2012 MBA as desktop PC...docks and screens?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by richardabrams, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. richardabrams macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    I'm looking in to solutions to run 2 external monitors on my 2012 mba. I've read that it may be technically possible to run two TB displays but regardless my pockets aren't that deep. I just want to external dvi/hdmi/vga monitors. With that in mind I've ordered a mac compatible usb 2 to dvi adapter but I know the performance will be poor.

    Has anyone any knowledge of any USB 3 based video options that can deliver better performance without a big CPU hit or indeed an alternate solution via TB that doesn't cost a fortune.

    I don't want one input spanned over two screens. I think that's a cop out. Really looking for 2 separate displays.

    Also, do we think there will be any henge dock type option for the 2012 mba considering the port layout; or indeed an alternative quick dock.

    Thanks again.

  2. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
  3. richardabrams thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2012
    y, I've got a mini display adapter for 1 external screen. It's the 2nd that a challenge.

    Saw the belkin...$400 bucks tho


    Almost be cheaper to buy a mac mini in addition to the MBA. Hopefully cheaper ones will come out. Also can't seem to get concrete information on whether the 2012 mba can drive 2 external screens. Such a shame they didn't put in another TB or HDMI port.
  4. Zzari macrumors member

    Apr 27, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    Pretty sure it can. You just daisy chain the 2nd TB display to the 1st one.

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