oct 22, 2010
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Once you've learned about clamshell mode, and if you have the spare cash for it have a look at "Henge Docks" they are awesome ...LINK

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    Member Since
    Aug 27, 2011
    Thanks for the helpful replies! The "Henge Docks" looks very interesting! Thank you guys for the links, I appreciate your help.

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