External Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by .eric, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. .eric, Aug 6, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 6, 2013

    .eric macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013
    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....



    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.
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors G5

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    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.
  3. Boyd01 macrumors 68020

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    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?
  4. .eric thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013


    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...
  5. Boyd01 macrumors 68020

    Feb 21, 2012
    New Jersey Pine Barrens
    $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. ;)
  6. knuro macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2009
    External monitor

    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.
  7. .eric thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2013
    Yeah not even kidding. Look at the prices on Craigslist!
  8. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009

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