Cables needed to connect a Macbook Air to a Dell E2414Hm Monitor

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  1. ARNK, Feb 5, 2016
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    ARNK macrumors newbie


    Feb 5, 2016
    MacBook Air (Early 2015)
    OS X Yosemite Version 10.10.5
    2.2 GHz Intel Core i7
    Intel HD Graphics 6000 1536 MB

    Hey guys, I have a Macbook Air that I'm trying to connect to a 24" E2414Hm flat panel monitor. The monitor supports either VGA or DVI-D. DVI-D is intentionally bolded because I'm trying to buy the right cable(s).

    Two questions: a) If a product is labeled DVI, does that mean DVI-D? b) On the Macbook Air, is Thunderbolt the same as a "DisplayPort"?

    For instance, please check out this cable from Monoprice: This is how they describe it, "3ft 28AWG DisplayPort to DVI Cable - White". Will this cable work with my setup?
  2. chscag macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Yes, that cable from Monoprice should work. Take a look at this Apple Support Article which should give you a better explanation of what cables you need.
  3. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    Not without an adapter since no MBA has a full-size DisplayPort connector.
  4. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

    Aug 10, 2014
    Agreed. You'll need a Mini DisplayPort to DVI cable.

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