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Feb 5, 2013
Hey guys.

I have a 1440p monitor. I was thinking of hooking up a Macmini for some media duties. 1080p MKV's and online video streaming. I was also considering getting an Ipad for travelling ( emails, web watch a film)

However, could I kill two birds with one stone and use the base 2015 11" ( or even an 2014 model) for my media duties connected to the screen and also then as a lightweight device for travel. Is it powerful enough to play large MKVs and web streaming?

What cable would I need to get 1440p resolution. Thunderbolt to Dual DVI?

Thanks in advance for any input.


Jan 10, 2012
I'm using a Macbook Air 11 (Early 2015) with a Display to HDMI to a Dell Ultrasharp 24' --- Seems to be doing perfect!
Only thing that kinda ticks me off is, I can't run in clamshell mode without being plugged into power. But I'm new so maybe it's possible but what I Googled shows it requires a lot of tinkering.


Oct 10, 2013
What would make you think a macbook isn't powerful enough to stream videos?


macrumors 68000
Dec 20, 2014
Think about the retina macbooks.
- The 13" Pro is driving 2560 x 1600 with the same GPU just marginally higher clocked
- the new Retina Macbook is driving 2304 x 1440 with a weaker GPU
On top they also do scaling, which you will not do, if running native 1440p
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macrumors 65816
Apr 3, 2010
Heart of the midwest
It'll do perfectly fine with that.

Heck, my 2008 MacBook ran a 2560x1600 monitor and played 1080p MKV Blu-ray rips with zero problems on a Core 2 Duo with a 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400m that isn't even in the same realm as the HD 6000.
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