In most cases I would disagree with the old adage “bigger is better,” but when it comes to screen real-estate I can’t get enough. I remember a day when I was happy with my 15 inch desktop display, tootling around in windows 95, blissfully ignorant, doing whatever it is that a 12 year-old does on an ancient machine. However, just has my computer needs started to revolve less and less around gaming and more about getting work done efficiently, I realized one 15 inch display was not enough.
Just like that I had entered into that never-ending journey to find bigger and better displays. Mac|Life understands that people just like me, obsessed with getting bigger and better displays need guidance, so here is their guide to finding the right one:
It doesn’t seem so long ago that buying a new Mac often required buying a new display to go with it — and there were plenty to choose from. Flash forward to the present and Apple is selling more notebooks and iMacs, which has all but negated the need for a separate monitor with many users. But for the few, the proud who still need one, here’s a quick look at your options.
From the Macintosh Portrait Display introduced for desktop publishers in March, 1989 to today’s 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, Apple has kept busy producing a wide array of monitors to plug into their Mac computers over the years. But a funny thing happened 13 years ago this month — a little Bondi blue marvel called the iMac set the stage for an external display to become less important as Cupertino retreated back to the all-in-one design that made the original Macintosh so popular in 1984.
Of course, there are plenty of us who still need to get work done with an external display. Mac mini and Mac Pro users immediately spring to mind, but many MacBook Pro users also prefer to dock their laptop while at home or the office to enjoy a larger view of what they’re working on. (Never mind the power user who thinks nothing of two or even three displays for their work.)
While there is but a single choice of external display from Apple today, thankfully other manufacturers are still busy pumping out Mac-friendly monitors. Here are some tips for finding the one that fits you like a glove.