Budget Friendly Monitor for MBA (2013)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bertness, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. bertness macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2015
    Hey everyone,

    I'm looking into buying an external monitor (perhaps 20"-27") for my MBA (2013), preferably below $200. I'm a tad confused on which to buy since I'm not sure which monitors are well suited for the MBA aspect ratio. I've checked the forums, however, most of the answers seem a bit dated. Any recommendations?
  2. brentmore macrumors 6502


    Jul 19, 2002
    I'm a big fan of Dell monitors. In fact, I just picked up 2 24" for my mini. If you don't mind refurbished, there's a 30% off promotion from the Dell store right now.
  3. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Don't worry about aspect ratio. The MBA will use any monitor's native resolution and thus aspect ratio.

    You can really use any monitor with the MBA, up to 1080p. You will need a Mini-DisplayPort cable adapter though since the monitors will have DVI or HDMI connectors. These cable adapters cost maybe $8 though, so no big deal.

    If you want a higher resolution than 1080p, you will need a monitor with a DisplayPort input.

    As for which monitor to buy, you can just go to Best Buy and buy whatever looks good to you. I would definitely recommend getting an "IPS" display. This is an LCD technology that gives you excellent viewing angles and usually more accurate colors.

    If you want to step it up a notch, I would recommend this display, which is the same size and resolution as a 27" iMac:


    Although it is a bit outside of your price range. Depends on how much screen real estate you want.
  4. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012
    From my experience, I recommend this 24in one, around $150: http://www.amazon.com/Asus-VS247H-P-23-6-Inch-Full-HD-LED-Lit/dp/B005BZNDS0/ref=zg_bs_1292115011_3
  5. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
  6. mangomind macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2012

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