Is this possible on the 2012 Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Acorn, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68020


    Is it possible to hook up a thunderbolt display plus a 1600x1200 display to the mac air? I thought I read somewhere it wasnt possible to chain a non thunderbolt display to a thunderbolt display.
  2. macrumors 68040

    You have to have another Thunderbolt device in between, like this:

    [Macbook]->[Thunderbolt Display]->[Thunderbolt hard drive]->[Mini-Displayport adapter]->[Second Monitor]

    It has to be a non-display Thunderbolt device which has two Thunderbolt ports for daisy chaining, like this one:
  3. macrumors 68020


    ok thanks. kinda expensive but at least its possible
  4. macrumors 68040

    Another option would be to use a USB display adapter like this:

    As I understand it they don't offer performance as good as when using the Thunderbolt/Displayport video output built into the laptop, so it probably wouldn't work well for games and such.
  5. macrumors 68020


    thanks. I do have one of those usb adapters from a past setup but if i remember correctly it did not work well with a cintiq which is what the 1600x1200 display is. I think I tried it and there was massive lag.

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