Docking Your New MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gonzoguy24, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. gonzoguy24 macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Hey everybody!

    I am going to be getting my first MAC when my new MBA 13.3" 4GB RAM ships this week. I ordered this past saturday night and it has already changed status from "not yet shipped" to "prepared to ship"!!!!

    Okay, on to my main question...

    I have searched around a bit and saw some solutions but I am wondering how you guys will be docking your new MBAs. I plan on having a monitor, external hdd, speakers among other things to connect every time i get home with my MBA.

    How will you guys be docking? What will be your set up? Do you have an elegant solution for docking your MBA? Will you be using a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse?

    Many thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from everyone!
  2. Bluemeanie1976 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2009
    Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
  3. Shadnic macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2010
  4. gonzoguy24 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Turn it into a desktop...kind of yes since it will be sitting on top of my desk fairly often. I frequently take the train to the city and so I chose the MBA. Speed wise as a desktop it is more than capable for what I do.

    Anyone for posting something helpful? :)
  5. nrweaver macrumors member

    Jan 28, 2010
    i think an easy way of doing it would be getting the 27" ACD with the connections built in and then getting a bluetooth keyboard and mouse of your choice. not the cheapest but easy
  6. Z'sMBA-11 macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2010
    Dubai, UAE - Camp Lejeune, NC - USA
    There is a desk top stand for notebooks here.

    I've used a notebook as a desktop several times.

  7. gonzoguy24 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    ACD is $1000 dollars! haha I am not looking for a new monitor! :)
  8. nidserz macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2008
    Dubai x Toronto
    Look in the Picture Gallery of Set-Ups. That is where I got a lot of my ideas from.
    I got an HP monitor, a wireless Apple Keyboard, and Bluetooth Logitech Mouse.
    I have Bose Companion IIIs and a Rain Design mStand to dock my MBP.

    Hope that helps.
  9. gonzoguy24 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Hey thanks for the post! I will go check out the picture gallery! thanks for actually posting something useful :)
  10. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    My wife's 11.6" MBA is normally docked to a 24" ACD.
  11. gonzoguy24 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Anyone else have any other elegant solutions?!
  12. akapaul macrumors member


    Feb 23, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    More elegant would be to dock it with the 27" ACD :apple:
  13. gonzoguy24 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Ah! I am not looking to spend 1000 dollars as I said before! The 1,393 dollar 13.3" 4 GB MBA is enough spending for the time being!!! :)
  14. ITASOR macrumors 601


    Mar 20, 2005
    I use mine as a desktop when I'm at home. I bought Monoprice's DVI to Mini DisplayPort cable. It's more flexible than the DVI to Mini DP adapter and easier to plug in/unplug.

    Other than the monitor, I plug in the MagSafe power and USB Apple Keyboard. Could eliminate the keyboard by buying a Bluetooth one.

    Plugging in the MagSafe and Mini DP connectors is very quick...don't really need a true docking solution.
  15. gonzoguy24 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2010
    Thanks for the input :)
  16. kenwalton macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2010
  17. hammerfang macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    This is something I am interested in as well. Since my MBA is going to be used for light stuff and my custom desktop PC for the heavy stuff I am thinking of getting a KVM switch.

    Has anyone had experience with one?
  18. kamui macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    I'm considering the mStand too.


    Has anyone tried it with their MBA?
  19. miata macrumors 6502

    Oct 22, 2010
    Silicon Valley, Earth
    If you get USB hub and an iMic you can get away with one USB connection for keyboard, mouse, storage and speakers.

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