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    External monitor or MackBook Pro - general advice question
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    External monitor or MackBook Pro - general advice question
    Hi all,

    I browsed through the forum and found a lot of threads related to external monitors, etc. Nevertheless, I decided to ask the question... Recently I been thinking about getting an Apple laptop. The point is that had enough M**** systems, constant reinstalling, cleaning registry, software incompatibilities, etc. Think than in March I should be able to spend around 1KŁ on my new laptop. I'm weighting the options between getting a MacBook and MacBook Pro. As I use my laptop mainly for writing, reading, net n music, watching movies the hardware of MB seems to be OK, the minus is that 13" screen is just killing me, I can't imaging myself sitting in front of this 13" all the time. What I'm thinking is that I could get the MacBook and external screen, I seen prices on Apple website and those are quite beyond my reach. Was thinking about getting nice LCD from HP or similar, my question to you? Is it good solution, does it work fine, how about any extra cables n setup? The only point behind my decision to get mac is to save the time which right now I've to devote for normal maintenance, etc. On the other hand I could possible stretch a little my budget n get MackBook Pro, but frankly the only reason behind it will be bigger screen, it seems quite unreasonable to pay much more just for 2", as both hardware configurations seem fine for me. Maybe someone could give me some advice, if the external screen is good and hassle-free solution? Or maybe should I dig deeper in my pocket to get Pro as it is incomparably better?
    Regards
    Huski

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    External monitor or MackBook Pro - general advice question
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    You can buy macbook to LCD cables from apple or third parties, so buying a non apple display is most definitely not a problem

    do you live anywhere near an apple store

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    External monitor or MackBook Pro - general advice question
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    I have a 19" widescreen display from Acer that I use on my Macbook with DVI connection and it works great. Its not as sharp as the Macbook screen but it is a budget display. I've heard great reviews about the Samsung displays.
    Macbook 2.16/2gb/160gb
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    External monitor or MackBook Pro - general advice question
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    use the monitor w/ screen
    i would not pay the extra money to get hardware that you dont really need. i use a mac book with a 17 inch screen with the mini dvi to vga adapter and clarity is great no different than using the screen with a desktop

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    External monitor or MackBook Pro - general advice question

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmorgan1689 View Post
    I have a 19" widescreen display from Acer that I use on my Macbook with DVI connection and it works great. Its not as sharp as the Macbook screen but it is a budget display. I've heard great reviews about the Samsung displays.
    my setup with notes:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21244970@N04/2247222877/

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