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.eric
Aug 6, 2013, 04:43 PM
Hey guys, I have a 2011 MBA and was wondering what would be recommended for an external monitor?

I really would like to have a TB display,but $$ is an issue being in college and everything.

Are there any solutions that are much cheaper, but still really great? I've considered the refurbished TB display, and it's still just shy of my reach....

Thanks!

-edit-

This will mostly be for having an external monitor so I can have more than one screen up at a time. No video or photo editing outside of, say, iPhoto. I do some programming occasionally and need an external monitor. I do want a good resolution, and I'm looking for something 23 inches +. I don't really care about the adapter cost, I probably have one anyway.



Apple fanboy
Aug 6, 2013, 04:49 PM
Hey guys, I have a 2011 MBA and was wondering what would be recommended for an external monitor?

I really would like to have a TB display,but $$ is an issue being in college and everything.

Are there any solutions that are much cheaper, but still really great? I've considered the refurbished TB display, and it's still just shy of my reach....

Thanks!

What are you doing with the monitor? Photography, video, TV or gaming? All would mean you need slightly different things.
What size screen do you have in mind? Look for the following;
IPS Panel, anything else is old tech.
Good resolution. This will very by screen size but the higher the numbers the better!
A wide colour space means your monitor can produce better pictures.
A high contrast (number of steps from white to black)
Connectivity, obviously when looking at price think about the inputs on your Air and the cost of any adapters etc.

Boyd01
Aug 6, 2013, 04:55 PM
I have been using my old (2006 maybe?) 23" Apple Cinema Display (1920x1200) since I got my first MBA in 2011 and now it's connected to my 2013 MBA.

It still looks terrific, although it shows a little burn in that usually isn't noticeable unless you're looking for it. Maybe you could find something like this for really cheap?

.eric
Aug 6, 2013, 04:59 PM
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I have been using my old (2006 maybe?) 23" Apple Cinema Display (1920x1200) since I got my first MBA in 2011 and now it's connected to my 2013 MBA.

It still looks terrific, although it shows a little burn in that usually isn't noticeable unless you're looking for it. Maybe you could find something like this for really cheap?

Most of those are going for like $375 or so on Craiglist, was hoping for something a little cheaper, but that would work if I could find one...

Boyd01
Aug 6, 2013, 05:21 PM
$375? Wow, that's crazy. Maybe I should sell it while it still works! LOL

Seriously, I wouldn't pay anywhere near that price for a product of that age. It might very well die tomorrow. ;)

knuro
Aug 6, 2013, 05:50 PM
Hey guys, I have a 2011 MBA and was wondering what would be recommended for an external monitor?

I really would like to have a TB display,but $$ is an issue being in college and everything.

Are there any solutions that are much cheaper, but still really great? I've considered the refurbished TB display, and it's still just shy of my reach....

Thanks!

-edit-

This will mostly be for having an external monitor so I can have more than one screen up at a time. No video or photo editing outside of, say, iPhoto. I do some programming occasionally and need an external monitor. I do want a good resolution, and I'm looking for something 23 inches +. I don't really care about the adapter cost, I probably have one anyway.

I have same Mac Air (July 2011) 13" 4GB, 128GB HD and a few months ago bought a refurbished Thunderbolt Display from Apple web store: Same warranty as brand new for $829.00 and free shipping. Yep a lot of $$ but all those ports (although I would have liked USB 3 but...) I do not look back.But be warned; it is very glossy and may be problematic in brightly lit or natural lighted space.

.eric
Aug 6, 2013, 06:24 PM
$375? Wow, that's crazy. Maybe I should sell it while it still works! LOL

Seriously, I wouldn't pay anywhere near that price for a product of that age. It might very well die tomorrow. ;)

Yeah not even kidding. Look at the prices on Craigslist!

Stetrain
Aug 6, 2013, 06:26 PM
I would recommend something in the Dell Ultrasharp range. They are IPS displays with good colors and viewing angles and they have native Displayport inputs which work well with Apple's notebooks.

You can get the 23" 1920x1080 version for about $200:

http://www.amazon.com/Dell-UltraSharp-U2312HM-IPS-Monitor/dp/B005LN1JEC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375831484&sr=8-1&keywords=Ultrasharp+23