2015 MBA 11" powerful enough?

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

  1. Fuzzo macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    #1
    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

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2014
    #2
    It should easily be powerfull enough. Mini-displayport cable.
     
  3. BigMcGuire macrumors demi-god

    BigMcGuire

    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Location:
    California
    #3
    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

    Meister

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2013
    #4
    What would make you think a macbook isn't powerful enough to stream videos?
     
  5. Fuzzo thread starter macrumors newbie

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

    z31fanatic

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2015
    Location:
    Mukilteo, WA USA
    #6
    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

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2014
    #7
    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

    BrettApple

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Location:
    Heart of the midwest
    #8
    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

    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2013
    #9
    Ok, cool decision made.

    Thanks for everybody's input.
     

Share This Page