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How can you determine if a monitor is compatible with Apple computers?

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To determine if a monitor is compatible with Apple computers, check the display connector type of the monitor. Additionally, check whether an adapter is needed and available. In case of Apple monitors, make sure the right version of software is downloaded.

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An Apple monitor can be connected directly using a USB cable or High Definition Multimedia Interface cord. Most monitor display connector types of other brands are compatible with Apple computers and can be connected directly or using an adapter. The Apple online store has a variety of adapters available that may be used with other monitor brands as of 2016.

Other factors to consider when choosing a monitor include its screen resolution, aspect ratio and size. To get the best out of an Apple computer, choose a monitor with high resolution and an output of 1920 by 1080, especially for high-definition videos. An aspect ratio of 16:9 or 16:10 helps in using the whole span of the monitor.

The monitor size depends upon the type of work done on the computer. A large screen is ideal for playing games or for graphic designers. However, larger screens mean larger pixels, which may not be suitable for regular use. Additionally, other possible factors to consider include response time, viewing angle, brightness and contrast ratio.

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