Any MacBook owners airplay to use often on TV?

MrMister111

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Just looking up my options for an upgrade on my 2012 iMac. Doesnt get used much so thinking getting a MacBook and then I could use on my HD TV via Apple TV for working.

I believe you can shut the MacBook lid and use a keyboard and mouse separate as well.

Do many use it like this when using at home? Is there lag? How does the screen resolution look on HD1080 TV.
 

HDFan

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I could use on my HD TV via Apple TV for working.
Why would you use your iMac with your Apple TV? The Apple TV remote IOS app works fairly well for control and typing. If you are using iTunes purchased content, Netflix, Amazon prime, etc. the content is already available on the Apple TV (if you have a later version).
 

MrMister111

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What I mean is to use the MacBook as the screen when using MacOS, not for Netflix or iTunes.

I mean when using it for everything where you would normally use the in built screen, so of shooting where the TV is then is it good enough to use the TV as the screen, rather than than the in built screen.

So for browsing, word processing, Photos app, iMovie, Finder etc etc, everything.
 

FreakinEurekan

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I believe you can shut the MacBook lid and use a keyboard and mouse separate as well.
Not while AirPlaying, no. You can do that if you have an actual external display attached, assuming your MacBook is also attached to charger, and has external keyboard & mouse.

Do many use it like this when using at home? Is there lag? How does the screen resolution look on HD1080 TV.
I use it only when I want a lot of people to see what's going on. For example looking at a specific webpage or whatever. I don't find it very convenient for my normal usage. However, there's not a lot of lag (for normal browsing type use, I don't do games but I'm sure the lag would be more noticeable there). Resolution isn't bad actually, but it's not nearly as readable as the built-in Retina display.
 

ZMacintosh

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you can airplay from your MacBook to TV with the lid closed as long as it has power and you airplay prior to closing the lid and are connected to power. Or you can remote in (screen share) and airplay.

but if you are using it with the lid closed, you may find it better to just connect via HDMI. both are capable options.
 
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MrMister111

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Back to deciding what to do. My iMac is 21.5” screen and fine. I’m worried on going to a MacBook with 13” screen (I know there is bigger but beyond what I need).

So suppose asking again, how have people coped with what I intend?

Is it easy to use the AirPlay and a good solution to a TV for using with a big screen.

I would probably get a actual monitor, but this would be in a different room and then I may as well get a iMac if always doing that....