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Old Jul 14, 2013, 10:59 PM   #1
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MBA Desktop Setup

Hey guys,
Just interested to know if any of you have your MBA setup with an external display and an Apple Wireless and Magic Trackpad for a desktop setup and how you're likeing it, as I plan on having this setup myself.
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Old Jul 14, 2013, 11:11 PM   #2
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I occasionally plug mine into an external monitor and use a mouse, but it's not a common setup. Oh and it also gets plugged into the surround sound too
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Old Jul 14, 2013, 11:39 PM   #3
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I have this setup and like it. I plug my MBA into a Belkin thunderbolt express dock, which has all my desk USB/Firewire/audio/external display connections on it. From that I have a 22 inch monitor, an extended USB Apple keyboard, and a wireless magic mouse. Works great!
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Old Jul 14, 2013, 11:43 PM   #4
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I have a Thunderbolt display with an Apple wireless keyboard and trackpad. I prefer this setup to the 21" iMac I gave to my parents. The performance is great and I love the extra screen real estate.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 12:10 AM   #5
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I don't because I have a 27" iMac as my desktop setup, MBA is my secondary computer for bed use and travel.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 12:20 AM   #6
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I've got this. When I previously had a 11" MBA, I used this setup almost exclusively except when traveling. I upgraded to the 2013 13" MBA, though, and now I hardly ever use the external monitor or the other peripherals. The screen is big enough as is for daily use. I don't find myself really needing the extra screen real estate often and the built-in trackpad is incredible.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 03:18 AM   #7
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I at the moment am waiting for my MacBook Air to arrive, but I have a 15" MacBook Pro 2010 which I am replacing with the Air, my setup is as follows.

MacBook Pro (soon air).
Dell 27" U2713HM.
Apple wired keyboard (with numpad).
Logitech MX Anywhere mouse.

I use the MacBook in open mode as a secondary (sometimes primary depending on what I'm doing) screen but sometimes I do close it and just use the external display. It's just like having a desktop (for what I do at least, for power power users it would be a lot slower/worse for CPU things and games!).
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 07:11 PM   #8
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I also have a 27in iMac. No external monitor / mouse here
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 08:26 PM   #9
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A Thunderbolt display with a BassJump 2. Sounds awesome.
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Old Jul 17, 2013, 07:41 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by Geekazoid View Post
Hey guys,
Just interested to know if any of you have your MBA setup with an external display and an Apple Wireless and Magic Trackpad for a desktop setup and how you're likeing it, as I plan on having this setup myself.
Depends on the nature of your work, and whether you envision yourself sitting at your desk for an extended period of time.

At home, it's a no-brainer if your laptop is your only computer, though I prefer to work on the couch or bed.

I tried such a setup at my table at work (I am a teacher), but I find myself hardly at my desk these days (more responsibilities that involve me running about, plus I prefer to work at the lounge), so my monitor went largely unused.

I find that it's a very seductive concept in theory, but is also ultimately something you need to try for yourself before you know whether it is suitable for you or not. Try with a cheap monitor and some spare keyboard+mouse lying around. If it works for you, then consider upgrading to a better screen and peripherals as funds allow.
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Old Jul 17, 2013, 08:33 AM   #11
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I am hopefully ordering my macbook air 13, this weekend. I am looking to do this set up, I am planning on magic mouse, but using a usb apple keyboard. Looking to see what you guys thing about for a thunderbolt docking station, preferable with more than one thunderbolt and USB 3 and what you guys recommend for a external optical drive. Thanks!
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Old Jul 18, 2013, 05:12 PM   #12
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11" Air with a 27" Thunderbolt display. I use the keyboard and trackpad on the Air- because, why not? I love the setup just make sure you plug in because a Thunderbolt display on battery alone will drain it fast.
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Old Jul 21, 2013, 10:30 AM   #13
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i wished i got clam shell desktop setup, but i doubt i ever need it anytime...
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Old Jul 21, 2013, 01:21 PM   #14
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My MBA is dual purpose with two logins.
  1. My personal machine
  2. My corporate laptop
As a personal machine... I almost never plug it into a monitor. Instead I use my 27" iMac along with a 27" ATD. I love the dual 27" display setup.

As my corporate laptop... I am 50/50 using the MBA as just a laptop vs using it with an external monitor. I travel a lot, so I love the mobility of the MBA. When in the office, I am also in lots of meetings... so the MBA is great to take from meeting to meeting.

I also use my MBA with external monitors:
  • At work I have a 27" ACD
  • At home... I switch the ATD cable from my iMac, to my MBA when I want to work on some work project with a larger screen (ex: a presentation).
For both work and home... I have a complete set of wireless kbd/mouse/trackpad dedicated to the same MBA.

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Old Jul 21, 2013, 02:28 PM   #15
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Yes.

Yes, I do. I have my 13" MBA 2013 attached to a 23" 1080p HP monitor via a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter. I have a 7 port powered USB 2.0 hub in one port, and a 3TB USB 3.0 external HD in the other port. I have a speaker system in the headphone port and the Magsafe obviously. This setup works great, I can pick up the Air and use it wherever I want or just put it on my desk and plug in the five wires and we're good to go.
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