2015 MBA 11" powerful enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Fuzzo, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Fuzzo macrumors newbie

    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.
  2. Significant1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 20, 2014
    It should easily be powerfull enough. Mini-displayport cable.
  3. BigMcGuire Contributor


    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.
  4. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    What would make you think a macbook isn't powerful enough to stream videos?
  5. Fuzzo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    It's more playing videos and driving a 1440p screen.
  6. z31fanatic macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2015
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    Of course it is powerful enough. If a $39 Amazon Fire stick can do it, why couldn't a full blown computer do it?
  7. Significant1 macrumors 6502

    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
  8. BrettApple 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.
  9. Fuzzo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2013
    Ok, cool decision made.

    Thanks for everybody's input.

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