Best external monitors for 2018 MBA

madmin

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What are the best external monitor options for 2018 Macbook Airs using their built in TB3 port please ?
Would prefer monitors with an ethernet port and at least one USB3 port.
 

saulinpa

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Expensive but the Apple supported LG Ultrafine's have 3 USB ports (480mbps on 4K, 5gbps on 5K). Put a USB-Ethernet adapter in one of them.

Using a dock with an DP or HDMI port would probably be better and give you a lot more options.
 

madmin

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Thanks saulinpa but I'm only really interested in one with ethernet built in. The user has wifi issues in her office which we can't do much about and I'm reluctant to use a USB-Ethernet adapter as she's several hundred miles away and I don't want any hassles with that. The Ultrafine 5K is overkill, over-expensive and likely to over-heat a MBA. I wish Apple would hurry up with their rumoured new display, although that could be too expensive and too many pixels as well. It's mad that there are so few decent options for this.
 

saulinpa

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Ethernet is old school as far as Apple is concerned so don't expect any new monitor from them with a network port. Next issue is that there are almost no TB monitors out there. There are USB-C monitors showing up that have extra USB ports but none with Ethernet that I know of. I believe one of the issues is that when USB-C is used for a monitor (alt mode) the basic implementations use the default USB 2.0 for downstream devices. It takes extra electronics to pull a USB 3 signal from the other links. Even more electronics for an Ethernet port.

What's wrong with a USB-Ethernet adapter? Otherwise your only viable option is a dock mounted to the back of a standard monitor which would have more hassles.
 
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madmin

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What's wrong with the USB-Ethernet adapter ? Too easy to steal, or get 'accidentally misplaced'.

Do Samsung produce any smaller, flat screens with TB3 that work well with the MBA ? Meanwhile I'm crossing my fingers that a new Apple Display is scheduled for this week of updates.