New work laptop: Macbook Pro or Win7?...

Started May 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 13,338
Re: New work laptop: Macbook Pro or Win7?...

glasswave wrote:

I would need to set up the Mac Book pro as a dual boot. Since the Macbook Pro 15" has no optical drive, how will I reformat and reconfigure it? Will I need an external optical drive to reinstall osX, boot camp and win7?

Apple used to provide system CDs or DVDs.  Now they've gone to Mac OS X restore partitions (ick), with a twist.  If you have a broadband Internet connection, you can restore Lion or Mountain Lion over the network.

Could I run 2 external 24" monitors from it?

All current Mac notebooks can drive at least one 30" monitor.  But each Thunderbolt port can have at most one DisplayPort monitor (or adapter) hanging off it.

So a Retina MBP (with its two Thunderbolt ports and its HDMI port) should drive two 24" monitors easily.  Other Mac laptops don't have enough ports to drive two non-Thunderbolt monitors.

Apple - Thunderbolt ports and displays: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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