Help needed for hooking up an external monitor

I have a good friend who owns a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro. She would like to hook up an external monitor in order to have more screen real estate. I have always had desktop Macs and have never added on monitors so I am stuck as to just what to do to help her out.

I thought that it was going to be an easy task but in checking out the connections on that MacBook Pro it says that it’s display port is Thunderbolt. She doesn’t have the resources to buy a really expensive monitor and everything that I find that has a Thunderbolt port is out of her price range. I checked the Apple Store and the only cable I saw that converted Thunderbolt to something else was a Thunderbolt to Ethernet cable.

I know that a lot of people using Xojo have external monitors connected to their laptops so just what monitors and what cables are used, especially for a MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt display port. What ports do we need to look for on the monitor and what cable do we need to go between it and the MacBook Pro with the Thunderbolt connector. Any help will be most appreciated both by me and my friend.

Here you go: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-DisplayPort-Thunderbolt-Compatible/dp/B004CADY9I/ref=pd_sim_e_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=11YX2F7M83PEV9Q5PYGA

This will allow using any monitor or television that has a HDMI port on it.

You may want to double check the MacBook to verify it does not have an HDMI port already in which case using a simple HDMI cable would be best.

This http://us.aoc.com/monitor_displays/e1659fwu might be useful also.

Or if you want to stick with Apple:

to VGA:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB572Z/B/mini-displayport-to-vga-adapter?fnode=51
to DVI:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/MB570Z/B/mini-displayport-to-dvi-adapter?fnode=51
to HDMI:
http://store.apple.com/us/product/HFQL2VC/A/moshi-mini-displayport-to-hdmi-adapter-4k?fnode=51

Wayne’s suggestion is a nice one if you move around as it is real easy to setup.

[quote=167009:@Harrie Westphal]I have a good friend who owns a Mid 2012 MacBook Pro. She would like to hook up an external monitor in order to have more screen real estate. I have always had desktop Macs and have never added on monitors so I am stuck as to just what to do to help her out.

I thought that it was going to be an easy task but in checking out the connections on that MacBook Pro it says that it’s display port is Thunderbolt. [/quote]

I have a very similar machine (retina macbook pro mid 2012 - MacBook Pro 10,1)
Thunderbolt is also display port :stuck_out_tongue:
Get a display port adapter (about $19), plug it in , plug in a monitor and yer off
Done

Thanks for the replies. It is a simple matter now that I realize that a mini-display port cable can be plugged in to a Thunderbolt port. It just goes to show that you can teach an old dog, Just turned 71, a new thing or two. I saw those cables at the Apple Store and because they did not say Thunderbolt I just ignored them. This makes it to where she can choose from a large set of monitors to get one that suits her budget.

Any word on monitors to stay away from? Personally I have been using Apple’s Cinema Displays for a long time now.

Thanks again. Your advice is greatly appreciated.

Apple Monitors last forever. I’ll bet you can find an old 20 in. (or larger) Cinema Display dirt cheap on eBay.

I use an AOC 23" with a DVI cable with a Mac mini. At $100 it works well for my purposes.

you may be limited in what external resolution the mac will support
I have a 24" Viewsonic & a 27 ASUS which, sadly, my MBP wont drive at full res (2560x1440)