Best Setup to Run Multiple Displays on 11" MacBook Air

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  1. nathantro macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I'm planning to setup a work station with multiple monitors / displays and plug them into my 11" MacBook Air (purchased in 2011).

    Can anyone let me know what the required and / or best equipment is to make this happen?

    Also, I've heard that there are potentially issues running more than 1 external monitor due to the older model not having a good enough graphics card / processor to support a 2nd one. Can anyone confirm / deny this?

    Thanks for your time! Nathan
     
  2. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    The 11" only has a single Thunderbolt port. You'll have to use at least one Thunderbolt device and look at daisy chaining something off that.
     
  3. nathantro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    DisplayLink

    I've heard you can get a USB Adapter and use DisplayLink with multiple monitors. Is that not the case?
     
  4. MagicBoy macrumors 68040

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    All the "docking stations" I've seen using DisplayLink adaptors at work in Windows-land have appalling performance. With the relatively weak CPU in the MBA I'd steer clear.

    Here's a Thunderbolt and displays related FAQ from Apple : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5219
     
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  6. kolax macrumors G3

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    They're fine for text, but not video. I use one at work for a 3rd monitor but that monitor just displays terminal output so is fine for my needs.
     
  7. nathantro thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ah OK. I just want to use the 2nd and 3rd monitors for spreadsheet, presentations, and reference materials etc. I don't do graphical work and won't be watching videos on them.

    So to me it sounds like running DisplayLink from a USB adapter may actually work...
     
  8. kolax macrumors G3

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    Yeah it's reliable, just a poor refresh rate. Your MBA will be able to run it no problem.

    One I use is a similar model to this one: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Plugable-UG...8&qid=1407793408&sr=8-14&keywords=displaylink

    I use 20" 1600x1200 monitors so it's fine for me, but if you want something beefier, then the next model up can do 2048x1152.
     
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