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    Computer.Geek's Avatar
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    Oct 25, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    13.3" 2.26 GHz MBP, 2GB RAM, 640GB HD
    Advice on external display...

    It's been a long time since I've posted here but I'm desperate for advice because I can't find much info online and need to go back to the source of expert advice.

    I have a 13 inch late 2009 MacBook Pro with 8gb ram and a Nvidia 9400M integrated video card.

    I'm looking to get the Dell u2412hm 24 inch display with 1920x1600 resolution. I know spec wise that my computer can support up to 2560x1440 but I read about users experiencing a system slowdown using screens with this resolution (which eliminated my option of going for the Dell u2713). Will I experience any performance hits using the 1920x1200 resolution? If so, I will stick with the regular 1080p displays.

    I currently use a 22 inch Samsung with no problem and have no problem sticking with this size if need be although a bigger screen would be nice to allow me to lean back on my chair and type

    Please share your advice or experience with using any of the monitors I've mentioned.

    Thank you,


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    chscag's Avatar
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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    I have a 13 inch late 2009 MacBook Pro with 8gb ram and a Nvidia 9400M integrated video card.
    There's no question that a discrete video chipset is superior to an integrated one, but I would think that you should be able to use the Dell without any noticeable slowdowns. The kicker of course is if you play graphic intensive games because that's when a discrete chipset with an adequate amount of VRAM is needed.

    Go for the Dell unless you're a dedicated gamer. And if you are, you probably need a more powerful MBP with discrete graphics.

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