MBP -> iMac as external monitor?

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Hi guys,

I've had a good read, but read conflicting things. Figured you lovely people will be able to answer with no ambiguity.

I have a mid-2009 iMac, and it has a mini-displayport... Can I or can I not use this as an external monitor when my new MBP arrives?

If not, I'll flog the iMac and get a nice 24" monitor...
 
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Yes :)
Mini display port is essentially thunderbolt but without the data transfer. My late 2010 gets used with an HP laptop all the time when I work from home. Don't buy the apple one though, the one I purchased cost me £5 and works ok.

Oh and cmd + f2 swaps between the display of the external source and the iMac
 
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I thought this was only a option on the 27" imacs mini display port version? has it changed with thunderbolt so 21.5" imacs can be used as a monitor? as the last time I looked into it; it was a mini display and not thunderbolt.

OP says its a mini display port and not thunderbolt on the machine they have.
 
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That correct only the 27 inch iMac can do this. However a thunderbolt enabled mac can output video to an external monitor that only has Mini DisplayPort as input. The Mac mini I got my dad connects via thunderbolt to his U2311H.
 
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