Display Port adapter to PC monitor

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  1. rmcnelly macrumors regular

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    I've just switched back from living in PC land for a few years. I'd like to connect my new MBA 13" to and ASUS LCD 1920x1200 monitor that has HDMI or VGA inputs. I've seen several on Amazon like this:

    http://www.amazon.com/Mini-DisplayP...6LWM/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1311963830&sr=8-8

    Anyone here tried one of these on the Thunderbolt port? Will I be able to use the monitor as separate workspace as well as "stand alone" with the MBA's display turned off?

    I may get the new 27" Apple display when it comes out but am looking for a temporary solution.

    Thanks!
     
  2. xraydoc macrumors 604

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    That will work, but this is cheaper: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2

    Edit: HDMI version: http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5311&seq=1&format=2
     
  3. rmcnelly thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was looking at the cable I posted as it was all in one, I wouldn't have to have an adapter and a cable to the monitor.
     
  5. bigp9998 macrumors regular

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    Note that with the MonoPrice ones you need an additional cable to plug into the adapter, whereas the Amazon one is the full cable (everything you need).

    Edit: yeah, what you said.
     
  6. YEEZY macrumors member

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    The MiniDisplayport cables are backward compatible with the Thunderbolt port. I got some cheap DVI ones from a friend that worked fine for me.
     
  7. rmcnelly thread starter macrumors regular

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    xraydoc, thanks for directing me to that site. I looked at my monitor again and it has a DVI input too. They have a one piece Mini Display Port to DVI cable that will do fine:

    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10246&cs_id=1024604&p_id=5999&seq=1&format=2

    Thanks!
     

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