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Connecting external monitor, mouse, keyboard to MBP


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I bought a MBP and now want to create a office setup where I could use larger monitor, an external keyboard, and mouse for using the same MBP.

1. How to do this setup ? Is hooking an external monitor to DVI port to MBP good enough ? Can I use usb keyboard and mouse to connect to MBP ? Anything else ?

Can you please share your setup and anything that I should take care of.

What's a good place to buy these accessories ?

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Here is one idea;


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Philips 20" plugs straight in to DVI port.
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bobtomay has set up a sticky to hook Mac to a TV well worth a read.

Connecting your Mac to your TV

And yes you can do the USB keyboard and mouse

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You could always get a docking station, so you don't have to plug in a bunch of cables. You may consider blue-tooth peripherals, however, and then it's just a matter of plugging in a monitor.
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I would recommend you use Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to save your usb ports for other uses, I have my desk set up with a magic mouse, apple keyboard and a logitech speaker system, and i hook it too my 32'' T.V.

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I should mention since this is a switchers forum I have my PC desktop and I use this program Synergy
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to share mouse and keyboard. It is a software switcher for keyboard and mouse. That way I can use 1 keyboard and mouse between my PC and Mac. I actually have a windows laptop, a windows desktop and a Mac that sit on my desk and I use Synergy to control all of them.

By the way if your synergy server is PC you'll need this info when you use the mac to map the keys correctly.
Andy's Blog: Proper Mapping of Modifer Keys for Synergy with Windows Server and Mac Client
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