Advice Needed: MBA + external monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by flyersgl, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. flyersgl
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    Hi: I am thinking of replacing my husband's aging Mac Mini with a MBA (he's expressed interest and his b-day is coming up). I think he will still want to have the screen real estate of his 21" Dell monitor when he is at home. I just hooked up my 11" air to the monitor so I could play around and see how it works, and have a few questions:

    1. I know he will prefer to work in clamshell mode, but when I did this, the difference in screen dimensions made the stuff on the external display look odd (too much extra screen space at the bottom.) Is there a simple way to address this, or is there always going to be a need to move or resize things when moving from one display to another?

    2. Related to #1, if no easy solution, would the screen difference be less if I got the 13" Air?

    3. Does the MBA screen turn off in clamshell mode? While mucking around for info online, I saw at least one reference to screen staying on and machine getting extra hot as a result.

    4. Do refurbs come from China or domestic? It took me so long to find the time to experiment with my own Air, I am now worried if I order this weekend, it won't get here by 9/10.

    Thanks for any advice you can give me.
     
  2. GGJstudios
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    Yes, you can select the resolution that's most appropriate for the external display.
    Yes, it does.
    New Macs come from China. Refurbs come from domestic locations.
     
  3. 3dflyboy1
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    The 11" air I had didn't have any problems with an external monitor. Res wasn't a problem because the aspect ratio was the same. I think, if anything, the 13" will be more different because it doesn't have the same widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio the 11" has.
     

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