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About FastEddieB

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  1. FastEddieB

    The new MacBook monitor questions

    Adam, Here's a link to the actual thread: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7031074 The fellow implied it just defaulted to "extended desktop" mode. He did not mention any hack required. He may be able to clarify there. Thanks, Fast Eddie
  2. FastEddieB

    The new MacBook monitor questions

    Adam, I also posted this to the Apple help forum. A fellow just replied that he has a new MacBook just got his dongle and verified that you actually can use a second monitor as an extended desktop. He even did a screenshot!
  3. FastEddieB

    The new MacBook monitor questions

    Thanks, Adam. I think that's a deal breaker for me - I really like the extended desktop. Ended up with a Viewsonic 24" monitor, for $149 from Amazon and it seems to do the job. I'm in no rush, but my 2008 MacBook Pro is getting a little dated!
  4. FastEddieB

    The new MacBook monitor questions

    Thanks for the feedback. I toyed with the idea of a Mac Mini for my desktop. But I am somewhat enamored with the idea of a laptop being my main computer. Short road trips I just take my iPhone and iPad. But longer trips I like having my entire digital world along. Right now my MacBook Pro serves the purpose nicely. But I'm ready for newer. But I still have until around August to make up my mind. I eagerly await done initial reports on the new iMac, and to see if USB3c dongles, cables adapters, accessories and the like take off like I hope they will. Thanks again. And still wondering about my original question about the MacBook supporting a second monitor as a second desktop.
  5. Long time listener to the podcast, but first post here... I'm currently still using a late-2008 MacBook Pro. It spends most of its time on my desk hooked up to an Apple Extended Keyboard, an Acer 19" monitor, a USB hub and external speakers: In a few months I'm considering a new MacBook, to serve the same function. Two questions... 1) My plan is to purchase a 24" monitor, and hook it up via HDMI using Apple's USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter. However, in the description it says this: "This adapter allows you to mirror your MacBook display to your HDMI-enabled TV or display in up to 1080p at 60Hz or UHD (3840x2160) at 30Hz. It also outputs video content like movies and captured video. Simply connect the adapter to the USB-C port on your MacBook and then to your TV or projector via an HDMI cable (sold separately)." My question is, can I still set up the new MacBook to drive a second monitor with a different desktop - not just mirror the MacBook's display? And has anyone actually done this? 2) Any recommendations for a 23" or 24" monitor in the sub-$200 price range? Would like HDMI input as an option. Thanks!