setting up macbook air with TV

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

  1. macrumors member

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    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

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    I don't know why it wouldn't work. :)
     
  3. macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

    Thanks.
     
  8. macrumors regular

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    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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