setting up macbook air with TV

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by financeguy, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    I just got a rev B MBA and I love it. The thing that would make it 100% useful to me, is if it had a bigger screen when using it as my home computer.

    I then came up with this idea: What if I got a mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter, bluetooth keyboard & mouse, and hooked it up to my flatscreen TV. When I am at home I get the benefit of a large screen and when I'm out I get the benefit of its compact size.

    What do you guys think? Has anyone tried this?
  2. macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
  3. macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2009
    I've tried it on mine (using a mini displayport hdmi adapter)- it works, but the output looks like crap (all washed out).
  4. macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2004
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    One thing to remember too is that televisions use a different style of pixels (square for computers vs. stretched for TV/film). So output might look different than on your computer monitor.

    Also - the resolutions are much lower. For example, if you have a 720p television it's resolution is 1280x720. Since your MBA is 1280x800, it has more screen real estate than 50" 720p television.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    I have a 42" 1080p. That sucks that the output will look washed out. I thought that one could adjust the settings so that it can accommodate a 1080p screen on a 2nd monitor.

    I remember when I had a windows laptop, although the laptop had a smaller resolution, I could change the display settings so that it would accommodate a higher resolution 2nd monitor (TV).
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2008
    i have a rev a and I hook it up to my 1080p tv sometimes and it looks great.

    But (as there always is), it becomes a bit of a hassle always plugging and unplugging. I've got a vision of having a mac mini in my tv for home use, though i don't have the cash for that now.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2009
    Great to hear that is looks good. I'll get the mini Displayport to HDMI adapter then.

  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2008
    how did this work out for you?

    thinking of doing the same thing. what mini displayport/hdmi connection did you get (monoprice?)?

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