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I am looking for an external display to hook my macbook pro (mid-2010). I dont have much info and i would like your help. I am looking for:

Good design (thinner the better)

Good resolution

Compatable with mac's

Something that can be hung to a wall.

Extra usb ports

Well... Thats it i guess.

I have thought of Apple's Thunderbolt display, can that be hung to a wall? And is that compatible with non-thunderbolt apple models (maybe with an adapter)? Does it have any cons? Or would you happen to recommend any other displays?

Price doesnt matter if it is useful and like I want it

Thanks in advance

asked Dec 16 '11 at 13:33

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The Cinema Display is the Thunderbolt display, but It uses Mini Displayport, and can be hung with a VESA mount. It has the same specs and res, just uses Mini Displayport. Apple sells them online at http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC007LL/A

answered Dec 18 '11 at 12:56

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Tux Penguin

Maybe a Dell U2711?

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answered Dec 16 '11 at 15:22

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While the Thunderbolt display is awesome, it won't work without an Thunderbolt port (there aren't adapters in existence yet). You may want to look into the older Apple Cinema display which is compatible with the mini-display port. Here's a link to a refurbished one on the Apple site: http://store.apple.com/us/product/FC007LL/A Yes, this display can be wall mounted.

I really like Samsung monitors. My external monitor for my early-2011 MacBook Pro 13" is a 21.5" Samsung display that I'm in love with. You could probably get more for your money with a non-apple display and an minidisplay port to VGA/DVI adapter.

answered Dec 16 '11 at 23:37

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Don't bother with the thunderbolt display, it's not that great quality really.. surprisingly..

You never mentioned the size.. do you want a regular 24" or a 50" screen? In either way I'd recommend Samsung, they make the best monitors out there.

answered Dec 18 '11 at 08:16

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I was thinking around 25''

If my mac was thunderbolt enable i would buy one without hesitation..

answered Dec 18 '11 at 09:37

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The thing with the cinema display is that it seems to me that i'll be spending too much money on a display which I'll be using for a limited amount of time, after I get a new mac (1year later maybe) the mini display port will be rubbish..

answered Dec 18 '11 at 14:20

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Well you should decide for either 24" or 27" then, anything in between has a very odd resolution. And in one year the mini display port will still be used no doubt. There are talks about a new html interface but it's not really needed except for over 1600p resolutions and then we're talking monitors for 1500€+.. I'd say get a display with hdmi, either 24" or 27" at least 1080p, 1600p if you can afford it. But whenever you're buying a monitor you should first inspect it in store for the picture quality. The technical data can't really compare to actually seeing the monitor irl

answered Dec 18 '11 at 15:02

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I want the same as Thunderbolt Display which is 25xx to 16xx. Don't know the exact numbers lol. Heard that the new Macbook Pros could support retina display, so I wanna make it compatible with those, just in case they release it. So 16xx is my last decision. 24'' or 27'' doesn't really matter.

answered Dec 18 '11 at 15:08

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