driving a 27" monitor with a mid-2011 11" MBA?

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  1. sir42 macrumors 6502

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    I have a mid 2011 11" MacBook Air. Can this machine drive a modern 27" monitor? I was thinking of purchasing one of the displays recommended by wirecutter (either the HP Z27n or the Dell UltraSharp U2717D).

    thanks!
     
  2. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    Specs show your MBA supports up to 2560x1600 pixels so should be fine for either of those monitors.
     
  3. sir42 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks so much, do you know what cable I might need to make the connection between the MBA and monitor?
     
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  5. sir42 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And is this cable preferable to a Thunderbolt? Sorry, just don't know what the difference is, and if there is one that sends a better signal. Thank you!
     
  6. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

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    The port on your MBA is a combination mini-DisplayPort/Thunderbolt. Using a Thunderbolt cable you have to go to another Thunderbolt device or converter as there are electronics in the cable. Using a mini-DisplayPort cable it is just wires that go to the other end - that's what you want with a monitor that has a mDP connector.
     
  7. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    You just need mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort, or mini DisplayPort to mini DisplayPort.
    The cable that saulinpa posted should work well.
     
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