Connecting a 1080p monitor

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Duntay, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Duntay macrumors newbie

    Duntay

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    Hello,

    I've connected my 13' air to a 1920x1080 monitor via lighting>vga. When I go into display setting in system preference the display can only scale to 1280x1024 or 800x600. I know the air doesn't natively display 1080 but is it possible to output 1080 to my monitor?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

    Floris

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    Maybe on old dvi-d monitors, but vga? maybe apple decided to not support it because above 1280 there's a chance it doesn't really stay good quality.

    Did you try the option key trick to show all resolutions?

    "Under the 'Display' tab, hold down the OPTION / ALT key while you press on the 'Scaled' button alongside Resolution to reveal all available screen resolution options for the display."
     
  3. Duntay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Duntay

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    Thanks for the quick response. I didn't know that trick, it revealed 1080 option and it looks significantly better. However it only uses 80-90% of the screen width.


    Thanks for the help!
     
  4. Floris macrumors 68020

    Floris

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    VGA is basically analogue.
    dvi is the next step, dvi-d being the best of the two dvi options.
    then up from that is the hdmi/displayport/thunderbolt,usb-c stuff.
    I guess the best possible 5k solution you can get is at the top, those dell monitors on 2x display port cables (and otherwise it's a 4k)

    VGA is way way old, those monitors can be replaced with a really high resolution 24" computer monitor that's nice and flat, has extra ports, etc. For like 150 to 300 bucks. Not only do you deal with a full digital and better colour setup, the response and latency etc is all a lot better, less flicker due to higher refresh rates, and the screen looks so much better because of the dpi probably being a lot better making for a sharper and nicer looking image.

    You have a modern laptop, it doesn't heart to compliment it with a modern monitor. I have 2x 20" dell monitors left over here on dvi-d and i stopped using them, compared to what my iMac was giving me (before their 5k ones) and it seems most cheap 24" ones I see now are just soooo much better quality.

    Just mentioning it, maybe worth to consider. Their prices really have dropped.
     
  5. Duntay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Duntay

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    Good point, thanks.
     
  6. Floris macrumors 68020

    Floris

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    I just checked a Dutch pricewatch site which links loads of stores, and saw the Iiyama G-Master GE2788HS-B1 at 27" with tn/1ms on dvi-d/hdmi/vga for 199 euro, so probably from a respectable store for 250, including shipping. That's in euro.

    And Iiyama ProLite XUB2490HS-B1 24" with ah-ips/5ms on displayport/dvi-d/hdmi for 185 euro, so probably below 250 from respectable store.

    That's kinda crazy, maybe I will actually get that 27" one as a second monitor to my new iMac, as a birthday gift to myself in January when I turn 40 :)
     

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