Best way to connect a 13" MacBook Air to Dell Ultrasharp monitor?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by natgravy, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. natgravy macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2014
    Considering buying an Ultrasharp 24" monitor for MBA, how would be best to connect the two? The monitor has the following ports:

    2 HDMI(MHL) connector
    1 Mini DisplayPort
    1 DisplayPort (version 1.2a)
    1 DisplayPort out (MST)
    1 Audio Line out (connect your speakers)
    4 USB 3.0 ports - Downstream (4 at the back, 1 with battery charging)
    1 USB 3.0 port - Upstream

    I'm not all that knowledgable about this stuff, so would appreciate any helpful answers. Thanks.
  2. burgundyyears macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Mini-DP to mini-DP or Mini-dp to DP cable would probably be the easiest...
  3. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Second the recommendation in the post directly above...
  4. Creekybones macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2014
    Hello all,
    I thought I would reply to ask how you got on with the monitor ? I have been asked to source a monitor for a member of the family to connect to a MacBook Air. I have been looking at the Dell U2414H but some user reviews say the screen has trouble when using the Display Port.

    Can you confirm what Dell model you have and if you are happy with it, or can anyone recommend a monitor to use?

  5. iqandjoke macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    Does anybody know if there are any differences between these adapters:
    • mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort
    • mini-DisplayPort to DVI
    (especially for the *retina* macbook pro)?
  6. burgundyyears macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    DP is a higher bandwidth technology than DVI/HDMI. I would choose the DP connection over DVI. Plus the connector is just smaller and more convenient.
  7. iqandjoke macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    Don't know whether the additional bandwidth is beneficial for 23/24'' monitor.
    As far as I know, these monitor offer only 1920x1080 or 1920x1200. Though Retina Macbook Pro supports more than that resolution. I'm not sure if the *blurry* text would appear on the Dell screen. On the other hand, audio support of DP is nice to have but not a must feature in my situation.

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