Is there a way to connect 2 external displays to a MBA 13 (2012)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tirant, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    I'm looking for a new laptop, and the MBA is one of my top options. The main problem I see is that it only has 1 Thunderbolt port, and I would like to connect 2 external displays. Is there an easy way to do it?
  2. macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Olympia, WA
    I don't think that the MBA supports multiple external displays. Only 1 through the Thunderbolt port with a VGA or DVI converter.
  3. macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2012
    You use the MBA's port to connect to the first Thunderbolt Display. Then you just daisy chain off the Thunderbolt display to the next one

    You can actually still use the MBA's screen as well as the 2xTBD's
    (HD4000 is not too shabby)
  4. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2012
    There are three solutions:

    - Thunderbolt daisychaining with two Apple screens

    - Matrox Dualhead2Go DP edition with two non-Apple displayport screens
    (Matrox software maximizes applications to one or both screens)

    - Thunderbolt plus Additional USB 3.0->DVI/DP adapter (not available yet but announced) to two non-Apple screens

    I use the Matrox Dualhead2go and this works flawlessly
  5. macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2012
    Can anyone recommend a LG or Samsung screen in 23-27" size for around US $ 200-250 max.?
  6. macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    Another option is:

    Thunderbolt Display -> [a non-display Thunderbolt device with daisy chain port] -> Mini-Displayport adapter

    You can't do this:

    Thunderbolt Display -> Mini-Displayport adapter

    because each Thunderbolt device can only access one Displayport channel. The Thunderbolt display uses its channel to drive its display panel, so you need another Thunderbolt device in between that exposes its Displayport channel via the daisy chain port.
  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2008
    Thanks for the answers! So it seems there's no easy or cheap way to do it then :( My two screens right now are VGA + HDMI. So it means investing in extra hardware. It's a pity.

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