Connect MacBook Air to HDTV

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mgpg89, May 31, 2012.

  1. mgpg89 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    I have a 3-month-old MBA that I'd like to connect to my HDTV ... Which cable do I need?

    Thunderbolt to HDMI? Is that an option? And if so, which manufacturer/model is reliable?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Rorlow macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Detroit, MI
    Same MBA here, its about 6 weeks old, I got the Moshi mini display to HDMI convertor sold online in the apple store, was about $30 and picked up the HDMI cable in the apple store for about $20. Mini display/Thunderbolt connector listed as same config on this year MBA.
  3. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Wow, they must have seen you coming from a mile away lol

    OP, check out

    Thunderbolt (MDP) to HDMI adapter for $6.65:

    Or, check out

    The same adapter above, but not branded, for $4.00:

    Thunderbolt (MDP) to HDMI 6ft wire for $6.45:

    I have the Monoprice adapter and the 6ft wire from Amazon, both work flawlessly and are obviously very cheap.

    EDIT - If you don't go with the wire listed above and only go for the adapter, and don't have an HDMI cable, also check out Monoprice (6ft - $3.50:…) or Amazon (6ft - $1.60:
  4. Bob Coxner macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
  5. btdpi007 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    North Carolina
    Based on the fact you clearly stated you wanted a cable this probably won't answer your question, but figured I throw it out there. If you have an AppleTV you can Airplay, using Air Parrot, your MBA display to your HDTV. I use a 2010 MBA 11" and it's pretty incredible how well this option works.
  6. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    Is it better to use a mini-DP to HDMI cable only, or the mini-DP adapter for HDMI? From the respective reviews of cable and adapter, they both work. I just don't know why you would need an adapter when a cable seems to do just fine.
  7. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I carry a thunderbolt-to-hdmi adapter and an hdmi cable in my backpack, mainly because I also have an iPhone/iPad digital a.v. adapter, so the hdmi cable can be utilized in both scenarios :)

    But I agree, no reason to not go cable unless you're in a similar situation as mine or if you present a lot at places that provide their own hdmi cables (that could be hooked up to projectors for example).
  8. oneMadRssn, Jun 2, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2012

    oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    I have a 15 foot HDMI cable that I snaked neatly around the room from behind the TV to behind the couch so I can plug in my laptop easily without a mess.

    I figured, a 15' HDMI cable will come in handy for years, even after I no longer have this mac or apple changes their display output connector again (they seem to do that every few years). Also, if a friend comes over with their PC laptop that has HDMI out, or I get a phone with micro-hdmi out.

    In all those scenarios above, the miniDP-HDMI cable would be much less useful. It's a neat and tidy solution for your MBA today, but it's limited to only this exact situation.

    I'd go with the adapter + regular hdmi cable.
  9. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    For those scenarios, that does make sense. Thanks for sharing.

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