2x 24" Apple Cinema Displays Mac Air 11" 2012?

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  1. Chalmo macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking about getting a 24" Cinema Display from eBay, can you run two of them on an 11" Mac Air 2012 with the connectors it has (if needed in the future)? Or only the newer Thunderbolt displays?

    Anybody tried this?
     
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    The 11" Air has only one Thunderbolt/mDP socket so it can only handle one mDP display. It can drive dual Thunderbolt displays in daisy-chain but not dual mDP.

    It's possible to do dual displays without Thunderbolt; you could use one ACD display and then one DVI using a USB>DVI converter for example. There are also USB to DisplayPort converters but they are so expensive that I would not consider those unless you happen to already have the 24" ACDs and are just trying to find a way to make use of them. You could easily buy a USB 3 to DVI converter and a DVI monitor for much less.
     
  3. Chalmo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, I thought that would be the case.

    We use USB > DVI at work for a client but they aren't the best, all depends what data is on the screen I suppose.

    Thanks.
     
  4. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    They're better used for static data or email/chat clients.
     
  5. tacci macrumors newbie

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